Leadership Academy to offer session on Catholic activist Dorothy Day April 12 St. Thomas Newsroom April 7, 2010 At her death in 1980, historian David O’Brien called Dorothy Day “the most influential, interesting and significant figure” in the history of American Catholicism. On Monday, April 12, Dr. Anne Klejment will share inspirational examples of the influential life of Catholic activist Dorothy Day. The presentation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 100, McNeely Hall, on the St. Paul campus. The dialogue, “Dorothy Day: Catholic Activist and Future Saint,” will examine the social and religious life of Day, an adult convert to Catholicism and supporter of many causes, including the Catholic Worker Movement. At the close of this session, participants will have a better understanding of Catholic spirituality and the powerful influence Day had on society. Klejment, University of St. Thomas history professor, earned her Ph.D. in U.S. history from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where one of her specializations was the history of American women. She has taught at UST since 1983; her main focus is the history of American Catholicism, African Americans, American women and the Vietnam War. She also has published books and articles on Day, founder of the Catholic Worker, and is writing on the evolution of Day’s pacifism. To register for Klejment’s presentation, visit the Leadership Academy Web Site.