Events at the McFarland Center

Summer 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014
Faculty Discussion Seminar on "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" — Thomas Piketty's new book offers a long-term historical perspective built on analysis of huge datasets to understand inequality, wealth accumulation, and income growth in the United States and Europe over the course of a century. McFarland Center Director Thomas Landy and Thomas Gottschang, professor of economics, moderate a discussion of the work and its use for multidisciplinary study.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Note: This session is full.)

Fall 2014

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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


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. 
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Monday, September 22, 2014
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. Co-sponsored with the Garrity Professorship and CIS.
7 p.m., Seelos Theater

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.
Noon - 1 p.m., Hogan Suite A


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


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 renowned 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), "Approaches to Teaching Wiesel’s Night" (Modern Language Association, 2007) and, with Steven Katz, "Obliged by Memory: Literature, Religion, Ethics: A Collection of Essays Honoring Elie Wiesel’s Seventieth Birthday" (Syracuse University Press, 2006). His lecture is supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library


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