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James McCartin '96: Spirituality and the Transformation of 21st-Century American Catholicism

Date of Lecture: March 21, 2011

James McCartinAbout the Speaker: James McCartin is associate professor and director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University. A 1996 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, previously served in the History Department at Seton Hall University where he was also associate director of the Center for Catholic Studies and a member of the University Honors Program faculty. In 2006-07, he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University's Center for the Study of Religion.

About the Talk: McCartin discusses the themes in his book, "Prayers of the Faithful: The Shifting Spiritual Life of American Catholics" (Harvard University Press, 2010), which explores prayer both as an object of study and an active force in people's lives. He demonstrates how American Catholics' beliefs and spiritual practices changed alongside American society and culture from the 1860s to the 1980s.

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