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The Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture brings the discussion of meaning, morality, and mutual obligation to a new, global forum. Click on the links below for video and audio recordings available for streaming online and for free downloads through our iTunes portal. Be sure to check back often for new media.

The lectures are ordered in reverse chronological. Search our alphabetical directory of speakers.

2013-2014

Siri Hustvedt: Vocation of the Writer

American novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt is the author of internationally bestselling novels “What I Loved” and “The Summer Without Men.” She has published three collections of essays and nonfiction work including, “The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves.” Her latest novel, "The Blazing World," was released in March. Her talk on writing as a vocation, held April 10, 2014, was co-sponsored with the Creative Writing Series.
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Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza: The Apocalypse of John: Its World of Vision and Our Own?

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, the Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, has been a pioneer with her work in biblical interpretation and feminist theology. In this talk, she examines the Book of Revelation, also called the Apocalypse of John, considering both gender readings and imperialistic interpretations. The lecture, held April 10, 2014, was co-sponsored with the Class of 1956 Chair of New Testament Studies.
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Cathleen Kaveny: Prophetic Rhetoric in the Public Square

Legal scholar and moral theologian M. Cathleen Kaveny, the newly named Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College, discusses how Catholics in a pluralistic society should frame their public discussion of controversial issues. She is author of the forthcoming “Prophesy without Contempt: An Ethics of Religious Discourse in the Public Square” and “Law’s Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Society” (Geogetown University Press, 2012). Her lecture, held April 8, 2014, is one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.
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Lisa Dodson: American Poverty and the Rise of a Moral Underground

Sociologist Lisa Dodson, a research professor at Boston College, shares themes and stories from her book "The Moral Underground: How Ordinary People Subvert an Unfair Economy" (The New Press, 2011). She describes a growing trend of middle managers and professionals who recognize an unfair economic system and choose to quietly bend or break rules to assist their low-wage employees. March 27, 2014
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Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus: Food that Divides, Food that Unites: Food Metaphors for the Experience of the Divine in Jewish and Christian Tradition

Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, professor and chair of religion and coordinator of Jewish Studies at Wheaton College, analyzes religious rituals involving food that are intended to create synaesthetic, or multi-sensory, experiences. Brumberg-Kraus has written extensively on meals in Jewish and early Christian tradition and  is the author of the forthcoming book "More Than Kosher." This lecture, held March 20, 2014, was supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.
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Robert Maryks: The Jesuit Suppression

Visiting scholar at the Jesuit Institute at Boston College, Robert A. Maryks breaks down the immediate and long-run causes of the 18th-century suppression of the Society of Jesus. Maryks is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Jesuit Studies and of Brill’s Series of Jesuit Studies. He is co-editor with Jonathan Wright of the forthcoming “Jesuit Survival and Restoration.”
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Samuel Martinez: Anti-Haitian Exclusionism in the Dominican Republic: A Biopolitical Turn

Samuel Martinez is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut and author of two monographs on the on the migration and labor and minority rights of Haitian nationals and people of Haitian ancestry in the Dominican Republic. He speaks about the recent ruling by the highest court in the Dominican Republic that denies citizenship to Dominican-born people of Haitian ancestry. The lecture is part of the series "Race and and National Imaginaries in the Americas." March 12, 2014
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Dacia Maraini's 'Clare of Assisi: In Praise of Disobedience'

Celebrated Italian writer Dacia Maraini talks about Saint Clare, the subject of her most recent novel "Clare of Assisi: In Praise of Disobedience." Maraini, award-winning author of "The Silent Duchess" and "Darkness," describes the life of Clare and her followers in the context of the 12th-century Church, the Crusades and the Inquisition. The discussion, co-sponsored by Italian, Montserrat, and the McFarland Center, was held March 11, 2014.
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Joshua Greene: Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

In his recent book, "Moral Tribes" (Penguin Press, 2013), Joshua Greene, the John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and director of the Moral Cognition Lab at Harvard University, explores the underlying causes of modern conflict. Using a synthesis of psychology, neuroscience, and moral philosophy, he shows us when to trust our instincts, when to reason, and how the right kind of reasoning can move us forward. Co-sponsored with Montserrat , and the departments of Psychology and Philosophy. February 27, 2014
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Philip Kitcher: The Scientist's Role

Philip Kitcher, the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and author of “Science in a Democratic Society,” considers ethical questions that have arisen as a result of modern science's major role in shaping public policy. He argues that scientists do have responsibilities to work for the greater good and that private funding of scientific research does threaten the proper functioning of science. His lecture, given on January 30, 2014, is part of the series "The Practice of Science in a World of Competing Values."
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Mark Murcko: The Quest for Health: Hunting for Drugs in Large Pharmas and Tiny Biotechs

Pharmaceutical executive Mark Murcko discusses the drawbacks and benefits of working in the drug discovery field and outlines the types of behaviors and work cultures that yield the most success. He also debunks a number of common misconceptions about the pharmaceutical industry. Murcko was a senior scientist at Merck and a founding officer of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where he served two decades as Chief Technology Officer and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. His lecture, part of the series "The Practice of Science in a World of Competing Values," was held November 13, 2013.
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Mary McAleese: Shared Responsibility: Re-imagining the Future of Governance in the Church

Mary McAleese, the popular former president of Ireland from 1997 to 2011, draws on her personal and religious history, her experience governing, and her study of canon (church) law to make the case for a change in the governance of the Catholic Church. She is the author of "Quo Vadis: Collegiality in the Code of Canon Law" (Columba Press, 2013). The lecture, one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity, was held October 29, 2013.
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Mark Kroll: Jewish Music and Musicians from 17th-Century Italy to 21st-Century America: The Sounds of Faith, Perseverance and Optimism

Mark Kroll is professor emeritus at Boston University and harpsichordist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His lecture traces, in words and music, the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Jewish performers and composers such as Salomone Rossi, Felix Mendelssohn, Ferdinand Hiller, Leonard Bernstein and others. This lecture, held on October 24, 2013, is supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.
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Stephen Selka: Our Lady of the Good Death: Afro-Catholicism and the Brazilian Cultural Heritage

