Ita Ford Commemorative Lecture: “The Legacy of Ita Ford: Seeking Social Justice for the Poor
November 14, 2005
Ita Ford graduated from Marymount Manhattan in 1961. In 1971 she became a member of the Maryknoll Foreign Mission Sisters. She spent the following years working with the poor and displaced of Chile and El Salvador. She was in El Salvador working with refugees during that country's civil war, when she was brutally murdered, along with three other churchwomen, on December 2, 1980 by the National Guard.
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Ford's death. Marymount Manhattan College will celebrate her life and vision with a commemorative lecture on Monday, November 14, 2005.
Guest Lecturer: Curt Cadorette, Ph.D., MM
Dr. Cadorette holds the John Newman Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Rochester. Like Ita Ford, he is a member of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society, popularly known as Maryknoll. Dr. Cadorette has worked among the indigenous people of Peru's alti plano (the high Andean plateau) on and off for almost thirty years, and knew Ita Ford personally. He holds a Ph.D. in theology and has worked closely with Dr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, widely recognized for his groundbreaking book, A Theology of Liberation (Orbis Books, 1973). Dr. Cadorette's own book, From the Heart of the People (Orbis Books, 1988), is based on his own personal experience with the marginalized peoples of Latin America. He regularly brings students from the University of Rochester to the Peruvian alti plano as Director of the university's Peru In Depth Program.
Jeanne Evans, Ph.D.
Dr. Evans is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at MMC. She has published two books, including this year's Here I Am Lord: The Letters and Writings of Ita Ford, and numerous book reviews and articles. Her areas of study concentrate on social justice and liberation theology.
William P. Ford, Esq.
Mr. Ford is a Principal at Ford, Marrin, Esposito and Gleser. He is also the brother of Ita Ford. He has spent the past twenty-five years seeking justice in the case of his sister's death, making appearances across the country in an effort to shed light on the issues surrounding the murder of Ita Ford and her companions.
David Gandolfo, Ph.D.
Dr. Gandolfo recently joined the philosophy faculty at MMC. He did his doctoral at Loyola University, Chicago which included two years of research, writing and teaching at the University of Central America in El Salvador. His area of interest is Latin American liberation and philosophy, especially in the work of the Ibero-Salvadoran Jesuit philosopher/theologian, Ignacio Ellacuria. Currently he is working on the question, "What does a liberation philosophy developed in the so-called Third World have to say to us living in the center of world power?"
When: Monday, November 14, 2005, 4:00-6:00pm
Where: Marymount Manhattan College, Regina Peruggi Room
For more information on the Ita Ford Commemorative Lecture, please call 212-517-0473.