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Curran Center News

Curran Center students and faculty do outstanding work in their fields and programs of study. Here are a few highlights of our recent work, with links to more comprehensive news on the left.

  • The Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies is thrilled to announce that
  • Dr. Kelly L. Schmidt,Kelly Schmidt Ph.D. is the author of the winning essay in our second annual New Scholar Essay Prize for Catholic Studies in the Americas. The winning essay is entitled “‘Regulations for Our Black People’: Reconstructing the Experiences of Enslaved People in the United States through Jesuit Records.” It was published in March 2021 in the International Symposium on Jesuit Studies and can be found here. Stay tuned to this website for a profile of Schmidt and her work in the near future. In addition, be on the lookout for further details about Dr. Schmidt’s lecture at Fordham on September 23rd, 2021. 


  • Christine Firer Hinze, former Director of the Curran Center, will organize the Catholic Theological Society of America's 2020 annual convention as the society's president-elect. In 2020-21, she will serve as president of the CTSA, which is the largest society of Catholic theologians in the world.