Stephen Selka, associate professor in American studies and religious studies at Indiana University, shares his research on the Sisterhood of Our Lady of the Good Death (or Boa Morte) in Bahia, Brazil. The Afro-Catholic sisterhood combine Catholicism and Candomblé in an annual Feast of the Assumption that has become part of the cultural roots heritage of African diaspora. The lecture, held October 23, 2013, is part of Catholics & Cultures, an initiative to explore the religious lives and practices of Catholics around the world.
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Richard Murphy '66: The Changing Face of Biomedical Research, Challenges and Opportunities

Richard Murphy '66, retired CEO and president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and former interim president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, talks about how the practice of science has changed over the last 50 years, including major breakthroughs in cellular biology and gene mapping, and considers funding, growth, and new directions for biomedical research in the future. His lecture, held October 22, 2013, is one in the series "The Practice of Science in a World of Competing Values."
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Padre Melo: The Price of Truth in Honduras: Human Rights Since the Coup

Rev. Ismael Moreno Coto, S.J., popularly known as Padre Melo, is a human rights defender and director of Radio Progreso, a Christian-based, Honduran radio station that is a leader in investigative reporting. He shares some history of the situation in Honduras and outlines five factors for why the country is considered the most violent in the world. Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and the McFarland Center. October 9, 2013.
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James J. Collins '87: Synthetic Biology and Redesigning Life, Hopes and Challenges

Holy Cross alumnus James J. Collins '87 is a pioneer in the emerging field of synthetic biology, which combines biology and engineering to create circuits that can program organisms to behave a certain way. He is the William F. Warren Distinguished Professor, University Professor, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, where he directs the Center of Synthetic Biology. In this talk, Collins shares how the field of synthetic biology evolved, what it's accomplished, and the opportunity that lies ahead. This lecture, held October 2, 2013, is first in the series "The Practice of Science in a World of Competing Values."
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Edward Snowden: Whistleblower? Traitor? A Campus Fishbowl Discussion

This discussion among Holy Cross faculty, students and staff considers the moral status of Edward Snowden, who is accused of leaking top-secret information on government mass surveillance programs. Discussants break down the value of the information he exposed, weigh in on the ethical consequences of his actions, and offer what they think should happen to him now. September 19, 2013
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Julia Finomo - The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Oil Drilling in the Niger Delta: An Ethical Perspective

Environmental ethicist Julia Finomo, a native of the Niger Delta and lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, describes the environmental degradation due to oil drilling and gas flaring in the Niger Delta region since 1956. Slack practices of multinational oil companies have led to losses of health and livelihood for Niger Delta natives. Finomo advocates for an ecological solidarity among the oil companies, the Nigerian government and the local people to find a path to sustainability. September 12, 2013
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The Status of Our Civil Rights: A Fishbowl Discussion

What do recent legal decisions say about the status of minorities in our country? This discussion addresses the relative importance of Supreme Court rulings on the Voting Rights Act and Affirmative Action, the federal court judgment against the "Stop and Frisk" program in New York City, and the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The "fish" also weigh in on gay rights victories such as the overturning of Defense of Marriage Act provisions and the legalization of same-sex marriage in several jurisdictions. Issues surrounding immigration and undocumented aliens also arise. September 11, 2013
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2012-2013

James J. O'Connor '58 - The Thomas More Lecture on Faith, Work and Civic Life

James J. O'Connor '58A graduate of the Holy Cross Class of 1958, James J. O'Connor is the retired chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Edison, Illinois' largest utility company, and is co-chairman of the Big Shoulders Fund, a charity that supports 93 Catholic schools and 24,000 students in inner-city Chicago. He reflects on his Holy Cross days, lessons learned in the corporate world, and the importance of giving back. April 29, 2013
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Robert Audi - The Problem of Evil: Can Faith Be Rational in the Face of the Horrific Evils of this World?

Robert AudiRobert Audi, the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, draws on epistemology, ethics and metaphysics to argue that moral wrongs and natural disasters are rational under God. He is author of 16 books, including "Moral Perception" (Princeton University Press, 2013) and "Rationality and Religious Commitment" (Clarendon Press, 2011).
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Juliet Schor - Climate Responsibility and New Cultures of Consumption

 

Juliet SchorProfessor of sociology at Boston College and former associate professor of economics at Harvard University, Juliet Schor is working on issues of sustainable consumption and production, with particular emphasis on political consumption, new patterns of time-use, and alternative economic structures. As a member of a MacArthur Research Network she is studying the emergence of collaborative consumption, the re-use and sharing of local resources. This lecture, held April 17, 2013, was co-sponsored by Sociology and Anthropology, the McFarland Center, and Montserrat.
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Anya Peterson Royce -  Journeys of Transformation: Isthmus Zapotec beliefs and rituals surrounding death, healing and pilgrimage

Anya Peterson RoyceChancellor's professor of anthropology and comparative literature at Indiana University, Anya Peterson Royce has for four decades studied the Isthmus Zapotec, an indigenous people comprising 70 percent of the population of Juchitan in the south of Mexico. She is author of "Becoming an Ancestor: The Isthmus Zapotec Way of Death." In this lecture, she talks about their unique blending of Catholic and indigenous spiritual rituals in death, healing and pilgrimage. The lecture, held April 4, 2013, is part of Catholics and Cultures, understanding the religious lives and practices of Catholics around the world.
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Yaakov Katz - Israel's Security in a Changing Middle East

Yaakov KatzIsraeli military reporter Yaakov Katz offers an analysis of "Israel's Security in a Changing Middle East." Katz is military correspondent and defense analyst for the Jerusalem Post,  Israel's correspondent for Jane's Defence Weekly, and author of "Israel vs. Iran: The Shadow War." He is a 2012-2013 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. His talk, held March 21, 2013, is supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Program for Jewish-Christian Understanding.
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Martin Nowak - God and Evolution

