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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 the 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.

The Curran Center has received an endowment from the Flannery O’Connor Trust, establishing our Center and Fordham as an internationally recognized center for Flannery O’Connor studies! Many thanks to our Acting Director Angela Alaimo O’Donnell for her extensive work researching and writing about the Flannery O'Connor's moving life as a Catholic writer.

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 Events

14th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture:
An Atlas of Another and Difficult World: Gender, Race, and the Church

Presented by M. Shawn Copeland

October 9, 2018 | 6 p.m.
Tognino Hall, Duane Library
Fordham University Rose Hill


Flannery Uncut: A Sneak Peak at a New Flannery O'Connor Film and Conversation with Fr. James Martin

October 18, 2018 | 6 p.m.
McNally Auditorium
Fordham University Lincoln Center

This event is co-sponsored by America Media.

Event details and registration


What Happened? Why? What Now? Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

A Conversation with Celia Fisher, David Gibson, Cathleen Kaveny, and Bryan Massingale, convened by Christine Firer Hinze and Patrick Hornbeck

October 29, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
McNally Auditorium
Fordham University Lincoln Center

A Look Back: Past Event Highlight

What Unites Us?
A Conversation with Dan Rather about Values, Citizenship, and Religion in America

February 15, 2018

Fordham news story covering the event

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