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Unfinished Business: The Past And Future Of Jesuit Higher Education
April 14, 2014 | 4:00-5:15 p.m.
St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons
Jesuit education burst upon the world in the sixteenth century as an academic innovation. Committed to both secular and sacred learning, it frequently confronted challenges during its long history. In the early twentieth century, when U. S. Jesuit higher education adopted the best features of mainstream learning, it was often accused of abandoning its distinct mission. The system faces new demands in our secular era. What is the future of Jesuit educational leadership today? Are there elements that are essential in the on-going evolution of the Jesuit educational tradition?
Gerald McKevitt, S.J. is Emeritus Professor of History and University Historian at Santa Clara University. He is an expert on Jesuits in the western United States and has written about Christopher Columbus, Jesuit higher education, 19th century Native Americans, and the history of Santa Clara University. His latest book isBrokers of Culture: Italian Jesuits in the American West 1848-1919 (Stanford University Press, 2007) and past publications include Serving the Intellect, Touching the Heart: A Portrait of Santa Clara University, 1851-2001, with George F. Giacomini, Jr. (Santa Clara University, 2000) and The University of Santa Clara, A History, 1851-1977(Stanford University Press, 1979). Fr. McKevitt earned his doctorate from UCLA, his master's from the University of Southern California, a BTS degree from Pontifical Gregorian University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees and Rector at Santa Clara University from 1993-1999. He is currently working on a project on the history of Jesuit Higher Education in the United States.