For the 2017 Hibernian Lecture, Ian McBride shared new sources and insights on both immediate and long-term effects of Ireland's penal laws.
Benjamin Wetzel revisits the 2017 Cushwa Center Lecture by Rev. Thomas Blantz, C.S.C.
Guillerm received a Research Travel Grant in 2017 to study the intersection of French Catholicism, state building, and popular devotion in the early republic.
The fall 2017 Seminar in American Religion discussed Ulrich’s A House Full of Females.
McCarron received funds to study the stance of Irish Americans and the Catholic Church toward Chinese immigrants and the anti-Chinese movement that culminated in the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
In September, the Cushwa Center sponsored a lecture and discussion commemorating a landmark document for Catholic university life.
Catherine Osborne explores the history and significance of a survey of more than 130,000 women religious conducted in 1967. The survey dataset has recently been made available open access through Notre Dame.
Dugan received a 2017 Research Travel Grant to study young missionaries and their impact on Catholicism in America.
McEvoy received travel grant funds to study Father Hesburgh’s work on immigration and refugee issues.
The Cushwa Center in collaboration with the Office of the President at Notre Dame will host five Catholic university presidents on Sept. 5 for a lecture and panel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the drafting and signing of the Land O’Lakes Statement.
Huey received a 2017 Research Travel Grant to study the devotional practices of German American Catholic women.
González, a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received a 2017 Research Travel Grant from the Cushwa Center.
Benjamin Wetzel reviews John B. Boles’ Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty (Basic, 2017).
Patrick J. Hayes revisits June’s three-day conference, North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622–1939.
Ridgely received a 2017 Research Travel Grant for her project on the generational effects of desegregation in the Diocese of Raleigh.
Chamberlain received a 2016 Research Travel Grant to study American Catholics’ interest in contemporary “religious icons” the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel.
Davis received funding for research for her book in progress, American Converts: Religion and Identity Since World War II. She recently visited the Notre Dame Archives to consult materials on Clare Boothe Luce, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton.
Peter Cajka and Benjamin Wetzel will join the Cushwa Center for research appointments beginning in July.
We recently sat down with Research Travel Grant recipient Stephen Koeth, C.S.C., about his dissertation research on the postwar suburbanization of American Catholics. Stephen, a Holy Cross priest, is a doctoral candidate in history at Columbia University. His writing has appeared in The Journal of Church and State and U.S. Catholic Historian.
Eladio Bobadilla is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at Duke University. His dissertation is entitled “‘One People Without Borders’: The Chicano Roots of the Immigrants Rights Movement, 1954–1994,” and explores how Mexican Americans, long ambivalent and even opposed to undocumented immigration, came to see themselves and the undocumented as “one people.” He was awarded a 2016 Theodore M. Hesburgh Travel Grant to consult Father Hesburgh’s papers related to his work on the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy.
The Cushwa Center is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual grants and awards. Across the center's four programs, a record 25 scholars have accepted funding offers for a variety of research projects. Funds will support travel to Notre Dame's University Archives as well as to research sites in Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Rome, Italy.
On February 10, the Cushwa Center and Play Like a Champion Today welcomed historian Timothy Neary to Notre Dame for a lecture on Bishop Bernard Sheil’s founding of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). After his presentation, a panel explored Bishop Sheil’s relevance for the mission of Catholic sports programs today. More than 30 youth sports leaders from 20 cities traveled to South Bend to participate.
Maureen Wangard, who recently received her Ph.D. in higher education administration, took an unusual and timely direction in the interdisciplinary research for which she received the Cushwa Center’s support in summer 2016. Her Research Travel Grant, named for Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., allowed her to visit Notre Dame and explore the University Archives for 1960s documents relevant to Rev. Paul Reinert, S.J. This long-time president of Saint Louis University, who collaborated frequently with Father Hesburgh, joined with him in key initiatives to shape the future of governance for Catholic universities, Wangard says. She studied Father Reinert’s legacy of leadership in her dissertation research and now is expanding and refocusing her work as a biography of the Jesuit. Her book is intended for publication in 2018, when Saint Louis University will celebrate its bicentennial year.…
Thomas P. Lynch
Thomas P. Lynch, a poet and funeral director with roots in Ireland and Michigan, combined reflections on life and death with tributes to two recently deceased Irish poets when he spoke at Notre Dame on September 9, 2016. The occasion was the Cushwa Center’s annual Hibernian Lecture, focused this year on the work of Seamus Heaney and Dennis O’Driscoll, both of whom Lynch considered from his perspective as an Irish-American writer who deals professionally with death and dying. He honored the two masters of multiple genres, who died in 2013 and 2012, respectively, by recalling their inspiration for his own writing.…
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, begins her term on Jan. 6 as president of the American Catholic Historical Association for 2017. Cummings, an associate professor of American studies and history, rose to the leadership position during the association’s annual conference in Denver.…