The Cushwa Center Lecture

The Cushwa Center Lecture, first held in 1984, has grown from an occasional event to an annual opportunity for students, faculty, and community members beyond the university to hear from a distinguished individual about the relationship between religion and public life. The Cushwa Center Lecture is traditionally held in the fall.

Past Cushwa Center Lecturers include:

2013

John L. Allen, Jr., Author and Journalist
"Seeing the Church with Global Eyes: The Rise of a World Church and What It Means for American Catholics"

2012

Tom Tweed, University of Texas
“America’s Church: The National Shrine and Catholic Presence in the Nation’s Capital”

2011

Diane Batts Morrow, University of Georgia
"The Experience fo the Oblate Sisters of Providence During the Civil War Era"

2010

Sally M. Promey, Yale University
“Hearts and Stones: Material Transformations and the Stuff of Christian Practice in the United States”

2009

Michael E. Lee, Fordham University
“Ignació Ellacuría, Martyred Professor: A Catholic University Confronts El Salvador’s Reality.”

2007

Joseph Chinnici, O.F.M., Franciscan School of Theology
"American Catholicism in a World Made Small: The Fusion and Fracturing of Global Identity, 1945-1989"

2006

Francis Sullivan, S.J., Boston College
"Catholic Tradition and traditions"

2005

Patrick Allitt, Emory University
“Ellis and the Intellectuals: Fifty Years Later”

2004

Paul Elie, Author
“Tales from the Crypt:The Secret Life of American Catholic Writing”

2003

Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.Fordham University
“Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints”

2002

Joseph A. Komonchak, Catholic University of America
“Vatican II: The Experience and the Event”

2001

Laurence Moore, Cornell University
“Tocqueville, American Catholics, and American Democratic Culture”

Ron Hansen, Santa Clara University
“Hotly in Pursuit of the Real: the Catholic Writer”

2000

Ronald Numbers, University of Wisconsin
“The History of Religion and Health Care in America”
(Co-sponsored with the Erasmus Institute, the History of Philosophy and Science Program, and the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values)

Kathleen Kish Sklar, State University of New York at Binghamton
“Integrating Catholic-American History and American History”
(In conjunction with the Cushwa Center’s conference on “Catholicism in Twentieth Century America”)

Robert Goizueto, Boston College
“American Catholicism at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: Neither American nor Catholic?”
(In conjunction with the Cushwa Center’s conference on “Catholicism in Twentieth Century America”)

Kenneth Heinman, Ohio University
“A Catholic New Deal? Some Historical Heresies from the Great Depression”

1998

Richard Fox, Boston University
“Trials of Intimacy: Love and Loss in the Beecher-T. Hon Scandal”

1997

James Carroll, Author
“American Catholicism: War and Peace in the Sixties”

1995

Fr. Andrew Greely, University of Chicago
“The Spousal Image of God”

1994

José Casanova, New School for Social Research
“Transnational Catholicism and Globalism”

1991

Margaret O'Brien SteinfelsCommonweal magazine
“The Return of the Catholic Liberal”

1987

Paul Simon, U.S. Senator of Illinois
“Religion and Political Life: A Partnership of Convenience or Conviction?”

1985

Rembert G. Weakland, Archbishop of Milwaukee
“The Church and Economics”

1984

Martin E. Marty, University of Chicago
“From Personal to Private, From Political to Public Religion”