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Events at the McFarland Center

Spring 2017

Unless otherwise noted, McFarland Center events are free and open to the public. For faculty events, please see the Faculty Scholarship Lunch Series.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Farmworker Justice Discussions with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers —

  • Lunch Discussion — Oscar Otzoy of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Yaissy Solis of the Student/Farmworker Alliance will talk with students, faculty and staff about their worker-based human rights organizations and efforts to protect farmworker rights.
    12:30-1:30 p.m., Hogan 401 | This event is open to Holy Cross students, faculty and staff. Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. RSVP by January 26.
  • Afternoon Discussion — Otzoy and Solis will discuss how to raise consciousness around the human rights of farmworkers and the role students play in advancing protections in U.S. agriculture. This session is open to the campus community and public at large.
    4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Margaret GrayThursday, February 2, 2017
Forgotten by the Food Movement? — Margaret Gray, associate professor of political science and interim director of international studies at Adelphi University, focuses on low-wage, non-citizen workers in the agro-food industry and their civic, cultural, and economic opportunities. She is author of "Labor and the Locavore" (University of California Press, 2013).
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Gregory BoyleMonday, February 6, 2017
Lessons from the Field: Kinship as an Intervention — Rev. Gregory Boyle, S.J., is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. He and Homeboy Industries trainees Ruben Ruiz and David Vasquez will speak about how and why the program works. Boyle is author of "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion" (Free Press, 2010).
7:30 p.m., Seelos Theater

Fr. KaruvelilTuesday, February 14, 2017
God: Idea and Experience — Rev. George Karuvelil, S.J., International Visiting Jesuit Fellow for the Spring 2017 semester, focuses on a universally available kind of experience known as “nature mysticism” to show how the theistic understanding of God can be rejuvenated. A member of the Jesuit theologate at Pune, India, he is professor of philosophy at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth.
4 p.m., Rehm Library

Daniel BymanThursday, February 16, 2017
Understanding the Islamic State — Daniel Byman, professor in the Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, is one of the foremost experts on the Islamic State and the global war on terror. He will investigate the roots of ISIS, the geopolitical implications of terrorism in the Middle East, and the consequences of various policy options. Co-sponsored with CIS/Peace and Conflict Studies.
4:30 p.m., Seelos Theater

George WeigelTuesday, February 21, 2017
St. John Paul II on the Free and Virtuous Society: Democracy, the Market, and Culture — George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. His talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science’s Charles Carroll Program and the McFarland Center’s Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Vocation of the Writer — Ander Monson, author of six books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, most recently “Letter to a Future Lover” (Graywolf, 2015), will discuss what it means to be a writer and a reader. This event is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing program and the McFarland Center.
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Andrew DelbancoWednesday, March 1, 2017
What is College For? — Andrew Delbanco, Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University, will talk about liberal education — its past, present and future. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, he is author of "College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be" (Princeton University Press, 2012). His talk is the Thomas More Lecture on the Humanities.
5 p.m., Rehm Library

Timothy BealWednesday, March 2, 2017
The Word According to Rihanna: The Bible after The Book — Timothy Beal, the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University, will explore how our present media revolution is changing the ways we interact with and think about Bibles, the Bible, and the biblical — from Biblezines, to,, to biblical meme culture, to @badgirlriri’s Instagram devotionals. While the focus is contemporary, we will also look at biblical media in earlier contexts, from scrolls to codices to the print book, showing how medium can never be separated from message. Co-sponsored with the Dean’s Office.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Joshua SobolTuesday, March 21, 2017
Theatre as a Form of Resistance to Oppression and Genocide — Joshua Sobol, a prolific and award-winning playwright, director and author, explores the role of theatre in ghettos and camps during World War II and makes the case that because theatre is a form of art that can survive the physical destruction of buildings, books, monuments, and musical instruments, it is a most efficient tool in the struggle of a community against its dehumanization, and its annihilation. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding. Let us know you'll be there: RSVP here.
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Kevin Madigan '82NEW DATE! Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Crusades and Crusaders: History and Historiography — Kevin Madigan ’82, Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School, will offer a historical perspective on what the Crusades were and reflect on the historiography of the Crusades from the late 19th century onward. The lecture will lay a historical context for future discussion of the Holy Cross moniker. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Carla NappiMarch 24-25, 2017
Conference: Globalization of Science in the Middle East and North Africa, 18th-20th Centuries — This conference brings together scholars to explore important issues related to the history of science in the Middle East and North Africa region during the 18th-20th centuries — a critical period of change and modernization when Middle Easterners were concerned about rising power of European states and societies and the relative weakness of Islamic ones. Keynote speaker Carla Nappi, Canada Research Chair in Early Modern Studies and associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia, will talk about “How to Write a History of Science from a Global Perspective.”  Supported by the Rehm Family Fund. Learn more»

