2022 Spring Meeting
April 22-23
University of Scranton

2022 Spring Meeting At a Glance


April 22-23, 2022


The University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa.

Registration fee:


Contact person:

Robert Shaffern, Professor of History, University of Scranton.
[email protected]

Good to Know: Campus Tips & Info

Meeting HQ and Registration: Registration with folders, maps, lanyards, information, morning coffee, etc., can be found in St. Thomas Hall 308, starting at 2:30-6:00 on Thursday the 21st. It will also be there on Friday (8:30-4) and Saturday (8:30-10:30).
Headquarters Hotel: Our headquarters hotel is the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton. Its phone number is 570-342-8300.
Access from the Radisson: For those staying at the Radisson Hotel, access to St. Thomas Hall is very easy. A pedestrian walkway connects the hotel to the campus. Please consider leaving your car in the Radisson parking lot; it makes everything easier for you.
Parking: For those driving onto campus, please park on the fourth level of the university parking garage located on Mulberry Street (entrances off Mulberry St at Madison and at Monroe). Permission for on-campus parking is needed only on Thursday and Friday before 5:00.  After 5:00 and all day on Saturday parking is open to all. Anyone who needs a parking permit (to be displayed on the dashboard) please contact Roy Domenico at [email protected]. Otherwise, they will be available at the HQ.
Reception and Banquet – the Slattery Center: The Slattery Center for the Humanities (corner of Mulberry and Clay) will host early arrivals with a Thursday reception from 5:00 until 7:00. On Friday evening, Father Joseph Marina, S.J., President of The University of Scranton, and Dr. Jeffrey Gingerich, the Provost, will host the ACHA at a reception on the fifth floor of Brennan Hall at 5:00.  The ACHA banquet will follow in the same venue.
Other Meals: The University and the adjacent areas offer ample opportunities for other meals. The DeNaples Student Center, in particular, has a food court on the first floor and a nationally acclaimed dining hall ($10 for lunch) on the third floor.

Program & Schedule

Receptions & Meals

  • Thursday, April 21, 6:00 PM: Welcome reception
    Slattery Center for the Humanities
  • Friday morning, April 22: Light breakfast and coffee
    History Department, St. Thomas Hall
  • Friday evening, April 22: Reception and buffet supper ($55). Buffet will include vegetarian, meat, and fish selections. Registration required.
    Brennan Hall, fourth floor.
  • Saturday morning, April 22: Light breakfast and coffee
    History Department, St. Thomas Hall

Conference HQ and registration will be at the History Department at St. Thomas Hall 308.


Friday, April 22
9:00 AM


Chair: Roy Domenico, The University of Scranton


  • Kyra Krzyicki, The University of Scranton, “Saint Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and Human Trafficking.”
  • Maggie Kowalewski, The University of Scranton, “Large Industrial Farming and Fear for Animals and the Environment.”
  • Adrianna Smith, The University of Scranton, “Examining Descartes’ work in the “Meditations on First Philosophy.”

PANEL 2:  “The American Church”

Chair: TBA


  • Paul Miller, SUNY Empire State College, “An Errand into the Socialist Wilderness: John Cort and the DSA’s Religious and Socialist Commission.”
  • Madeline Gambino, Princeton University, “Age/Aging and Change in Contemporary Philadelphia.”
  • Mitchell Edward Oxford, William and Mary, “’The Cradle of Bishops” in Infancy: John Dubois, Simon Bruté, and the Making of Mount Saint Mary’s University.”

PANEL 3:  “Catholic Women”

Chair: TBA


  • Mary Henold, Roanoke College, “The Assistant Mistress-at-Arms Gets her Due: Acknowledgement of the Varieties of Catholic laywomen’s labor in the Catholic Transcript, 1925-1927.”
  • Dennis Castillo, Christ the King Seminary, “The Sisters of Charity and the 1832 Cholera Pandemic.”
  • Elisabeth C. Davis, The University at Buffalo,” “’The Appearance of a Schism:’ The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and Catholic Consolidation.”

Friday, April 22
11:00 AM

PANEL 4:  “America Meets the World”

Chair: TBA


  • Emily Alesia Poteat, Villanova University, “‘A weapon which will be unique’: Henry L. Stimson and the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs on Japan during World War II.”                                                                                                           
  • Marjorie Corbman, Molloy College, “’A Cultured Man’: Emma Goldman’s Prison Chaplain and the Transnational Cultures of Turn-of-the-Century New York Catholicism.
  • Jean McManus, Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame, “Using Local Primary Sources in Exploring Global Catholicism.”

PANEL 5:  “Gender and Religious Polemic: Reserarching Early Modern Catholic Women.”

