Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. Fellowship
The Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. Fellowship in Catholic Studies is a visiting fellowship in the fall semester for invited scholars from across disciplines and from around the world, whose work intersects with the rich intellectual, artistic, and historical tradition of Roman Catholicism.
Each fall, the Teilhard de Chardin Fellow will offer one (1) upper-level, undergraduate course in the area of her or his specialization in conjunction with the Catholic Studies Minor program. In addition to this course, the Teilhard de Chardin Fellow will also offer two public lectures each fall, which will reflect upon the connection each fellow sees between their work and the Catholic intellectual tradition.
Click here to view past Teilhard de Chardin Fellow lectures: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Lecture Series.
For more information on each of the Hank Center's Teilhard de Chardin Fellows—past and present—please take a look at the links below.
Fall 2022 Fellow: Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame
Kathleen Sprows Cummings is the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and the the Rev. John A. O'Brien College Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is a professor in the departments of American studies and history at Notre Dame, and an affiliated faculty member in Gender Studies, Italian Studies, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
Cummings’ new book, A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in April 2019. She published her first book, New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era, with the University of North Carolina Press in 2009. She co-edited (with R. Scott Appleby) Catholics in the American Century: Recasting Narratives of U.S. History, published by Cornell University Press in 2012. She also co-edited, with Timothy Matovina and Robert Orsi, Catholics in the Vatican II Era: Local Histories of a Global Event, published in 2017 with Cambridge University Press. Cummings edited Roman Sources for the Study of American Catholicism, 1763–1939, a guide to 59 archival repositories in Rome and at the Holy See, written by Matteo Binasco and published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2018. She served as the president of the American Catholic Historical Association in 2017.
Cummings teaches classes on the history of women, Catholicism, sanctity, and American religion at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to directing the Cushwa Center, Cummings presently oversees the History of Women Religious, an academic organization devoted to the historical study of Catholic sisters. She often serves as a media commentator on contemporary events in the Church. Cummings appeared on NBC’s live coverage of the conclave in March 2013, the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII in April 2014, and the papal visit to the United States in September 2015. She is frequently quoted in the New York Times and other media outlets on Catholic subjects. For more information on her appearances, visit cushwa.nd.edu/news/in-the-media.