Who: Sister Karen Kennelly, C.S.J., Ph.D., president emerita of Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.

What: Lin Great Speakers Series lecture for St. Mary’s University Sesquicentennial celebrating 150 years of Marianist education in Texas, beginning in 1852. The topic of her talk is “St. Mary’s: A Catholic Education in the 21st Century.”

When: 7 p.m. Monday, April 8.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where: Conference Room A (2nd floor), University Center, St. Mary’s campus.

Of Interest:

Kennelly, who was president of Mount St. Mary’s from 1989 until her retirement in 2000, has been involved in Catholic education and historical research throughout her career. She has written extensively on the history of American women, especially women religious in the U.S.

In fall 2001, Kennelly was a visiting professor at Bethlehem University in the West Bank (Palestine) and and in spring 2002 at Marino Institute of Education in Dublin as a consultant to the Irish Christian Brothers. She is an alumna of the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. Kennelly holds a master’s degree in history from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a doctorate in history from the University of California at Berkeley.

Among her honors and awards, including Fulbright and American Council of Learned Societies fellowships, she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has received honorary doctorates from several colleges and universities.

The Lin Great Speakers Series is endowed in memory of Shu-Chi Lin by his widow, Mrs. Chang Le-Chiao Lin, and his son, Vincent Lin, Ph.D., St. Mary’s alumnus and former faculty member.

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