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Oct. 6, 2006

Catholic Feminist Theologian To Speak Oct. 9 At UI

Rosemary Radford Ruether, a Catholic feminist theologian, will speak on "America, Amerikkka, Elect Nation And Imperial Violence," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library. Ruether was invited by the Department of Religious Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to deliver the annual James C. Spalding Memorial Lecture.

Ruether is Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology, emerita at the Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. She is the author or editor of 43 books including "Sexism and God-talk: Toward a Feminist Theology" (1983, 1993); "Contemporary Catholicism: Crises and Challenges" (1987); and "The Wrath of Jonah: The Crisis of Religious Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" (1989, 2002, 2nd edition).

James C. Spalding taught religion at the UI for 36 years and served as director of the School of Religion (now department of religious studies) from 1971-1979. During his tenure he taught a variety of courses for undergraduates, advised more than 40 Ph.D. students and oversaw a reorganization of the school's Board of Fellows. The James C. Spalding Memorial Lecture was established in his honor after his death in 1996.

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CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Department of Religious Studies, 319-335-2164