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Academic Year 2017-2018

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Join 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.

Read the Fordham News article about the event!

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

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

Watch the Fordham Reads Dante video!

Academic Year 2016-2017

Slavery on the Cross: Catholics and the 'Peculiar Institution,' Praxis and Practice

April 1, 2017 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge
Fordham University Lincoln Center

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Join author Kate Hennessy as she discusses her new book,
Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of my Grandmother.

Book reading, Q&A, and signing,
with a simple reception to follow.

Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.
O’Hare Special Collections Room, 4th Floor,
Walsh Library, Rose Hill Campus

Sponsored by
The Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice and The Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies

“The greatest challenge of the day is:
how to bring about a revolution of
the heart, a revolution which has
to start with each one of us.”

Grammars in conflict: the Option for the Poor and the Cultural Languages of the U.S.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 6 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge, Corrigan Conference Center
Fordham University Rose Hill

Presented by MT Davila

  • Associate Professor of Christain Ethics at Andover Newtown

Essential to the task of Christian social ethics is communicating and relating values to the particular contexts in which the faithful engage with each other and the larger world. This daunting task is made all the more difficult when the grammar that undergirds cultural norms and meaning making provide little to no referent for values in Christian social ethics. Looking specifically at the concept of the preferential option for the poor and the U.S. context, Dávila explores how the concept of grammars in conflict might help Christians better engage central elements of their tradition, and provide avenues for greater collaboration in the U.S.' multi-cultural and multi-religious public landscape.

About the Presenter

MT Dávila, associate professor of Christian ethics at Andover Newton Theological School, lectures and writes on Latino/a ethics, the option for the poor, public theology, racism, immigration, and the ethics of the use of force. Her book, Living the Option for the Poor: Interrupting the Culture Wars is forthcoming from Westminster John Knox press (2018). She is a Roman Catholic laywoman.

The Long Loneliness in Baltimore: Stories of Viva House and a Half Century of Life with The Catholic Worker

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February 7, 2017 | 6 p.m.
Tognino Hall, Duane Library
Fordham University Rose Hill

Presented by Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham

  • Founders of Viva House, a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality in Baltimore

Brendan Walsh, a former seminarian, and Willa Bickham, a former member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, established Viva House, a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality in Baltimore, 47 years ago and have run it continuously ever since, devoting their lives to the hallowed and holy enterprise of bearing witness. Their book, The Long Loneliness in Baltimore, offers a view of the city few people have seen, including many who have lived there. In addition to providing a historical overview, the book presents poignant vignettes, moments of revelation that illuminate the life of the neighborhood and the plight of the poor—not just the poor of Baltimore, but those across our country who struggle to survive in the merciless environment of the modern American city. Brendan’s unflinching narrative and Willa’s delicately rendered illustrations of daily life give a face and a name to the anonymous poor and depict the challenges they face. Their stories attest to the lives, the courage and the wisdom encountered in ordinary people.


Fordham Reads Dante
Inferno -- Canto IV

Tuesday, November 29 | 5.30 p.m.
Faber Hall 568
Fordham University Rose Hill

Presented by Matthew McGowan from the Classics Department and Alessandro Polcri

Matthew McGowan from the Classics Department will take us to the Limbo to meet the great souls of the poets and philosophers of antiquity. Come enjoy his reading (in English) and Alessandro Polcri's recite of the canto in Italian.

Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures the Center for Medieval Studies, Italian Poetry Review and the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies

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Eat This Scroll: The Word of God at Vatican II: Exploring Dei Verbum

Cosponsored by the Theology Department and the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies

Wednesday, November 9 | 5 p.m.
Tognino Hall, Duane Library
Fordham University Rose Hill

Presented by Rev. Ronald Witherup, P.S.S.

  • Internationally known biblical scholar and the author of two books on the Vatican II document of the title

Barbara Reid

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

Tuesday, October 4 | 6 p.m.
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

"Suffering is not deserved or desirable, but gives value to travail as part of a process of bringing forth new life. There is a shift from atoning for sins to self-surrender to love and birthing new life."