Martin NowakProfessor of biology and of mathematics at Harvard University, Martin Nowak also directs Harvard's Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. In this talk, on "God and Evolution," Nowak shares his groundbreaking work on the role of cooperation in evolution and his theological argument that the tension between science and religion is unnecessary. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity. March 18, 2013
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Rabbi Abie Ingber - From Tolerance to Celebration: Confessions of a Jewish Bridge Builder

Abie IngberRecognized for his work advancing Catholic-Jewish dialogue, Rabbi Abie Ingber is executive director of the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University. His talk offers possibilities for interfaith collaboration and celebration at Holy Cross across all religions. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Program for Jewish-Christian Understanding. March 14, 2013
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U.S. Use of Drones: Moral, Legal or Effective? A Panel Discussion

In brief presentations and moderated discussion, panelists David Cole, Avery Plaw and Gregory Johnson consider the wisdom of the Obama Administration's policy on drone warfare. Cole is professor of law at Georgetown University and author of "The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable" (2009). Plaw is associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he co-created the UMass DRONE Targeted Killing Database, an online resource that tracks casualties by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. Gregory Johnson is Near East Studies Scholar at Princeton University and a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen. He is author of "The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia," published last year.
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Kelly Askin - Rape as a Weapon of War

Kelly AskinSenior legal officer for international justice at the Open Society Justice Initiative, Kelly Askin has spent the last 15 years as a legal consultant for international criminal tribunals and special courts addressing mass atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, East Timor, Cambodia and elsewhere. In this talk, she explains the historical treatment and recent progress in redressing rape as a weapon of war. February 26, 2013
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Dalia Mogahed - Women After the Arab Spring: Rights and Religion

Dalia MogahedExecutive director and senior analyst at the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, Dalia Mogahed offers Muslims' attitudes on the Arab Spring revolution, what they want from a new government, the role of religion, and women's rights. Mogahed is co-author of "Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think." February 21, 2013
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After Sandy Hook: How do we prevent similar forms of violence?
A Fishbowl Discussion

In the wake of the massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on December 14, 2012, a group of Holy Cross students, faculty and staff discuss the possible causes and measures to reduce the incidence of gun violence in America. The participants consider: firearm regulations and the Second Amendment, the mental health care system, cultural and sociological indicators for violence, and the promotion of nonviolence. February 19, 2013
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Robert George - Natural Law, God, and Human Dignity

Robert P. GeorgeOne of the nation's leading conservative Christian thinkers, Robert George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and founder and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is author of "Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality," "In Defense of Natural Law," and "The Clash of Orthodoxies." February 18, 2013
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Pericles Lewis - Burial of the Dead in the Modern Novel

Pericles LewisAn expert in literary modernism at Yale University, Pericles Lewis explores the treatment of death rituals in the work of authors such as James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, and Thomas Mann. He finds a fascination with Pagan and especially Homeric accounts of death as an alternative to Christianity, and considers the potential of the novel form for ironic treatment of rites surrounding death. Lewis, author of "Religious Experience and the Modernist Novel," is founding president and professor of the humanities at the new Yale-NUS College in Singapore. February 12, 2013
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The Vatican and the Nuns

Jane MorrisseyDonna Markham

This panel discussion explores the issues behind the recent conflict between the Vatican and the leadership community for American sisters. The conversation looks at the contributions of women religious in shaping American Catholic life, the changes they have undergone since Vatican II, and strategies for moving forward. Panelists are Sr. Jane Morrissey, of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Springfield, who is co-founder and executive director of Homework House, Inc. and Sr. Donna Markham, of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, who is vice president of behavioral health services at Catholic Health Partners in Cincinnati and former president of the Leadership Conference of the Women Religious. Virginia Ryan, visiting assistant professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, moderates. February 5, 2013
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Rebeca Pabon - How A Female-Dominated Labor Sector Organized to Win International Rights

Rebeca PabonRebeca Pabon is a union organizer for domestic workers in FNV Bondgenoten in the Netherlands. She has worked closely with union members to coordinate the campaign for domestic workers' rights in the Netherlands and she serves on the steering committee of the International Domestic Workers Network to campaign for more countries to ratify the International Labour Organization's domestic workers Convention 189. November 15, 2012
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Kenneth Parker - Coming to Terms with the Past:How Our Understanding of the Christian Past Shapes Our Future

 

Kenneth ParkerKenneth Parker is associate professor of historical theology at Saint Louis University. In this talk, "Coming to Terms with the Past," he uses his own experience and the teachings of Vatican II to explore four metanarratives of Christian history that shape our understanding of the Church today. November 7, 2012

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Ervin Staub — Passivity of bystanders in genocide and mass killing and generating active bystandership

Ervin StaubErvin Staub is professor of psychology emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and founding director of its Ph.D. concentration in the Psychology of Peace and Violence. He has worked in the field to develop training programs after the Rodney King riots, Hurricane Katrina, and in Rwanda, and served as an expert witness in the Abu Ghraib trials. In a lecture at Holy Cross on November 5, 2012, Professor Staub talks about the passivity of bystanders in genocide and mass killing, and ways to promote active bystandership.
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Mark Shriver '86 — A Good Man, and a Great Man

Mark Shriver '86Mark Shriver '86 is senior vice president of U.S. programs for Save the Children and author of the 2012 memoir "A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver." In this talk, he tells personal stories about his dad, who is known for founding the Peace Corps, Jobs Corps, VISTA and Head Start, and directing the War on Poverty in the 1960s. Rev. Anthony Kuzniewski, S.J., professor of history at Holy Cross, offers a historical account of Sargent Shriver's life. November 1, 2012

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Bishop Robert McElroy - Catholicism, Citizenship and Conscience: What Does it Mean to Be a Faith-filled Voter in Our Polarized Society?

