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.

Marie ponsotJoin us Friday, October 20, 2017 for a celebration of one of the premiere American Catholic poets of the past century, Marie Ponsot.

The recipient of the Shaughnessy Medal, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Prize, and the Lilly Prize, and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, The Curran Center for American Catholic Studies and Fordham University are proud to present Marie Ponsot with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

If you are visiting for the event, please visit our page on travel and hotel information in the Lincoln Center area. 

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

13th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture: 
Feminist Theology in a Divided World: Walls and Paths for Global Solidarity

Presented by Maria Pilar Aquino

November 14, 2017 | 6 p.m.
Tognino Hall, Duane Library
Fordham University Rose Hill

A Look Back: Past Event Highlight

Fordham Reads Dante: "Reading Blake's Dante" 
Presented by Joseph Viscomi

September 19, 2017 | 6 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge
Fordham University Lincoln Center

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ConferenceClick here to visit the conference homepage.

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