Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas, October 22, 2021

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Newberry Library Scholarly Seminars


Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar

Friday, October 22, 2021

3:00-4:30 pm Central Time

Held Virtually via Zoom / Register for link



Allies, Rebels and Traitors in the Pews of the

Bronx: Liberation Theology’s Northern Reach

Eileen Markey, CUNY-Lehman College


This paper explores the shared anti-imperial inheritance of two groups of Catholics engaged in community organizing in the South Bronx in the 1970s and 80s. In key instances, Puerto Rican parishioners and Irish American clergy and religious sisters drew on personal histories of resistance to empire in their local work during the years when the Bronx burned and was rebuilt. A hemispheric discourse born of experiences of solidarity and encounter in the global south informed organizing across racial and ethnic lines. This urban Catholic organizing inverted institutions to build communion and seek justice.


Respondent: Deborah Kanter, Albion College


This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated paper, visit:

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Sponsors: Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, Mary Nona McGreal, OP Center for Dominican Historical Studies at Dominican University, Loyola University history department, the University of Chicago Divinity School, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Wheaton College.