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Fr. Juan Molina

John Hébert

Moderator and Presenters

Maria Mazzenga, Moderator

Maria Mazzenga is Education Archivist at the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, where she manages educational programs related to the American Catholic experience. In addition to preparing archives-based educational presentations aimed at both the CUA community and the general public, she manages the American Catholic History Classroom, a website featuring hundreds of primary documents and educational materials on topics such as Catholics and race, education, industrialization, politics, and Catholic-Jewish relations.  She holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Catholic University (2000), and is adjunct instructor in the Department of History and Department of Library and Information Science at Catholic University.  Her research and publications focus on U.S. society and culture in the 1920-1950 period, American Catholic life, and archival outreach.  

Fr. Juan Molina

Fr. Juan Molina, O.Ss.T., is the director for the Church in Latin America at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In this position, he oversees USCCB’s grant-making work of solidarity with the churches throughout Latin America as well as helps the bishops of the United States develop their relationship with their counterparts in the region. He also served as Foreign Policy Advisor for Latin America and Global Trade in the Office of International Justice and Peace at USCCB and has given many talks on the moral dimensions of the economy, foreign policy and the work of solidarity of the Catholic community.  Fr. Molina holds several degrees, including a Master of Arts/Master of Divinity from Washington Theological Union in Washington D.C., and a Ph.D. in Economics from Fordham University in New York City. He is also the recipient of the Honorary Graduate Fellowship of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He has published several works, including the book, The Impact of Remittances in Developing Countries: Saving, Investment, and School Enrollment. 

Susan Eason

Susan Eason, M.L.I.S., C.A. is Director of the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin, Texas, a position she has held since March 2002.  Susan holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Sociology from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She is a certified archivist and a member of numerous professional organizations including the Texas Catholic Historical Society, the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists, the Society of American Archivists, and the Society of Southwest Archivists.  A past president of the Texas Catholic Historical Society (2008-2010), she received the Society’s Dr. Carlos Eduardo Castañeda Award for meritorious service in 2011. 

Malachy McCarthy

Malachy R. McCarthy currently serves as the Province Archivist, Claretian Missionaries Archives USA in Chicago. Dr. McCarthy received his PhD from Loyola University Chicago in 2002 with his dissertation focusing on the study of the Protestant and Catholic battle over the Chicago Mexican community from 1900 to 1940. Much of his research was found in the Claretian archives which houses the order’s records and visual materials. The Claretians entered the United States in San Antonio in 1902, devoting themselves to the Mexican Catholic communities in Texas, California, Arizona and Illinois. Dr McCarthy also has an MLS from Simmons College in Boston and an MA in Latin American history from the University of Arizona.

John Hébert

A Louisiana Cajun, Dr. John Hébert was employed in the Library of Congress from 1969-2011, where he served progressively as Reference Librarian (1969-1974) in the Geography and Map Division, as Assistant Chief and acting Chief, Hispanic Division (1975-1999) and as Chief, Geography and Map Division (1999-2011).  As Chief of the map division, he served as director of the Philip Lee Phillips Society, on the Federal Geographic Data Committee, and as member and chair of the US Board on Geographic Names.  He contributed to the historical atlas publication Virginia in Maps (Richmond, 2000) and editor and contributor to the atlas Charting Louisiana: Five Hundred Years of Maps (New Orleans, 2003).  A historian (Georgetown MA ‘67,  Ph. D ‘72) in Latin American History, University of Southwestern Louisiana (BA ‘65 history). Dr. Hébert has written on the 18th century Spanish presence in the US (the Spanish borderlands), historical cartography, and Latin American bibliography.  He is the editor and contributor to 1492: An Ongoing Voyage (Washington 1992), directed and contributed studies to the preparation of exact facsimiles of the indigenous 1531 (Mexico) Huexotcinco Codex (1995), in the study of the Oxtoticpac (Mexico) 1540 lands map and Americae, a 1562 map by Diego Gutierrez (1999). From 1975-87, he served as editor of the cartographic and the bibliography and general works sections of the annual Handbook of Latin American Studies (University of Texas Press) and authored The Library of Congress Hispanic and Portuguese Collections, an illustrated guide (1996).  He contributed to Eyes of the Nation (1997), produced with Anthony Mullan, The Luso-Hispanic World in Maps (1999) and authored Panoramic Maps of Cities in the United States and Canada (editions 1974, 1984).  From 1989 to 1993, he directed the Library of Congress’ Columbus Quincentenary Program, which featured the major exhibition 1492-1992: The Ongoing Voyage. He served as a member of the presidential U.S. Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee Commission.  His research interest for the past 40 years has been in the  study of the initial Spanish and French presence in North America, especially along the Gulf Coast of the United States.