12th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture Video


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

Monday, September 19 | 5:30 p.m.
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

Tuesday, September 13 | 6 p.m.
Quickness and Form, Absence and Being:
A Technical Approach to Inferno

Robert Pinsky, Former Poet Laureate of the U.S.

Corrigan Conference Center, 12th floor
Leon Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center Campus
View news piece about the event.

Academic Year 2015-2016

Monday, November 9, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Poetry Reading: An Evening with Irish Poet, Micheal O'Siadhail
Tognino Hall | Duane Library | Rose Hill Campus

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Tognino Hall, Duane Library
11th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture
Madonnas, Millennials, and the Global South: Women and Cultural Conflicts in U.S. Catholicism
Presented by Mary Ellen Konieczny, University of Notre Dame

Wednesday Sept. 16, 2015 | 6 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge, Corrigan Conference Center
Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax
Book launch featuring author Michael N. McGregor

Monday, February 22, 2016
Beyond Authentically Black and Truly Catholic
Presented by Rev. Bryan Massingale | Tognino Hall | Duane Library

Academic Year 2014-2015

On Thursday, May 21, the Curran Center held its 10th Anniversary Gala.

  • Read more about the event.
  • Watch the video from the event.
  • Watch a video of alumna Colleen Taylor's ('12) statement on the Concentration below.

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 | 6 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge, Lowenstein Building Fordham University Lincoln Center
Latino/a Spiritualities: New Perspectives on Catholic Practice, Politics, and Experience
Featuring a panel of experts on U.S. Latino/a faith and culture, including Ana Maria Diaz-Stevens, Anthony M. Stevens Arroyo, Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Rev. Jean-Pierre Ruiz | Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Moderator

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Tognino Hall, Duane Library
10th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture: Women and Christianity: Unsettled and Unsettling Questions
Sidney Callahan, psychologist and Distinguished Scholar at The Hastings Center

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.
Tognino Hall, Duane Library
Stabat Mater Dolorosa: Mary at the Cross in Early Modern Polemic, Art, and Literature
Robert S. Miola, PhD, Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor of English, Lecturer in Classics at Loyola University Maryland

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Keating 1st Auditorium, Rose Hill Campus
The Search for Peace and Justice in a Post-9/11 World:
World premiere of In Our Son's Name
Film by Gayla Jamison with Orlando and Phyllis Rodriguez

Phyllis and Orlando speak out against war in Iraq and Afghanistan, publicly oppose the invocation of the death penalty against avowed 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, and, in a deeply moving gesture of compassion and solidarity, befriend his mother. The film mixes in-depth interviews with on-location footage and striking archival photographs and video to create a poignant personal story that invites us to re-consider conventional concepts of justice and healing.

Monday, March 2, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Corrigan Conference Center, Fordham Lincoln Center Campus
The Good Economy: Work and Human Flourishing: Economic and Catholic Perspectives
Featuring presentations by Thomas Geoghegan, JD, Christina Greer, PhD, Michael Pirson, PhD, and Kirsten Swinth, PhD

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Tognino Hall, Duane Library
The Rosary: Its Mysteries in Art and History: Italy, 1480-1640
Presented by Dr. Esperança Camara, University of St. Francis

Thursday, Apr. 16 | 5:30 p.m.
Tognino Hall, Duane Library
Alternative Medicine: Poetry and Healing
An evening with Rafael Campo, MD, of Harvard Medical School, award-winning poet and essayist, whose medical practice serves mostly Latinos, LGBT people, and people with HIV.

On Thursday, May 21, the Curran Center held its 10th Anniversary Gala.

