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2020-21 Speaker Series
Immigrant Catholicism in the U.S.

This year, we are taking a look at several different immigrant/migrant communities in the U.S. Catholic Church--Filipino, Polish, Vietnamese, Mexican, and Black Catholics. Join us to explore their stories, their challenges, and their contributions.

October 31

Filipinos in the U.S.--Why and How Catholicism Matters

Aprilfaye Manalang (bio)
Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Norfolk State University
Recipient, John Templeton Foundation's Early Career Award

January 18

Immigrant Catholicism in Chicago: The Polish Experience

Dominic A. Pacyga (bio)
Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia College
Author of American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago

March 1

Vietnamese American Catholics...or American Vietnamese Catholics? Their Challenges & Contributions to the U.S. Church

Peter C. Phan (bio)
Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University
Author of Vietnamese-American Catholics and Christianity with an Asian Face

April 5

Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican

Deborah Kanter (bio)
Chair of Latin American & Latino History, Albion College
Author of Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican

May 17

Black Catholics from Migration to Revolution

Matthew J. Cressler (bio)
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, College of Charleston
Author of Authentically Black & Truly Catholic: The Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migration


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