Visiting Scholar Mel Piehl Discusses American Catholic History

Written by Laura Paskin
January 3, 2014

Visiting Scholar Mel Piehl presents "Themes in American Catholic History with an Eye Toward Global Perspectives" on January 23, 2014. Piehl, who teaches History and Humanities at Valparaiso University, is spending the academic year at the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.

In his presentation, Piehl considers some of the central features of American Catholicism involving religious voluntarism; multiple, layered immigrant ethnicities; popular piety; upward mobility and affluence; and the role of women.

“As a Lutheran scholar studying American Catholicism, Dr. Piehl’s area of research makes him a valuable conversation partner for our university community, especially as we deepen our engagement with ecumenism and interreligious dialogue,” said Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, director of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

Piehl’s presentation takes place at 12:15 p.m. in the Alumni and Admissions Building on the Seattle University campus. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP required to

This presentation is sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and the College of Arts and Sciences Catholic Studies Program.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 36 minors, and 6 master’s degrees.