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2018 Schedule

All conference sessions will be held at the following location on DePaul University's Lincoln Park Campus:

DePaul Student Center, Room 314B (map)
2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Friday, April 6

3:30-5:00pm
Pre-Conference Session
Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation
As a prelude to the conference, this interactive session features undergraduates from DePaul's Catholic Studies courses who are presenting their research on women and leadership in the global Church. In addition, three of our conference speakers will be on hand to offer their feedback and comments:

Agnes M. Brazal
(De La Salle University—Manila)
Emilce Cuda
(Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina—Buenos Aires)
MarySylvia Nwachukwu, DDL
(Godfrey Okoye University—Enugu, Nigeria) 
    ​5:30-6:30pm Check-In/Registration + Book Sales*
    6:30-6:45pm Welcome
    William T. Cavanaugh (CWCIT Director and Professor of Catholic Studies—DePaul University)​
    6:45-7:00pm Video Message from Marguerite Barankitse
    Founding president of Maison Shalom and inaugural recipient of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity
    ​7:00-8:30pm ​KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
    "Sewing Hope"

    Rosemary Nyirumbe, SSHJ (Gulu, Uganda)
    One of TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2014
    Director of St. Monica Girls' Tailoring Centre serving girls formerly held captive by the Lord's Resistance Army

    Moderator: Mary Jeanne Larrabee (Professor of Philosophy and Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies—DePaul University)
    ​8:30-9:00pm ​Reception + Book Sales*
    *Book sales
    Staff from the DePaul University Bookstore will be at the conference with select titles of our speakers' publications available for purchase during this time.

    Saturday, April 7

    8:00-9:00am
    Continental Breakfast and Registration/Check-In*
    9:00-11:00am ROUNDTABLE on Scriptures

    Barbara Reid, OP—"Reading the Bible with the Mind, Eyes, and Heart of a Woman"
    Rekha Chennattu, RA
    —"Women's Leadership in the Church: Biblical Insights from an Indian Perspective"
    Ahida Pilarski
    —"Challenging Hope: The Journey of Latin American Women in Theology & Biblical Studies"

    Moderator: Victoria Agunod (MA Candidate in Women's & Gender Studies—DePaul University)
    11:00am-12:30pm Break for Lunch (on your own) + Book Sales*
    12:30-2:30pm ROUNDTABLE on Ecclesiology

    Agnes M. Brazal—"Church as Sacrament of Yinyang Harmony: Toward a More Incisive Participation of Lay/Women in the Church"
    Neomi DeAnda—"A Woman's Leadership in 17th-Century Mexico: A Model for Latina Leadership Today"
    MarySylvia Nwachukwu, DDL—"The Rebekah Figure of Genesis 27: A Mirror to Understanding Women's Leadership in the African Church"

    Moderator: Lilian Dube (Associate Professor of Theology & Religious Studies—University of San Francisco)
    ​2:30-3:00pm Coffee Break + Book Sales*
    ​3:00-5:00pm ROUNDTABLE on Grassroots Church Communities

    Tandiwe Lucia Chipoka**—"Pillars of the Church"
    María del Pilar Silveira—"The Marian Devotion Led by Latin American Women"
    Wendy M. Louis—"Women's Leadership in BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities): Complex & Countercultural"

    Moderator: Victoria Agunod (MA Candidate in Women's & Gender Studies—DePaul University)
    ​5:00-6:00pm ​Reception*
    6:00-7:30pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
    "The Wind Blows Where It Will (John 3)"

    Melinda Roper, MM
    Past president of the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation
    Longtime missionary among Panama's mestizo and indigenous communities

    Moderator: Lilian Dube (Associate Professor of Theology & Religious Studies—University of San Francisco)
    *Book sales
    Staff from the DePaul University Bookstore will be at the conference with select titles of our speakers' publications available for purchase during this time.

    **On March 23, we learned that Ms. Chipoka is unable to join us because of unforeseen complications in the visa process. However, we hope to receive the written copy of her presentation and present it during the roundtable.

    Sunday, April 8

    12:00-1:00pm
    ​​Check-In/Registration + Book Sales*
    1:00-3:00pm ROUNDTABLE on Faith-Based Social Movements

    Jeane Peracullo—
    "Catholic Women's Movements in Asia: Redefining Faith for the 21st Century"
    Emilce Cuda—"The Woman and the People: A Symbolic Language in the New Populist Style"
    James J. Carney—"Solidarity on the Streets: Catholic Women's Leadership in Modern Uganda"

    Moderator: Mary Jeanne Larrabee (Professor of Philosophy and Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies—DePaul University)
    3:00-3:30pm Coffee Break
    3:30-5:30pm ROUNDTABLE on Faith-Based Social Movements

    Niceta M. Vargas, OSA—
    "The Theological Education of Women in Leading Schools of Theology in the Philippines"
    Maricarmen Bracamontes, OSB—"Women, Education, and Theology in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Initial Approach"
    Charity Musamba**—"Enhancing the Role of Catholic Women Lay Groups in Rural Zambia"

    Moderator: Slavica Jakelic (Associate Professor of Humanities & Social Thought—Christ College at Valparaiso University)
    ​5:30-6:00pm Closing Remarks and Wrap-Up Q&A
    *Book sales
    Staff from the DePaul University Bookstore will be at the conference with select titles of our speakers' publications available for purchase during this time.

    **On March 28, we learned that Dr. Musamba is unable to join us because of unforeseen complications in the visa process. However, she is sending a copy of her presentation so that it can be presented during the roundtable.