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Lecture on Irish missionary sisters highlights the links that fostered a distinctive Irish Catholicism around the globe

Author: Heather Gary

On March 29, Colin Barr presented a lecture on the global networks that connected Irish Catholic missionary sisters in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Barr’s lecture was based on research for his forthcoming book, Ireland’s Empire, which examines how missionaries from Erin fostered a distinctive “Hiberno-Roman” Catholic identity in the English-speaking world.

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Call for Papers: “Too Small a World”: Catholic Sisters as Global Missionaries

Author: Heather Gary

The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and the Conference on the History of Women Religious are pleased to announce an upcoming international symposium, “'Too Small a World': Catholic Sisters as Global Missionaries" scheduled for April 6-8, 2017, at the University of Notre Dame. …

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Q&A with Jennifer Callaghan on language in the liturgy after Vatican II

Author: Heather Gary

Jennifer Callaghan is a doctoral candidate in religious studies at Northwestern University. She received a 2015 Research Travel Grant from the Cushwa Center to support archival research for her dissertation, “Critical Mass: The Fall and Rise of Latin in the Long U.S. Catholic Liturgical Moment.”

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Interview with Will Kurtz, author of new book on Catholics and the Civil War

Author: Heather Gary

William B. Kurtz is digital historian and archivist at the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. His first book, Excommunicated from the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America, was published in 2015 by Fordham University Press. 

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Forthcoming book tells the story of Irish-Americans' role in Ireland's Easter Rising of 1916

Author: Heather Gary

Robert Schmuhl is the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame. He received the 2014 Hibernian Research Award in support of his forthcoming book, Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising, which will be released by Oxford University Press next month, just in time to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916.

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New Hesburgh Research Travel Grant program is launched; open to scholars of any academic discipline

Author: Heather Gary

The Cushwa Center is pleased to announce the new Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Research Travel Grant program, an initiative created to support research projects that consider and incorporate the legacy of Father Hesburgh, former president of the University of Notre Dame.

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Seminar in American Religion explores Jason C. Bivins’ book on jazz and religious studies

Author: Andrew Mach

On October 31, 2015, the Seminar in American Religion discussed Jason C. Bivins’ Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion (Oxford University Press, 2015). Bivins is professor of religious studies at North Carolina State University. Spirits Rejoice, his third monograph, challenges standard divisions between religion and the secular while examining jazz, race, and religious expression in U.S. history.

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American Catholic Studies Symposium focuses on experience of Hispanic Catholics in U.S. parishes

Author: Heather Gary

On October 7, 2015, the Cushwa Center hosted the American Catholic Studies Symposium, titled “Hispanic Catholics in 21st-Century Parish Life.” The conversation considered the findings of the recent National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry, designed and led by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in collaboration with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.

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Hibernian Lecture Kicks Off Cushwa Center’s 40th Anniversary Celebration With a Gilded Age Murder Mystery

Author: Andrew Mach

The fall 2015 Hibernian Lecture, held on September 11 in the McKenna Hall Auditorium, featured a presentation by Gillian O’Brien on the deadly underworld of late 19th-century Irish Chicago. O’Brien’s lecture, cosponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, was based on her book Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago, published in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press.

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Cushwa Center director to present Harvard’s Dudleian Lecture next week

Author: Heather Gary

Cummings Cushwa Center director Kathleen Sprows Cummings will present the 2015-16 Dudleian Lecture at Harvard Divinity School next Wednesday, October 28, at 5:15 p.m. Cummings' lecture, titled "American Afterlives: U.S. Nation-Saints and the Second Vatican Council," draws on her research for her forthcoming book, Citizen Saints: Catholics and Canonization in America…

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Kathleen Sprows Cummings elected vice president/president-elect of the American Catholic Historical Association

Author: Heather Gary

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected vice president of the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA).

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Cushwa director provides context, commentary for media in run-up to papal visit

Author: Heather Gary

Cushwa director Kathleen Sprows Cummings has been spending more time than usual in front of the camera and on the phone with members of the media who are gearing up for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States later this month—and who are just trying to keep up with the latest round of announcements from the news-making pontiff.

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The Cushwa Center celebrates its 40th anniversary with a little help from past directors

Author: Heather Gary

The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame kicks off its 40th anniversary celebration this week. Throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, the Center is sponsoring events that highlight the contributions of Cushwa’s previous directors—Jay P. Dolan, R. Scott Appleby, and Timothy Matovina—as well as the Center’s continuing influence on the field of U.S. Catholic history.

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Why visit Catholic archives to research projects that aren't overtly Catholic? Research Travel Grant recipient Sean Rost explains

Author: Heather Gary

Sean Rost is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Missouri. As a recipient of a Cushwa Center Research Travel Grant this year, he traveled to South Bend for a few days this summer to work in the archives for his dissertation on anti-Klan activism in 1920s Missouri.

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