Events at the McFarland Center

Fall 2014

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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Embodied vs. bodily existence? Arguments in favor of a dualistic understanding of human persons —  Heinrich Watzka, S.J. is professor of philosophy at Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and an International Visiting Jesuit Fellow at Holy Cross. His talk is co-sponsored with the Department of Philosophy.
4 p.m., Rehm Library

CANCELED Monday, September 15, 2014
Building After Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust — Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, professor of history and director of the Judaic Studies Program at Fairfield University, will discuss his book “Building After Auschwitz” (Yale University Press, 2011). The talk will explore how Jewish architects have risen to unprecedented prominence since World War II and the ways in which their work reflects their Jewish identities and memories of the Holocaust. Part of a series on "Time, Memory and Identity" co-sponsored with Arts Transcending Borders at Holy Cross, and supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Fishbowl Discussion on Trigger Warnings in the Classroom — Moderated by Matthew Koss, professor of physics and director of the Center for Teaching, this fishbowl-style discussion will explore the ethics of trigger warnings in college syllabi and classrooms. Trigger warnings are providing advanced notice about the intent to cover sensitive content (i.e. rape, torture, suicide, self-harming or shaming behaviors) that may cause trauma to students who have personal experience with it. Co-sponsored with the Center for Teaching. 
4 p.m., Rehm Library

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Decomposing mathematical objects — Cristina Ballantine, professor of mathematics and computer science, has focused much of her work on breaking down mathematical objects into their basic building blocks. This is similar to writing an integer as a product of primes. Recently, she began working on problems related to counting the number of ways in which a positive integer can be written as a sum of smaller positive integers. She will discuss her past and current work in a manner accessible to non-mathematicians. This lunch is open to Holy Cross faculty. Reservations necessary. Email by September 11.
12:30-1:30 p.m., Hogan Suites B/C

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Hallowed Pain:  Representing the Slave Blandina and Jesus’s Brother James as Martyrs — Karen L. King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinty School, has published widely in the areas of Gnosticism, ancient Christianity, and Women's Studies. This lecture will use stories of two martyrs to explore questions about justice and the nature of God, the self and norms, and how to deal with the isolation that pain and suffering bring. Co-sponsored with the Class of 1956 Chair in New Testament Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. 
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Monday, September 22, 2014
Genocide Awareness Lecture — James Waller, Cohen Endowed Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College and author of “Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing” (Oxford University Press, 2002), will give a talk on genocide awareness. Waller is an eminent scholar in genocide studies and an effective public policy advocate for genocide and mass killing prevention. Jointly sponsored by the W. Arthur Garrity Sr. Professorship; the McFarland Center; the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies; and the Economics Department.
7 p.m., Seelos Theater

Thursday, September 25, 2014
“Most Wonderfully Deceitful to the Eye”: The Art and History of Neapolitan Presepe — Rachel Delphia, the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Carnegie Museum of Art, will speak in conjunction with the Cantor Art Gallery exhibit, “The Italian Nativity - IL PRESEPE: Cultural Landscapes of the Soul.” Her talk is co-sponsored with the McFarland Center and its initiative on Catholics & Cultures.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Thursday, September 25, 2014
50 Years of the War on Poverty: What it meant for the elderly - Kathleen McGarry is professor and chair or economics at UCLA and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She will discuss the role of various social insurance programs in the dramatic decline of poverty among the elderly over the last 50 years and the extent to which poverty reporting accurately depicts the situation for the elderly. Co-sponsored with Phi Beta Kappa, the Department of Economics and the Dean’s Office.
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Magic, Religion and Theology in Africa: Some Questions and a Few Answers —Stephen Buckland, S.J., an International Visiting Jesuit Fellow, will lead a lunchtime discussion with faculty and students exploring how people define and understand magic and religion in Africa and other places. Fr. Buckland recently completed his term as Provincial Superior in Zimbabwe. To register, email no later than September 24. Space is limited.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Hogan Suite A

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Millennials, Parents, and Grandparents: Are families still passing on their faith? - Vern Bengtson, faculty research associate with the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the University of Southern California, will talk about his 2013 book, “Families and Faith: Generations and the Transmissions of Religion.” In the largest-ever study of religion and family across generations, Bengtson and his colleagues followed more than 350 families for nearly four decades to find out how religion is, or is not, passed down from one generation to the next. A lecture on "Keeping, Changing, and Choosing Religious Faith," this event is one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion & Modernity.
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Monday, October 6, 2014
Understanding American Jews: demographically complicated, religiously diverse, stronger than ever, and still at risk — Rabbi Eric Yoffie is a writer, lecturer, and internationally known religious leader. A Worcester native, he is president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, representing 1.5 million Reform Jews in the United States and Canada. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding and co-sponsored with the Worcester JCC, the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts and Temple Emanuel Sinai.
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Thursday, October 23, 2014
How Do People Become Catholic? Formation, Incorporation, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - David Yamane, associate professor of sociology at Wake Forest University, is author of “Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape.” He will talk about the significance of Americans who convert to Catholicism and why, when the focus is more typically on those leaving the faith. A lecture on "Keeping, Changing, and Choosing Religious Faith," this event is one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion & Modernity.
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Unconscious Racial Bias and the Challenge of Solidarity: Catholic Social Teaching Post Trayvon Martin (and Michael Brown and ...)  - Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theological ethics at Marquette University, is author of "Racial Justice and the Catholic Church" (Orbis, 2010). He will explore Catholic Social Thought in light of the recent shootings of unarmed Black men. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Coloring Outside the Color-Line: Community Muralism and Racial Justice — Maureen O'Connell, chair and associate professor of religion at LaSalle University, is the author of  “If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice” (Liturgical Press, 2012). She will speak about the community muralism movement in Philadelphia and its theological aspects. Her talk is co-sponsored with Montserrat’s Divine Cluster and Arts Transcending Borders.
7:30 p.m., Seelos Theater

