Fall Preview: Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism

Maggie J. Elmore

(on behalf of the Cushwa Center)

This fall, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame will be hosting a series of events that will appeal to a wide array of scholars of American religion. As always, the events are free and open to the public.

1) Hibernian Lecture: "America and the Irish Revolution, 1916-1922"│Sept. 21
The 2018 Hibernian Lecture marks the fortieth anniversary of the relationship between the Hibernians and the Cushwa Center. In 1978, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians undertook a campaign to establish an endowment at the University of Notre Dame for illuminating the Irish heritage in America. This year's lecture features Ruán O'Donnell. O'Donnell is senior lecturer in history at the University of Limerick. His current research examines Irish radicalism and international pro-Irish Republican networks during the Irish Revolution. Details here.

2) Public Lecture:"Historical Empathy in the Writing of Religious Biography"│Oct. 3
John Wilsey (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) will discuss writing religious biography, drawing on his current research, a religious life of John Foster Dulles. Details here.

3) Cushwa Center Lecture: "Sex and American Christianity: The Religious Divides that Fractured a Nation"│Oct. 25
This year's lecture will feature R. Marie Griffith, John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Griffith directs the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and is the author of Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics (Basic Books, 2017). Details here

4) Seminar in American Religion│Oct. 27
This semester the seminar will discuss David Hollinger's recent book, Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America, (Princeton University Press, 2017). Commentators will include R. Marie Griffith (Washington University in St. Louis) and Rebecca Tinio McKenna (University of Notre Dame). Details here.

For those who can't attend, Cushwa's YouTube channel features video of most center events. Subscribe to see videos for these and other events as they're posted.

Please direct any questions to cushwa@nd.edu. We look forward to seeing you at these events!


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