Women at the Well Conference

Women at the Well: Religion, Resilience, and Grace

An Interdisciplinary Conference

Carroll College in Helena, Montana, a Catholic liberal arts college, is delighted to request paper abstracts and panel/workshop ideas for an interdisciplinary conference titled Women at the Well: Religion, Resilience, and Grace on March 16-17, 2018. The conference, sponsored by members of the Departments of Communication, English, Philosophy, and Theology, is being held in loving memory of Dr. Annette Moran, CSJ--Sister of Saint Joseph, theologian, Flannery O’Connor scholar, poet, and mystic--and our beloved colleague, teacher, and friend. Dr. Moran embodied the virtues of resilience and grace as she lived out her own faith and commitments to her communities.

This conference is an opportunity to explore through scholarship and reflection the role of women in various religious, ministerial, and educational contexts and the challenges and tensions marginalized peoples and cultures experience in these same contexts. How do women (and men) experience power in religious and educational institutions? What does feminine authority look like? How do place and institutional structures affect voice, visibility, and presence of marginalized individuals? If the institutions we inhabit are marked by injustice, how can we operate within these institutions without being complicit? What does it take for marginalized peoples to effect change within religious and educational institutions? Can we find grace in resistance?  Can we find grace in anger? Register here


Friday, March 16

8:15-9:15 am (Corette Library Sandbox)

Registration & Coffee, Tea, and Snacks

9:30-10:45 am (Corette Library Sage Room)

Women’s Place: Making Space Differently

  • John Ries: “Toward a Humanity Fully in the Flesh: Deepening Problems of Incorporating Theological Anthropology as Complementarity”
  • Eric Meyer: “Enough, Man! Sylvia Wynter and the Subjects of Theological Education”
  • Elvira Roncalli: “‘Locking out’ and ‘Locking in’: An Analysis of Division of Space as a Tool for Establishing Dominance”

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Corette Library Sage Room)

Theological Reflection and Call the Midwife

  • Kimberly Humphrey: “Blessing and Burden: Feminist Communities and Intergenerational Caregiving in Call the Midwife
  • Mary Kate Holman: “The Power of Story for Feminist Mentorship in Ecclesial Settings”
  • Cynthia L. Cameron: “Stubborn and Resourceful: Narratives of Resistance in Communities of Women”
  • Katherine A. Greiner: “I Came So You Might Have Life: Embodying Sophia and Christa in Call the Midwife

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (Trinity Lounge)

Lunchtime speaker: 
  • Tim Clancy, S.J. "Theology, Body, and Soul: The Theological Vision of Sr. Annette"

2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Corette Library Sage Room)

Women Artists: Creative/Spiritual Practices

  • Melissa Kwasny: “Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today: Poetry and Practice”
  • Sandra Dal Poggetto: “Blindsight”
  • Lynn Petersen: “Hearing Voices: What Goes on in a Composer’s Head”

3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Corette Library Sage Room)

Women at Carroll: Reminiscing and Reflecting

  •     Carroll alums, students, faculty, and staff—past and present—share their experiences 

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Dinner Break (on your own)

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Trinity Lounge)

Keynote Speaker Julia Brumbaugh, Ph.D., is an associate professor of religious studies and director of Catholic studies at Regis University in Denver. She is a Roman Catholic feminist theologian who teaches courses in theology and spirituality, and whose writing engages questions of the church and its tradition(s). Most recently, she is co-editor of Turning to the Heavens and the Earth: Theological Reflections on a Cosmological Conversion: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth A. Johnson (Liturgical Press, 2016).

Dr. Brumbaugh will present "Women, Grace, Resilience, and the Church."

Saturday, March 17

8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. (Corette Library Sandbox)

Coffee, Tea, and Snacks

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Empowered Women: Carroll Student Scholarship

  • Charis Vanasse: “Ruth: Family Redeemer”
  • Cassandra Offt: “The Book of Esther and ‘Yes, And' Feminism”
  • Sydnee Nowlen: “Women and Vatican II”

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Corette Library Sage Room)

Women Mystics

  • Margaret Gower: “Christine de Pizan’s Mystical Joan of Arc”
  • Travis Stevens: “Eroticizing the Absence of God in Hadewijch’s Songs”
  • Charlotte Radler: “Agony, Repose, and the Madness of Love: Reflections on the Possibilities of Hadewijch of Antwerp’s Mysticism”

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (Trinity Lounge)


  • Speaker: Mary McGlone, CSJ “Women Religious: Early Struggles for Integrity and Identity”

2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Corette Library Sage Room)

Forms & Substances: Fiction, Theology, Philosophy

  • Jill Hernandez: “There’s Something About Mary: Misery, Power, and Theodicy”
  • Phil Kallberg: “Edith Stein’s Personal Core: How Philosophy Can Help the Powerless”

3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Corette Library Sage Room)

Stories from Women in Ministry

  • Mary Jo Quinn: Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
  • Kimberly Pepper: Chaplain, St. Peter’s Health

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (Corette Library)

Closing Reception