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Conference Explores Marian Themes

How did the Blessed Virgin Mary become one of the most powerful and complex figures in the world despite sparing mention of her in the Gospels? Acclaimed medieval historian Miri Ruben explored that question during Catholic University's Graduate Student Conference Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother Idea. The conference was held March 20 and 21 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) and on the campus of Catholic University. The conference was the premier event in its partnership with NMWA on the landmark exhibit Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)