Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Eighty-Second Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Eighty-Second Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association

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Report of the Committee on Program

Steven M. Avella, Patrick W Carey, and Michael Phayer, all of Marquette University, and Barbara Misner, S.C.S.C., of Merrill, Wisconsin, constituted the Committee on Program for the 2002 meeting. The committee sent out calls for papers through the Association's journal, and the committee members personally invited historians to participate in the meeting. We encouraged members to submit entire panel proposals and were successful in this endeavor.

Because of the response from members of the Association and a few others, the committee was able to put together a program of eleven panels with some chronological variety and a diversity of interests, from peace and violence in the Middle Ages to Sisters in nineteenth-century France and to John Tracy Ellis. Presenters came from every region of the United States, as well as from New Zealand and England.

All the sessions were held between January 4 and 6 and at the San Francisco Hilton Hotel. All of the panels appear to have been well received.

January 4, first morning session: "Peace and Violence at the Millennium: Texts and Contexts for France Around the Year 1000." Chair: Martin Claussen, University of San Francisco. Thomas Head, Hunter College and the Graduate Center City University of New York: "The Peace of God to the Year 1000: A Re-examination of the Sources"; Mathew Kuefler, San Diego State University: "Dating and Authorship of Odo of Cluny's Life of Gerald of Aurillac";Jeffrey A. Bowman, Kenyon College: "True Crime: Murder and Mayhem in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century Charters." Commentator: Geoffrey Koziol, University of Callfornia at Berkeley, was unable to attend. Comments came from the chair, the participants, and many of the fifty persons who attended the session.

January 4, second morning session: "Twentieth-Century Catholicism in Callfornia: Three Different Views." Chair and Commentator: Joseph Chinnici, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley Steven M. Avella, Marquette University: "The Church and the Sword: Shaping Postwar Catholic Life in California's Central Valley"; Richard Gribble, Stonehill College: "Urban Apostle: Edward Hanna and the City of San Francisco";Jeffrey Burns,Archives of the Archdiocese of San Francisco: "Priests in Revolt: Redefining Priesthood in San Francisco, 1962-- 1974." Over fifty persons attended a very lively and stimulating set of presentations and discussions.

January 4, first afternoon session: "Liberalism and Secularization in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries." Chair and Commentator. Thomas W. Jodziewicz, University of Dallas. J. Ignacio Mendez, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb: "Colombia Church Property and the Liberals in the Early 1860s"; Steven Schloesser, Boston College: "Anti-Modernist/Ultramontanist? Jean Cocteau, Jacques Maritain, and the 1920s Parisian Renouveau Catholique." Seven persons attended the session and engaged the presenters with challenging questions and encouraging comments.

January 4, second afternoon session: "The Flickering of the light: Catholic Universities and Their Catholic Identity in Post-Vatican Council II America." Chair: Wilson Miscamble, Moreau Seminary, University of Notre Dame. Alan Schreck, Franciscan University of Steubenville: "Catholic Identity at Franciscan University of Steubenville";James Connelly, C.S.C., University of Portland: "The University of Portland: Ecumenical or Catholic?"; Anthony J. Dosen, C.M., DePaul University: "Webster College: Child of the Sixties or Prophetic Voice?" Commentator: Philip Gleason, University of Notre Dame. It was a well attended session of sixty participants, many of whom eagerly discussed the Catholic identity of contemporary colleges and universities.

In addition to the usual conviviality at the social hour on Friday afternoon, January 4, Mr. Martin Doblmeier and Dan Juday of Journey Films and Family Theater Productions presented a ten-minute excerpt from a four-hour video, "Catholics in America," that they are preparing for public television. …

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