Events at the McFarland Center

Spring 2015

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Catholics & Cultures: Launch of a Global Online Resource — This preview event and reception will celebrate the official launch of the Catholics & Cultures website with viewing stations, Catholics & Cultures scholars, and refreshments. Thomas M. Landy, director of the McFarland Center, College President Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J. and Vice President and Dean Margaret N. Freije will offer brief remarks at 4:45 p.m. Catholics & Cultures is a brand new resource that invites visitors to explore the religious life and practice of ordinary Catholics living in countries and cultures around the world. With scholarly articles, interviews, slideshows and videos, the site is a growing, changing depiction of the global Church today.
4:30 p.m., Hogan Ballroom

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The Camino Experience: Making the Way — 2014 Artist-in-Residence Cristina Pato returns to present a work-in-progress inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage and her Galician roots. Making the Way brings together the College Choir (dir. David Harris), Theatre Department faculty and students, and the Cantor Art Gallery in a spiritual journey guided by the stories of local pilgrims who have walked the Camino. Presented by Arts Transcending Borders and co-sponsored with Catholics & Cultures, an initiative of the McFarland Center, and the Cantor Art Gallery.
7 p.m., Mary Chapel


CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: 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

NEW DATE! Wednesday, February 25, 2015
'Forget me not:' narrative marginalization in the making of Alzheimer's patients — Renee Beard, associate professor of sociology, will draw on a sociological lens to explore what Alzheimer's means to seniors who are currently being diagnosed with the condition in American memory clinics. In particular, she will argue that forgetful people must be socialized by biomedicine and associated organizations in order to define themselves as "patients," and while many ultimately do so, they do not accept the medical label in a linear or uncomplicated manner but rather actively resist and negotiate their presumed status as "demented." In this process, they display complex interactional strategies and a worldview that both reflects and reinforces biomedicine while simultaneously shaping clinical practice. Lunch will be provided. To attend, faculty members must RSVP to Patricia Hinchliffe at no later than February 18. Space is limited.
Noon-1 p.m., Hogan Suite A

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 Anat 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

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Faculty Workshop — Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process
Choreographer, dancer and educator Liz Lerman returns to Holy Cross to lead a faculty workshop on her Critical Response Process (CRP), a widely recognized method that nurtures the development of work-in-progress through a multi-step, group feedback system. The process emphasizes the value of dialogue and inquiry, and helps affirm the moral character of teaching and learning. Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, the McFarland Center, and Arts Transcending Borders. Learn more.
4-6:30 p.m., Hogan Jenks Suites B/C with [optional] dinner to follow. [Photo courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation]
RSVP by Feb. 26 to


Monday, March 16, 2015
Poverty, Environmental Degradation, and Catholic Theology — Matthew Eggemeier, assistant professor of religious studies, will discuss theological responses to the dual crises of global poverty and environmental degradation by drawing on the sacramental and prophetic resources of the Catholic tradition. His 30-minute talk will be followed by a Q&A. Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. RSVP to Pat Hinchliffe no later than March 9, 2015.
Noon-1 p.m., Hogan Suite A

Monday, March 16, 2015
Adelante: Film Screening and Director’s Talk — Just outside of Philadelphia, Mexican newcomers are revitalizing a dying Irish-Catholic parish. Now, the sounds of children giggling have returned to the church, and mariachis join bagpipers in celebrating community events. Watch the story unfold, and hear from director and producer, Noam Osband, following the screening. Co-sponsored by Catholic Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Catholics & Cultures.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Caesar or God? The Source of Authentic Power according to Mt 22:15-22 — Luc Bonaventure Ayité Amoussou, S.J., International Visiting Jesuit Scholar for the Spring 2015 semester, will examine a popular proverb used to support the separation of Church and State and consider whether it's an apt defense of the modern dichotomy between politics and religion. Originally from Benin and the West Africa Province, Fr. Amoussou is founder and coordinator of Rays of Hope, a center for helping disadvantaged students in Benin. At Holy Cross, his teaching focuses on the intersection of politics and religion.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Monday, March 23, 2015
Christian Theology and the Crisis of Capitalism — Kwok Pui Lan, the William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School, will join Mary Hobgood, associate professor of social ethics, and Peter Fritz, assistant professor of theology, for a panel discussion on the contemporary crisis of capitalism, which has been shaped by the economic collapse of 2008 and the Occupy movement of 2011. The panel will offer reflections on how Christian theology might respond to and resist the economic inequalities, social exclusion, and environmental devastation produced by today’s dominant economic system.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

NEW DATE! Wednesday, March 25, 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

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 CANCELED
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

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Père Marie-Benoît and Jewish Rescue  — Historian and author Susan Zuccotti will discuss her recent biography of the French Capuchin priest, “Père Marie-Benoît and Jewish Rescue: How a French Priest Together with Jewish Friends Saved Thousands during the Holocaust” (Indiana University Press, 2013). Zuccotti, author of The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival, has taught Holocaust history at Barnard College and Trinity College. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.
4:30 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.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library


Thursday, April 23, 2015
Consumerism, the Culture of Indifference, and the Work of Solidarity — Vincent Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton, will give a talk on how the full consequences of our consumption are hidden from us, and how we might change these shallow economic relationships to relationships of responsibility and solidarity. He is author of "Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture" (New York: Continuum, 2003) and is currently working on a book about how globalization is affecting religious belief and communities. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Friday, April 24, 2015
Reading Heidegger after the Black Notebooks: Methodological Considerations on Philosophy, History, and Politics — Peter Gordon, the Amabel B. James Professor of History, Harvard College Professor, and faculty affiliate in the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures and the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University, will discuss the conflicted legacy of German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Heidegger was one of the most influential thinkers of the modern era. He was also a convinced Nazi. With the recent publication of his reflections in so-called “black notebooks,” is it possible to separate the philosopher from his anti-Semitism?
3:30 p.m., Rehm Library


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