Academic Year 2013-2014

Monday, March 3, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Tognino Hall, Duane Library
Building Better Economies: Why Popes and Economists Need to Talk
Daniel K. Finn, Inaugural Visiting Chair in American Catholic Studies

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Pope Auditorium, Lincoln Center Campus
The Big Apple From Skin to Core: The Poetic Imagination and NYC
Co-Sponsored by the Crossroads Initiative

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 | 6 p.m.
CALLING: How We Become the Ones We Are
Thomas Lynch, Poet and Essayist

Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 | 6:30 p.m.
"So Much is in Bud": Catholic Women's Contributions to an Emerging Ecological Theology
Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, Fordham University

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 | 6:30 p.m.
Shakespeare, Tyrannicide, and the Papal Deposing Power
Lecture by Arthur Marotti, Distinguished Professor, Wayne State University

Academic Year 2012-2013

Friday, September 14, 2012 | 7 p.m.
The Cardinal and Colbert: Humor, Joy, and the Spiritual Life
Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Stephen Colbert, moderated by Rev. James Martin, SJ

Monday, September 17, 2012 | 4:30 p.m.
Voting, Religious Liberty, and the Common Good
M. Kathleen Kaveny, University of Notre Dame
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 6 p.m.

8th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture:
A Family Affair: Catholic Women and the Birth Control Question
Leslie Woodcock Tentler, Catholic University of America

Thursday, November 8, 2012 | 6 p.m.
First Lecture in Our Series on Virtue and Vice:
Modesty Matters: An Ancient Virtue's Lessons for Ecology and Society
Laura Hartman, Augustana College

Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 5 p.m.
Telling the Irish-American Tale
A Conversation with Pierce Butler and Peter Quinn

Monday, February 11, 2013, 2013 | 6 p.m.
An Evening with Alice McDermott
A Reading and Conversation with Catholic Novelist Alice McDermott

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 2013 | 6 p.m.
How Can Christianity Touch the Imagination of our Contemporaries?
Timothy Radcliffe, OP, Guest Lecturer and Former Head of the Dominican Order

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | 7 p.m.
On Pilgrimage: Ancient Religious Practice Meets Contemporary Spiritual Journey Along El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Film Screening and Discussion of The Way

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Family Pain, Family Grace, and the Tender Quest to Tell Our Stories Truly: Notes from an Irish Catholic Memoir
James T. Fisher, Fordham University

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | 6 p.m.
A Question of Habit: Images of Catholic Nuns and Sisters in U.S. Popular Culture
Bren Ortega Murphy, Loyola University Chicago

Sunday, April 14, 2013 | 2 p.m.
The Making of a Black Catholic Saint: Henriette DeLille and the Subversive Power of Love": Inaugural Biennial Lecture celebrating Black Catholics in the United States
M. Shawn Copeland, Boston College

Academic Year 2011-2012

January 28-30, 2011
LOST? Twenty-Somethings and the Church
A national conference exploring the relationship of 20-somethings to the contemporary Church.

Friday, September 16, 2011, 6 p.m.
Learning to Listen: Voices of Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church
Panel Discussion

Monday, November 7, 2011 | 6:30 p.m.
Ecclesia of Women in Asia
Skype Discussion of Asian Women's Conference

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 | 6 p.m.
7th Annual Rita Cassella Jones Lecture:
With Understanding Start Again: O God of Players 10 Years Later
Julie E. Byrne, Hofstra University

Thursday, November 10, 2011 | 6 p.m.
Spirit in the Art(s): Religion and the Black Cultural Imagination, from the Harlem Renaissance to Hip Hop
Josef Sorett, Columbia University

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | 5 p.m.
The End of Catholic Politics?
Lecture and Discussion with David Gibson, Journalist with Religion News Service and author of The Rule of Benedict
Saturday, March 24, 2012 | 2 - 6 p.m.

Still Alive at 60: A Symposium and a Celebration of Flannery O'Connor's WISE BLOOD
Moderated by Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, Curran Center for American Catholic Studies

Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Economic Realism vs. Catholic Idealism
Panel Discussion with Christine Firer Hinze, Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, and Henry Schwalbenberg, Fordham University

Monday, April 16, 2012 | 4 - 6 p.m.
Letting Us Pray: A Symposium on Language in the Liturgy
Julie Upton, St. John's University, Keynote Speaker

Monday, April 23, 2012 | 4 p.m.
A Voice of One's Own: A Roundtable Discussion of Women's Poetry with Fordham Faculty Poets

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | 6 p.m.
A Reading and Lecture by Dana Gioia
Dana Gioia, Poet and Educator