Historian Fr. Bill Miscamble, C.S.C.

Episode 26 · March 14th, 2019 · 30 mins 51 secs

About this Episode

Father Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C. is a professor of history at Notre Dame and the author of the newly-published American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame's Father Ted Hesburgh. Father Miscamble is a longtime friend of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, speaking at several of our Fall Conferences over the years as well as giving the invocation at the inaugural presentation of the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal for heroes of the pro-life movement.

Episode Links

  • American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame's Father Ted Hesburgh — Considered for many decades to be the most influential priest in America, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. played what many consider pivotal roles in higher education, the Catholic Church, and national and international affairs. American Priest examines his life and his many and varied engagements—from the university he led for thirty-five years to his associations with the Vatican and the White House—and evaluates the extent and importance of his legacy.
  • The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japan — This 2011 book explores the American use of atomic bombs, and the role these weapons played in the defeat of the Japanese Empire in World War II. It focuses on President Harry S. Truman's decision making regarding this most controversial of all his decisions. The book relies on notable archival research, and the best and most recent scholarship on the subject to fashion an incisive overview that is fair and forceful in its judgments. This study addresses a subject that has been much debated among historians, and it confronts head-on the highly disputed claim that the Truman administration practiced "atomic diplomacy." The book goes beyond its central historical analysis to ask whether it was morally right for the United States to use these terrible weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It also provides a balanced evaluation of the relationship between atomic weapons and the origins of the Cold War.
  • The Catholic University in the Age of Corporate/Consumer Capitalism — Fr. Miscamble's presentation at the CEC's 2005 Fall Conference, discussing "Joy in the Truth."
  • Catholic Politicians and the Modern World: Some American Case Studies — Fr. Miscamble's presentation at the CEC's 2006 Fall Conference on Modernity.
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