The National Association for Women in Catholic Higher Education (NAWCHE) will hold its biennial Making Connections conference at Seattle University this coming June. Since its founding by Sharlene Hesse-Biber in 1992, NAWCHE has served as the cornerstone from which women from across the U.S. have established a network of dialogues and camaraderie that have sustained us as faculty, staff, and students at Catholic institutions of higher education. In light of recent changes and challenges in the academy and the church, it proves timely and prudent to revisit the 2004 Making Connections VII Conference theme of Creating Circles of Conversation: Women of the Academy, the Church, and the Community with our forthcoming conference theme of The Welcome Table: Interfaith Women in Dialogue in Catholic Higher Education. Finally, in addition to promoting our conference in forthcoming issues, Catholic Library World (CLW) Journal has invited presenters to submit their papers for possible publication following our conference.
As women in Catholic higher education, we share our individual and collective navigation of our professional and spiritual lives in common at our respective institutions. NAWCHE’s cornerstone objectives foster supporting one another as women; creating, organizing and disseminating work for justice for women in the academy, and providing a forum for members to speak out on issues relevant to women in the academy, especially those issues unique to Catholic institutions.
All are invited to our “Welcome Table” in June to renew, revitalize, envision, and engage in interfaith and collaborative dialogues. Papers and presentations might address, but are not limited to:
Please send paper and panel proposals by December 31, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, make sure to check back for periodic updates and additional information about the conference.
NAWCHE Conference Organizers at Seattle University: Mary-Antoinette Smith, Ph.D., Executive Director, NAWCHE, Conference Chair, Director, Women and Gender Studies; Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies and Modern Languages; Victoria Kill, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, English; Laura Paskin, Director, Marketing & Communications, College of Arts & Sciences; Alexandra Peck, Women and Gender Studies Major.
We are excited to introduce you to our keynote speakers: