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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

Jacques Maritain was the most important Catholic intellectual of the mid-twentieth century. His most important project was convincing Catholics around the world that their faith entailed support of political democracy. Maritain's successes—and failures—are of interest at a moment when democracy seems more fragile than at any point since World War II and also reveal the possibilities and perils of a more global approach to the history of modern Catholicism.

John McGreevy is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth Century Urban North (1996), Catholicism and American Freedom: A History (2003) and American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global (2016). A fourth book on global Catholicism is under contract. He has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Louisville Institute, and the Erasmus Institute, and has published in the Journal of American History, New York Review of Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other venues.

This event if part of the 2019 #CatholicitySeries. Free entrance, drinks will follow. 

Friday, 3 May, 2019 - 16:00 to 18:00
Event location: 
Garden Room, St Edmund's College



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