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The Cushwa Center presents "Outsider at the Vatican: Frederick Franck's Drawings from the Second Vatican Council"

Author: Heather Gary

An exhibit of rarely seen drawings from the Second Vatican Council will be on display in South Bend this August and September to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II.   The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture present Outsider at the Vatican: Frederick Franck’s Drawings from the Second Vatican Council…

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ACHA 2015 Spring Meeting at Notre Dame Features Plenary Sessions by Mark Noll, Philip Gleason

Author: Heather Gary

From March 26 to 28, the University of Notre Dame hosted the American Catholic Historical Association’s 2015 Spring Meeting. The event was, to judge from the feedback of presenters and attendees, a great success. Just a few minutes spent mingling during coffee breaks between panels revealed an abundance of new connections, happy reunions, and fruitful discussion among conferees. In terms of both topic and timeframe, the meeting covered an extraordinary amount of ground. Junior scholars (yours truly included) greatly benefited from the feedback, critique, and support of experienced colleagues, proving that the ACHA is making great efforts to foster the next generation of scholarship.…

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Mark Noll to deliver ACHA keynote address in place of Michael Hochgeschwender

Author: Heather Gary

The keynote speaker for the American Catholic Historical Association's spring meeting, Michael Hochgeschwender, has canceled his public lecture this Thursday due to illness. Conference participants will instead hear from Mark Noll, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Noll's talk, titled "Catholic Opinion Concerning Protestant Responsibility for the Civil War," continues on the Civil War sesquicentennial theme that Hochgeschwender intended to address. It will take place at the same time and place, 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the McKenna Hall auditorium, and it is free and open to the public.…

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Gretchen Buggeln on “Art, Architecture, and Liturgical Space in Postwar America”

Author: Heather Gary

On February 23, Gretchen Buggeln presented a lecture titled “Art, Architecture, and Liturgical Space in Postwar America.” Buggeln holds the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christianity and the Arts at Valparaiso University, where she is on the faculty of Christ College. Cosponsored by the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, the Institute for Church Life, and the School of Architecture, Buggeln’s lecture was based on her forthcoming book, The Suburban Church: Modernism and Community in Postwar America, which will be published by University of Minnesota Press in December.

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Meet Research Travel Grant recipient Jessie Whitish

Author: Heather Gary

Jessie Whitish received her master’s degree in women’s and gender studies from the University of Louisville this year. The research she did in the archives relates to her thesis, “Radical Sister: Lucy Freibert as Feminist Nun, Activist, and Educator.” She is considering a PhD in history, and she will be presenting at the Cushwa Center’s “Nun in the World” symposium in May.

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Five Questions for Research Travel Grant recipient Suzanne Krebsbach

Author: Heather Gary

Suzanne Krebsbach is an independent historian in Charleston, South Carolina. She’s working on a book, tentatively titled “Black Catholics in Charleston: Identity & Community,” which is under contract with the University of South Carolina Press. She received a 2014 travel research grant from the Cushwa Center and came to work in the Notre Dame Archives over the summer.

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Meet Research Travel Grant recipient Herbie Miller

Author: Heather Gary

Herbie Miller is ABD in theology at the University of Dayton. His dissertation, tentatively titled “Religious Controversy and the Making of Americans: A Study of the 1837 Campbell-Purcell Debate,” is an historical and theological analysis of a weeklong oral debate that happened in 1837 in Cincinnati between the leader of the Disciples of Christ, Alexander Campbell, and the Catholic bishop of Cincinnati, John Purcell.…

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Seminar in American Religion: Paula M. Kane's Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America

Author: Heather Gary

Konieczny, Kane, and Hansen On September 27, the Seminar in American Religion discussed Paula M. Kane’s Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America (University of North Carolina Press, 2013). Kane, a longtime friend and collaborator of the Cushwa Center, holds the John and Lucine O’Brien Marous Chair in Contemporary Catholic Studies at the University of Pittsburgh with a joint appointment in the Department of History. Her research interests within American religious history include modern Catholicism, gender, art, film, and architecture. Her many publications include numerous book chapters and articles, along with Separatism and Subculture: Boston Catholicism, 1900-1920…

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Catherine Osborne joins the Cushwa Center as postdoc fellow

Author: Heather Gary

Catherine Osborne is the Cushwa Center's postdoctoral fellow for 2014-2015. Osborne, who earned her PhD in theology at Fordam University and taught last year at Franklin and Marshall College, is the first person to hold this new position. She's been hard at work since she arrived in August, and she recently filled us in on what she's been doing.…

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Five questions for research travel grant recipient Jeff Appelhans

Author: Heather Gary

Jeff Appelhans is a PhD candidate at the University of Delaware, where he is working on his dissertation, “Catholic Persuasion: Power and Prestige in Early American Civil Life.” He made a research trip to Notre Dame last summer after receiving a reserch travel grant in 2014 from the Cushwa Center.…

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Acclaimed Irish Musician Presents Hibernian Lecture and Recital Featuring Chief O’Neill’s Music of Ireland

Author: Heather Gary

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin  The fall 2014 Hibernian Lecture, held on October 3 in Hesburgh Library’s Carey Auditorium, featured a presentation by acclaimed Irish musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. He spoke about and performed traditional Irish music collected by Francis O’Neill, an Irishman who emigrated to the United States, joined the Chicago Police Department, and served as its superintendent from 1901-1905, all the while pursing his avocation of music collection and preservation.…

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John T. McGreevy Presents Annual Cushwa Center Lecture on 19th-Century Jesuits

Author: Heather Gary

John T. McGreevy The 2014 Cushwa Center Lecture on September 17 featured a presentation by John T. McGreevy, the I. A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. This lecture, titled “The Jesuits, Father Sorin, and the 19th-Century Catholic Revival” was part of a yearlong celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C., founder of the University of Notre Dame. …

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