Curran Center for American Catholic Studies

Duane library

The Curran Center is located on the 2nd floor of Duane Library.

The Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies advances knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American Catholicism within the academy and the church, and with the broader religious community and general public.

Our threefold mission is to:

  • Educate rising generations of religiously-informed citizens
  • Foster ecumenical, inter-religious, and interdisciplinary engagement with Catholic thought and practice
  • Promote informed and compassionate analysis of the critical religious and social issues of our time.

Rita Cossella JonesPlease join us next Tuesday, October 4th for the 12th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture presented by Barbara Reid. Reid is a a Professor at the Catholic Theological Union and an accomplished author of work that expounds sacred texts. This exciting event will focus on feminist theology and its interpretation of Scripture; be sure to come!

Our Founders, Our Story

John and Connie Curran

In 2001, university president Rev. Joseph O'Hare, SJ, approached Rev. Mark Massa, SJ, about forming a center for the study of American Catholicism. In the following months, Fr. Massa set to work developing Fr. O'Hare's vision, in hopes of establishing a nationally-recognized hub for the study of American Catholic history, identity, and practice.

In 2004, John and Connie Curran expressed to Fr. Massa their interest in endowing the center, and the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, named in honor of John's parents, was born. Dedicated to advancing the Jesuit Catholic educational mission of the university, the Curran Center is a hub for many different types of events and programs, including public lectures, faculty seminars, major scholarly conferences, and an undergraduate concentration that, in the words of our students, shapes the way Fordham students "see and engage the world."

A Look Ahead: Upcoming Event

Reading the Scriptures with the
Mind, Eyes, and Heart of a Woman

Tuesday, October 4th | 6:00 PM
Tognino Hall, Duane Library
Fordham University Rose Hill

Presented by
Barbara Reid, OP

  • Professor of New Testament Studies at the Catholic Theological Union 
  • Accomplished author of work that expounds sacred texts
  • Upcoming book is titled Wisdom's Feast: An Introduction to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures 

A Look Back: Past Event Highlight

 

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque:
Finding Holiness in Humore

Monday, September 19th | 5:30 PM
Tognino Hall, Duane Library
Fordham University Rose Hill

Presented by
Zarqa Nawaz

  • Creator of the world's first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the west, called Little Mosque on the Prairie that premiered to record ratings on the CBC in 2007
  • Writer of her best selling comedic memoir, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque
  • Frequent public speaker on Islam and comedy, gender and faith, and diversity in the media

Zarqa Narwaz

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