[Blueboard] 150 Years of Engaging the Nation Book Launch

Kristine A. Sendin kabcede at ateneo.edu
Mon Dec 13 13:59:34 PHT 2010

The Office of the President
and the Department of History
of the Ateneo de Manila University

cordially invite you to the launch of

The Ateneo de Manila University
150 Years of Engaging the Nation

on Monday, 20 December 2010
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Ateneo Art Gallery
Second Level, Rizal Library Special Collections Building

RSVP Department of History Mhel Natividad/Tin-tin Sendin
Tel no. 4266001 ext. 5240/5241

The essays in this collection survey major landmarks in the Ateneo de  
Manila University's 150-year history. They are reflections on how the  
Ateneo's own history has been closely intertwined with that of the  
Filipino nation and how it has sought to engage the nation towards the  
creation of a more just and equitable society in keeping with the  
goals of the Ateneo as a Jesuit, Catholic and Filipino institution of  

The book opens with the return of the Spanish Jesuits to the  
Philippines after an absence of almost a hundred years. No sooner had  
this group of sixteen priests and brothers arrived than they were  
prevailed upon to open a school in Manila. By the last years of the  
19th century, the Ateneo was offering an AB degree and many an  
illustrious Filipino, such as national hero Jose Rizal, graduated from  
the Ateneo and several of the school's alumni were involved in the  
revolution against Spain.

Subsequent chapters relate the Ateneo de Manila's efforts to respond  
to the challenges confronting Philippine society at different stages  
of its history. Such efforts include the reorientation of the Ateneo's  
educational system as the American Jesuits took over the  
administration of the school in the 1920s, Fr.Joseph A. Mulry's  
involvement of students and alumni in social action work in the 1930s,  
the response to the call to defend the nation against invading  
Japanese forces in the 1940s, Fr. Walter Hogan and the Institute of  
Social Order's work with laborers and farmers in the 1950s, the  
student activism of the 1960s and 1970s, and the challenge to confront  
the Marcos dictatorship through social and political involvement in  
the 1980s.

The book closes with a survey of the Ateneo de Manila University's  
current efforts towards capability-building in the areas of basic  
education,public health, housing, and local governance.

Contributors :
Fr. Jose S. Arcilla, S.J., Patricia Irene N. Dacudao, Olivia Anne M. Habana,
Josefina Dalupan Hofileña, Maria Elissa Jayme Lao, Anna Marie A. Karaos,
David O. Lozada III, Antonia SL. Santos, Stephen Henry S. Totanes and
Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J.,

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