Historian John McGreevy discusses book about American Jesuits on podcast

Author: Ted Fox

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With a Side of Knowledge is a podcast produced by the Office of the Provost at the University of Notre Dame. It brings listeners informal interviews with fascinating scholars and professionals from both Notre Dame and elsewhere that take place over brunch.

The fifth episode of the show’s third season, “On American Jesuits, Catholicism, and Higher Education” was released Thursday, Sept. 26, and features John McGreevy, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at Notre Dame.

Specializing in modern political and religious history, McGreevy is the author of three books and has received major fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others. He served as dean of the University’s College of Arts and Letters from 2008–2018.

McGreevy joined host Ted Fox to talk about the most recent of his three books, American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global, which was published by Princeton University Press.

American Jesuits and the World focuses on the period after the nation’s founding, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when McGreevy says the Jesuits were viewed, often disparagingly, as “the most Catholic of all Catholics.” It was against this backdrop that they authored an American story with just as many layers as one would expect.

You can visit provost.nd.edu/podcast to learn more about With a Side of Knowledge, which is available through iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher or by searching “With a Side of Knowledge” in your favorite podcast app.

You can also listen to the episode with McGreevy using the player below.