Department of history hosts roundtable discussion on new book about Xavier

Featured speakers include Catholic historian, Xavier alumnus David Endres, noted American Catholic historian Leslie Woodcock Tentler | October 1, 2006

To help celebrate the University's 175th anniversary, the department of history is sponsoring a roundtable discussion of the new book on the history of Xavier.

To See Great Wonders: A History of Xavier University 1831-2006 was written by Roger Fortin, provost and academic vice president. The book is scheduled to be released this month.

The roundtable take place from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, in the Schiff Family Conference Center. An informal reception follows the roundtable.

Featured speakers include Catholic historian and Xavier alumnus David Endres and noted American Catholic historian Leslie Woodcock Tentler, professor and chair of the history department at Catholic University.

Fortin began teaching at Xavier in 1966 and is an authority on U.S. history and the American Revolution. Fortin says while researching the book he learned how the threads of continuity run through the history of Xavier. “In the 1840s, the Jesuits were very concerned about educating students intellectually, morally and spiritually, and about the welfare of the community where they lived, and today we’re doing the same thing,” Fortin says. Fortin is also the author of Faith and Action: A History of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, 1821-1996 published in November 2003 by Ohio State University Press.