SPOKANE, Wash. – Patricia O’Connell Killen, academic vice-president of Gonzaga University, will discuss “Perspectives on Religious Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the McCarthey Athletic Center’s Herak Room. The Greater Gonzaga Guild sponsors the free event, which is open to the public.
A professor of religious studies, O’Connell Killen specializes in the religious history of North America. Her talk will focus on the development of religious practice in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, sharing insights and perspectives on the evolution of spiritual and faith-based traditions in the region.
O’Connell Killen earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in religious studies from Stanford University. She was the primary editor of “Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone” (2004), and contributed to “Cascadia, the Elusive Utopia: Exploring the Spirit of the Pacific Northwest” (2008). Also, she was co-editor of “Resilience and Resistance: The Letters of A.M.A. Blanchet, Bishop of Walla Walla and Nesqualy, 1846-1879,” to be published by University of Washington Press. She has been recognized for her scholarly work both in the United States and Canada.
The Greater Gonzaga Guild is an organization dedicated to raising awareness of Gonzaga’s scholarly and cultural contributions to the region. The Guild is open to all people interested in learning.
For more information, please contact Director Mary Joan Hahn, director of public and community relations for Gonzaga University, at (509) 313-6095 or via e-mail.