2017 Ramonat Final Colloquium


Dorothy Day’s America

Over the course of the year, ten undergraduate Ramonat Scholars have researched and written twenty-five page papers based on primary sources. At this final research colloquium, students will briefly present their work and answer questions from the audience based on their research topics.

The Colloquium will take place in Piper Hall from 2-5:30 pm

2pm Welcome

Panel 1: Living Catholic Social Teaching (2:10-3:10pm)

Noah Beissel, “The Italian Apostle of Catholic Social Teaching: Mother Cabrini and late 19th century Italian-American Immigrants”

​Colleen Kenney “ ‘If Peace is to be Built’: Personalism and Spatial Identity in Catholic Worker Houses of Hospitality”

Amanda Malmstrom “Labor of Love: Women, Art, and the Catholic Worker Newspaper

Frieda Rule, “Farm with a View: The Passion, Piety, and Pandemonium of Rural Catholic Worker Life at Tivoli”

Panel 2: Catholic Social Teaching on Campus (3:20-4:00pm)

Carolina Luna, “A Theology of Open Doors: The Creation of New Ministry Leaders in 20th century Chicago by the Hispanic Institute of Mundelein College”

Matthew Day Petersen, “ ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’: Vietnam War Resistance at Chicago’s Catholic Universities”

Elisabeth Hagemann, “ ‘A Gentle Whirlwind’: Carol Frances Jegen and the Mundelein Graduate Program of Religious Studies”

Panel 3: Catholic Social Teaching and State-Sanctioned Violence (4:10-4:50pm)

Jodie Casleton, “The Berrigan Phase: Symbolic Representation of Space in Anti-War Action”

Matthew Racchini, “No Dignity in Death: Sr. Helen Prejean’s Imprint on America’s Death Penalty Debate at the End of the 20th Century”

Emily Cook, “Finding Humanity Behind Bars: Feminist Prison Reformers in the 1970s”

Reception and Awarding of Ramonat Prize (5-5:30)


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