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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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Visiting Researcher Studies Collaboration of Fr. Hesburgh and SLU President, Paul Reinert, S.J.

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Maureen Wangard, who recently received her Ph.D. in higher education administration, took an unusual and timely direction in the interdisciplinary research for which she received the Cushwa Center’s support in summer 2016. Her Research Travel Grant, named for Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., allowed her to visit Notre Dame and explore the University Archives for 1960s documents relevant to Rev. Paul Reinert, S.J. This long-time president of Saint Louis University, who collaborated frequently with Father Hesburgh, joined with him in key initiatives to shape the future of governance for Catholic universities, Wangard says. She studied Father Reinert’s legacy of leadership in her dissertation research and now is expanding and refocusing her work as a biography of the Jesuit. Her book is intended for publication in 2018, when Saint Louis University will celebrate its bicentennial year.…

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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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