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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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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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