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From Real to Reel: Catholic University Presents City of Angels: 10/19/16 The Musical Theatre Division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music kicks off its 30th anniversary this year with its fall musical, City of Angels, to be performed at The Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre Oct. 28 through 30.

Catholic University to Honor Historian Eamon Duffy with Prestigious Johannes Quasten Award: 10/18/16 Eminent Irish historian Eamon Duffy will be honored at The Catholic University of America on Thursday, Oct. 20, as the recipient of this year’s Johannes Quasten Award.

A Conversation on the Role of Catholics in Rebuilding the American Political Culture: 10/14/16 While many Americans are focused on the final stages of the presidential election, five individuals will discuss what comes after the results are counted. In response to a national conversation that is marked — regardless of affiliation — by divisive rhetoric and broken exchange, The National Review Institute and Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR) at The Catholic University of America will host a conversation calling for renewal as it applies to the national political conversation.

The Role of the Catholic Vote in the Presidential Election – A Panel Discussion: 10/14/16 As Americans decide who to vote for this election season, many will look to their faith in making this decision.

Love and Loss in the Romantic Age: Catholic University Presents Bloody Poetry: 10/7/16 Catholic University actors will portray the lives and loves of Romantic Age poets Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley as part of the fall show, taking place in Hartke Theatre Oct. 13 through 16.

Upcoming Musical Theatre and Opera Events at Catholic University: 10/7/16 The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents its 2016-2017 schedule of performances.

Democracy and Human Rights on the Korean Peninusla: 10/7/16 Two events this month will offer opportunities to explore issues pertaining to democracy and human rights on the Korean Peninsula. Andrew Yeo, director of Asian studies and associate professor of politics at Catholic University, has helped to organize both events, which are hosted by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR) at Catholic University.

A Celebration of the Centennial of Alberto Ginastera by Santiago Rodriguez: 10/3/16 World-renowned pianist Santiago Rodriguez will perform a concert of the music of Alberto Ginastera in celebration of the 100th anniversary of classical composer’s birth.

Faculty Experts Available to Comment on Topics Related to Election: 9/28/16 The Catholic University of America has experts from various backgrounds and fields of study available to discuss the 2016 presidential election. Each source has extensive media experience.

Catholic University Receives $2.5 Million to Renovate Athletics Center: 9/28/16 Thanks to an anonymous donation of $2.5 million, The Catholic University of America Athletics Department will renovate the Raymond A. DuFour Center with construction scheduled to begin this winter.

Catholic University Drama Productions Announced: 9/28/16 The Catholic University Department of Drama presents its theatre schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Catholic University Offers Domestic Violence Toolkit: 9/27/16 During Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Catholic University’s Catholics for Family Peace Education and Research Initiative is offering a toolkit with resources for abuse victims and organizations that support them.

Catholic University to Present Works by Spanish Composer Enrique Granados: 9/21/16 On Sunday, Sept. 25, The Catholic University of America will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Granados’s death with a concert of his best-known works by faculty members from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and guest performers from several Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Scholars to Release Statement Supporting Church’s Human Sexuality Teaching : 9/19/16 On Tuesday, Sept 20, Catholic scholars will release a statement with more than 400 signatories that strongly supports the Church’s teaching on human sexuality, as articulated in the 1968 papal encyclical Humanae Vitae.

Former Israeli Ambassador to Vatican Joins Faculty: 9/15/16 Zion Evrony, former Israeli ambassador to the Vatican, has joined The Catholic University of America faculty as a visiting assistant professor.

Catholic University to Host Day of Service to Honor Mother Teresa: 9/14/16 In celebration of Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s recent canonization, more than 600 members of The Catholic University of America community will answer the call to #FindYourCalcutta by participating in a day of service honoring her legacy on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Catholic University to Host World Premiere of The Loser Letters: 9/12/16 Chellsie Memmel, 2008 Olympics winner of the Silver Medal for the Best All Around in women’s gymnastics, will go for the gold when she makes her theatrical debut in the world premiere of Mary Eberstadt’s The Loser Letters at Catholic University’s Hartke Theatre Sept. 29 through Oct. 9.

Catholic University Experts Can Comment on 15th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Attacks: 9/7/16 Faculty members from several schools at The Catholic University of America are available to comment on stories related to the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the effects they have had on the United States and the world.

Papal Nuncio to Celebrate with Catholic University as it Begins School Year with Mass of Holy Spirit: 8/30/16 The Catholic University of America community will gather to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church.

