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Lecturer to Recount Historic Journey that Led to First Convent in the Far East

Sarah E. Owens, professor of Spanish at College of Charleston, to speak at The College of Wooster on Feb. 13

3 February, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Sarah E. Owens, professor of Spanish at the College of Charleston, will present "Transoceanic Nuns: A Pathway to Sainthood in Seventeenth-Century Philippines" on Thursday, Feb. 13, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Room 009 of Severance Hall (943 College Mall).

In the early seventeenth century a small group of Spanish nuns embarked on an incredible journey that would take them from Toledo, Spain to Manila, Philippines. Based on a forgotten manuscript penned by one of the nuns, this lecture explores the founding of the first convent in the Far East and the making of a possible saint.

Owens, who teaches courses in Hispanic Literature, Latin American Civilization and Culture, Colonial Latin American Literature, and Women Writers of Latin America, has been a member of the faculty at Charleston since 2000. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire, her master's from New York University in Madrid, and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. She specializes in the writings of colonial and early modern Spanish nuns, and her research has taken her to the archives of Mexico, Spain, Chile, and the Vatican. In 2009, she published Journey of Five Capuchin Nuns, an award-winning edition of a Spanish nun's travel account. In 2012, she co-edited an award-winning collection of essays, titled Women of the Iberian Atlantic, which explores the lives of women in the Iberian Atlantic between 1500 and 1800. She is currently working on a book project, titled "The Cultural Impact of Catholic Nuns in the Spanish Philippines During the 17th-Century Expansion of the Iberian Empire." Her research is supported by a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Owens' lecture is sponsored by the Cultural Events Committee, the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement, and the Departments of History, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2575) or e-mail.