Chair and Discussant: Ralph Keen, The University of Illinois – Chicago 


  • Dr. Jessica L. Keene, Georgian Court University, “Keeping their ‘fyrste faythe’: Vows and Former Nuns in Reformation England.”
  • Elissa Cutter, Georgian Court University, “The Power of Naming: Gender and Heresy in Polemics Against the Port-Royal Nuns.”
  • Richard Yoder, Penn State University, “Les Pierres de Scandale: Jacqueline-Aimée Brohon and Her Revolutionary Reception.”

PANEL 6:  “Rooting the Mystical Body: How Lived Experience Grounds Doctrine.”

Chair: Bill Portier, The University of Dayton
Discussant: Sandra Yocum, The University of Dayton


  • Kathy Stout, The University of Dayton, “In the Rubble of War, A Little Flower: How Thérèse Conquered the Oriental Heart of John C. H. Wu.”
  • Annie Huey, The University of Dayton, “A Mother’s Best Uniform”: Katherine Burton’s Call to Women During World War II.”
  • Sr. Laura Coughlin,  The University of Dayton, “The Grounding of “Creative Peace” – Luigi Sturzo Confronts the Weakness of League Members.”

Friday, April 22
2:00 PM

PANEL 7: “American Catholic Social Issues.”

Chair: James Carroll, Iona College


  • Luke Sullivan, Villanova University, “Interdict: The Significance of Censure in Catholic Trusteeism Disputes.”
  • Jeanne Petit, Hope College, “National Ambitions, Local Realities: Catholic Laywomen and the East St. Louis National Catholic Community House.”
  • Mary B. Carney, SUNY at Fredonia, “Conning Capitalists and Catholics: The “Frenzied” Financing of the Fidelity Funding Company, 1905-1909.”

PANEL 8: “Ethnic Groups and National Stories” 

Chair: TBA


  • Conor Joseph Donnan, The University of Pennsylvania, “A Spiritual Empire: Irish Catholics, Native Americans, and Religion in the American West between 1850 and 1910.”
  • Carl Ganz, Independent Scholar, “Religious and Political Conflict among the Early Irish Catholics of Elizabeth, N.J.”

PANEL 9: Theological Issues – Augustine and Newman

Chair: Robert Shaffern, The University of Scranton


  • Michael J. Petrin, Marywood University, “Augustine and the Holy Spirit between East and West.”                                                                                                        
  • Elizabeth A. Huddleston, National Institute for Newman Studies, “Newman’s Self-Reflection: A Reexamination.”

Saturday, April 23
9:00 AM


Chair: Charles Strauss, Mount St Mary’s University


  • Dennis J. Wiebolt III, Boston College, “The Roman Faith at an American Law School: Pre-Vatican II Reconciliation between Catholicism and the American Legal Tradition at Boston College.”
  • Katherine Ward, The University of Notre Dame, “The Formation of Identity and Culture in Native American Catholic Schools.”
  • James Carroll, Iona College, “Education and Indigenous Peoples: A Transnational Perspective.”

PANEL 11: Postwar European Catholics: de Lubac and Ratzinger 

Chair: Robert Carbonneau, CP, The University of Scranton


  • Jacob Saliba, Boston College, “Critical Catholicism: Henri de Lubac S.J. and the Notion of the Supernatural.”
  • Christopher Bellitto, Kean University, “Benedict XVI’s Post-Papacy: Past, Present, and Future Lessons.”

Saturday, April 23
11:00 AM

PANEL 12: War and Cold War 

Chair: Sean Brennan, The University of Scranton


  • Eileen Groth Lyon, SUNY Fredonia, “Faith, Identity, and Community – Rosaries in the Nazi Concentration Camps.”
  • Benjamin Peters, The University of Saint Joseph, “Why the 60th anniversary Gordon Zahn’s German Catholics and Hitler’s Wars matters.”
  • Arpad von Klimo, The Catholic University of America, “Anticommunism, Decolonization and the Vatican: Cardinal Mindszenty in Portugal.”

PANEL 13: Panel 11, Early Modern Europe 

Chair: Paul Sampson, The University of Scranton


  • Xavier Marechaux, SUNY College at Old Westbury, “The Dechristianization of Year II, A Real threat or Just a Bust? Analyzing 40 Years of Historiography on the Topic.”
  • James A. Alfano, Villanova University, “Words of Wonder and Contempt: Tracing “Otherness” in British Travel Literature across the “Imagined Orient.”
  • Ralph Keen, University of Illinois Chicago, “Early-Modern Catholicism within and alongside the Reformation: Teaching the Tension between Tradition and Confrontation.”

About Scranton, Pa.

Wedged between New York and New Jersey and easily accessible via interstate and air connections, northeast Pennsylvania has a rich history from the Revolutionary War through the Industrial Revolution, the Labor Movement, is the home of “The Office,” and the birthplace of Joe Biden.

About the University

Founded in 1888 by the Diocese, St. Thomas College was later passed to the Christian Brothers who renamed it The University of Scranton in 1938. The Jesuits then assumed the administration of the University in 1942. The University also recently unveiled the Gail and Francis Slattery Humanities Center.