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Funding Opportunity in American Catholic History: Hesburgh Research Travel Grant

The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism's Theodore M. Hesburgh Research Travel Grant program aims to support scholarly research and writing projects that would benefit from examining material in the large Hesburgh Collection at the Archives of the University of Notre Dame.   Funds are intended to defray travel, lodging, and research expenses associated with visits to the Archives.


Carolina Armenteros, Richard A. Lebrun, eds.
Angela Haas

Haas on Armenteros, 'The French Idea of History: Joseph de Maistre and His Heirs, 1794-1854' and Armenteros and Lebrun, 'Joseph de Maistre and the Legacy of Enlightenment'

Carolina Armenteros. The French Idea of History: Joseph de Maistre and His Heirs, 1794-1854. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011. xiii + 361 pp. $59.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8014-4943-7.Carolina Armenteros, Richard A. Lebrun, eds. Joseph de Maistre and the Legacy of Enlightenment. Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century Series. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2011. 264 pp. $85.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-7294-1008-3.

On 1952’s Television Man of the Year (Archbishop Sheen)

Fulton Sheen taught Sacred Sciences and Philosophy at CUA from the 1920s through the early 1950s, wrote dozens of books and pamphlets, and was an extremely popular speaker on the National Council of Catholic Men’s Catholic Hour. This is not surprising for a charismatic Catholic priest of the twentieth century. What is surprising is that Sheen won the 1952 Emmy for “Most Outstanding Television Personality,” beating out Jimmy Durante, Lucille Ball, and Edward R.

Introduction to American Catholic Archives

Before the 1960s, almost no dioceses had more than part-time archivists, only a few Catholic colleges and universities devoted much attention or resources to the collection and preservation of Catholic documents, and most religious orders had hardly even considered the need to create archives. Professional training among archivists in Catholic institutions was virtually unheard of and standards of professional practice nonexistent.