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Oct. 1, 2001

 CUA Inaugurates New Center for American Catholic Studies

Center Hosts Oct. 5 Symposium on Two Books About U.S. Catholics

Drawing on its strength as a research institution and as the national university of the Catholic Church, Catholic University has established the Center for American Catholic Studies.

The inaugural event of the center will be a book symposium held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Life Cycle Institute on the CUA campus.

“Our principal purpose in creating the Center for American Catholic Studies is to provide programs and teaching opportunities that facilitate faculty interaction across the disciplines as well as greater interaction among graduate students,” said Leslie Tentler, CUA history professor and the center’s executive director. “This symposium provides us with an excellent opportunity to take advantage of our interdisciplinary strengths.”

At the symposium, DePaul University Instructor Robert Ludwig, an authority on campus ministry and religious education among young adults, will discuss issues from “Young Adult Catholics” by CUA Professor Dean Hoge, CUA Associate Professor William Dinges, Emmanuel College Associate Professor Mary Johnson and Juan Gonzales, professor at California State University, Hayward.

After lunch, Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, editor of Commonweal magazine, will critique “American Catholics: Gender, Generation and Commitment,” co-written by Professor Hoge, CUA visiting Professor William D’Antonio, Purdue University Professor James Davidson and Ohio State University Professor Katherine Meyer.

Published earlier this year, both books delve into the views of American Catholics toward basic Catholic teaching, including topics such as the priesthood and women’s roles in the Church.

Among the events scheduled for the new center is a Nov. 8 lecture delivered by David O’Brien of Holy Cross College, a distinguished historian of American Catholicism, as well as a Feb. 20 discussion featuring Purdue University sociologist James Davidson. A March 2003 conference will take

a comparative look at the state of Catholicism since 1950 in the United States, the Republic of Ireland and Quebec, Canada.

The executive board for the interdisciplinary center includes faculty from several CUA departments, such as religious studies, sociology and church history.


Schedule of Events:


·                     10:30 a.m. – Morning session at Life Cycle Institute auditorium. Discussion of “Young Adult Catholics,” followed by response from authors.

·                     1:15 p.m. – Afternoon session at Life Cycle Institute library. Discussion of “American Catholics: Gender, Generation and Commitment,” followed by response from authors.


For more information about the Oct. 5 symposium, contact Janelle Cowgill or Victor Nakas at 202-319-5600.






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