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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.


American Catholic Studies Newsletter

Photos from the 2014 Rome Seminar



The American Catholic Studies Newsletter

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Lead Story

A Canvas of Light: Tracing the Artistic Vision of Thomas O’Shaughnessy
by Ellen Skerrett

Recap of Recent Events

Cushwa Center Lecture: John L. Allen, Jr. on the Rise of the Global Church and What that Means for U.S. Catholics

Seminar in American Religion: Sarah Osborn’s World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America by Catherine A. Brekus

Seminar in American Religion: The Death and Afterlife of the North American Martyrs by Emma Anderson

Hibernian Lecture: the Irish Way: Becoming American in a Multiethnic City by James R. Barrett

Four Questions: Una Cadegan on All Good Books Are Catholic Books

Cushwa Center Announcements

2014 Research Travel Grant Awards

Publications and Awards

Archives Report

University of Notre Dame Archives: New Collections in 2013

History of Women Religious

HWR Announcements

Ninth Triennial Conference Recap

Upcoming Events of Interest

Book Review

The Spirit’s Tether: Family, Work, and Religion among American Catholics by Mary Ellen Konieczny
Reviewed by Patricia Wittberg

Recent Publications of Interest
Upcoming Cushwa Center Events

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Upcoming Events

Lecture: Ron Hansen


"Seeing into the Middle of Things: On Being a Catholic Writer" will be presented by Ron Hansen, author of author of eight novels (including A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, Exiles, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) and three short story collections.

Seminar in American Religion


Paula M. Kane, associate professor and John and Lucine O'Brien Marous Chair of Contemporary Catholic Studies at University of Pittsburgh, will discuss her book, Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America (University of North Carolina Press, 2013).

Commentators for this seminar are Ron Hansen, Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ Professor of English at Santa Clara University, and Mary Ellen Konieczny, assistant professor of sociology at University of Notre Dame.

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