Past Conferences

Sponsoring scholarly conferences that attract people from all parts of the world has been a tradition at the Cushwa Center. Our conferences seek to expand the frontiers of knowledge and develop support networks for people working in the area of American Catholic studies.

Past conferences include:


Catholic Diasporas: The Irish and Mexicans in America

Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America
Events in conjunction with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious’ exhibit


Atlantic Catholicism: The French-American Connection
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


Camino a Emaus: The Word of God and Latino Catholics
Presented with the American Bible Society

Camino a Emaus Conference Preview

Catholics in the Movies


Catholicism in the American Century


Guadalupe, Madre de America
Presented with the Institute for Latino Studies


The Future of American Catholic History: A Conference in Honor of Christopher Kauffman


Uncommon Faithfulness: The Witness of African American Catholics


Rethinking U.S. Catholicism: International and Comparative Frameworks


Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Catholic Heritage
Presented with the Institute for Latino Studies


Interpreting the American Catholic Experience: The Achievement of Jay P. Dolan


Catholicism in Twentieth-Century America
This conference was the culmination of a three-year research initiative.


Understandings of America: Ethnicity, Intellectual History, and American Catholicism
Presented with the Notre Dame Department of History


Engendering American Catholic Studies


History of Christianity
This was a 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.           


American Catholicism in the Twentieth Century


Ireland and the United States: The Transatlantic Connection, 1800-1980


The Culture of American Catholicism
Presented with the Great Lakes American Studies Association


Perspectives on American Catholicism


Reinterpretation of American Catholic History
This conference predated the founding of the Center for the Study of American Catholicism, but it was a critical moment in the development of the idea of a center. Many historians of American Catholicism attended this conference, and it became the occasion to discuss the idea of a newsletter, a seminar, and other activities that would eventually become the agenda of the Center.