Bishop Robert McElroyAuxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, Robert McElroy explores the nature of conscience and our obligation to call upon conscience in our voting decisions. Bishop McElroy holds degrees from Harvard, Stanford and the Pontifical Gregorian University and is the author of "Morality and American Foreign Policy: The Role of Ethics in International Affairs." October 16, 2012

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Affirmative Action at Holy Cross: A Fishbowl Discussion

Holy Cross students, faculty members, and an alumnus weigh the benefits and trade-offs of affirmative action policies at Holy Cross.

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Randall Kennedy — The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action

Randall KennedyHarvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy highlights key decisions in race-based affirmative action in higher education over the past 34 years and previews the upcoming Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Many observers believe the Court's ruling could effectively end the use of affirmative action in college admissions programs nationwide. Kennedy, who studies the intersection of racial conflict and legal institutions in American life, is completing a book on affirmative action. September 17, 2012

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Rev. Paul Mariani, S.J. - Living in China's Highly Politicized Church of Today

Rev. Paul Mariani, S.J.Author of "Church Militant: Bishop Kung and Catholic Resistance in Communist China" (Harvard University Press, 2011), Rev. Paul Mariani, S.J. uses the stories of four bishops in Shanghai to explore the divide between state-sanctioned "patriotic" churches and underground churches in China. He is assistant professor of history at Santa Clara University, focusing on religious policy and conflict in China since 1950. October 3, 2012

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Nancy Scheper-Hughes — A World Cut in Two: Global Justice and the Traffic in Humans for Organs

Nancy Scheper-HughesMedical anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes is the Chancellor's Professor at University of California at Berkeley and the co-founder and director of Organ's Watch, a medical human rights project that tracks the organ trafficking trade. In this lecture, she shares case studies of the global networks that facilitate organ trafficking and considers the complex ethics involved. September 24, 2012

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Rev. A. Maria Arul Raja, S.J. - From Culture of Fragmentation to Culture of Communion

Rev. A. Maria Arul Raja, S.J.An International Visiting Jesuit Fellow at Holy Cross this year, Rev. A. Maria Arul Raja, S.J. shares his study of India's Dalit and theologies of the oppressed in this public lecture. Fr. Raja is director of Studies in the Theologate at Vidyajyoti College's Arul Kadal Centre and supervisor of Doctoral Studies at the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions at Loyola College in Chennai. September 11, 2012

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2011-2012

William Julius Wilson

William Julius WilsonKeynote speaker at the conference "The Other America Then and Now," commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark analysis of poverty, The Other America by Michael Harrington '47, William Julius Wilson speaks on "Toward a Holistic Study of Urban Poverty: Why Both Social Structure and Culture Mattter." Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and the author of The Declining Significance of Race; The Truly Disadvantaged; and When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor.
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More Videos from The Other America Then and Now, March 22-23, 2012

• Maurice Isserman
Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History at Hamilton College and author of The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington
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• David J. O'Brien
Professor Emeritus of History and Loyola Professor of Roman Catholic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross
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• Thomas J. Sugrue
David Boies Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis
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• Alan Wolfe
Professor of Political Science and Director of The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College
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• Michael Kazin
Professor of History at Georgetown University and co-editor of Dissent
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• Peter Dreier
E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Political Science and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Program at Occidental College
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• Annette Lareau
Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania
Author of Unequal Childhoods: Race, Class, and Family Life
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• Timothy Black
Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Hartford
Author of When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers on and off the Streets
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• Bruce Western
Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and author of Punishment and Inequality in America
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• Dave McMahon
Co-executive director of Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc. Followed by Arthur Rosenberg, a former prisoner and Dismas House resident who is now its director of operations.
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• Zama Coursen Neff
Deputy director of the children's rights division of Human Rights Watch and author of Fields of Peril: Child Labor in US Agriculture, a Human Rights Watch report. Followed by Norma Flores Lopez, a former child farm worker who is now director of the Children in the Fields Campaign, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
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Marion Kaplan

Marion KaplanSkirball Professor of Modern Jewish History and professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, Marion Kaplan talks about "Jewish Life in Nazi Germany" — focusing on how women and families struggled with the social ostracism, economic hardship and segregration under Nazi oppression in the years leading up to the 1938 pogrom, Kristallnacht. Her talk, given April 25, 2012, was the annual Derrick Lecture, sponored by the Department of History with support from Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy and the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture.
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Rena Finder

Rena FinderWhen the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, Rena Ferber Finder was a Jewish girl living in Kracow. In this oral history, she shares her stories of life before the war, being relocated to the ghetto, time spent in Auschwitz, and working for German industrialist Oskar Schindler, who ultimately saved her. April 24, 2012
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Eliza Griswold

Eliza GriswoldJournalist and poet Eliza Griswold spent seven years traveling and researching in regions of North Africa and Central Asia where the highest concentrations of Christians and Muslims live together. She talks about her experiences, documented in her New York Times best selling book, "The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam." April 19, 2012
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Gabriella Petrick '89

Gabriella PetrickAn alumna of Holy Cross, Gabriella Petrick '89 is associate professor at George Mason University and an expert on the history of industrial foods and food technology. Her talk traces the development of canned food and the processing of fresh vegetables through much of the 20th century and questions, "Can Industrial Food Be Ethical?" April 12, 2012
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Donna Winn '76

Donna Winn '76Past president and CEO of OFI Investments, Inc., a subsidiary of Oppenheimer Funds, Donna Winn '76 talks about perseverance in the face of adversity. She was a member of the first co-ed class to graduate Holy Cross, she became a pioneer in the male-dominated finance industry, she survived the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center, and she is battling ovarian cancer. Winn, a member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees, gave the Thomas More Lecture on Faith, Work and Civic Life on March 20, 2012.
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Tamara Vukov

Tamara VukovTamara Vukov, visiting research professor and a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University, talks about art and media activities in migrant justice movements such as Kein Mensch Ist Illegal (No One Is Illegal) in Germany; Sans Papier in France; and the Transborder Immigrant Tool in the U.S. She spoke at Holy Cross on March 14, 2012.
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Alan Rosen

