The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism brings together scholars from history, theology, women’s studies, sociology, religious studies, American studies, and English to interpret the American Catholic experience.
Eladio Bobadilla is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at Duke University. His dissertation is entitled “‘One People Without Borders’: The Chicano Roots of the Immigrants Rights Movement, 1954–1994,” and explores how Mexican Americans, long ambivalent and even opposed to undocumented immigration, came to see themselves and the undocumented as “one people.” He was awarded a 2016 Theodore M. Hesburgh Travel Grant to consult Father Hesburgh’s papers related to his work on the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy.
The Cushwa Center is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual grants and awards. Across the center's four programs, a record 25 scholars have accepted funding offers for a variety of research projects. Funds will support travel to Notre Dame's University Archives as well as to research sites in Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Rome, Italy.
On February 10, the Cushwa Center and Play Like a Champion Today welcomed historian Timothy Neary to Notre Dame for a lecture on Bishop Bernard Sheil’s founding of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). After his presentation, a panel explored Bishop Sheil’s relevance for the mission of Catholic sports programs today. More than 30 youth sports leaders from 20 cities traveled to South Bend to participate.
Kyle Roberts (Loyola University Chicago) will offer a public talk exploring the ways in which new digital humanities projects, such as the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project (jesuitlibrariesprovenanceproject.com), have allowed us to recover the central importance of print to American Catholics in the 19th century.
"Brokers, Fixers, and Traffickers across Three Empires: the Niche Activities of the Irish Clerical Diaspora, 1550–1815"
Thomas O'Connor of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, will deliver this keynote address for the Cushwa Center's international conference, North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622–1939, scheduled for 5–7 June 2017.