Catholic Diasporas


Location: McKenna Hall Center for Continuing Education

Catholic Diasporas: The Irish and Mexican in America

The Irish have shaped U.S. Catholicism and its impact on the wider society more than any other group since the first great waves of immigration in the nineteenth century. Today the rising influence of Hispanic Catholics, two thirds of them from Mexican backgrounds, is the leading indicator for ongoing developments in the twenty-first century. This conference will examine the Mexican and Irish experience in their native and adoptive homelands, shedding new light on their significance through comparative analysis. The conference is free and open to the public. All sessions are in the McKenna Hall Center for Continuing Education.

This conference begins on begins on Thursday March 31st and concludes on Saturday, April 2, 2011.

March 31
History and Memory (Thursday 7:30 PM): Nicholas Canny ( National University of Ireland, Galway) and Davíd Carrasco (Harvard University).
Commentator: Patrick Griffin (University of Notre Dame).

April 1
The Church and Revolutionary Politics (Friday 9:00 AM): Kevin Whelan (Keough Notre Dame Study Centre, Dublin) and Julia Darling Young (George Mason University).
Commentator: Jaime Pensado (University of Notre Dame).

Literature (Friday 2:00 PM): Marjorie Howes (Boston College) and Ellen McCracken (University of California Santa Barbara).
Commentator: José Limόn (University of Notre Dame).

April 2
Worship and Devotion (Saturday 9:00 AM): Diarmuid Ó Giollain (University of Notre Dame) and William Taylor (University of California Berkeley).
Commentator: Jaime Lara (University of Notre Dame).

Irish and Mexican Catholics in America (Saturday 2:00 PM): Timothy Matovina (University of Notre Dame) and Timothy Meagher (Catholic University of America).
Commentator: Jay P. Dolan (University of Notre Dame).