Influential Catholic theologian to headline 2018 Myser Lecture

M. Shawn Copeland, PhD

M. Shawn Copeland, PhD, will speak at St. Catherine University’s 12th annual Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity. Her lecture, Compassion and the Suffering God, explores the meaning of compassion, why it matters and how solidarity between people can encourage us to respond to the suffering of others in compassionate ways.

Copeland is a professor of systematic theology at Boston College. She is an award-winning writer who has authored several books about spirituality, political theology, race, and gender. She is the author of Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being, The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille, the principal editor of Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience, and co-editor of Grace and Friendship: Theological Essays in Honor of Fred Lawrence. Professor Copeland is a prolific author with more than 125 articles, reviews and book chapters to her credit.

Copeland is the first African American to serve as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) and is a recipient of its highest honor, the John Courtney Murray Award, for her “outstanding contribution to the intellectual life.” Her research interests converge around issues of theological and philosophical anthropology and political theology, as well as African and African–derived religious and cultural experience and African-American intellectual history.

The lecture will be held October 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. at The O’Shaughnessy. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to ensure seating.

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