USD in the News

TitleHappy 300, Father Junipero Serra
News OrganizationUT-San Diego

UT-San Diego--For generations of California's schoolchildren, Father Junípero Serra is the founder of the Golden State's 21 missions and the subject of a fourth-grade mission project.

For Spaniards, he is the erudite Franciscan missionary who made the treacherous journey to an unfamiliar land and spread Spanish culture and the Catholic faith up and down thousands of miles of coastline.

To Native Americans, he is a source of anguish because of the way some Spanish settlers treated the Indians they encountered.

To Iris Engstrand, a professor of history at the University of San Diego and an expert in San Diego and California studies, he's a bit of all three, and a lot more. (Full Story)