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To See Great Wonders

A History of Xavier University, 1831-2006

Founded in 1831 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Xavier University is one of the oldest Catholic Jesuit universities in the United States. In anticipation of the university’s 175th anniversary, historian Roger Fortin has written an in-depth history of it. To See Great Wonders is also an astute addition to our understanding of Jesuit higher education and its place in American history. Fortin explores the challenges the university community faced from its early years to the present day, as it learned to balance its commitment to Jesuit educational tradition with a desire to evolve along with an ever-changing American society.

500 pages | 40 halftones | 6 x 9

Education: Higher Education

History: General History

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"Fortin leaves no stone unturned in his exremely well documented account of the history of Xavier University."

Thomas Bokenkotter | Catholic Historical Review

Table of Contents

Part I: The Formative Years of St. Xavier College, 1831-1910
     1. Founding of a College
     2. Jesuits Take Charge, 1840-1865
     3. A More Secure St. Xavier College, 1865-1911
Part II: "A New Life for Old St. Xavier": A University is Born, 1911-1945
     4. A New Campus, 1911-1931
     5. Depression and War, 1931-1945
Part III: A Modern University 1945-1990
     6. The University’s Postwar Challenges, 1945-1955
     7. Xavier University Transformed: The Presidency of Paul L. O’Connor, S.J.,
     8. Adjustments and Conflict: A Mature University in Transition, 1972-1990
Part IV: A New Epoch for Xavier University 1991-Present
     9. Xavier’s New Leader: James E. Hoff, S.J., 1991-2000
     10. "A Renaissance of Culture and Commitment": Michael J. Graham, S.J.,

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