FEMINIST ICON MARY DALY “RECALLS THE COURAGE TO SIN BIG”

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FEMINIST ICON MARY DALY
“RECALLS THE COURAGE TO SIN BIG”

Whittier, CA (March 23, 2005)—Feminist icon and scholar Mary Daly will discuss “Amazon Grace: Recalling the Courage to Sin Big” on Tuesday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Avenue, located on the Whittier College campus. Sponsored by the Whittier College Gender and Women's Studies Program, in collaboration with Johnson Faculty Master’s Program and student organization Council of Representatives, this event is open to the public. General admission is $5.00, and reservations can be made by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.

With her work largely zeroing in on the nature of patriarchy and issues of sexism in ontological terms, Mary Daly is nothing if not a controversial figure in American intellectual life. Critics call her a “feminist revolutionary” and accuse her of reducing all the planet's problems--from genocide to ecological destruction--to the structures of patriarchy. More moderate feminists have attempted to qualify her arguments, but no one writing about gender and spirituality or about the future of the planet ignores her. Her work spans the disciplines--from religion and philosophy to anthropology and biology--and what one recent writer described as her "eloquent zeal" is as bracing as her brilliant, iconoclastic use of language.

Daly received her Ph.D. in religion at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Unable to pursue a Ph.D. in Catholic theology in the United States, she continued her studies at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, where she was the first woman to receive the highest degree possible in sacred theology, and with honors (summa cum laude). Daly then went on to earn a third Ph.D., also at Fribourg, in philosophy. When she returned to the United States, she took an appointment as faculty member at Boston College, where she has remained for nearly three decades amid considerable controversy.

Daly is the author of countless articles and lectures as well as seven books-- four of which, have become feminist classics. She is currently at work on her eighth book, Amazon Grace: Recalling the Courage to Sin Big.

The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts is located at the northeast corner of Painter Ave. and Philadelphia St. on the Whittier College campus. For directions or information about other events, please contact the Box Office, (562) 907-4203.
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