Kate Ott: Remembering Ada María Isasi-Díaz

Kate Ott, assistant professor of Christian Social Ethics at Drew University and a Catholic, has written a lovely memorial to feminist theologian Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz. This was posted on the Feminist Studies in Religion blog:

As many reading this blog may have already heard, Dr. Ada María Isasi-Díaz passed away in the early morning on May 13, 2012.  While there are many other more qualified scholars, colleagues and friends to write a memorializing blog than I, I take up the task with humility and responsibility. I have known Ada since 1999 when she spoke in one of Rev. Dr. Letty Russell’s courses, Third World Women’s Theologies. This was a transformative class for my own formation, but what I could not believe was that one of the authors of our assigned readings came to have lunch and teach us.  As my partner often reminds me, I proclaimed that evening, “I met one of the coolest women in the world.”

After that meeting I was lucky enough to have a number of other opportunities to get to know Ada and continue to study her scholarship.  From a travel seminar to Cuba to hearing about her recent pilgrimage in Spain, from a quiet lunch in New York City to lectures at three different seminaries, I had plenty of opportunity to learn from Ada, who always had a story and advice to share.  Ada was an inspiration to me as Roman Catholic woman wondering where my place in academia might be.   I also often found myself uncomfortable in conversations with her, especially as a Master’s student rather clumsily discovering how my race and nationality blinded me to my privilege.

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