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Dr. Benjamin Brenkert, Marist '02 Photo of Benjamin, seated on a porch. He has light brown hair and is wearing a white whirt with a collar.

Benjamin was one of our inaugural interns, majoring in History and American Studies with a minor in Philosophy.

What has your career path been to this point?

I was a Jesuit for nearly 10 years, publishing my first book in 2020, titled A Catechism of the Heart. Subsequently, I made my way to the NYC Department of Education where I am a tenured School Social Worker. I am also a well-published freelance writer, with articles in The Daily Beast, The Advocate and The Washington Post. My new book, Ignatian Pedagogy for Public Schools: Character Formation for Urban Youth in New York City, will be published in July 2023.

Can you share an experience/memory from your time at HRVI that stands out as meaningful?

I was part of the inaugural group of interns. What was most meaningful was being selected for the project and meeting with Thomas Wermuth and James Johnson to plant the seeds and lay the foundational work for the HRVI.

How has your experience at HRVI helped you advance your education and/or professional pursuits since graduating from Marist?

It helped me realize my love for public history.

Do you have any advice for future HRVI interns based on your time at HRVI and your experience in your professional field?

Make the most of every opportunity, no question is dumb!