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Development Update


American Catholic Studies Center Receives Gift

Fordham’s Center for American Catholic Studies is the beneficiary of a generous bequest from alumnus William Banks (FCO ’48).

“The University is doing a great job in examining the contemporary issues in the Catholic Church,” said Banks, “and I’m glad to support Fordham’s work in providing a forum to discuss faith-based issues in America.”

The Center for American Catholic Studies is committed to the on-going investigation of American Catholic thought and culture. Since its founding in fall 2001, the center has hosted speakers and panel discussions addressing topics including “Anti-Catholicism, the Last Acceptable Prejudice,” “The Eliot School Rebellion, Boston, 1859: Education, Slavery and the Nineteenth Century Catholic Revival,” and, “Picturing Faith: Religious American in Government Photography.”

“The best commitment to Fordham’s mission of ‘training men and women for others’ is an investment in the University’s future,” said Mark Massa, S.J., Ph.D. “Because of the energy and vision of many people, we are now at what has been termed ‘Fordham’s moment.’ The Banks have helped to assure that we can be even more creative and strategic in extending that ‘moment’ well into the future.”

Banks, a lawyer specializing in real estate and estate planning, was drawn to Fordham by the genuine interest of faculty in his academic and career goals. Professor Samuel F. Telfair, who taught a course in constitutional history, encouraged Banks to pursue a career in law, recognizing his student’s strong writing skills and passion for the U.S. Constitution.

“I have tied myself to Fordham because it does so much for people who don’t have the means to get a college education at a quality school,” said Banks. “I wear my Fordham hat everywhere I go.”

— Andrea Marais

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