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Loyola University New Orleans Presents "Janet Mary Riley: An Angel With Teeth"

Loyola press release - April 9, 2018

On Wednesday, Loyola University New Orleans' award-winning J.Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library will host a special lecture regarding an esteemed alumna who served as the first female law professor in New Orleans and a voice for social justice in Louisiana.

Janet Allured, professor of history and women's studies at McNeese State University, will present the lecture "Janet Mary Riley: an Angel with Teeth," in conjunction with Monroe Library's special collections and archives exhibit "Janet Mary Riley: A Voice for Social Justice In Louisiana," as part of the citywide NOLA4Women exhibition series that seeks to celebrate generations of women who have built and rebuilt the city of New Orleans.

The lecture takes place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Loyola's Monroe Library, Multimedia II, Room 133. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Janet Allured is Professor of History and Women's Studies at McNeese State University. Her latest book is "Remapping Second-Wave Feminism: The Long Women's Rights Movement in Louisiana, 1950-1997" (University of Georgia Press, 2016). She is currently at work on a monograph about southern Methodist women as progressive reformers, 1939-2000.

Janet Mary Riley, Loyola alumna and first female law professor in New Orleans, remained dedicated throughout her career to protecting the rights of the disenfranchised in Louisiana. Riley's papers housed in the Special Collections & Archives at Monroe Library Loyola University New Orleans are the focus of the library's new exhibit showcasing letters, publications, awards, and legal achievements that bring Ms. Riley to life in her own words.

This lecture is funded through a Loyola University New Orleans Strength in Diversity grant.

Questions can be directed to Kure D. Croker at

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