BUFFALO, N.Y. – Buffalo native and University at Buffalo
alumna Diana L. Hayes, JD, PhD, the first African-American woman to
earn a pontifical doctorate in sacred theology, the highest
theological degree in the pontifical university system of
the Catholic Church, will inaugurate the new “Women
Wisdom” lecture series sponsored by the University at Buffalo
Newman Center, of the UB Campus Ministry Association.
Hayes’ talk will take place April 28 at 7 p.m. at the
center, 495 Skinnersville Rd., Amherst. It is free and open to the
Hayes is an emerita professor of systematic theology at
Georgetown University whose talk is titled “Standing in the
Shoes My Mother Made: The Making of a Womanist Theologian,”
which is also the title of the most recent of her eight books.
“Our new Pope has called on the church to develop a new
theology of women,” said Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher, director
of the Newman Center.
“This lecture and the series it inaugurates begin our
response to that call. It will permit us to hear the stories of
women who will shape this new theology,” he said.
Hayes received her undergraduate degree from UB and a law degree
(JD) from George Washington National Law Center as well as a
baccalaureate degree and a licentiate in sacred theology from the
Catholic University of America. She received a doctoral degree in
religious studies as well as her pontifical doctorate from the
Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).
A recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees, Hayes is also
the author or editor of eight books and more than 75 articles in
journals or edited books.
“Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made: A Womanist
Theology” will be available for sale and signing at her
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