Dr. Margaret McGuinness
Dr. Margaret McGuinness

Professor of History, LaSalle University

Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 7:00pm
Presented Online
Free; suggested $10 donation

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Margaret McGuinness, historian of American Catholicism, to discuss a very relevant topic to our current times—religious responses to outbreaks of disease.  Focusing on the rolling outbreaks of Yellow Fever in the United States in the 19th century, Dr. McGuinness looks at the efforts to achieve both caritas and veritas in the midst of epidemiological outbreaks among Dominicans in the Mississippi valley.  We will discuss the connections between the past and the present, as we face a challenging pandemic.  This talk will also open our McGreal Center exhibition about the history of Dominicans facing disease in American history.  The exhibit is available in person at Dominican University, and other Dominican institutions across the country.  But also online.  See the McGreal Center site for links to the digital exhibition. 

This talk highlights a chapter in the McGreal Center’s new sponsored book, Preaching with their Lives: Dominicans on Mission in the United States After 1850, “’In the Midst of Sorrow and Death’: The Work of the Dominican Sisters in Tennessee during the Yellow Fever Epidemics.” This discussion is a part of a 2021 speaker series sponsored by the McGreal Center and the Siena Center at Dominican University,  highlighting recent research in Dominican history, featured in our newly released book.

Part of the McGreal Center for Dominican History Lecture Series
Dominican Contemplative Life, Ever Ancient, Ever New
Dominicans and Disease in the South
Economic Justice Past and Present