Scott Appleby Lectures on Ursulines


The Office of Mission and Identity presented “How Ursulines Overcame Nativism, Feminized Higher Education and Helped Catholics Become Americans,” a lecture by Scott Appleby, Professor of History and the John M. Regan Jr. Director of Kroc Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The lecture, a part of the Sr. Alice Gallin Lecture Series, was held on November 9, 2010.

A historian (Ph.D., University of Chicago) who studies modern religions and their capacity for both violence and peacebuilding, Appleby is the author or editor of several books, including Strong Religion (2003, with Gabriel Almond and Emmanuel Sivan); The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation (2000); Spokesmen for the Despised: Fundamentalist Leaders of the Middle East (1997) and Being Right: Conservative Catholics in America (1995).

From 1988 to 1993 Appleby was co-director of an interdisciplinary study of global religious resurgence; it culminated in the publication of the five-volume Fundamentalism Project, which he edited with Martin E. Marty.  Appleby co-chaired the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Task Force on Religion in U.S. Foreign Policy, which produced the report, "Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy" (2010).  A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the recipient of three honorary doctorates.