University of Notre Dame

Center for Italian Studies


Rome Seminar 2014

Rome Seminar 2014 - Global Catholicisms

The Italian Studies at Notre Dame Program sponsors an annual Rome Seminar to bring together scholars from around the globe to reflect, discuss, and train on a topic related to Italian studies. This year's Seminar, American Catholicism in a World Made Small: Transnational Approaches to U.S. Catholic History, is co-sponsored by the CUSHWA Center for American Catholicism, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the College of Arts and Letters and the Office of Research.


The 2014 Rome Seminar is the first to be held in the University of Notre Dame's new building on Via Ostilia in the San Giovanni neighborhood. Our meeting place is a 15-minute walk from the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and just a few blocks from the Colosseum.

The Seminar will explore the surge of interest in transnational approaches and global questions in historical scholarship as it relates to the history of Catholicism in the United States. Specifically, participants will focus on interaction between a European (and particularly Italian) institutional church and American culture. The goals are to catalyze scholarly work that places the history of Catholicism at the center for global narratives, and to develop new insights and fresh methodological perspectives from which the field at large may benefit. It is also our aim to create an environment that can foster ongoing friendship and collaboration.

Please feel free to view the Seminar's program. While the deadline for applying to attend the Seminar as a participant has passed, the public is most welcome to attend the Seminar's opening lecture.

Please see the CUSHWA Center website for further information or email the Cushwa Center at with any questions.