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January 20, 2010  


Professor Emerita returns to Brescia to take audience on fascinating tour of the College’s 90-year history

London, ON – The audience at An Illustrated Herstory Tour for St. Angela Merici is assured a few surprises when Dr. Patricia Skidmore-Skuce takes them on a pictorial tour of Brescia University College’s history, guided by founding Ursuline St. Angela Merici.

The tour, hosted by The Circle Women’s Centre, will be presented as part of the Sophia Series on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. in celebration of Brescia’s 90th Anniversary. The event takes place in the St. James Building Auditorium at Brescia. Parking is free.

Since its inception, Brescia’s community has embraced and encouraged the education of women, social justice, and community service. The Sophia Series is designed to educate audiences about the depth and richness of women’s wisdom. It is fitting that St. Angela be remembered as Brescia’s illustrious 90-year history is celebrated. St. Angela (1474-1540) has been described as “a sage and a searcher” by Sister Frances Ryan, co-ordinator of the Department of French. St. Angela established the Order of St. Ursula in 1535 at a time when women were not encouraged to lead. Her wisdom has long been revered at Brescia and inspired the Ursuline Sisters to establish Canada’s only women’s university in 1919.

Professor Emerita Skidmore-Skuce taught history at Brescia for nearly 40 years (1970 to 2008). Her students explored the history of England, Europe, and Canada, oral history and the history of women. Skidmore-Skuce has said she had the most fun sharing historical tales of Brescia itself, which she captured in two books published in 1980 and 2007 respectively.

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This event has been endowed by the Ursuline Sisters of Chatham.

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For more information please contact:

Kim Young Milani, Director
The Circle Women’s Centre
Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28385


Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit