2024 Webinar Series

ACHA Seminar with Elayne Oliphant:
A Carnival of Gods in the Panthéon: Rethinking Religion and Abolition in 21st Century Paris

Thursday, April 4, 2024
12:00 – 1:30 PM Eastern
via Zoom

This April, the ACHA Seminar returns with its second installment, a discussion of a current work-in-progress by Elayne Oliphant.

Because this event will be an international collaboration with discussants calling in from some widely-varying time zones, we will be meeting on April 4 from 12pm to 1:30pm ET.

Oliphant is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Religious Studies at New York University. Her project is entitled, “A Carnival of Gods in the Panthéon: Rethinking Religion and Abolition in 21st Century Paris.”

After initial pleasantries, the event will begin by Oliphant giving a summary presentation of her work, followed by comments from Jennifer Scheper Hughes of UC Riverside, Katharine Gerbner of the University of Minnesota, and Brenna Moore of Fordham University. Jack Downey, from the University of Rochester, will then facilitate a larger discussion, inviting questions and comments from the Seminar audience.

The seminar is open to all, but registration is required to obtain the Zoom link. 

2024 Webinar Series

Catholicism Around the Movies:
Saint Maud

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
7:00 PM  ET
via Zoom

Join us for the first in our series of webinar discussions about the intersection of film and Catholic studies. For this first session, we’ll be discussing Saint Maud (2019), directed by Rose Glass.

With the relevance of the horror genre for contemporary culture, we’ll dig into how and why this matters for Catholic history. The session is intended as more of a free-flowing, roundtable discussion than a panel. Participation will be greatly encouraged.

The event is free to attend, but registration is required.

While we’ll be discussing the film, we won’t be watching it during the event. Be sure to watch it beforehand through streaming services, on DVD/Blu-ray, or through a library. The easiest way for most will be to stream it as part of an Amazon Prime Video subscription.


Tony Smith
ACHA President and associate professor of Religious Studies, University of Dayton

Kathleen Holscher
Associate professor and endowed chair in Roman Catholic studies, University of New Mexico

Matthew Cressler
Independent scholar and chief of staff of the Corporation of Public Interest Technology


The Opening of the Pius XII Archive and Holocaust Research

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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Teaching Outside Your Specialization in a Time of Disciplinary Retrenchment

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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Studying Masculinities, Catholic Style: A Roundtable

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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Catholicism, Public Scholarship, and the 2020 Election

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The ACHA’s inaugural webinar was held in the final days of the 2020 presidential campaign. Participants discussed the surge of media coverage on religion and politics and the role of public scholarship. They explored what roles are available to historians, and whether media engagement opens new possibilities for the critical study of American Catholic history.


  • Brian Clites (moderator)
  • Anthea Butler
  • Peter Cajka
  • Nicole Hemmer
  • Kaya Oakes
  • Michael Pasquier