Poetry at the Post: A Woman Named Claire, Franciscan Women & Amiri Baraka

The New World
The sun is folding, cars stall and rise
beyond the window. The workmen leave
the street to the bums and painters’ wives
pushing their babies home…

Clare of Assisi (1194-1253), founder of the Poor Clares, in a painting by Simone Martini (1284-1344) in the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi.
Clare of Assisi (1194-1253), founder of the Poor Clares, in a painting by Simone Martini (1284-1344) in the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi.


“Franciscan Women: Medieval & Beyond”
Women and the Franciscan Tradition Conference
The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University
July 12-15, 2016
From July 12-15, 2016, the Franciscan Institute at Saint Bonaventure University will host a major conference dedicated to women and the Franciscan Tradition, ranging from the Middle Ages to the contemporary world. The organizers seek to bring together women and men who are living the Franciscan tradition in various ways — as members or associates of the three Franciscan orders, coworkers in Franciscan institutions, etc. — with academic scholars who want to bring their research into a mutually enriching conversation with a broader audience.
Individual papers, panels, and workshop proposals are sought that engage academic, pastoral, and socio-political aspects of this topic.

Possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to the following:
Franciscan women and leadership
Female Franciscanism during the Middle Ages
Female Franciscanism and the Early Modern World
Franciscan women in the “New World”
Franciscan women and ministry
Scholarly trends and the study of religious women
Women and the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition through the ages
Franciscan Women and the Contemporary Church.
Proposals are due by November 20, 2015. Notifications of acceptance, rejection or need for alterations will be sent to authors by January 11, 2016. Send a paper proposal/ draft of your text no later than November 20, 2015, directly to:

Women & the Franciscan Tradition Conference
Franciscan Institute St. Bonaventure University
Murphy Building – Room 100
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
Organizing Committee:
Lezlie Knox (Marquette University)
David Couturier OFM Cap. (St.Bonaventure University)
Timothy Johnson (Flagler College)
Diane V. Tomkinson OSF (Neumann University)
For more information, contact David Couturier OFM Cap at dcouturi@sbu.edu

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