September 20, 2014  

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Professor’s Book Looks at Jesuit Education in the South

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A new book by a University of Southern Mississippi professor examines the roots and formation of Jesuit institutions of higher learning in the American South.

Dr. Eric Platt, assistant professor of higher education in the university’s Department of Educational Studies and Research, examines the roots and formation of Jesuit higher education in the American South in his new book Sacrifice and Survival: Identity, Mission, and Jesuit Higher Education in the American South. It is published by University of Alabama Press.

In Platt’s book, the author hypothesizes that schools founded through the Catholic religious order known as the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) may have flourished or floundered depending on their interaction with the communities where there were located; curriculum; perceptions about the Catholic faith; and issues related to curriculum and training of students for careers after graduation.

Sacrifice and Survival also addresses the impacts of the 1900 Galveston, Texas Hurricane; yellow fever; flooding in Georgia, devastating fires, the Civil War, the expansion of New Orleans due to the 1884 Cotton Centennial Exposition.

A Southern Miss alumnus, Platt’s areas of expertise include institutional mortality; Southern higher education history; higher education law, Catholic and Jesuit higher education; informal educational practices; and historiography as qualitative inquiry.

Sacrifice and Survival is available for pre-order at http://www.amazon.com/Sacrifice-Survival-Identity-Education-American/dp/.... For more information about Platt’s research, teaching and publications, as well as the Department of Educational Studies and Research, visit http://www.usm.edu/higher-education-research-statistics/faculty/r-eric-p....