THE SOCIETY OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL SCIENTISTS

THE 15TH ANNUAL MEETING

 

Friday and Saturday, October 26-27, 2007

The St. John’s University School of Law

8000 Utopia Parkway

Jamaica, Queens, New York 11439

 

 

Dr. Joseph A. Varacalli , Ph.D.

Director, Center for Catholic Studies

And Professor of Sociology

Nassau Community College—the State University of New York

One Education Drive

Garden City, New York 11530-6793

516.572.7454(2)

jjttlv@aol.com

 

Joseph A. Varacalli (1952-)

Joseph A. Varacalli, Ph.D, is presently Professor of Sociology  at Nassau Community College of the S.U.N.Y. system of higher education. In 2000, he founded the Nassau Community College Center for Catholic Studies.  In 1992, he co-founded the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and served as Editor-in-Chief of its journal, The Catholic Social Science Review from 1996 through 1999.  An expert in both American Catholic and Italian American studies, he is the author of The Catholic Experience in America (Greenwood, 2006, www.greenwood.com ),  Bright Promise, Failed Community: Catholics and the American Public Order (Lexington, 2000, 2001, www.lexingtonbooks.com ), and Toward the Establishment of Liberal Catholicism in America (University Press of America, 1983).  He also is a co-editor for the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007, www.scarecrowpress.com ). In Italian American studies, he is the co-editor of three volumes: The Italian American Experience :  An Encyclopedia (Garland, 2000), The Saints in the Lives of Italian Americans: An Interdisciplinary Investigation ( Forum Italicum of S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, 1999, 2003), and  Models and Images of Catholicism in Italian Americana: Academy and Society (Forum Italicum of S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, 2004).    In addition, he is the author of over 250 articles and book reviews.  In 2004, at the Twelfth Annual Meeting of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, Dr. Varacalli was the recipient of the organization’s top honor, the “Pope Pius XII Award for the furthering of a true Catholic social science” as called for in the 1931 Papal encyclical, Quadragesimo Anno.

 

Dr. Varacalli has earned three higher education degrees, all in sociology: in 1980, a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, in 1975 an M.A. degree from the University of Chicago, and in 1973, a B.A. degree from Rutgers College.  He is a 1969 graduate of Lincoln High School in Jersey City, New Jersey.

 

Dr. Varacalli is married to Lillian and has three children: Thomas Francis Xavier Augustine (b.1989); John Paul Thomas Varacalli (b.1991); and Theresa Elizabeth (b.1994). The Varacalli family resides in Westbury, New York.  In 1952, Dr. Varacalli was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to his parents Joseph and Theresa.  He has one brother, Nicholas John, born in 1954.

 

Dr. Varacalli can be contacted at the Department of Sociology at Nassau Community College, 1 Education Drive, Garden City, New York, 11530, varacaj@ncc.edu , 1-516-572-7454.

 

 

 

Joseph A. Varacalli, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Department of Sociology, Nassau Community College-S.U.N.Y.

Address: 1 Education Drive, Garden City, New York, 11530

Other Contact Information: varacaj@ncc.edu 1-516-572-7454

 

Title of Presentation: The Nassau Community College Center for Catholic Studies:

                                   The First Seven Years

 

Presentation Abstract:

 

            The presentation will deal with several important aspects of the history, mission, activities, impact, and future of the Nassau Community College Center for Catholic Studies.  The first deals with the facts of the founding of the Center.  The second deals with an analysis of the intersection of factors (e.g. personality, biographical, organizational, social, and historical) that must be incorporated into any accurate understanding of its creation and evolution. A third deals with the state of American public education. A fourth deals with the potential Catholic moral, intellectual, and social policy contributions to the academy and its ethos.  A fifth deals with the state of American higher education.  A sixth deals with the activities of the Center over the first seven years of its existence (e.g. the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy published by Scarecrow Press in 2007, conferences, lectures, debates, “club hour” talks, radio shows, non-credit continuing education courses, etc.).  A sixth involves a realistic assessment of the impact of the Center at Nassau Community College, for the local Catholic Church, for the local community, for the national Catholic Church, and for American education.  Finally, the issue of the future potential scenarios for the Center and other similar entities will be addressed.