Symposium on Timothy Matovina's new book, "Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America's Largest Church"

Feb 8 2012 4—6pm
Social Sciences, Room 122
1126 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Timothy Matovina

University of Notre Dame

Peter J. Casarella

University of Notre Dame

Kathleen Neils Conzen

University of Chicago


Cosponsored by The American Religious History Workshop and The Center for Latin American Studies

Finely researched, engagingly written, and more comprehensive than any other book on the subject, Timothy Matovina's Latino Catholicism is a scholarly labor of love that does justice to the historic presence of Latino Catholics in America….His book raises the bar for studies of U.S. religion and society.
-Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J.

Timothy Matovina (University of Notre Dame)
with responses from:
Peter Casarella (DePaul University)
Kathleen Conzen (University of Chicago)

Timothy Matovina is professor of theology and the William and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. His books include Guadalupe and Her Faithful: Latino Catholics in San Antonio, from Colonial Origins to the Present and Horizons of the Sacred: Mexican Traditions in U.S. Catholicism.

Peter J. Casarella is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and World Religions and World Church at the University of Notre Dame. He received his PhD in Religious Studies at Yale University. Before coming to Notre Dame in 2013, Casarella served as professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University where he was also the director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. He has taught previously at the University of Dallas and The Catholic University of America. He has published almost fifty essays in scholarly journals on a variety of topics—e.g., medieval Christian Neoplatonism, contemporary theological aesthetics, and the Hispanic/Latino presence in the U.S. Catholic Church. In 2005 he served as President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the US (ACHTUS). He has edited or co-edited: Cuerpo de Cristo: The Hispanic Presence in the U.S. Catholic Church (1998), Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré (1998), Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance (2006), and, most recently, A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (2011).  He is author of Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress and Word as Bread: Language and Theology in Nicholas of Cusa.

Kathleen Neils Conzen is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor Emerita of American History and the College at the University of Chicago. Conzen’s research and teaching focus on the social and political history of the United States in the 19th century, with a special interest in issues of immigration, ethnicity, religion, western settlement, and urban development.