Mount St. Joseph University

Dr. Pete Robinson Publishes Chapter in New Book about Higher Education

Academics, Campus News, School of Arts & Humanities, Department of Liberal Arts

By: Sasha Feldmann

File Under: faculty, legacy, mission

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The editorial team of the Seton Journal, the Mount's student newspaper, during the 1940s

Proudly sharing the Mount’s legacy, Pete Robinson, Ph.D., had his chapter “‘The Charity of Christ Urges Us’: Women, War, and the Four Freedoms at the College of Mount St. Joseph” published in the new book Denominational Higher Education during World War II.

The book consists of a collection of perspectives on how smaller liberal arts colleges responded to the conflict. Dr. Robinson’s chapter focuses on the tenets of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “The Four Freedoms Speech," which Dr. Robertson discovered Mount students studied more than 70 years ago.

“It’s the only chapter in the book representing an all-women’s institution (at the time), and the only one offering a Catholic perspective, so this makes the Mount’s inclusion unique and all the more significant,” says Dr. Robinson, “It was a joy to write and the experience made me even more proud and thankful to be a member of the Mount family.”

This chapter was also used in the course, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Global and Local, taught by Mount professors Elizabeth Bookser Barkley, Ph.D., and Jim Bodle, Ph.D. During the class’s trip to New York, students visited Roosevelt Island and a monument to The Four Freedoms.