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2010 Symposium on Information and Religion

Fall 2010: Nancy Nason-Clark, Ph.D., Founder and director of The RAVE Project

What happens in religious congregations when the subject of domestic violence comes up?

For more than 20 years, Nancy Nason-Clark, Ph.D., founder and director of The RAVE Project, has been writing and speaking about the "holy hush" that hovers over most religious congregations when it comes to talking about this kind of abuse.

Nason-Clark presented "Shattering the Holy Hush: Harnessing Information and Technology to Enable Pastors and Churches to Respond to Domestic Violence in their Communities" on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, as guest speaker for the fall 2010 Symposium on Information and Religion, hosted by the Center for the Study of Information and Religion in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University.

The RAVE Project is an initiative that seeks to bring knowledge and social action together to assist families of faith impacted by abuse. Nason-Clark, professor of sociology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, is author of The Battered Wife (1997) and co-author with Catherine Clark Kroeger of No Place for Abuse (2001) and Refuge from Abuse (2004). She is co-editor of Feminist Narratives and the Sociology of Religion (with Mary Jo Neitz, 2000) and Understanding Abuse: Partnering for Change (with M.L. Stirling, C.A. Cameron and B. Miedema, 2004). She has published more than 75 articles or chapters on her research and addressed audiences in the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Australia, Asia and the United States. For more information, visit

For a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from Nason-Clark's address to SLIS students, see Information Needs of Victims of Domestic Violence. 

For a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from her address to the Kent State community, see Shattering the Holy Hush.

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