Cushwa Center to celebrate 30th anniversary

Author: Michael O. Garvey


The University of Notre Dames Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism will celebrate its 30 th anniversary Sept. 9 (Friday) and 10 (Saturday) with a lecture and seminar.

Patrick Allitt ofEmoryUniversitywill give a lecture onCatholics and the Intellectual Life in Late 20 th Century Americaat4 p.m.Sept. 9 in theEckCenterauditorium.

Leslie Woodcock Tentler, professor of history at Catholic University of America, will lead a seminar on her book,Catholics and Contraception:An American Historyat9 a.m.Sept. 10 in McKenna Hall auditorium.Seminar participants will include Una Cadegan of the University ofDaytonand Maura Ryan, associate professor of theology at Notre Dame.

TheCushwaCenterfor the Study of American Catholicism, directed by Timothy Matovina, associate professor of theology, is widely recognized as the leading center for the historical study of Catholicism in theUnited States. Its seminars, conferences, and research projects have attracted the admiration and enthusiastic participation of historians, theologians, sociologists and other scholars.In addition to generating numerous academic and popular publications, the center provides resources for Church leaders and pastoral workers and for journalists interested in Catholicism.

The center began operations in 1975 under the direction of Jay P. Dolan, now professor emeritus of history.In 1981, the Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa family ofYoungstown,Ohio, provided the center with a major endowment. Charles B. Cushwa Jr., a 1931 graduate of Notre Dame, loved history and American Catholicism. His wife, Margaret Hall Cushwa, was a graduate of Saint Mary’s College and a community leader and patron of Catholic cultural and charitable organizations inYoungstown.

* Contact: * _Paula Brach, senior administrative assistant at theCushwaCenter, at 574-631-5441 or _

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