Alan RosenA renowned scholar of Holocaust literature and a lecturer at Yad Vashem, Alan Rosen gives a talk on poetry written during the Holocaust and after. Can it be considered a form of spiritual resistance? If so, what and how does it resist? "'The Words, Too, Will Nourish': Poetry and Resistance," explores the poetry of Avraham Sutzkever and others. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding, the lecture was given February 28, 2012.
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Lisa Sowle Cahill

Lisa Sowle CahillTheological ethicist Lisa Sowle Cahill, the J. Donald Monan Professor of Theology at Boston College, talks about access to health care in the United States and globally, and explores the positions and priorities expressed by the U.S. Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Health Association, and Catholic voters. Her talk, titled  "Catholic Social Teaching, Bioethics and Justice," was given February 2, 2012 and was one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.
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The Contours of Catholic Life and Practice Today

Catholics and CulturesVideo is now available from the inaugural colloquium on Catholics and Cultures held at Holy Cross December 9, 2011. The Colloquium, which introduced the challenges and opportunities in the study of global Catholicism,  included an introduction of the global initiative on Catholics and Cultures by Thomas M. Landy, director of the McFarland Center; a talk on Indian Catholicism by Rowena Robinson of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; a panel of Holy Cross seniors who share their lived experiences of global Catholicism; and a talk on "Reimagining Catholic Theology" by Rev. Thomas G. Casey, S.J., of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

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Paula Fredriksen

Paula FredriksenPaula Fredriksen, Aurelio Chair Emerita of the Appreciation of Scripture at Boston University, talks about her latest book, Augustiine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism. Her talk, held November 16, 2011, was co-sponsored with the Worcester JCC and supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding, the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts and the Jewish Book Council.
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Rev. Francis Britto, S.J.

Rev. Franics Britto, S.J.An International Visiting Jesuit Scholar with the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture for the Fall 2011 semester, Rev. Francis Britto, S.J.,  draws connections between current trends in Christianity and the basic tenets of Hinduism in a talk titled, "Are We All Hindus Now?" Fr. Britto, a native of India, is a professor at Sophia University, Tokyo. This talk was held November 15, 2011.
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Lisa Ruddick

Lisa RuddickAssociate professor of English at the University of Chicago, Lisa Ruddick talks about her current book project which makes the case that the ways we approach literature in academe can elicit or negate a feeling of aliveness. She spoke at Holy Cross on November 14, 2011
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Congressman Jim McGovern and Matthew Hoh

Jim McGovernU.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Matthew Hoh, a former Foreign Service officer and former Marine Corps captain, discuss "Ten Years of War in Afghanistan: The Costs, Consequences and a Way Out." McGovern has been a leading critic of U.S. military policy in Afghanistan, coordinating bipartisan initiatives focused on the human and financial costs of the war, proposals for safely withdrawing U.S. forces from the country, and promoting a political solution for Afghanistan and the region. Hoh was the first U.S. official known to resign his post in protest over the Afghan war. Today, he is a senior fellow with the Center for International Policy. November 9, 2011
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Rev. Philip Endean, S.J.

Rev. Philip Endean, S.J.Rev. Philip Endean, S.J.gives a lecture on "Ignatius Loyola, and Why It's Not Quite Enough to Do What Jesus Would Do." Tutor of theology at Campion Hall, University of Oxford, Fr. Endean suggests that knowledge of God is more than any encounter with Jesus Christ and that Ignatian spirituality calls on believers to continue where Jesus left off.
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Esther Duflo

Esther DufloProfessor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT, Esther Duflo explains how randomized trials of strategies to address poverty yield proven outcomes that sometimes contradict anti-poverty policy and popular thinking. She is co-author of Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty. October 27, 2011
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Monica Duffy Toft

Monica Duffy ToftCo-author of God's Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics, Monica Duffy Toft explains how — despite predictions for a secular society — modernization, democratization and globalization have actually increased religion's influence on global politics. Toft is associate professor of public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and director of the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs. She spoke at Holy Cross on October 18, 2011.
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Nir Eisikovits

Nir EisikovitsNir Eisikovits, who teaches legal and political philosophy at Suffolk University, gives a talk on Israel titled "Stuck: Why Israel is in so much trouble and how it can dig out." He is a senior fellow at the International Center for Conciliation and author of Sympathizing with the Enemy: Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Negotiation. His talk at Holy Cross, held October 17, 2011, was supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding and co-sponsored with Peace and Conflict Studies.
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E. Benjamin Skinner

Ben SkinnerAuthor of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery, E. Benjamin Skinner talks about the atrocities of human bondage and slave trafficking today in Haiti, South Africa, and other parts of the world. Skinner is a fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. He spoke at Holy Cross on October 5, 2011.
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Rev. George Pattery, S.J.

Rev. George Pattery, S.J.The author of two books on Gandhi, Rev. George Pattery, S.J., talks of "Memory, Politics and Forgiveness: A Gandhian Perspective" on September 22, 2011. Pattery is a native of India and former Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Calcutta and Bangladesh. He is an International Visiting Jesuit Scholar and teaching a course on "Gandhi and Religion" at Holy Cross for the Fall 2011 semester.
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Maria Eugenia Ferré Rangel

Maria Eugenia Ferre Rangel

In the Thomas More Lecture on Work, Faith and Civic Life, Maria Eugenia Ferré Rangel '89 explains how her family history and Holy Cross experience gave her the ethical foundation and business acumen to successfully lead Puerto Rico's largest daily newspaper, El Nuevo Dia, and to find ways to serve the greater good. September 8, 2011

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2010-2011

Diana Hayes — Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made: My Journey to Womanism

Diana HayesProfessor of systematic theology at Georgetown University, Diana Hayes talks about her experience as a black, Catholic womanist theologian. Her talk, April 26, 2011, is one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity and co-sponsored by Africana Studies and Women and Gender Studies. Supported by the Rehm Family Endowment.
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Mark Warren — Keynote for "Let Justice Roll Down" - A Conference on the Practice and Pedagogy of Organizing in the 21st Century

