Faculty Scholarship Lunch Series

In this series open to College faculty, colleagues are invited to talk about their important recently-published research and share their experiences as they transition to new projects or research. Lunch will be provided, and advance registration is necessary.

Sponsored by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, the Office of Sponsored Research, and the Dean's Office.


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


Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy and History — Jeffrey Bernstein, associate professor of philosophy, will talk about his forthcoming book exploring how the thought of Leo Strauss amounts to a model for thinking about the connection between philosophy, Jewish thought, and history. 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 April 7, 2015.
12:30-1:30 p.m., Hogan Suite A

Past Events

February 25, 2015
'Forget me not:' narrative marginalization in the making of Alzheimer's patients — Renee Beard, associate professor of sociology, draws on a sociological lens to explore what Alzheimer's means to seniors who are currently being diagnosed with the condition in American memory clinics.



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, discusses the arc of his scholarly career, focusing on the emergence and development of the still relatively new field of the university study of Judaism.


October 20, 2014
Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality in America's First Gilded Age — Edward O’Donnell, associate professor of history, shares his research on Henry George, a self-taught political economist during America’s Gilded Age who addressed the deepening divide between the super rich and rest of society in the late 19th century.


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. She discusses her past and current work in a manner accessible to non-mathematicians.



April 16, 2014
From Self to Other and Beyond: Sketch of a Holy Cross Vocation — Mark Freeman, professor and chair of psychology as well as Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society, discusses the arc of his career at the College, focusing on both the continuities and discontinuities of his scholarly interests and pursuits.  His recent books include “Hindsight: The Promise and Peril of Looking Backward” (Oxford, 2010) and “The Priority of the Other: Thinking and Living Beyond the Self “ (Oxford, 2014).


March 17, 2014
The Inca Strikes Back: Drugs & Culture Wars in South America — Caroline Yezer, assistant professor of anthropology, speaks about her recent co-edited volume on post-war ethnography and reconciliation in Ayacucho, Peru as well as her current work on the efforts by indigenous coca growers in Peru's highland jungles to decriminalize coca leaf as a drug and reclassify it as a cultural right.


Rob BellinJanuary 29, 2014
A Tale of Two Syndecans: Studies on cell adhesion and breast cancerRobert Bellin, associate professor of biology, has focused his research on a group of proteins called syndecans. He discusses some of the recent research in his lab on syndecan-4, and its role in cell adhesion, and syndecan-1 and its relation to breast cancer.


Andrew FuttermanNovember 11, 2013
Aging and Religion - Andrew Futterman is professor of psychology and chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee. His research focuses on the grief, depression, and psychological responses to uncontrollable stress in later life. He has authored many papers part of the landmark USC/Stanford Bereavement Project 1983-2013.



Sarah PettyOctober 28, 2013
Peptides: Small Pieces of the Protein Puzzle - Sarah Petty, associate professor of chemistry, specializes in biophysical chemistry. Her current research studies protein molecules and the complex process by which they fold, or misfold, into three-dimensional structures to function. Misfolded proteins can result in diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and Mad Cow Disease.


Caroline Johnson HodgeSeptember 24, 2013
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?: Mixed Marriage in Early Christianity" - Caroline Johnson Hodge, associate professor of religious studies, works on ethnicity, race and gender in early Christianity and presents her current research on mixed marriage in ancient households. What happened when a wife or a slave converted to Christianity and the rest of the household did not? Johnson Hodge explores the evidence for this dynamic and examines how Christians introduced their new religion into the traditional practices of the Roman household.


Karen TurnerApril 10, 2013
Life and Work From Beijing to Holy Cross to Hanoi and Home - Karen Turner, professor of history, discusses the arc of her scholarly career and how serendipity has often influenced her life's course. An expert in legal history and human rights history in Asia, her recent publications include "Law and Punishment in the Formation of Empire," in Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires, ed. Walter Scheidel (Oxford University Press, 2009); Even the Women Must Fight: Memories of War from North Vietnam (Wiley 1998); and The Limits of the Rule of Law in China (U. Washington, 2000).


Daniel DiCensoFebruary 27, 2013
How One Overlooked Source Could Change Our Understanding of the Transmission of Gregorian Chant in the Early Middle Ages - Daniel DiCenso '98, assistant professor of music, completed his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Cambridge with the support of a Gates Scholarship. He is currently working on a new edition of the earliest sources of Gregorian chant for the Mass ("Carolingian Mass Chant Books"), which will include work on a newly discovered ninth-century source of chant from Monza, Italy.


Gwenn MillerJanuary 31, 2013
Melville's Uncle: Early Americans in the Pacific World - Gwenn Miller, associate professor of history, focuses on the history of the American west, Alaska and Siberia. In her book "Kodiak Kreol: Communities of Empire in Early Russian America" (Cornell University Press, 2010), Miller explores the Russian colonization of Alaska, one of the most neglected stories of the early American past.


Sara Gran MitchellNovember 15, 2012
Mountains vs. glaciers: The role of climate and ice in controlling the height of mountain ranges — Sara Gran Mitchell, assistant professor of biology, is a geologist who specializes in the long- and short-term evolution of landscapes. Her research has focused on the relationships between climate, tectonics, and erosion in the topographic development of mountain ranges.



David KarmonOctober 17, 2012
Current Research and Future Plans: The Ruin of the Eternal City and Beyond — David Karmon, assistant professor of architectural studies, presents his book "The Ruin of the Eternal City: Antiquity and Preservation in Renaissance Rome" (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) and discusses his new research on architecture and the senses.


Susan Crawford SullivanSeptember 5, 2012
Living Faith: Everyday Religion and Mothers in Poverty
Susan Crawford Sullivan, assistant professor of sociology and an Edward Bennett Williams Fellow, presents her book, "Living Faith: Everyday Religion and Mothers in Poverty" (University of Chicago, 2011), winner of the American Sociological Association 2012 Distinguished Book Award, Sociology of Religion, and discusses new directions in research.