Monday, November 3, 2014
To Capture the Fire: The Life and Works of Elie Wiesel — Alan Rosen, a renowned scholar of Holocaust literature, will give a lecture on Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, under whom Rosen studied. Rosen is editor of "Celebrating Elie Wiesel: Stories, Essays, Reflections" (University of Notre Dame Press, 1998). His lecture is supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Monday, November 10, 2014
Adjudicating Sexual Assault on Campus — This fishbowl-style discussion will focus on the national debate over the pros and cons of whether college campuses, as opposed to law enforcement authorities, are the best venue for adjudicating sexual assault cases. Participants will include: Associate Dean of Students Paul Irish, Stephenie Chaudoir, assistant professor of psychology; Elizabeth Inman '15; and a representative from the District Attorney's office. Co-sponsored with Women's and Gender Studies.
4 p.m., Rehm Library

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Stigmata on the Hudson: the Strange Tale of Sister Thorn — Paula Kane ’80, Marous Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, leads a discussion on themes in her new book "Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America" (University of North Carolina Press, 2013). Co-sponsored with the The Alexander F. Carson Lecture Series.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library


Thursday, November 13, 2014
Eloquence for Everyone: The Past, Present and Future of Eloquentia Perfecta in Jesuit Higher Education — Cinthia Gannett, associate professor of English at Fairfield University, will provide an overview of the multi-century aim of Jesuit humanistic education, eloquentia perfecta, consider the present status of educating for eloquence, and prompt a discussion on ways that faculty, curricula, programs, and the broader educational culture at Holy Cross can engage the aim of eloquence in the 21st century. Gannett is currently co-editing a book on Traditions of Eloquence: The Jesuits and Rhetorical Studies. Respondents will  be Holy Cross professors Patricia Bizzell, English, and Rev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., history.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

November 14-15, 2014
Moral Sentimentalism and the Foundations of Morality — This two day conference will explore the renewed philosophical interest in moral sentimentalism, which favors emotions and desires as the basis for morality versus rational thought processes. The sessions are free and open to the public. Learn more and view the schedule.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Revisioning Talmud Study: When a Religious Treasure Hit the Secular University - Alan Avery-Peck, professor of religious studies and Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Judaic Studies, will discuss the arc of his scholarly career, focusing on the emergence and development of the still relatively new field of the university study of Judaism. His recent publications include an introduction and commentary to 2 Corinthians in The Jewish Annotated New Testament and “The Amoraic Agenda in Bavli Rosh Hashanah,” in Alan Avery-Peck, et al., eds., A Legacy of Learning: Essays in Honor of Jacob Neusner. He is a participant in producing the forthcoming A Comparative Handbook to the Gospel of Matthew. This lunch is open to Holy Cross faculty. Reservations necessary. Noon-1 p.m., Hogan Suite A

Spring 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015
From the Civil War to Ferguson: The Role of the Black Church as a Training Ground for Activism — Karsonya Wise Whitehead, assistant professor of communication and African & African American studies at Loyola University Maryland, is the author of "Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis" (University of South Carolina Press, 2014). In this lecture, explore the role of the black church in the context of American history, the recent events in Ferguson and New York, and the African American experience.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library


Monday, February 9, 2015
Jesuit Kaddish: Encounters between Jesuits and Jews and Why These Might Matter to Us — Rev. James Bernauer, S.J., is professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, and co-editor of “The Tragic Couple: Encounters Between Jews and Jesuits" (Brill, 2013). His talk will offer an overview of how Jesuits became a leader in dialogue with Jews and will focus on encounters in the 20th century, with special attention on the historical context of the Holocaust. Co-sponsored by the Mission and Identity Committee.  
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library


Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Pope and Mussolini — David Kertzer will talk about his recent book, “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe” (Random House, 2014). He is the Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science at Brown University, where he is also professor of anthropology and Italian studies. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding. Co-sponsored with the Worcester JCC.
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library


Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Oh God — The Israeli Stage, a Boston-based theatre troupe dedicated to producing the works of Israeli playwrights for college audiences, will reprise their American premiere of Amat Gov’s play about a psychotherapist and single mother to an autistic child who gets a visit from a new, desperate patient: God. A Q&A session will follow the performance. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish Christian-Understanding.
7 p.m., The Pit, O’Kane Hall

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Teaching at the Jezreel Valley Art Center in Israel, where Jewish, Christian and Muslim Youth are Making Music Together — Acclaimed harpsichordist Marina Minkin was born in the Ukraine and immigrated to Israel in 1981. In a luncheon discussion, she will share her experiences teaching at the Jezreel Valley Art Center in Israel, where both students and teachers represent the cultural and ethnic mosaic of the region, including Jews and Arabs, Christians and Muslims, religious and secular. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.
12-1 p.m., Hogan Suite A


Thursday, April 9, 2015
Notes on a Moral Masculinity: Rethinking Relationships between Homophobia, Heterosexism and Sexual Violence — CJ Pascoe is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and author of Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School (University of California Press, 2007). Her work focuses on gender, youth, homophobia, sexuality and new media. Co-sponsored with Sexual Assault Facts, Education and Response (SAFER), Women's and Gender Studies, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Monday, April 20, 2015
The Roman Triumph in its Urban Context: Building Memories and Identities in Republican Rome — Maggie Popkin, assistant professor of Roman art at Case Western Reserve University, explores the triumph, an elaborate procession celebrating Rome’s military victories, and the ways it connected monuments, urban space, ritual, and Roman identities. The lecture is part of “Time, Memory and Identity,” a series co-sponsored with Arts Transcending Borders.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

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