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Annual Pat Reif Memorial Lecture

Maria Pilar Aquino

Maria Pilar Aquino

Feminist Theology: Overcoming Violence, Embodying Liberation


This lecture explores the connection between violence against women, liberation, and constructive transformation, and discusses the relevance of feminist theology to strengthen shared values, commitments, and goals for global justice.

María Pilar Aquino is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, a past Visiting Professor of Theology at Harvard Divinity School, and a founding member of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic/Latino Theologians, of which she has also been the first woman President. She is the author, editor, and co-editor of thirteen books and of nearly seventy book chapters and journal essays that address issues related to the study of religion and society from the Christian perspective, including feminist theologies of liberation, globalization and social justice, religion and violence against women, migration and intercultural dialogue, and approaches to social conflict and peacebuilding. Currently, she serves on the editorial board of international theological journals, as a member of the International Advisory Committee of the World Forum on Theology and Liberation at the World Social Forum, and as Vice-President of the Catholic Theological Society of America.


Time and Location

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Monday, October 9, 2017
Albrecht Auditorium, Stauffer Hall of Learning
925 N. Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Rose Hills Auditorium
Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doheny Campus
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007

This event is free & open to the public!

Contact: Laurie Wright Garry lgarry@msmu.edu for more information


About the annual Pat Reif Memorial Lecture


The annual Pat Reif Memorial Lectureship was created in 2002 in honor of Dr. Patricia A. Reif, IHM. A scholar, educator, and activist, Pat Reif taught philosophy and chaired the graduate department in religious studies at Immaculate Heart College. In 1984 she founded the MA Program in Feminist Spirituality at Immaculate Heart College Center. Active in many social justice issues, including domestic abuse, poverty, immigration, welfare rights, and the anti-nuclear movement, Pat co-founded the Interfaith Hunger Coalition and the Southern California Interfaith Task Force on Central America (SCITCA).


Thank you to our sponsors: Immaculate Heart Community & College Alumnae, CGU Department of Religion (WSR), CST’s Center for Sexuality, Gender and Religion (CSGR), Women’s Perspective of Pilgrim Place, and MSMU Department of Religious Studies.