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Thomas H. Lake Lecture - Ann Braude - April 11, 2013

Ann D. Braude
Ann D. Braude

Ann Braude delivered The Tenth Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture titled "Walking the Second Mile: Women, Religion and Philanthropy." Ann Braude serves as the director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program and as Senior Lecturer on American Religious History at Harvard Divinity School.


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The 10th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture

"Walking the Second Mile: Women, Religion and Philanthropy"

By Ann Braude
Senior Lecturer on American Religious History
Director of Women’s Studies in Religion Program
Harvard Divinity School

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
5:00-6:00 P.M. Lecture
6:00-6:45 P.M. Reception

INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

"Walking the Second Mile: Women, Religion and Philanthropy"

  • Explore the relationship of religion, philanthropy and women's history
  • Learn about the rich heritage of women's religious activism
  • Examine philanthropy as a path to leadership for religious women

The Thomas H. Lake Lecture:
Thomas Lake was a man of profound religious faith, a man dedicated to knowledge, understanding, and the power of faith and giving to bring about real change in communities. Through events such as the annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture, the Institute engages the community in thoughtful discussions about philanthropy and religion.

Ann Braude:
Ann Braude serves as the director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program and as Senior Lecturer on American Religious History at Harvard Divinity School. Her primary interest is the religious history of American women. Her first book, Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-century America, documents the role of spiritualist trance speakers as the first large group of American women to speak in public, and examines the sympathy between the radical individualism of their religious practices with that of their political platform. Ann Braude is also the author of Sisters and Saints: Women and Religion in America, a history of the religion of American women for a general audience. She also has an interest in the issues surrounding the study of Native American religions, and is engaged in an ongoing research project concerning a Cheyenne child taken captive at the Sand Creek Massacre. She has published many articles on women in Judaism, Christian Science, and American religious life, and served as co-editor of Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women. She edited Transforming the Faiths of Our Fathers: The Women Who Changed American Religion, the result of a historic conference that brought 25 pioneers of religious feminism together at HDS. In 2005 she inaugurated the School's year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the admission of women to HDS with a convocation address entitled "A Short Half-Century: Fifty Years of Women at Harvard Divinity School." Religion, Gender and Politics: Untangling Modernity, which she co-edited with Hanna Herzog, appeared in 2009. Her current research focuses on religion and women's political mobilization.