University to Host Conference on the Catholic Response to Domestic Abuse and Violence: 7/5/16 In response to the Holy Father’s call for training, the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America and its partners will host a symposium Hope, Help, And Healing: A Catholic Response to Domestic Abuse and Violence on July 7 and 8.

CUA Experts on Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. : 6/22/16 The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling this week on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a challenge to the constitutionality of two provisions of a law in Texas which regulates abortion.

Experts Can Comment on Papal Exhortation: 4/5/16 Catholic University has experts available to comment on the role of families in the Church, Church teachings on divorce and remarriage, the importance of marriage preparation programs, raising and educating children, and canon law.

Social Work School Achieves Top 50: 3/31/16 The National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) ranked 47th on the U.S. News & World Report 2016 rankings for the Top 50 Best Schools of Social Work.

Biology Department Mentors Science Medalist: 3/30/16 Kunal Shroff, high school senior and lab assistant in Catholic University’s Department of Biology, won the third-place medal of distinction for basic research for his work on Huntington’s disease at the award ceremony for the Intel Science Talent Search earlier this month.

Catholic University Represented at Supreme Court: 3/30/16 CUA had representatives both inside and outside of the Supreme Court during the March 23 oral arguments of a case that involves the implementation of a controversial mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Conference to Explore Trust in Society: 3/29/16 The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies presents an interdisciplinary conference on "Rebuilding Trust."

Statement on Supreme Court Oral Arguments: 3/23/16 Today the Supreme Court of the United States heard the oral arguments of the co-plaintiffs in Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, et al. v Sylvia Matthews Burwell, et al., against the implementation of the mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services that would require The Catholic University and other religious organizations to provide health insurance coverage for surgical sterilization, prescription contraceptives, and drugs that cause early stage abortions. A decision by the Court is expected before the end of this term.

Students Participate in Way of the Cross: 3/23/16 Approximately 150 students gathered March 21 in front of the Office of Campus Ministry on a cold and windy night for an annual Catholic University tradition — the Way of the Cross.

Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan to Address Graduates: 3/21/16 Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife and creative partner, Jeannie Gaffigan, will address the Class of 2016 at The Catholic Catholic University of America Commencement Ceremony on May 14.

IPR Hosts Carolyn Woo and Rev. James Martin: 3/20/16 The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies honored two of the country’s most influential Catholics during its annual dinner March 19.

Conference on Intersect of Business, Faith: 3/17/16 This week, more than 250 business, faith, and academic leaders are gathered at The Catholic University of America for a three-day conference on human ecology — the systematic study of humans and their interactions with one another and the world around them.

Celebrating Murphy's: A New Gathering Place: 3/16/16 Murphy’s, a new lounge and restaurant in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, will open in fall 2016.

CUA to Operate Normal Schedule: 3/15/16 The Catholic University of America will operate on a normal schedule Wednesday, March 16, 2016. WMATA has announced a 29-hour shutdown of all Metrorail services beginning at midnight tonight for emergency inspections, until 5 a.m. on Thursday, March 17. According to its website, Metrobus and MetroAccess will operate on a normal schedule.

Lifelong Lessons from a Mission Trip to Jamaica: 3/15/16 Senior English major Michaela Shea, who spent her spring break on Catholic University’s mission trip to Jamaica, shares a reflection on the experience.

IPR to Honor Carolyn Woo, Rev. James Martin: 3/15/16 The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies will honor two of the country’s most influential Catholics during its annual dinner March 19.

President Serves as Parade Grand Marshall: 3/15/16 President John Garvey served as grand marshall of the 45th Annual St. Patrick's Parade of Washington, D.C.

Celebrate Murphy's March 14: 3/10/16 A New campus lounge is coming in fall 2016 to Pryzbyla Center.

Remembering 1916: Moments in Irish History: 3/10/16 The Drama department and Irish Studies program collaborate to host staged readings to commemorate Easter Rising of 1916.

President Garvey Named Parade Grand Marshall: 3/9/16 President John Garvey will serve as grand marshall of the 45th Annual St. Patrick's Parade of Washington, D.C.

Music School to Present Opera Double-Bill: 3/8/16 Audiences have the opportunity to experience the works of two operatic masters in one evening as the music school presents a double-bill of La Serva Padrona and Gianni Schicchi.

Singer Renée Fleming to Give Master Class: 3/7/16 The world-renowned classical vocalist will share her expertise with musical theatre and vocal performance students.