Mark WarrenMark Warren, associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is a sociologist concerned with the revitalization of American democratic and community life. He studies efforts to strengthen institutions that anchor inner city communities - churches, schools, and other community-based organizations - and to build broad-based alliances among these institutions and across race and social class. April 1, 2011
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Joanne Pierce, Edward Foley, John Baldovin — New Words for Worship: Coming Changes to the Catholic Liturgy

A panel of experts on liturgy — including Joanne Pierce, associate professor of religious studies at Holy Cross; Edward Foley, Capuchin, Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and professor of liturgy and music at the Catholic Theological Union; and Rev. John Baldovin, S.J., '69, professor of historical and liturgical theology at Boston College — discuss coming changes to the liturgy of all English-spoken Masses and the implications for clergy and all practicing Catholics. March 22, 2011
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James McCartin '96 — Spirituality and the Transformation of 20th-Century American Catholicism

James McCartin '96James McCartin, an alumnus of Holy Cross and associate professor of history at Seton Hall University, explores the themes in his recent book Prayers of the Faithful: The Shifting Spiritual Life of American Catholics. March 21, 2011
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J. Matthew Ashley — Living with Hope in a Crucified World: Resurrection Faith, Ignatian Spirituality and Liberation Theology

J. Matthew AshleyChair of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, J. Matthew Ashley explores the impact of Ignatian spirituality on three 20th-century Jesuit theologians. His talk, March 16, 2011, was one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.
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James Carroll — Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

James CarrollBest-selling author and Boston Globe columnist James Carroll talks about his latest book, which offers a historical account of Jerusalem, a city at the crossroads of deep faith and violence. The lecture, given March 15, 2011, was presented with the Worcester JCC, Temple Sinai, Temple Emanuel and Congregation Beth Israel. It was supported by the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts and the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish Christian Understanding.
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Alan Rosen — Killing Time, Saving Time: Defying the Holocaust by Counting the Days

Alan RosenRenowned Holocaust scholar and educator Alan Rosen explains how and why Holocaust victims in hiding and in ghettos would use both Gregorian and Jewish calendars to keep track of time. His lecture, on March 2, 2011, is supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish Christian Understanding.
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In Our Lifetimes: Environmental Change and Stewardship

This yearlong series encourages students to consider the greatest environmental challenges of our lifetimes and what we might have to change to counter them. Read more.

Bill McKibben — Past the Tipping Point: The global fight for a stable climate

Bill McKibbenBill McKibben, one of the world's leading environmental activists and the best-selling author of The End of Nature and Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, speaks on the issue of climate change and the work of his organization 350.org. September 27, 2010
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Sr. Elizabeth Johnson — An Ecological Inquiry: Jesus and the Cosmos

Sr. Elizabeth JohnsonSr. Elizabeth Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, explores the traditional role of Jesus Christ as Savior of the human race and considers if his teachings can be applied to a more bio-centric or cosmos-centric theology. Supported by the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity. October 5, 2010
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Steven Solomon When the Well Runs Dry: Finding Solutions for the Freshwater Crisis
Steven SolomonJournalist and author of Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, Steven Solomon asserts that freshwater scarcity is one of the 21st century's decisive, looming challenges and is driving new political, economic and environmental realities across the globe. February 3, 2011
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John Cannon and Katherine Kiel — Saving the Environment: What Might Have to Change at Holy Cross
Two members of the Presidential Task Force on the Environment, John Cannon, associate director of Physical Plant, and Katherine Kiel, associate professor of economics, talk about the activity of the College and students that have the greatest impact on the environment. February 9, 2011
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Kieran Suckling '88 — The Biodiversity Crisis: Why Driving Species Extinct Makes Us Less Human
Kieran SucklingHoly Cross alumnus Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, talks about the extent of biodiversity loss in the U.S. and globally, and why the extinction crisis, though most often spoken of in ecological terms, is undermining our own humanity. February 15, 2011
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Dennis Golden '63 — From NFL Prospect to University President

Dennis Golden '63In the Thomas More Lecture on Faith, Work and Civic Life, Dennis Golden '63 talks about his path from Holy Cross student-athlete to president of Fontbonne University and offers advice for students exploring vocation. February 22, 2011
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Paul Starr — Moralities in Conflict: How Health Care Became Such a Hard Problem for America

Paul StarrPulitzer and Bancroft prize-winning author Paul Starr, co-founder and editor of The American Prospect, explores why the American people are so bitterly divided on health care policy while other wealthy western democracies are not. February 22, 2011
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Rev. Lloyd Baugh, S.J. — Jesus De-constructed and Re-constructed: Political, Cultural and Personal Subtexts in the Gospel Films

Rev. Lloyd Baugh, S.J.Rev. Lloyd Baugh, S.J., the Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture's International Jesuit Visiting Fellow for the spring 2011 semester, examines the Jesus film genre from late-19th century silent pictures to Mel Gibson's controversial Passion of the Christ to illustrate that the same Gospel scene can take on very different meanings, according to the subtexts at work in the films. February 10, 2011
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Nancy Sherman — The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds and Souls of Our Soldiers

University Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown, Nancy Sherman talks about the moral burdens borne by soldiers returning from war and suggests that feelings of guilt may actually be a therapeutic part of their re-integration in civilian life. Sherman, who is author of The Untold War, spoke at Holy Cross on November 18.
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Rev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., and Rev. James Corkery, S.J. — The Modern Papacy: Five-hundred years of change

Co-editors of the recent book, The Papacy since 1500: From Italian Prince to Universal Pastor, Rev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., professor of history at Holy Cross, and Rev. James Corkery, S.J., associate professor of theology at the Milltown Institute, Dublin, Ireland, talk on November 10, 2010 about the major changes in the Papacy over the last half-milliennium.
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Stanley Hauerwas — Sacrifice and the Sacrifices of War

Stanley HauerwasDistinguished theologian and Christian ethicist Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University Divinity School, asserts that the greatest sacrifice of war may be sacrificing our unwillingness to kill. The talk was given as part of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity on November 8, 2010.
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Steven Shapin — The Scientific Life: Moral Enterprise or Value Free?

