Public lecture: #BlackLivesMatter as Public Theology


Location: McKenna Hall Conference Center

M. Shawn Copeland, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Theology, Boston College

M. Shawn Copeland, Professor Emerita of Theology at Boston College, delivers the public lecture for the 31st Annual Meeting of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. Her lecture interrogates the movement #BlackLivesMatter as an instance of performative public theology which through love, advocacy, organizing, and protest affirms the beauty and the lives of Black human beings.
The Black Catholic Theological Symposium, founded in 1978, seeks to foster an ethical community of scholarly dialogue characterized by a commitment to the fundamental humanity of all people; a regard for plurality of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds; and the development of an authentically Black and Catholic theology. More information at

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This public lecture is part of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium 2021 Annual Meeting, hosted by the University of Notre Dame. 


Department of Theology
Department of Africana Studies


Campus Ministry
College of Arts and Letters' Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Henkels Lecture Fund 
Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
Initiative on Race and Resilience
McGrath Institute for Church Life
Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study