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Press release from IPFW:

Fort Wayne Native Amy Koehlinger to Speak at IPFW

(October 7, 2010) – The Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, and Diversity Council will host the second lecture in the Native Tongue lecture series. Fort Wayne native Amy Koehlinger, Ph.D., will give a lecture entitled “Pray That There Will Be No Violence: Sisters, Civil Rights, and Selma, 1965.” The lecture will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101.

Koehlinger is an associate professor of religion at Florida State University in Tallahassee. She received a Ph.D. in American religious history from Yale University in 2002. Koehlinger is a graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School. She regularly returns to Fort Wayne with her family for vacations.

Her first book, The New Nuns: Racial Justice and Religious Reform in the 1960s, documents the involvement of Catholic women religious in racial justice programs during the civil rights era. The New Nuns won the 2009 Eric Hoffer Prize in the Culture category. Koehlinger’s next book, Rosaries and Rope Burns: Boxing and Manhood in American Catholicism, 1880-1970, will discuss the historical significance of the sport of boxing among American Catholics.

Her work has been supported by the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Cushwa Center for the Study of
American Catholicism at Notre Dame, and Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at Yale.

IPFW Native Tongue is a lecture series about race and race relations composed entirely of Fort Wayne natives that showcases some of the intellectual talent Fort Wayne has produced. It is designed to engage the IPFW community around matters of race, while showing students another pathway to professional success. One lecture is featured each semester as part of the series. Each speaker also has the opportunity to engage with IPFW and local high school students.

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