Undoing the Knots: Five Generations of American Catholic Anti-Blackness

Undoing the knots

Event details

  • Tuesday | April 19, 2022
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. O’Connell will speak on her new book, Undoing the Knots, which excavates her Catholic family’s entanglements with race and racism from the time they immigrated to America to the present. By tracing this history, she demonstrates how the larger white Catholic population became anti-Black and why, despite the tenets of their faith, so many white Catholics have lukewarm commitments to racial justice.  

Dr. Maureen O’Connell

Dr. Maureen O’Connell is associate professor of Christian Ethics at La Salle University. In addition to her teaching and scholarship, she is a member of POWER Philadelphia (Philadelphians Organizing to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild), an interfaith coalition of more than thirty congregations committed to making Philadelphia the city of “just love” through faith-based community organizing.  


  • Dinner and Lecture: $20 members / $30 non-members
  • Lecture only via Zoom: Free for members / $10 for non-members

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