Global History and Catholicism

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The Cushwa Center conference “Global History and Catholicism” will convene April 4–6, 2019, at the University of Notre Dame to explore the intersection between global history—arguably the most significant development in historical scholarship over the last generation—and the history of the Roman Catholic Church, one of the world’s most global institutions. Papers and panels will consider the ways in which globalization has shaped the Catholic Church as well as the impact of Catholic actors and entities on global history from the late 18th century to the present.


See below for a link to the full conference schedule as well as information on registration, lodging, and travel. Please email questions to





The conference begins with lunch on Thursday, April 4, and closes with an afternoon session on Saturday, April 6. All sessions take place in Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall.


Download the conference program to see the full schedule of events.




Lodging for the conference is available at a number of area hotels. Guests may also wish to explore other options, such as the Sacred Heart Parish Center on Notre Dame’s campus or Airbnb. Room blocks are being held at the following hotels:



The Morris Inn

1399 Notre Dame Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617


“Global History and Catholicism” booking link  |  cut-off date: March 12, 2019  |  rooms available April 3 at $139 per night, April 4–6 at $179 per night  |  located adjacent to McKenna Hall on Notre Dame’s campus  |  cancellation policy: by 4:00 p.m. EST, at least 24 hours prior to arrival, to avoid a one-night penalty charge


Embassy Suites

1140 E. Angela Blvd., South Bend, IN 46617


“Global History and Catholicism” booking link  |  Cut-off date: March 13, 2019  |  $164 per night for one-room suite with king bed  |  $194 per night for two-room suite with two queen beds  |  rooms available April 3–6  |  made to order breakfast included  |  nightly evening reception with complimentary light appetizers and beverages  |  cancellation policy: 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid one-night penalty charge



The Fairfield Inn

1220 E. Angela Blvd., South Bend, IN 46617


“Global History and Catholicism” booking link  |  Cut-off date: March 4, 2019  |  rooms available April 3–6  |  $150 per night for king-bed room  |  $160 per night for two-queen-beds room  |  breakfast included  |  cancellation policy: cancel 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid one-night penalty charge



The Inn at Saint Mary’s

53993 Indiana State Route 933, South Bend, IN 46637


Call 574-232-4000 to reserve in the room block “Global History and Catholicism”  |  cut-off date: March 4, 2019  |  $135 per night; rooms available April 3–6  |  breakfast included  |  shuttle service available  |  cancellation policy: 72 hours prior to avoid one-night penalty charge





By Air

South Bend International Airport (airport code SBN) is about 15 minutes by car from Notre Dame’s campus. Various ground transit methods are available (e.g., taxi, rental car, Uber, Lyft). Visitors also can fly into Chicago then drive or take a bus to Notre Dame. Notre Dame is about two hours by car from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and about 90 minutes from Midway International Airport. Coach USA operates a bus shuttle several times daily between Notre Dame's campus and Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway airports.


By Train

Amtrak operates trains stopping daily in South Bend. The South Shore Line trains run directly from the Chicago Loop (at the corner of Michigan and Randolph) to the South Bend Regional Airport (about a three-hour trip). From the airport, Notre Dame is approximately a 15-minute ride by car. Various transportation methods are available (e.g., taxi, rental car, Uber, Lyft).



Free parking passes will be available for registered guests to park in the Joyce, Compton, or Walsh Architecture lots on campus (each marked with a “C” on the campus map at Additional parking will be available in the stadium lot on Saturday, April 6. Request parking passes at the registration desk in McKenna Hall.





All sessions at the conference are free and open to the public, but registration is required in order to join conference meals. The general registration fee is $75, or $50 for graduate students. Faculty, staff, and students of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College may attend at no charge. Meals will be provided to registered attendees from lunch on Thursday, April 4, through lunch on Saturday, April 6, including a banquet dinner Friday evening. Guests should indicate on the registration form which meals they will attend. 


Registration is now closed. The cutoff for cancellation refunds is March 21, 2019. Please email us at or call 574-631-5441 with any questions.



Special thanks to Notre Dame cosponsors of this conference: the Ansari Institute; the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters; Latin American North American Church Concerns at the Kellogg Institute; and Notre Dame Research.