In the first decades of the twentieth century, dozens of American Jesuits moved to Manila prepared to devote their lives to teaching and missionary work in the Philippines. Their saga—including conflicts and collaboration with Spanish Jesuits, colonial authorities, and Filipino nationalists—sharpens our understanding of global Catholicism in the twentieth century.
John T. McGreevy is the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. A 1986 graduate of Notre Dame, Dean McGreevy earned his Ph.D. in history at Stanford University. He is the author of three books: Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth Century Urban North (1996), Catholicism and American Freedom: A History (2003), and American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global (2016). He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Louisville Institute, and the Erasmus Institute, and has published numerous articles and reviews in the Journal of American History, Commonweal, The New Republic, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Review of Books, and other venues.
This is lecture is sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.