Conference on Business and Human Ecology: 3/7/16 The Napa Institute and The Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics are hosting a conference titled “Human Ecology: Integrating Business and 125 Years of Catholic Social Doctrine” March 16 through 18, at CUA in Washington, D.C.

University Hires Dean of Admissions: 3/4/16 James Dewey-Rosenfeld, who has previously worked at Babson College, will be the new dean of undergraduate admissions.

Seminarians Reflect on Scalia Funeral: 3/2/16 Two Theological College seminarians were among those who served the funeral Mass for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last month.

Symposium to Take on Pope’s Call to Action: 2/29/16 A one-day symposium will explore the political, theological, and scientific backgrounds, contributions, and implications of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si'.

Cardinal Napier Addresses Racial Reconciliation: 2/25/16 South African cardinal says racial reconciliation is only possible where there is respect for human dignity and equality.

Black History Month Display Honors Law Alumnus: 2/22/16 Otis Milton Smith served with the Tuskegee Airmen, was the first African-American justice to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court, and the first black vice president and general counsel at General Motors. Now Smith is the subject of a Black History Month display at the Columbus School of Law.

Associate VP of Marketing/Communications Hired: 2/19/16 President John Garvey announced today that the University has hired Jacquelyn Malcolm as the new associate vice president for marketing and communications, effective March 15.

Molecular Biology Lab Opens on Campus: 2/19/16 Classes are meeting in a completely new, modern laboratory that opened this month in the Department of Biology.

Washington International Piano Series at CUA: 2/19/16 The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Hugue Leclère performing works by Chopin, Liszt, and Mussorgsky.

Renée Fleming Master Class: 2/19/16 The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a master class by Renée Fleming, one of the most acclaimed singers of our time.

Lynn Harrell Master Class: 2/19/16 The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a master class by American classical cellist Lynn Harrell.

Kolbe Relic Tour Is at CUA: 2/17/16 The St. Maximilian Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv., Relic Tour is making its lone stop in the Washington, D.C., area at The Catholic University of America Feb. 17 through 19.

Student-Written Plays Come to Life at Hartke: 2/17/16 Plays written by M.F.A. playwriting candidates will tackle issues of racial injustice, addiction, and the search for something better this month at Hartke Theatre.

University Mourns Death of Justice Antonin Scalia: 2/15/16 The Catholic University of America mourns the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Vatican Economist Discusses Financial Reform: 2/12/16 In a talk sponsored by the Provost's Office, Vatican Economist Joseph F.X. Zahra said financial reforms should support the common good.

South African Archbishop to Speak at CUA: 2/9/16 South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, archbishop of Durban, will speak on racial reconciliation on Wednesday, Feb. 17, and will deliver the annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Music Student Receives Helen Hayes Nomination: 2/5/16 Senior John Sygar, who studies in the Music School, was among the talented local performers to receive a nomination this week for the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards.

Into the Woods Offers Fairy Tales with an Edge: 2/5/16 Audiences will experience an inventive take on storybook characters this month as the Music School presents its spring production, Into the Woods.

Catholics For Family Peace Joins NCSSS: 2/3/16 Catholics for Family Peace has become part of the National Catholic School of Social service.

Aquinas Mass a Reminder of God's Love: 1/29/16 Members of the University community were encouraged to take solace in God's love during CUA's annual Mass honoring Thomas Aquinas.

Student Reflects on MLK Day of Service: 1/22/16 Michaela Shea, a senior English major, reflects on the MLK Day of Service.

Annual Aquinas Mass to Be Nationally Televised: 1/19/16 The Catholic University of America and the Dominican House of Studies, in association with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), will kick off the second semester of the academic year and National Catholic Schools Week at the annual University Mass on the patronal feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Yale Professor to Speak on Faith : 1/19/16 Carlos M.N. Eire, a Yale University professor and National Book Award winner, will talk about how his experiences as a Cuban-American contribute to his faith on Monday, January 25.

Executive Director of Communications Hired: 1/15/16 President John Garvey announced today that the University has hired Elise Italiano as the new Executive Director of University Communications, effective Feb. 15, 2016.

Creating a Culture of Life: 1/15/16 This year, students from Catholic University will lead the March for Life, but pro-life ministry is a year-round movement at the University.

Experts on Life Issues: 1/13/16 The following Catholic University professors are available to serve as experts on issues related to bioethics, the pro-life movement, and other topics related to the respect of life.

