• Cushwa Center Lecture
  • Seminar in American Religion
  • Seminar in American Religion
  • Lived History of Vatican II research team

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.


The Spring 2016 American Catholic Studies Newsletter is now available. Learn more >>

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Q&A with Jennifer Callaghan on language in the liturgy after Vatican II


Jennifer Callaghan is a doctoral candidate in religious studies at Northwestern University. She received a 2015 Research Travel Grant from the Cushwa Center to support archival research for her dissertation, “Critical Mass: The Fall and Rise of Latin in the Long U.S. Catholic Liturgical Moment.”

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Upcoming Events

Shoulder & Shovelwork: Dead Poets and Eschatologies



Author and poet Thomas Lynch will present the annual Hibernian Lecture. His lecture will center around the poetry and recent deaths of Dennis O'Driscoll and Seamus Heaney.

Lynch, a funeral director, is the author of five collections of poems and four books of essays. His work has been the subject of two film documentaries: PBS Frontline

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