"I had no idea how interested I was in the inner lives of nuns until I saw Abbie Reese talk about her oral history Dedicated to God in Chicago in early 2014. It was an evening of discovery.
"Abbie Reese combines ethnography and oral history, the artistry of the documentarian with the dynamism of a collaborative process, in this extraordinary study of a community of otherwise cloistered nuns. By speaking at length with those who typically speak little, Reese's project raises important questions about when and why we talk about ourselves. By asking those living in community to tell their own stories, this work explores what it means to live a collective life.
"Ms. Abbie Reese is a wonderful storyteller. Aided by a visual presentation, Abbie captured in essence the life of the Poor Clare nuns located in Rockford, Illinois. This counter-cultural lifestyle which was basically foreign to our twenty-first century scholars left our students curious about a life solely dedicated to God long after the
"Our library recently had the privilege of hosting Abbie Reese, author of Dedicated to God: an Oral History of Cloistered Nuns. Our patrons were impressed not only by Abbie's knowledge, but by her relationship with the nuns she interviewed.
RECENT SELECT TALKS
The Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference at the Intersection Between Art, Science, and Culture - Plymouth, England; Conference on the History of Women Religious - Santa Clara University; Digital Arts and Digital Art History / Digital Memories, a joint conference at the University of Oxford – England; Writing Women’s Lives: Auto/Biography, Life Narratives, Myths and Historiography international symposium by the Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation and Yeditepe University – Istanbul, Turkey; Rethinking Intermediality in the Digital Age conference, Sapientia University Department of Film, Photography and Media – Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Mobility, Memory, Material Worlds: Crossroads and Convergences, a joint conference of the University of Chicago Anthropology Department and Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre Maison René-Ginouvès et d'ethnologie, Ritual Movement panelist – Chicago; CINESONIKA: Celebrating the Soundtrack conference, University of Ulster School of Creative Arts–Magee – Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland; Dr. Luc Schaedler's visual anthropology course, Film as Method at the University of Bern's Institute of Social Anthropology – Bern, Switzerland; Methods Workshop, Intermediality Research Unit at the University of the Arts – Bern, Switzerland; the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and the Department of Religion at Concordia University – Montreal; In/visibility: Projects, Media Politics, American Ethnological Society spring meeting in conjunction with the Society for Visual Anthropology – Boston; Society for Visual Anthropology annual Visual Research Conference – Chicago; American Anthropological Association annual conference, Filmmakers and Photographers: Experimental Trends panelist – Chicago; the Oral History Association's annual meeting, Oral History in Motion: Movements, Transformations, and the Power of Story – Madison; Visual Anthropology Society at Temple', Futures of Visual Anthropology conference – Philadelphia; the American Catholic Historical Association spring meeting, Xavier University – Cincinnati; the American Catholic Historical Association spring meeting, University of Notre Dame; University of Chicago Film Studies Center, cosponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute, the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and Calvert House – Chicago; Columbia University's Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series with the Oral History Master of Arts program – NYC; The Center for the Humanities at Temple – Philadelphia; Dr. Jayasinhji Jhala's Anthropology of Tourism course, Temple University Department of Visual Anthropology – Philadelphia; Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings' Gender and American Catholicism course at the University of Notre Dame; the Catholic High School of Baltimore; National Catholic Sisters Week, St. Catherine University – St. Paul, MN; Printers Row Lit Fest – Chicago; Seminary Co-op Bookstore – Chicago; Barnes & Noble – Rockford