Professor Quincy Newell '97, University of Wyoming, will speak on "American Religion From a Different Angle: Writing History with a 19th-Century Black Mormon Woman" on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in Chapin 101. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.
A 1997 graduate from Amherst College with a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Quincy Newell is now associate professor of religious studies and an adjunct faculty member in women's and gender studies at the University of Wyoming. Her work focuses primarily on religion in the American West, and her publications include "Constructing Lives at Mission San Francisco: Native Californians and Hispanic Colonists, 1776-1821" and "New Perspectives in Mormon Studies: Creating and Crossing Boundaries," which she co-edited with Eric Mason. Her lecture will take the life of Jane Elizabeth Manning James, a 19th-century black Mormon woman, as a vantage point from which to take a fresh look at American religious history.