The June O'Connor papers consist of correspondence,
press clippings, fliers, newsletters, programs, typescripts, and documents. The
collection outlines Dr. O'Connor's career as an educator of religious studies at the
University of California, Riverside (UCR) from 1973 through 2007, in addition to
personal accomplishments preceding her arrival in Riverside, California. Her active
participation in the academic field of religious studies and religious organizations
is also documented.
Dr. June O'Connor came to the University of California, Riverside (UCR) in 1973.
Since arriving at UCR, she served as Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies
program and subsequent department. Dr. O'Connor completed a Bachelor of Arts degree
in English at Mundelein College (1964), a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theology at
Marquette University (1966), an M.A. in Religion at Temple University (1972), and a
Ph.D. in Religious Ethics at Temple University (1973). Her research in comparative
religious ethics focuses on selected issues such as violence and nonviolence,
abortion, feminist perspectives, third world theologies and testimonial writings,
and methods of ethical inquiry and analysis. Dr. O'Connor has published over 35
articles and two books: "The Moral Vision of Dorothy Day" (1991) and "The Quest for
Political and Spiritual Liberation: A Study in the Thought of Sri Aurobindo Ghose"
(1977). She received the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Faculty Public Service
Award at UCR. She has served as a research fellow at the UCR Center for Ideas and
Society, acting as the principal organizer of the conference "Religion and Ethnic
Conflict", held at the Riverside campus on April 28-30, 1995. In addition to being a
noted professor, she also regularly takes on the persona of advice columnist for
"Dear June", a column featured in Catholic Digest.
5.75 linear feet
(3 record storage boxes; on-shelf)
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Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote
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University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
The papers are open for research.