Butler to Speak at Augustana Symposium April 9

Dr. Anne M. Butler, professor emerita of Utah State University, will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 Augustana Symposium.

Her discussion, “Placing Nuns Inside the Women's West: Convent Archives and Academic Research,” will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in Augustana’s Gilbert Science Center, room 100. The event is free and open to the public.

Well known for her scholarship on prostitution and criminal justice in the American West, Butler’s interests include the place of religion in the West and the role of Catholic sisters.

To conduct her research, Butler studied numerous religious archives — records produced by and for (and preserved by and for) religious congregations. In many cases, she was the first “secular” person to examine these records.

Augustana Symposium 2011

Saturday, April 9

  • 1-5 p.m.: Student presentations
    Madsen Center
    View the Symposium Schedule

  • 7 p.m.: Keynote address: Dr. Anne M. Butler, Gilbert Science Center, room 100
    “Placing Nuns Inside the Women's West: Convent Archives and Academic Research”


Butler’s discussion will outline the challenges and questions associated with historical and religious research and will present conclusions about the relationship between the American West and Catholic sisters. Her presentation promises to suggest that the complexity of gender history in the West includes more women than the pioneer wife, schoolteacher, and prostitute.

The Augustana Symposium is designed to foster the investigation and discussion of important matters. Similar to a traditional academic conference, the Symposium invites Augustana students to present their original research on any topic in this forum. Student research presentations – both oral and poster – will be given from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in Augustana’s Madsen Center.


Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations