Courageous Leadership: Our Efforts to Educate Women & Girls in Afghanistan

This Event is free, but seats are reserved and advance booking is strongly recommended.This event celebrates truly courageous Afghan social entrepreneurs leaders. They are refugees from their homes, relentlessly working to bring Afghan women and girls education and hope. We will be joined by speakers Pashtana Zlamia Khan Durrani, Founder of LEARN Afghanistan, and Roya Mahboob, Founder & CEO of Digital Citizen Fund. These amazing women will be discussing their leadership journeys and their experiences creating organizations that directly address literacy for women in Afghanistan and beyond. Attendees will hear about action items they can take within their own communities and how they can contribute to improved literacy worldwide. In 2012, Pashtana was featured in the #100Timestalks and was among the BBC 100 Most Influential Women list in 2021. In 2013, Roya was recognized for her work in TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and is a member of the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, Civic Innovators, and Young Leader of World Economic Form. The School of Business and the Katie Leadership Impact Program could not be more excited to host these amazing speakers and help bring their stories to the Katie Community and beyond.

An Evening with Louise Erdrich

This event is very popular and almost sold-out. Tickets are being released ONLY for St. Catherine University staff, faculty, and students from January 21, 2023-February 15, 2023. If you are a St. Catherine University student, faculty, or staff member please email the ticket office: oshaughnessy@stkate.edu or call the ticket office at 651.690.6700 to secure seats. Any remaining seats will be opened for reservation to the general public after February 15, 2023. Thank you!Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author Louise Erdrich joins the St. Catherine University community on International Women’s Day to share her thoughts on the place and moment in time we call 2023 in the Twin Cities. Ms. Erdrich will reference her New York Times bestselling and most recently published novel, The Sentence, in her keynote address. The event will feature a Q & A and book signing with the author. Louise Erdrich is the 2023 Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Visiting Scholar. Admission is free, but seats are reserved. We highly recommend booking in advance.  

Goodman Lecture: Mediterranean Mixing: Pagans, Jews and Christians in Roman Antiquity

The Roman Empire encompassed a near-countless variety of ethnic groups, and accordingly, a numberless population of gods. Most of the time, everyone (gods and humans) got along. Pagans dropped into Jewish sacred spaces (both local synagogues and, before 70 CE, the temple in Jerusalem), and Jews lived within pagan sacred spaces: the diaspora city itself was a pagan religious institution. We will explore the ways that a pragmatic religious pluralism prevailed in the Empire, as well as the ways that certain conditions could disrupt this status quo. How can we account for pagan anti-Christian persecutions? And how does a lasting legacy of Christian anti-Judaism emerge and develop in this same period of time?Paula Fredriksen is an Aurelio Professor of Scripture emerita at Boston University and  a Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.The annual Goodman Lecture is an endowed lecture with a mission of strengthening Jewish-Christian understanding.