RADNOR, Pa. (Sept. 7, 2011) – Bettye Collier-Thomas, Ph.D., award-winning author and expert on African‑American and women’s history, presents “The Nexus: Women, Religion, Race, and Civil Rights” at Cabrini College on Thursday, Sept. 29.
Dr. Collier-Thomas is this year’s Jolyon Pitt Girard Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Cabrini.
A professor in the Department of History at Temple University and Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Dr. Collier-Thomas is currently a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. (2011-2012).
Dr. Collier-Thomas is author and editor of eight books, including “Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: African-American Women and Religion” (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010); “Sisters in the Struggle: African-American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement” (New York University Press, 2001); and “Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons” (Jossey-Bass, 1997).
She is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including a 2010 Organization of American Historians Hine Book Prize, a 2010 National Women’s Political Caucus’ EMMA Book Prize, and a 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award for “Jesus, Jobs, and Justice;” and a Choice Outstanding Academic Book for “Sisters in the Struggle.”
Dr. Collier-Thomas has received multiple research grants from the Lilly Endowment, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and earned fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and from Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion.
Dr. Collier-Thomas will deliver the Jolyon Pitt Girard Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in Widener Center Lecture Hall at Cabrini (610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor).
Founded in 2008, the Scholar-in-Residence Program at Cabrini College honors Dr. Jolyon Girard’s 35-year tenure in the College’s History Department. The program brings eminent historians to campus as a way to honor the creativity of teaching, something Dr. Girard personified at Cabrini.
About Cabrini College
Students do extraordinary things at Cabrini College, a residential Catholic college welcoming learners of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the College provides a transformational “education of the heart,” focusing on academic excellence, leadership development and a commitment to social justice. Cabrini offers 1,300 full-time undergraduate students more than 30 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations and minors. More than 2,000 students are in graduate studies programs at the main campus in Radnor, Pa., and at 15 off-site locations. The College’s serene 112-acre campus is located 30 minutes from Philadelphia.