HerStory Conference to Feature Karen Jo Torjesen

March 21, 2001

Karen Jo Torjesen will be the featured speaker at the Eighth Annual HerStory Conference at Massanetta Springs in Harrisonburg from March 30 to April 1. All are invited to attend.

Torjesen is the dean of the school of religion at Claremont Graduate School and an expert in the roles of women in the early church. She is author of When Women Were Priests: Women’s Leadership in the Early Church and the Scandal of their Subordination in the Rise of Christianity.

In addition to several presentations by Torjesen throughout the weekend, the conference will include worship designed for women, small workshops on current topics, singing, dancing and camaraderie.

The ecumenical conference is sponsored by Mary Baldwin University’s Carpenter Quest program, Massanetta Springs, and Shenandoah Presbytery.

Torjesen will also be the keynote speaker for the induction of new members into the Carpenter Quest program at Mary Baldwin University’s Miller Chapel, April 2 at 7 p.m. Her topic will be “When Women were Priests.”

For more information, contact Ginny Francisco at (540) 887-7031 or vfrancis@marybaldwin.edu.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women – the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.