2014 February Feminist Friday | Mr. N. Curtis LeMay
Mr. N. Curtis Le May, the University of St. Thomas’ Theological Librarian, will discuss Mariology, its history as well as its significant role in society today.
Date & Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Luann Dummer Center for Women
O'Shaughnessy Educational Center, Room 103
N. Curtis LeMay (Curt) is the Library Director / Theological Librarian of The Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library, the graduate theology library of The St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, and the University of St. Thomas Libraries. He also serves on the faculty of the School of Divinity. Professionally, Mr. LeMay is currently the Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the Academic Library Services Section of the Catholic Library Association and Chair of the Minnesota Theological Libraries Association. He is especially interested in studying female medieval mystics and St. Teresa of Avila in particular. He is the major theology reference specialist in the field of Theology and enjoys his work facilitating library instructions sessions for faculty and helping students learn about primary sources such as Scripture and Church Tradition. He has created Library Research Guides in areas such as Catholic Social Justice and Social Teaching, Islamic Studies, and Women and the Early Church.
Mariology is the Roman Catholic theology that affords devotion to Mary and is a topic that covers two thousand years. Each historical epoch has its own particular way of seeing Mary and Marian devotional practices. In particular, to Catholics, the Virgin Mary is important as the mother of God, the vessel through which God became human. Using historic images, Mr. LeMay's presentation will examine the life and role of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, as well as her veneration, throughout the ages in theology, prayer, hymns, art, music, and architecture. Finally, Mary is studied in light of ecumenism, and in the work of contemporary theologians regarding her profound significance for today's world. Particular attention will be paid to the social justice themes in Mary’s Magnificat, which proclaims the justice and love of God for the poor and the fight against injustice and oppression.