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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story

film screening and panel discussion

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Martin Doblmeier, filmmaker and president, Journey Films
Jeannine Hill Fletcher, Fordham University
Brianne Jacobs, Emmanuel College

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Time: 5 - 7pm
Location: Devlin Hall 101 


Co-sponsored with the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office.

Abstract: Dorothy Day has been called "the most interesting American Catholic of the 20th century," as well as anarchist, journalist, pacifist, and now candidate for sainthood in the Catholic Church. The Boisi Center is proud to screen Emmy Award winner Martin Doblmeier's new film, after which Doblmeier will discuss both his film and the figure of Day herself with Jeannine Hill Fletcher of Fordham University and Brianne Jacobs of Emmanuel College.

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Martin Doblmeier is a filmaker who has produced or directed over thirty films, mainly on the topics of religion, faith, and spirtuality. He holds degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Religious Studies plus three honorary degrees, and is the founder and president of Journey Films, a television and film company dedicated to those same topics. Journey Films has produced films for national broadcast and theatrical release, and recieved numerous awards including six Gabriel Awards and a regional Emmy for his film, Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story.

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Jeannine Hill Fletcher is a professor of theology at Fordham University whose research is at the intersection of Catholic tradition and issues of diversity (including gender, race and religious diversity). Her most recent book is entitled, The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism and Religious Diversity in America (Orbis, 2017). Hill Fletcher has a particular interest in the ways religious communities are mobilized for social transformation, and in November 2018, she served as expert witness in the evidentiary hearing for the federal trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares who continue Dorothy Day’s witness in anti-war activism.  

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Brianne Jacobs, assistant professor of theology and religious studies at Emmanuel College, is a Catholic feminist theologian, interested in engaging the resources of the Catholic intellectual tradition to work for gender justice and flourishing. Her research focuses on the body as a site for reflection on ecclesiology, ethics, faith, and gender and racial justice. She is the author of many articles including, "An Alternative to Gender Complementarityin Theological Studies, and “What Does Catholic Social Teaching Tell Us About Sexual Harassment?” in America Magazine. Her book, Holy Body: Gender Flourishing in Theological Anthropology and Ecclesiology is forthcoming with Fortress Press. 

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Conversation about the potential canonization of Dorothy Day has been going on for decades. In 2016, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York announced that the official canonical inquiry of Day would begin. Critics who argue against her canonization often recite Day's famous words, "Don't call me a saint, I don't want to be dismissed that easily."  Of course, those who support the process respond that such a statement only strengthens her case. 

This article from Crux argues that, while her “canonization process is still far from the finish line . . . that doesn’t mean she isn’t influencing lives today.”