Kamyrn WarrenMonday, March 27, 2017
Bhutanese Refugees in Massachusetts — Kamryn Warren, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Connecticut and a Fulbright Fellow, investigates the end of the refugee cycle and the transitions that occur when a forced migratory crisis is deemed to be over. She analyzes the Bhutanese refugee crisis and the refugee camps of Eastern Nepal. Co-sponsored with Religious Studies.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Mayra RiveraThursday, March 30, 2017 CANCELED
Religion and Coloniality — Mayra Rivera, professor of religion and Latina/o studies at Harvard Divinity School, will discuss the main contributions of postcolonial studies to the study of religion and theology and suggest their importance for responding to pressing ethical issues in the 21st century.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Danna Nolan FewellMonday, April 3, 2017
Does the Bible Really Say That? Reading Religiously in Bible-Thumping, Bible-Tweeting Culture — Danna Nolan Fewell, the John Fletcher Hurst Professor of Hebrew Bible at Drew University, offers a virtual cross-cultural trip into the ancient city of Sodom (Genesis 19) to provide the testing ground for how the Bible might contribute to contemporary social and political discourse. Co-sponsored with the Dean's Office.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Samuel KassowWednesday, April 5, 2017
Time Capsules in the Rubble: The Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto — Samuel Kassow, the Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College and author of “Who Will Write Our History?” (Indiana University Press, 2007), will speak about Emanuel Ringelblum and members of his secret Oyneg Shabes organization who studied and documented Jewish life in Nazi-occupied Warsaw and buried the archive to preserve this history for posterity. But of the 60 people who worked on this national mission, only three survived. This will be their story.​ Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.
7:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Cyril O'ReganThursday, April 6, 2017
The Gift of Modernity — Cyril O’Regan, the Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will speak to the ambiguity of modernity from a Catholic theological and philosophical point of view. Using Charles Taylor's overarching narrative of modernity as a framework, he will address whether modernity can be resisted, whether it should be resisted, and how it might be resisted by religion in general and Catholicism in particular. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Calling Ourselves Crusaders: What’s in a Name? — Following on Kevin Madigan's historical overview of the Crusades February 9, in this discussion, panelists will draw from their respective fields to help us think about questions of identity, meaning, memory, belonging, and history wrapped up in the choice of the Holy Cross moniker, Crusaders. Panelists are Rev. John Baldovin, S.J., ’69, professor of historical & liturgical theology at Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, and Holy Cross professors Vickie Langohr (political science), Mathew Schmalz (religious studies), Mark Freeman (psychology), Kendy Hess (philosophy), Sahar Bazzaz (history), and Timothy Joseph '98 (classics).
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Joerg RiegerThursday, April 20, 2017
What Does Jesus Have to Do with Wall Street? —  Theologian, author and activist Joerg Rieger will consider how the structures of dominant economies influence religion and what contributions might religion make in turn. He is the Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair in Wesleyan Studies and Distinguished Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt University.
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Leo TolstoyApril 21-22, 2017
Conference: Tolstoy and Spirituality — This conference explores Leo Tolstoy's controversial quest to re-examine and revitalize Christianity. His highly original, almost paradoxical view defended the moralizing mission of Christianity, maintained the innocence of nature, and blamed social institutions such as the State and Church for the "fallen" nature of our sins. Speakers over the two-day conference will include a keynote by acclaimed Russian writer Mikhail Shishkin, author of "Montreux-Missolunghi-Astapovo, in the Steps of Byron and Tolstoy" (2002), "Maidenhair" (2005), and "The Light and the Dark" (2013); cultural historian Rosamund Bartlett, author of the biography "Tolstoy: A Russian Life" (2011), on "Tolstoy’s Fiction: Its spiritual legacy"; and Liza Knapp, professor of Slavic languages at Columbia University and author of “Anna Karenina and Others: Tolstoy’s Labyrinth of Plots” (2016), on "Loving Your Neighbor and Saving Your Soul: The agony of Tolstoy, the man and artist." Supported by the Rehm Family Fund. View the schedule»

Monday, April 24, 2017
Why Luck Matters More than You Might Think — Building a successful life requires a deep conviction that you are the author of your own destiny. But building a successful society requires that we acknowledge that people’s destinies are often not their own to write. Robert Frank, the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and professor of economics at Cornell University, will attempt to reconcile these seemingly contradictory ideas. Frank is author of “Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy” (Princeton University Press, 2016) and “The Winner-Take-All Society: Why the Few at the Top Get So Much More Than the Rest of Us,” (with Philip J. Cook, Free Press, 1995).
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Saba MahmoodMonday, May 1, 2017 CANCELED
Politics between the Religious and the Secular: A Conversation —  Saba Mahmood, professor of anthropology at the University of California and author of "Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report" (2015), will share her thoughts on the relationship between religious and secular politics in postcolonial societies and its implications on sovereignty, subject formation, law, and gender/sexuality. 
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

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