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Indians on the Reservation: Missionary Priests from India and Catholic Settler Colonialism

February 18, 7:00 PM

Free

A lecture in the Presence of the Past Series with Sonja Thomas, associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Many Catholic dioceses in rural areas of the U.S. are recruiting and hiring missionary priests from India. The Great-Falls-Billings diocese of central and eastern Montana is one of them. Priests from India are entering into an area that Winona LaDuke has called “the Deep North,” where anti-immigrant sentiments, white supremacy, and anti-Native racism are prevalent. This (autoethnography?) examines settler-colonial history, Catholicism in rural Montana, and the migration of priests from India to the region. Thomas grew up in eastern Montana and is the author of Privileged Minorities: Syrian Christianity, Gender, and Minority Rights in Postcolonial India.

Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Details

Date:
February 18
Time:
7:00 PM
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Megan Fossa
Phone:
859-4165
Email:
megan.fossa@colby.edu

Venue

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College
Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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