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The Virgin's Tears: Continuities in Early Modern Catholicism

Contact: Gina Vergel
(212) 636-7175

The emotion of the Blessed Virgin Mary has always been a potent symbol for Christians. In the 16th century, the story of Mary in sermons on the Passion had a profound influence on women, religious life and Catholic identity.

Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Ph.D., director of Late Medieval and Reformation Studies at the University of Arizona, will focus on the Blessed Virgin at the St. Robert Southwell, S.J., Lecture, "The Virgin’s Tears: Continuities in Early Modern Catholicism," on Monday, April 14.

One of the world’s premier scholars on the history and culture of early modern Catholicism in Germany, Karant-Nunn is an associate professor of history and author of four books, including The Reformation of Ritual (Routledge, 1997), which won the Roland H. Bainton Book Prize in History and Theology. Karant-Nunn has written more than 50 articles and is the North American co-editor of the international journal Archive for Reformation History.

The Virgin’s Tears: Continuities in Early Modern Catholicism
4 p.m., Monday, April 14
Flom Auditorium, William D. Walsh Family Library
Rose Hill Campus, Fordham University
441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, N.Y.

Free and Open to the Public

The St. Robert Southwell, S.J., Lecture Series at Fordham is devoted to the history and theology of the Christian church in the early modern period. It focuses on the scholarship of the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, in Europe and the Americas, from 1500 to 1750. One lecture is delivered each semester during the academic year.

For more information, contact Susan Wabuda, Ph.D., at (718) 817-3945 or e-mail her at

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 14,700 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a commuter campus in Westchester, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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