McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

McFarland Center

The Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture sponsors and supports programming that explores basic human questions of meaning, morality, and mutual obligation. Following the principle that faith and learning are partners in liberal education, the McFarland Center's programs foster dialogue that respects differences and provide a forum for intellectual exchange that is interreligious as well as interdisciplinary, intercultural, and international in scope.


What's Coming Up?

Holy Cross events in April will recount a Holocaust rescue, walk through triumphant Roman architecture, reveal the true cost of consumerism, and consider the conflicted legacy of a revered modern philosopher — who also happened to be a Nazi. Join us for these public talks in Rehm Library:

  • April 23 at 4:30 — Vincent Miller on Consumerism, the Culture of Indifference, and the Work of Solidarity
  • April 24 at 3:30 (Note special time!) — Peter Gordon on Reading Heidegger after the Black Notebooks: Methodological Considerations on Philosophy, History, and Politics

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Browse our lectures online

Most of the McFarland Center's programs are video or audio recorded and made available online within a few days. Browse our catalog of recordings under "Listen and Learn" and check out our new site on iTunes U, featuring themed collections of our most popular talks.

New online!

AUDIO: Karsonya Wise Whitehead traces the role of the black church in activism from the Civil War to Ferguson 
VIDEO: David Kertzer tells of the secret relationship between Pope Pius XI and Mussolini
VIDEO: Paula Kane '80 shares the strange tale of Sister Thorn and explores Catholic Mysticism in Modern America
AUDIO: Rev. Bryan Massingale "Unconscious Racial Bias and the Challenge of Solidarity: Catholic Social Thought Post Trayvon Martin (and Michael Brown and...)"
VIDEO: David Yamane "How Do People Become Catholic? Formation, Incorporation, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults"
VIDEO: Vern Bengtson "Millennials, Parents and Grandparents: Are Families Still Passing on the Faith?"
VIDEO: Rabbi Eric Yoffie "Understanding American Jews: demographically complicated, religiously diverse, stronger than ever, and still at risk"


Directions to the Rehm Library

Take College Street to the Upper Campus entrance (the last gate) to the College of the Holy Cross. Follow the drive past the Field House and the Hogan Campus Center, and park in the lots to your right. Walk down the exterior staircase to the right of the Hogan Campus Center and follow the path to the right toward Smith Hall. Rehm Library is on the right as you enter Smith Hall. View the campus map.