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Latina Scholar to Lecture on Church Issues


The growing Latino population — largely Roman Catholic — and the challenges and opportunities it presents to the Catholic Church in the United States will be the subject of the annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Ana Maria Diaz-Stevens, professor of church and society at Union Theological Seminary in New York, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Belk Auditorium in the Moore School of Business. Her talk, “Dissonance, Harmony, and Improvisation: The Challenge of Latinos to the Catholic Church,” is free and open to the public.

The annual lectureship also will include a panel discussion, “Who? What? And I Don’t Know! A Survivors Guide to Latino Religion,” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Lumpkin Auditorium of the Moore School. Dr. Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, professor emeritus of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College and distinguished scholar of the City University of New York, will be among the facilitators.

The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture was inaugurated in 1999 to honor the Columbia native, former University of South Carolina student and former archbishop of Chicago.

For more information, contact Mardi McCabe by telephone at 803-777-4100 or via e-mail at [email protected], or visit

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