Current and Upcoming Cushwa Center Activities and Opportunities

Catherine R. Osborne

This is the 40th anniversary year for the Cushwa Center, and as such, we have a busy schedule planned. Current and upcoming events for the fall semester include:

Through September 30: Outsider at the Vatican: Frederick Franck's Drawings from the Second Vatican Council. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II, and in collaboration with Pacem in Terris: The Frederick Franck Museum and the Catholic Documentation Center, Radboud University Nijmegen, we've assembled 68 drawings and one oil painting made on site during the Council's four sessions by the fascinating Dutch-American artist Frederick Franck. For more information on the exhibit (which is free and open to the public) and on Franck, see our website; you can also read a brief interview with me here, and stream a ten-minute podcast here

September 11 at 5:00 pm: Historian Gillian O'Brien will deliver the annual Hibernian lecture on her book Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Details here.

October 7 at 4:00 pm: Hosffman Ospino of Boston College will headline a symposium on Hispanic Catholics in 21st-Century Parish Life, based on his work as principal investigator of the recent National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry. Respondents include Edward Hahnenberg, John Carroll University; Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame; and Dora Tobar, Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana. Further details here.

October 31 at 9:00 am: The Seminar in American Religion hosts historian Jason Bivins to discuss his new book, Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion (Oxford, 2015). Commentators are Stephen Schloesser, S.J., Loyola University Chicago, and Hugh R. Page, Jr., University of Notre Dame; as always, there will also be an extended discussion open to all who attend. 

Research Grants Due December 31: Finally, please start thinking about making an application for a grant from the Cushwa Center. Research travel grants, which are given to scholars at all levels and from all types of institutions, are awarded to those who have a need to use the University of Notre Dame's archives or special collections. The Hibernian Research Award funds projects related to the Irish American experience. The Peter R. D'Agostino Travel Grant funds travel to Roman archives for a project on U.S. Catholic history. More information on these grants and their requirements can be found here

We hope to see you at some or all of these events in South Bend! Please get in touch if you'd like more information about any of them. 


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