Steven ShapinSteven Shapin, the Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, talks about his book The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation, and explains why personal qualities like virtue, trust, reliability and the familiarity continue to matter in science, perhaps more than ever. October 28, 2010
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Eugene Pogany — From Brother to Other and Back

Eugene PoganyPsychologist Eugene Pogany, author of In My Brother's Image: Twin Brothers Separated by Faith After the Holocaust, tells how the disparate experiences of his father and uncle during the Holocaust irreparably severed their twin bond. His lecture, held October 25, 2010, is supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish Christian Understanding.
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Florence Hsia — Saints and Mandarins: Science, religion and Jesuits in late imperial China

Florence HsiaFlorence Hsia, associate professor of the history of science at University of Wisconsin-Madison, talks about her book Sojourners in a Strange Land: Jesuits and Their Scientific Missions in Late Imperial China as part of the Presidential Colloquia on Jesuits and the Liberal Arts, held September 30, 2010. Janine Shertzer, a physics professor at Holy Cross, will be the respondent.
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Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. — Two Cardinals: John Henry Newman, Henry Edward Manning and the Victorian Church

Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J.

Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., president of Fairfield University and an expert in the field of 19th-century British history, commemorates the September 19 beatification of John Henry Newman with a talk on September 13, 2010 about Newman and his contemporary, and sometimes adversary, Henry Edward Manning.
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2009-2010

Biological Foundations of Morality? Neuroscience, Evolution and Morality

Video is now available from this popular two-day conference, held March 18-19, 2010, exploring the roles of emotion, intuition and reasoning in moral decision making and the implications for moral theology, philosophy and virtue ethics. Biological Foundations of Morality? Neuroscience, Evolution and Morality features some of the biggest names in brain science, including Michael Gazzaniga, Patrick Haggard, Joshua Greene and James Blair, along with esteemed philosophers and thinkers Robert Kane, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Jeanette Kennett, Stephen Pope and Rachana Kamtekar. Read more about the conference here.
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Christian Smith — Understanding the Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults

Christian SmithChristian Smith, director of the National Study of Youth and Religion, reports on the third wave of data collection of 18-23 year olds. This Deitchman Family Lecture on Religion and Modernity was held April 7, 2010.
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Patricia Omidian — Women in Afghanistan, From the Taliban Until Today

Patricia OmidianCivilian anthropologist Patricia Omidian, based in Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1997, speaks about the situation in Afghanistan duringt the Taliban and after spoke on April 12, 2010.
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Paula Newberg — Political Belief and Political Reconciliation: Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Problem of the Taliban

Paula NewbergPaula Newberg, director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and a former advisor to the United Nations, spoke on April 6, 2010.
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Dermot Quinn and Rev. Ian Boyd — Chesterton in America and at Holy Cross

G. K. ChestertonDermot Quinn and Rev. Ian Boyd, of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture at Seton Hall University, reflect on the British convert and writer's two American tours and his 1930 visit to Holy Cross. The event, sponsored with the G.K. Chesterton Society of Worcester, was held March 25, 2010.
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Rev. Sidney Griffith — Christians and Muslims Together: Lessons from Yesterday for Today

Sidney GriffithRev. Sidney Griffith, professor and chair of the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America, spoke on February 22, 2010.
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Mahmoud Ayoub — The Place of Revelation in Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Mahmoud Ayoub Mahmoud Ayoub, professor of Islamic studies and Christian-Muslim relations at the Hartford Seminary and professor emeritus at Temple University, spoke on April 8, 2010.
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Trent Pomplun - Inter-Religious Dialogue in Tibet: The Example of Ippolito Desideri, S.J.

Trent PomplunTrent Pomplun, associate professor of theology at Loyola University Maryland, talked about his book, Jesuit on the Roof of the World: Ippolito Desideri's Mission to Tibet, as part of the Presidential Colloquia on Jesuits and the Liberal Arts, February 18, 2010.
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Peachy Myers

Peachy MyersPeachy Myers, White House Liaison to the Corporation for National and Community Service, speaks about her calling to community service and legislative achievements, including the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The lecture, held January 28, 2010, was presented by the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning.
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After the Fall: Capitalism and a just way forward

This yearlong series explored the lessons learned during the recent credit crisis and offered diverse perspectives on how to construct a new economy that is sustainable and just. Read more.

Jacob HackerJacob Hacker

U.S. healthcare and social policy expert, Jacob Hacker, the Stanley Resor professor of political science at Yale University, reported on "The Middle Class at Risk: The New Economic Security and What Can Be Done About It," October 7, 2009.
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Caner Dagli

Caner Dagli

Caner Dagli, assistant professor in Religious Studies at Holy Cross, spoke about the principles of Islamic law and how they relate to and are interpreted in Muslim economics, October 15, 2009.
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William NordhausWilliam D. Nordhaus

William D. Nordhaus, Sterling professor of economics at Yale University, is one of the main economists working on models that address the true cost of climate change. He talked about "The Challenge of Climate Change" on October 19, 2009.
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David SpinaDavid A. Spina '64

David A. Spina '64, retired CEO and chairman of State Street Corp. and a Holy Cross trustee, talked about "Recasting Banks in 2009: An Insider's View" on November 3, 2009.
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Aaron LevineAaron Levine

Aaron Levine, the Samson and Halina Bitensky Professor of Economics at Yeshiva University and a noted authority on Jewish commercial law, talked about "How to Prevent the Next Great Depression: A Jewish Law Pespective" on November 12, 2009.
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Daniel BarbezatDaniel Barbezat

Daniel Barbezat, professor of economics at Amherst College, talked about behavioral economics and "Flourishing Economies: Supporting and Deepening Personal and Public Awareness" on November 17, 2009.
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Sr. Catherine CowleySr. Catherine Cowley

Sr. Catherine Cowley, a former banker and now religious sister and associate director of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Public Life at Heythrop College, University of London, spoke of "Values in Economic Life" on February 16, 2010.
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Ellen Ruppel ShellEllen Ruppel Shell

