Conferences

The Cushwa Center sponsors conferences on a wide array of topics that bring together historians, theologians, sociologists, and other scholars. Unless otherwise noted, conference sessions are open to the Notre Dame community and broader public. 
 
Calls for papers for upcoming conferences are shared on the center's news feed, and upcoming event and conference information is published on our events calendar. Browse below the variety of past conferences hosted by the center.


2022

Twelfth Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious: Diversity and Dignity Across Time and Place
June 26–29, 2022

Gender, Sex, and Power: Towards a History of Clergy Sex Abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church
March 27–28, 2022

2019

Eleventh Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious: Commemoration, Preservation, Celebration
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana | June 23–26, 2019

Global History and Catholicism
April 4–6, 2019

2018

A Pedagogy of Peace: The Theory and Practice of Catholic Women Religious and Migrant Education
Kylemore Abbey Global Center | March 14–17, 2018

2017

North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622–1939
Rome Global Gateway | June 5–7, 2017

Too Small a World: Catholic Sisters as Global Missionaries
April 6–8, 2017

2016

Tenth Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious
Santa Clara University | June 26–29, 2016

2015

The Nun in the World: Catholic Sisters and Vatican II
London Global Gateway | May 7–9, 2015

American Catholic Historical Association Spring Meeting
March 26–28, 2015

2014

American Catholicism in a World Made Small: Transnational Approaches to U.S. Catholic History
Rome Global Gateway | June 6–20, 2014

The Lived History of Vatican II
April 24–26, 2014

2011

Catholic Diasporas: The Irish and Mexicans in America
March 31 – April 2, 2011

2010

Atlantic Catholicism: The French-American Connection
May 27–28, 2010

cosponsored by Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts in the College of Arts and Letters

2009

Camino a Emaus: The Word of God and Latino Catholics
July 30 – August 1, 2009

presented with the American Bible Society (see preview and recap videos)

Catholics in the Movies
April 2–4, 2009

2008

Catholicism in the American Century
April 17–19, 2008

2006

Guadalupe, Madre de América: Narrative, Image, and Devotion
November 9–11, 2006

presented with the Institute for Latino Studies

2005

The Future of American Catholic History: A Conference in Honor of Christopher Kauffman
April 8–9, 2005

2004

Uncommon Faithfulness: The Witness of African American Catholics
March 11–14, 2004

2003

Rethinking U.S. Catholicism: International and Comparative Frameworks
March 14–15, 2003

2002

Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Catholic Heritage
April 13–14, 2002

presented with the Institute for Latino Studies

2001

Interpreting the American Catholic Experience: The Achievement of Jay P. Dolan
March 16–17, 2001

2000

Catholicism in Twentieth-Century America
March 9–11, 2000

This conference was the culmination of a three-year research initiative.

1997

Understandings of America: Ethnicity, Intellectual History, and American Catholicism
April 25, 1997

symposium in honor of Philip Gleason sponsored by the Department of History, cosponsored by the Cushwa Center

1995

Engendering American Catholic Studies
September 29 – October 1, 1995

1992

Sesquicentennial Conference on the History of Christianity
March 26–28, 1992

The Cushwa Center sponsored this joint meeting of the American Society of Church History and the American Catholic Historical Association to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the University of Notre Dame.

1990

American Catholicism in the Twentieth Century
November 1–3, 1990

1987

Colloquium on the History of Women Religious
October 2, 1987

Ireland and the United States: The Transatlantic Connection, 1800–1980
April 10–11, 1987

1985

The Culture of American Catholicism
October 4–5, 1985

presented with the Great Lakes American Studies Association

1982

Perspectives on American Catholicism
November 19–20, 1982

1974

Reinterpretation of American Catholic History
October 1974

Organized by Jay P. Dolan, this conference catalyzed the subsequent launch of a newsletter and center for American Catholic studies at Notre Dame. Historians of American Catholicism attended and discussed the idea of a newsletter, a working papers seminar, and other activities that would eventually become the agenda of the center's early years.