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. Two presenters in the series will discuss research that relates directly to the McFarland Center's mission, and two will be faculty who received support from the Committee on Faculty Scholarship. Other presenters will be selected more broadly from the faculty assembly.

Lunch will be provided, and advance registration is necessary.

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

Upcoming Events

Rob BellinWednesday, January 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. Syndecans are found in most animal cells, and serve a wide range of functions in both normal and disease states. In this talk, he will discuss 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.
Noon-1 p.m., Hogan Suites B/C

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. You must RSVP to Patricia Hinchliffe,, by January 22.


Monday, March 17, 2014
The Inca Strikes Back: Drugs & Culture Wars in South America — Caroline Yezer, assistant professor of anthropology, will speak 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.
Noon-1 p.m., Hogan Suite A

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. To attend, faculty must RSVP to no later than March 10.

Wednesday, 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, will discuss 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).
Noon-1 p.m., Hogan Suite A

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. To attend, faculty must email no later than April 9.



Past Events

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.