The Catholic University of America

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Catholic Daughters of the Americas Annual Lecture: "On the Border of Parish Life: Ethnic Mexicans and Church Activism, 1945-1965"

WHEN: 2 p.m., Sunday, March 15

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Gina Marie Pitti, visiting lecturer of comparative studies in race and ethnicity at Stanford University, will speak on the Catholic Church's activity with ethnically diverse parishes near the border of the United States and Mexico.

Pitti's lecture focuses on the cultural and community functions of Catholic parish organizations, such as Sociedad Guadalupana, to reveal a glimpse into Mexican American social and religious life during the 1940s and 1950s. This analysis probes key questions regarding the conceptualization of ethnic identity, the relationship between religion and community, and the role of gender in public life in Northern California after World War II.

Her publications include: " 'Into One Parish Life': National Parishes and Catholic Racial Politics At Mid-Century;" "The Sociedades Guadalupanas in the San Francisco Archdiocese, 1942-1962;" and " 'A Ghastly International Racket': The Catholic Church and the Bracero Program in Northern California, 1942-1964."

SPONSORS: School of Theology and Religious Studies
Catholic Daughters of the Americas