University to Mark MLK Day with Service: 1/12/16 Catholic University is aiming to send more than 800 members of its community into D.C. neighborhoods to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

CUA Receives Grant for Theology Institute: 1/11/16 The University has received a grant of $565,689 to educate high school students about theology in daily life.

Vatican Economist to Speak Feb. 4: 1/8/16 Joseph F. X. Zahra, a Maltese economist who has played a key role in putting the Vatican’s financial house in order, will speak at CUA about the progress of reform efforts.

University Hires V.P. for Finance and Treasurer: 1/5/16 President John Garvey announced today that the University has hired Robert M. Specter as the new Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Freshman Becomes Youngest D.C. Official: 12/22/15 Isaiah Burroughs, a freshman politics major, recently became one of the youngest public officials in the District of Columbia.

Physics Professor Receives Major Federal Grant : 12/21/15 The nuclear physics group, led by Associate Professor Tanja Horn, has been awarded a federal grant of $750,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Literary Association to Move to Catholic University: 12/18/15 The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) will move to the campus of The Catholic University of America in early 2016.

Concert Raises $13,000 for Brookland Convent: 12/17/15 The 26th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity raised $13,000 to support the work of a convent near The Catholic University of America.

VSL Awarded $5.7 Million for Research: 12/16/15 The Vitreous State Laboratory accomplished an impressive feat this semester when it was named the recipient of 14 awards within three months.

Experts Can Comment on Mercy: 12/15/15 On Dec. 8, 2015, the Catholic Church will begin celebrating the Year of Mercy, a jubilee year announced by Pope Francis last March. The following Catholic University professors can comment on topics related to the Year of Mercy and jubilee years.

CUA Begins Year of Mercy with Penance Service: 12/7/15 The Office of Campus Ministry kicks off the Jubilee Year with an evening of prayer and reconciliation.

World AIDS Day: 11/30/15 Professor Venigalla Rao discusses new findings from his lab that could lead to a potential HIV vaccine, and answers questions on advances in the HIV field.

Music School to Present Christmas Concert: 11/24/15 The music school will kick off its Christmas celebrations Dec. 4 with a night of seasonal sacred music during the 26th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity.

Thanksgiving with Father Jude: 11/23/15 Students staying on campus will have the opportunity to share a Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Father Jude.

Events to Usher in the Christmas Season: 11/23/15 Catholic University will celebrate the Christmas season with events that take place over the course of the next month.

Diversity Celebrated During Thanksgiving Potluck: 11/20/15 Students shared foods representing their unique cultures during a Thanksgiving potluck Nov. 19.

Father Ford on Saint Junípero Serra: 11/20/15 Junípero Serra was canonized by Pope Francis during his September Mass at the Basilica. Father John Ford talks about this new saint.

Architecture Offers Three New Programs: 11/16/15 This fall the School of Architecture and Planning is offering three new degree programs.

CUA Engineering Honors Intelligence Director: 11/16/15 The School of Engineering recently honored Letitia Long with its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Big Egos, Dueling Divas in The Impresario: 11/12/15 The larger-than-life antics of a busy opera company will be brought to life on stage this month as the music school presents Mozart's opera.

CUA President: 'Heartened' by Court's Action: 11/6/15 President Garvey said he is "heartened" by the U.S. Supreme Court's announcement that it will take up all seven pending cases challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) mandate.

Care for Creation Extends to Relationships: 11/4/15 A recent interdisciplinary conference examines Pope Francis's encyclical through various academic lenses.

Professor Testifies on Hill on Refugees: 11/3/15 V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor of philosophy, will testify on Capitol Hill about the growing refugee crisis in Europe.

Drama Students Perform Poe Tribute: 10/30/15 Drama graduate students celebrated Halloween early with a night of theatre adapted from the works of Edgar Allen Poe.

Engineering Begins Grand Scholars Program: 10/29/15 The new program is designed to prepare students to solve grand challenges facing society in the 21st century.

Scholars to Examine "Dei Verbum at 50": 10/29/15 God’s revelation will be the topic of a one-day conference scheduled to take place at CUA Nov. 6.

Conference to Focus on Criminal Justice Reform: 10/28/15 In preparation for the Year of Mercy, Catholic University will co-host a day of discussions related to restorative justice.

Benefactor Gives Endowed Professorship: 10/28/15 Catholic University has accepted the Centesimus Annus Della Ratta Family Endowed Professorship, named in honor of benefactor Joe Della Ratta.