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Events at the McFarland Center

Fall 2017

Join us! Events are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.

Richard RothsteinMonday, September 11, 2017; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America — Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and author of "The Color of Law," explains how residential segregation was created by racially explicit and unconstitutional government policy in the mid-20th century. Rothstein argues that only after learning the history of this policy can we undertake the national conversation necessary to remedy our unconstitutional racial landscape. View the poster. (PDF)

Janez Percic, S.J.Wednesday, September 13, 2017; 4 p.m., Rehm Library
Finding the Self: Charles Taylor's Theory of SubjectivityInternational Jesuit Visiting Scholar Rev. Janez Percic, S.J. explores the definition of "self" in Charles Taylor's approach to subjectivity. Percic, a native of Slovenia, has served as a parish priest and has taught at the Munich School of Philosophy. View the poster. (PDF)

Jalane SchmidtMonday, October 2, 2017; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Our Lady of the Slaves: Marian Devotion in Cuba, Race and Revolution — Jalane Schmidt, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and author of “Chachita’s Streets: The Virgin of Charity, Race, and Revolution in Cuba” (Duke University Press, 2015) will explore how devotion to Chachita, the Virgin of Charity, has been central to how many Cubans of various racial and religious identities have navigated the Revolutionary to contemporary eras. This lecture is part of the McFarland Center's initiative on Catholics & Cultures. View the poster. (PDF)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017; 12:30 p.m., Hogan Suite A
Lunch Discussion: Public History and Activism in the Age of the Alt-Right — Jalane Schmidt, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, will reflect on her involvement in alt-right resistance in Charlottesville. This event is open to Holy Cross students, faculty and staff. Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. RSVP by September 26.

Julie Hanlon RubioWednesday, October 4, 2017; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Dare We Hope for Common Ground? — In the current political climate, common ground can seem impossible to find. Catholics, like everyone else, are more divided than ever. Some feel compelled not to "reach across the aisle" but to stand and witness to truth. Yet many are tired of polarization and gridlock. What resources does the Catholic tradition offer for conversation that gets us beyond the current impasse? Julie Hanlon Rubio is professor of Christian ethics at St. Louis University and author of “Hope for Common Ground” (Georgetown University Press, 2016). One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity. View the poster. (PDF)

Kevin EsveltMonday, October 16, 2017; 7:30 p.m., Seelos Theatre
When should we edit nature? Moral questions raised by gene drive research — Gene drive systems could enable researchers to unilaterally alter the traits of wild populations. Kevin Esvelt, assistant professor of M.I.T. Media Lab, addresses the moral questions that arise from this advanced technology. Esvelt directs the Sculpting Evolution Group at M.I.T.

Richard Higgins '74Tuesday, October 17, 2017; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
'Blown on by God's Breath': The Riddle of Thoreau’s Religion — Holy Cross alumnus Richard Higgins ’74, author of “Thoreau and the Language of Trees” (University of California Press, 2017), will discuss Henry David Thoreau’s much misunderstood religiosity and his perception of the divine in nature. The talk commemorates Thoreau's 200th birthday.

October 19-21, 2017; Rehm Library
Rethinking the Afropolitan: The Ethics of Black Atlantic Masculinities on Display — The recent proliferation of images, articles, and even a Guinness commercial about Congolese men known as sapeurs (the Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People) raises new ethical questions about how we read race, gender, and identity in images in texts. Sapeurs appear to be the epitome of  the "black dandy." However, these extravagantly dressed men also engage in friendly fashion competitions and do so against bleak West Central African urban landscapes. This three-day conference aims to examine the intersections of  gender, race, and visual culture, in the Atlantic, spanning Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe from the 16th century to the present. Learn more»

Cambridge Encyclopedia of the JesuitsMonday, October 23, 2017; 4 p.m., Rehm Library
Book Launch: Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits — Rev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., general editor, and Rev. James Corkery, S.J. and Alison Fleming, associate editors, will share some of the interesting items and visual richness that can be found in the pages this new volume spanning the Jesuits’ 500-year history. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.

Charles CamosyTuesday, October 24, 2017; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Beyond the Abortion Wars: Finding A Way Forward in a Time of Polarization — Charles Camosy, associate professor of theology at Fordham University, suggests that Americans' views, particularly those of young people and people of color, are not so binary on the issue of abortion, and authentic and productive debate may be possible. He is author of "Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a New Generation" (Eerdmans Publishing, 2015). There will be a faculty respondent. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Out of the Depths: Jewish Religious Life and Practice During and After the Holocaust — Alan Rosen, Kraft-Hiatt scholar-in-residence, explores the complex and difficult process for religious Jews to make sense of the world during the Holocaust, and to find meaning in its aftermath. Rosen is a renowned scholar of Holocaust literature, a lecturer at Yad Vashem, and a fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Seth Stephens-DavidowitzMonday, November 6, 2017; 7:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Anti-Semitism on the Internet — Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former Google data scientist and author of "Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are" (HarperCollins, 2017), will share what Big Data from hate sites can teach us about contemporary anti-Semitism in the United States. This lecture is supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Program for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

November 15-17, 2017; Rehm Library
Religion, Protest, and Social Upheaval — The recent proliferation of social, political, and economic protest and populist expression, from Black Lives Matter to Hindu Nationalism, invites renewed exploration of religion's age-old power to fuel and shape cultural change. This conference brings together a diverse group of scholars across national and religious divides to examine the impact of religion on various social and political movements. Organized around six themes — nationalism, immigration, race, gender, ecological concern, and economics — this conference aims to illuminate the complex dynamics of religion in protest and social upheaval. Co-sponsored with Religious Studies. Learn more»

Quayshawn SpencerFriday, December 1, 2017; 3:30 p.m. Rehm Library
A Radical Solution to the Race Problem — Quayshawn Spencer, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, focuses on the biological meaning applied to race when used by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in reporting jobs, college loans, mortgages, etc., to defend his metametaphysical position of radical racial pluralism. Co-sponsored with the Department of Philosophy.