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Urbanism and American Religion
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Urbanism and American Religion," hosted by James T. Fisher and Mark S. Massa, S.J., Co-Directors of Fordham University's Center for American Catholic Studies, explored the role of religious life in shaping urban America. This conference was co-sponsored by Fordham University's Department of Theology, American Studies Program and Urban Studies Program.

Thanks to the John and Constance Curran Charitable Foundation for their generous support of this event.
Greetings   (2.5 minutes)

Joseph M. McShane, S.J.
President, Fordham University
Intro to Conference (3 minutes)

Rev. Mark Massa, S.J. Professor of Theology and Co-Director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, Fordham University

Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, loved the city. Since its inception nearly 500 years ago, the Society of Jesus has ardently engaged the sons and daughters of the city in its ministry.

In Conversation with the City: Ignatius' Urban Strategy (47 minutes)

Thomas M. Lucas, S.J., is founding chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at the University of San Francisco, and director of USF's Thacher Gallery.He designed and directed the restoration of the rooms of St. Ignatius in Rome and curated an exhibit on Jesuit architecture at the Vatican Library. His book Landmarking: City, Church and Jesuit Strategy won an Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities book prize in 2000.

The South in the City: Migration, Urbanization, and Religious/Cultural Change in Black Chicago  (33 minutes)

Wallace Best is assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. He is currently a Fellow of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard and has also held a fellowship at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University.His forthcoming book, Passionately Human, No Less Divine: Religion and Culture in Black Chicago, 1915-1952, will be published by Princeton University Press.

Our Greatest Moments of Glory have been Fighting the Institutions We Love the Most: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's Inter-Religious Council on Urban Affairs, 1958-1969 (30 minutes)

Beryl Satter Department of History, Rutgers University, Newark.  She is the author of Each Mind a Kingdom: American Women, Sexual Purity, and the New Thought Movement, 1875-1920 (1999). She is working on a book about Catholic, Jewish and African-American struggles over real estate exploitation in Chicago, 1957-1980.

Narratives of Space, Culture, Faith and Power: The Via Crucis in Chicago (24 minutes)

Karen Mary Davalos, Department of Chicana/o Studies, Loyola Marymount University is associate professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at Loyola Marymount University.Her work engages interdisciplinary questions about Chicana/o visual arts and popular culture, Latino nationalism, race, gender, and public institutions.Her recent book publications include Exhibiting Mestizaje: Mexican (American) Museums in the Diaspora (2001) and The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán, 1970-2000 (2001), co-edited with Chon A.Noriega, Eric R.Avila, and Rafael Pérez Torrez.

Respondent (19 minutes)

Mark L. Chapman Associate Professor and Chair, Department of African and African American Studies, Fordham University

Religion in New York City: Faith that Could Not Be (32.5 minutes)

Jon Butler is the William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies and History at Yale University.He is the author of Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776 (2000); Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People (1990: Winner of the American Historical Association's Beveridge Prize for Best Book in American History); The Huguenots in America: A Refugee People in New World Society (1983); and many edited works.
Respondent (25 minutes)

Msgr. Thomas J. Shelley, Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Urbanization and Transformations in Religious Mission and Architecture (37 minutes)

Jeanne Halgren Kilde is visiting professor of religious studies at Macalester College and curricular director of the Lilly Project for Work, Ethics, and Vocation. She is the author of When Church Became Theatre: The transformation of Evangelical Architecture and Worship in Nineteenth-Century America (2002).
As if to Say 'Jeez!': Blight and Ecstasy in the Old Neighborhood (36 minutes)

Carlo Rotella is associate professor of English and director of American studies at Boston College. He is the author of Cut Time: An Education at the Fights (2003); Good with Their Hands: Boxers, Bluesmen and Other Characters from the Rust Belt (2002); and October Cities: The Redevelopment of Urban Literature (1997).
Respondent (22 minutes)

Terrence Curry, S.J., Artist in Residence and Director of the Center for Environmental Design and Community Development, Fordham University
The O'Connell Century: From Triumph to Tragedy in Catholic Boston (17.5 minutes)

James O'Toole is professor of history at Boston College.He is the author of Passing for White: Race, Religion, and the Healy Family, 1820-1920 (2002) and Militant and Triumphant: William Henry O'Connell and the Catholic Church in Boston, 1859-1944 (1992).
Respondent (10 minutes)

Donna M. McKenzie, Assistant Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Respondent (10 minutes)

Mark S. Massa, S.J., Professor of Theology and Co-Director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, Fordham University

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