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How did Jesuits end up in America?

American Jesuit John O'Malley discusses the ways in which Jesuits arrived in America and contributed to American society during the colonial period. He outlines the migration of Jesuits from different geographical locations and explains where they settled. The two biggest tasks he claims has been their work with Native Americans and the establishment of institutions of Catholic higher education, like Georgetown.

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About the Interviewee:

Fr. John O’Malley, S.J. is an historian of religion currently teaching at Georgetown University. Author and Lecturer, his most notable books are The First Jesuits (1993) which has been translated into ten languages, and What Happened at Vatican II (2008).

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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