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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.


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

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From Ireland and Michigan, a Funeral Director Echoes Poetic Insights of Heaney and O'Driscoll

Thomas P. Lynch, a poet and funeral director with roots in Ireland and Michigan, combined reflections on life and death with tributes to two recently deceased Irish poets when he spoke at Notre Dame on September 9, 2016. The occasion was the Cushwa Center’s annual Hibernian Lecture, focused this year on the genius of Seamus Heaney and Dennis O’Driscoll, considered from Lynch’s distinct perspective as an Irish-American writer who deals professionally with death and dying. He honored the two masters of multiple genres, who died in 2013 and 2012 respectively, by recalling their inspiration for his own writing.…

Cushwa Center Director Cummings to Lead Catholic Historian Group

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, begins her term on Jan. 6 as president of the American Catholic Historical Association for 2017. Cummings, an associate professor of American studies and history, rose to the leadership position during the association’s annual conference in Denver.…

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A Symposium Honoring Thomas Kselman


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Colleagues, friends, and former doctoral students gather to celebrate the career of Thomas Kselman, professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.

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