The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will host a faculty-work-in-progress lecture with Brian Clites, instructor in the Department of Religious Studies.
Clites will present “Sacred Protests: Politics and Faith after Sexual Abuse” Thursday, Feb. 1, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 206. Pre-lecture reception will begin at 4:15 p.m.
In the wake of Boston, 2002, survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse have been empowered to come forward with their stories of suffering. Yet from the ashes of their collective trauma, abuse survivors have built a robust agenda of political and religious reforms. In this lecture, Clites will take an ethnographic exploration of Catholic abuse survivors’ protests, examining not only the reforms that victims seek, but also the conflicting emotions that they feel toward their church.