Dominican University’s Siena Center presents historian Shannen Dee Williamsin a virtual discussion of the church’s involvement in colonialism, slavery and segregation as well as the role of Black Catholic nuns in the civil rights movement on Wednesday, October 27 at 6 p.m. Registration is required.

Williams is a historian of the African-American experience with research and teaching specializations in Black Catholic history and Black women’s history. She will share insights from her forthcoming book, “Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African-American Freedom Struggle.”

Williams is the Albert Lepage Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University. Her work has been published in America Magazine, the National Catholic Reporter, the Catholic News Service and the Journal of African-American History. She holds a doctoral degree in history from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in Afro-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Agnes Scott College.