Ellen Ruppel Shell, professor of journalism and co-director of the Graduate Program in Science Journalism at Boston University, talked about her book Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture on February 25, 2010.
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Jonathan GruberJonathan Gruber

Jonathan Gruber, economics professor at MIT and one of the nation's leading health care economists, talked about "Reforming Health Care in the U.S.: What Now?" on March 11, 2010.
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Susannah Heschel - The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany

Susannah HeschelSusannah Heschel, a scholar of Jewish-Christian relations and the history of anti-Semitism, and the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, talked about her recent book, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany, as part of the Kraft-Hiatt Program for Jewish-Christian Understanding, November 18, 2009.
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Peter C. Phan - Mission of the Church in the Asian Context

Peter C. PhanPeter C. Phan, the Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University, spoke October 5, 2009 in a Deitchman Family Lecture on Religion and Modernity.
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Smita Lahiri - Mystical Transfers, Local and Global

Smita LahiriAnthropologist and associate professor at Harvard University, Smita Lahiri discussed her research at Mt. Banahaw, a major center of folk-Catholic pilgrimage in the Philippines, as part of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity, September 28, 2009.
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Paul Mariani - What Hopkins Can Teach Us

Paul MarianiNoted poet, literary biographer and Boston College professor Paul Mariani talked about the life and work of Jesuit priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins in the Presidential Colloquium on Jesuits and the Liberal Arts, September 21, 2009.
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Rev. James Corkery, S.J. - Sent to the Frontiers: Jesuits, Alumni/ae and the Work of the Church

Rev. James CorkeryFr. Corkery, an Irish Jesuit who participated in the General Congregation and helped draft some of its statements, discusses the larger context for the Congregation and its outcomes in the keynote speech of the Alumni/ae Colloquium, on September 26, 2009.
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B.J. Cassin '55

B.J. CassinPhilanthropist and venture capital investor B.J. Cassin '55 gives the Thomas More Lecture on Faith, Work and Civic Life, September 24, 2009.
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2008-2009

Colm ToibinColm Toibin

Leading contemporary Irish writer Colm Tóibín reads from his new novel, Brooklyn, April 16, 2009
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Rev. James KeenanRev. James Keenan, S.J.

"How Jesuitical Were the Jesuits? A brief encounter with the morality of the Jesuits," March 26, 2009
As part of the Presidential Colloquia on Jesuits and the Liberal Arts, Fr. Keenan, who holds the founder's chair in theology at Boston College, traces the history of Jesuit casuistry.
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Helen Whall, professor of English at Holy Cross, responds.
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Karen OberProfessor Karen Ober

"An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles: Darwin and Discovery," March 25, 2009
As part of the "Last" Lecture Series, Karen Ober, assistant professor of entomology and evolutionary biology, explains how tiny beetles kindled her passion for science.
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Chief Justice John T. Broderick, Jr. '69Chief Justice John T. Broderick, Jr., '69

The Thomas More Lecture on Faith, Work and Civic Life, March 23, 2009
Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, John T. Broderick, Jr., a member of the Holy Cross Class of 1969, shares lessons learned on his life's path.
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Dan BitranProfessor Daniel Bitran

"Lessons from the Shoah: Why we teach the Holocaust at Holy Cross," March 17, 2009
With support from the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding, Daniel Bitran, associate professor of psychology, participated in an educators' conference and seminar at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem in July 2008. Here, he talks about the life-changing experience and his redefined purpose.
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David SorkinDavid Sorkin

"The Religious Enlightenment," March 16, 2009
In a Deitchman Family Lecture on Religion and Modernity, David Sorkin, professor of history and Frances and Laurence Weinstein Professor of Jewish Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison, suggests that the Enlightenment, which gave birth to Modernity, should best be understood as a religious, not an anti-religious, project.
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Marvin MeyerMarvin Meyer

"The Gospels of Judas, Mary and Thomas: The Good News About Marginalized Disciples in Early Christian Literature," March 12, 2009
Marvin Meyer is one of the foremost scholars on early Christianity and texts about Jesus outside the New Testament. He is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California, where he is also director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute.
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Moral Responsibilities for the Legacies of War

Fr. HehirMoral Frameworks for Thinking About the Legacies of War
Rev. Bryan Hehir
February 3, 2009
The Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Fr. Hehir explained Just War theory as it relates to post-war ethics.
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Diane FoxAgent Orange: Consciousness and Conscience
Professor Diane Fox
February 10, 2009
Visiting Professor of History and Anthropology, Diane Fox presented her work on Agent Orange.
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Panel Discussion: U.S. Veterans Returning from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
February 17, 2009
Featuring: Brian P. Marx, Ph.D., National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Bryan P. Shea, a psychologist at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in New York who has just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq as a military psychologist seeing soldiers in the field; and Bryan Adams, an Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient who is the face of a public awareness campaign
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Student Panel: Where do we go from here?
February, 19, 2009
Margaret A. Post, director of the Donelan Office for Community-Based Learning at Holy Cross, moderated a discussion with student panelists: Courtney Nicholson '10, Peter McMurray '09, Grace Campion '09, and Alec Scott '09.
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Archbishop Agostino MarchettoArchbishop Agostino Marchetto

Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity, February 2, 2009
Vatican secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People

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Paul La Camera, '64Paul La Camera, '64

Thomas More Lecture on Faith, Work and Civic Life, October 2008
Paul LaCamera '64, general manager of the WBUR group, and a Holy Cross trustee, shares insights on his career, politics, faith and more.

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2007-2008

Victoria SwigertProfessor Victoria Swigert

"Last" Lecture, April 2008
Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Dean of the Class of 2008, Professor Swigert uses her study of criminology as a focal point for a dialogue on core issues of meaning and morality.

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2005-2006

Craig-Ehrman Debate: Is There Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus?

March 28, 2006
William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology, and Bart D. Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, debate at Holy Cross.
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