• Seminar in American Religion
  • 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.

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Cushwa director provides context, commentary for media in run-up to papal visit


Cushwa director Kathleen Sprows Cummings has been spending more time than usual in front of the camera and on the phone with members of the media who are gearing up for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States later this month—and who are just trying to keep up with the latest round of announcements from the news-making pontiff.

The Cushwa Center celebrates its 40th anniversary with a little help from past directors


The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame kicks off its 40th anniversary celebration this week. Throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, the Center is sponsoring events that highlight the contributions of Cushwa’s previous directors—Jay P. Dolan, R. Scott Appleby, and Timothy Matovina—as well as the Center’s continuing influence on the field of U.S. Catholic history.

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Upcoming Events

American Catholic Studies Symposium: "Hispanic Catholics in 21st-Century Parish Life"


Hosffman OspinoThis conversation will build on the initial findings of the recent National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry, acknowledging the relevance of this work for the study of U.S. Latino Catholicism and a more dynamic understanding of the American Catholic experience in the 21st century. Panelists include Hosffman Ospino, Christian Smith, Dora Tobar, and Edward Hahnenberg. 

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