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Loyola Unveils Its First Ever History Book
New Release Chronicles Loyola’s Extensive History and Longstanding Relationship with Chicago

CHICAGO, September 26, 2008 –Loyola University Chicago has released its first history book, Born in Chicago: A History of Chicago’s Jesuit University. Written by Ellen Skerrett and published by Loyola Press, Born in Chicago documents the nearly 140-year history of Loyola. It traces the remarkable evolution of Chicago’s Jesuit university from its original location in Holy Family parish to its current campuses in Rogers Park, downtown Chicago, Maywood, Illinois, and Rome, Italy.

In Born in Chicago, author and social historian Ellen Skerrett reveals the deep and abiding connections between Loyola and the city of Chicago, which began with a quest by Arnold Damen, S.J., known by the Chicago Times as “one of the most zealous and forcible preachers,” to establish a Jesuit college for the city of Chicago in 1856. Skerrett’s lively narrative also examines the numerous challenges faced by Jesuit priests and brothers in their work to educate generations of Chicagoans.

“Like the history of the University itself, this project was the result of hard work and collaboration, and we are tremendously grateful to Ellen Skerrett for her meticulous research on all things Loyola,” said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola University Chicago. “She has captured the University’s rich history and, with it, the history of our great city.”

This attractive, pictorial history includes more than 400 images, many of them never published before, which highlight Loyola’s importance to and impact on Chicago. “The photos and rare documents illuminate the evolution of Chicago’s Jesuit university and the challenges faced along the way,” said Skerrett. “I think Loyola alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends, and all Chicagoans will enjoy this book.”

Born in Chicago: A History of Chicago’s Jesuit University is available for purchase through Loyola Press at www.loyolabooks.com or 800-621-1008. Books are also available for purchase in Loyola’s Water Tower and Lake Shore campus bookstores, as well as at the Loyola University Museum of Art (820 N. Michigan Avenue). The cost of the book is $25.

Upcoming Book Signings and Events

Saturday, September 27
“Ellen Skerrett on the History of Loyola”
1:30 p.m.
Quinlan Life Sciences Center Auditorium, Lake Shore Campus

Wednesday, October 29
“Reclaiming Loyola University’s Chicago Roots”
6 p.m.
Kasbeer Hall, 25 East Pearson Street, Water Tower Campus

Thursday, November 13
“Reclaiming Loyola University’s Chicago Roots”
6 p.m.
Cudahy Library Reading Room, Lake Shore Campus

For more information, including how to register for these events, visit LUC.edu/newsroom.

About the Author
Ellen Skerrett is a social historian who has written widely about Chicago, its neighborhoods, and its Catholic parishes and institutions. A native of Chicago, she received her BA from Rockford College and her MA from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. Skerrett served as the primary scholar advisor for the Chicago History Museum’s exhibit on Catholic Chicago, 2008-2009, and most recently she co-edited Chief O’Neill’s Sketchy Recollections of An Eventful Life in Chicago with Mary Lesch.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2009 rankings. For more information, please visit LUC.edu.




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