Fall 2013: God and Culture

Secular and the Religious Good in Civil Society

The first amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America prohibits any law respecting an establishment of religion or impeding the free exercise of religion.  And yet, American civil society is saturated with anti-religious and religious sensibilities that often frame religious and secular goods as mutually subjugating.  This quarter’s lecture series will attempt to disrupt this polarizing frame.

Guadalupe Unbound

Religious Power and Social Resistance

by Socorro Castañeda-Liles |

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Professor Socorro Castañeda-Liles' Junior Scholar Research Lecture has been cancelled.


November 19, 2013 | 4 – 5:15 p.m.
St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons | MAP

Ana María Pineda Honorary Junior Scholar Research Lecture

This lecture is the inaugural Bannan Institutes Junior Scholar Research Lecture, highlighting the scholarship of a notable junior faculty member at Santa Clara whose research explores the theme of the yearlong Bannan Institute. The lecture will be named annually in honor of a Santa Clara faculty member who served as a significant mentor to the Bannan Institutes Junior Scholar during his/her early years at the University.

Theologians, historians, Chicana feminist intellectuals, and artists have played active roles in (re)defining Our Lady of Guadalupe, but who is Guadalupe for working-class Latinas? Based on empirical data, this presentation explores how ordinary Catholic Latinas develop a consciousness and transcend limiting notions of what Our Lady of Guadalupe represents and what it means to be Catholic and female at the intersection of race, class, and gender.

Socorro Castañeda-Liles received her B.S. in Sociology with Double Minors in Women Studies and Ethnic Studies from Santa Clara University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California Santa Barbara. Her research, writing, and teaching interests include Sociology of Religion, Lived Religion, Critical Ethnography, Community Studies, Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, Immigrant Experience, Qualitative Methods, and the interlocking of Race, Class, Gender, Religion, & Sexuality. She has received numerous grants and fellowships from various organizations including the Ford Foundation, and the Wabash Center for the Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. She is currently a recipient of the 2013- 2014 Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Minority Scholars.

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