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Meet Research Travel Grant recipient Gracjan Kraszewski

Author: Heather Gary

Gracjan Kraszewski is a Ph.D. student in history at Mississippi State University. As one of Cushwa's 2015 Research Travel Grant recipients, he traveled to Notre Dame to use the archives for his dissertation, which is titled "Dogma and Dixie: Southern Catholics and the American Civil War."

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Meet Research Travel Grant recipient Todd Ream

Author: Heather Gary

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Todd C. Ream is professor of higher education at Taylor University. As a 2015 Research Travel Grant recipient, he traveled to Notre Dame to conduct research on Francis Wallace, a prominent sportswriter in the first half of the 20th century.

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Seminar in American Religion explores Jason C. Bivins’ book on jazz and religious studies

Author: Andrew Mach

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On October 31, 2015, the Seminar in American Religion discussed Jason C. Bivins’ Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion (Oxford University Press, 2015). Bivins is professor of religious studies at North Carolina State University. Spirits Rejoice, his third monograph, challenges standard divisions between religion and the secular while examining jazz, race, and religious expression in U.S. history.

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American Catholic Studies Symposium focuses on experience of Hispanic Catholics in U.S. parishes

Author: Heather Gary

On October 7, 2015, the Cushwa Center hosted the American Catholic Studies Symposium, titled “Hispanic Catholics in 21st-Century Parish Life.” The conversation considered the findings of the recent National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry, designed and led by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in collaboration with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.

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Hibernian Lecture Kicks Off Cushwa Center’s 40th Anniversary Celebration With a Gilded Age Murder Mystery

Author: Andrew Mach

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The fall 2015 Hibernian Lecture, held on September 11 in the McKenna Hall Auditorium, featured a presentation by Gillian O’Brien on the deadly underworld of late 19th-century Irish Chicago. O’Brien’s lecture, cosponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, was based on her book Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago, published in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press.

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Cushwa Center director to present Harvard’s Dudleian Lecture next week

Author: Heather Gary

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Cushwa Center director Kathleen Sprows Cummings will present the 2015-16 Dudleian Lecture at Harvard Divinity School next Wednesday, October 28, at 5:15 p.m. Cummings' lecture, titled "American Afterlives: U.S. Nation-Saints and the Second Vatican Council," draws on her research for her forthcoming book, Citizen Saints: Catholics and Canonization in America

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

Author: Heather Gary

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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.

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

Author: Heather Gary

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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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Meet Research Travel Grant recipient Jason Sprague

Author: Heather Gary

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Jason Sprague is a PhD candidate in religious studies at the University of Iowa. As a 2015 Research Travel Grant recipient, he traveled to Notre Dame to use the archives for—and answer our questions about—his dissertation, “‘The Shadow of a Cross’: Odawa Catholicism in Waganakisi, 1765–1825.” 

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The Cushwa Center presents "Outsider at the Vatican: Frederick Franck's Drawings from the Second Vatican Council"

Author: Heather Gary

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An exhibit of rarely seen drawings from the Second Vatican Council will be on display in South Bend this August and September to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II.  

The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture present Outsider at the Vatican: Frederick Franck’s Drawings from the Second Vatican Council

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Spring 2015 Seminar in American Religion

Author: Heather Gary

On April 11, the Seminar in American Religion discussed Grant Wacker’s biography of Billy Graham, America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation (Harvard University Press, 2014). An unusually large crowd of about 60 visitors packed the room in McKenna Conference Center and enjoyed a stimulating morning

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World Youth Day Research Brings Jane Skjoldli to the Cushwa Center

Author: Heather Gary

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Jane Skjoldli is a Ph.D. candidate in the study of religion at University of Bergen in Norway. She is the Cushwa fellow for the 2015 spring semester. Her dissertation has the working title “Pope John Paul II: A Globiography.” American Catholic Studies Newsletter

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ACHA 2015 Spring Meeting at Notre Dame Features Plenary Sessions by Mark Noll, Philip Gleason

Author: Heather Gary

From March 26 to 28, the University of Notre Dame hosted the American Catholic Historical Association’s 2015 Spring Meeting. The event was, to judge from the feedback of presenters and attendees, a great success. Just a few minutes spent mingling during coffee breaks between panels revealed an abundance of new connections, happy reunions, and fruitful discussion among conferees. In terms of both topic and timeframe, the meeting covered an extraordinary amount of ground. Junior scholars (yours truly included) greatly benefited from the feedback, critique, and support of experienced colleagues, proving that the ACHA is making great efforts to foster the next generation of scholarship.…

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Mark Noll to deliver ACHA keynote address in place of Michael Hochgeschwender

Author: Heather Gary

The keynote speaker for the American Catholic Historical Association's spring meeting, Michael Hochgeschwender, has canceled his public lecture this Thursday due to illness. Conference participants will instead hear from Mark Noll, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Noll's talk, titled "Catholic Opinion Concerning Protestant Responsibility for the Civil War," continues on the Civil War sesquicentennial theme that Hochgeschwender intended to address. It will take place at the same time and place, 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the McKenna Hall auditorium, and it is free and open to the public.…

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Gretchen Buggeln on “Art, Architecture, and Liturgical Space in Postwar America”

Author: Heather Gary

On February 23, Gretchen Buggeln presented a lecture titled “Art, Architecture, and Liturgical Space in Postwar America.” Buggeln holds the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christianity and the Arts at Valparaiso University, where she is on the faculty of Christ College. Cosponsored by the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, the Institute for Church Life, and the School of Architecture, Buggeln’s lecture was based on her forthcoming book, The Suburban Church: Modernism and Community in Postwar America, which will be published by University of Minnesota Press in December.

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