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Catholic Studies Program Hosts Mary Magdalene Symposium

A painting of Mary Magdalene wearing a red dress against a blue background


Georgetown Hosts A Day with Mary Magdalene Symposium
April 5 event to feature scholarly presentations, film screening, panel discussion

Washington, D.C. — The Georgetown College Catholic Studies Program presents A Day with Mary Magdalene, a daylong symposium on the life of Mary Magdalene, to be held Thursday, April 5 at Georgetown University’s Healey Family Student Center.

The event was planned in conjunction with the celebration of the Easter season and the upcoming release of the feature film Mary Magdalene, starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix. The film’s trailer will be screened at the symposium.

“From the repentant prostitute to the Apostle to the Apostles, the riddle of Mary Magdalene has intrigued artists, filmmakers, theologians, and scholars for centuries,” said Professor Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, Haub Director of the Catholic Studies Program. “A variety of these opinions will be considered throughout A Day with Mary Magdalene, including the contemporary scriptural and feminist scholarship that influenced Rooney Mara, the most recent actress to be filmed in this role.”

The two-session symposium will feature four research presentations on Mary Magdalene from scholars at Catholic universities from across the country. The last hour of the symposium will be devoted to a plenary panel featuring presenters from throughout the day.

Presenters and subjects are as follows:

“The Earliest Magdalene: Varied Portrayals in the Early Gospel Narratives”
Edmondo Lupieri, John Cardinal Cody Chair in Theology
Loyola University of Chicago

“A Saint for All Seasons: The Versatility of Mary Magdalen in the Early Medieval Period”
Theresa Gross-Diaz, Associate Professor of History
Loyola University of Chicago

“The Medieval Magdalen: Then and Now”
Katherine L. Jansen, Professor and Chair, History Department
Catholic University of America

“The Magdalene from Canvas to the Silverscreen”
Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, Professor of Catholic Studies
Georgetown University

There is no cost to attend this event. Lunch and coffee will be served. Please RSVP on Eventbrite. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Thursday, March 29, by emailing A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.

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