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Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture

The Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture Committee is a twelve-student committee founded in 1965 in honor of Judge Edward Hanify, Class of 1904, and Mr. Weston Howland. The Committee serves to select the speaker for the College’s annual keynote lecture.

Funded through the generosity of the Hanify and Howland families and operating directly through the President’s Office, the Committee provides the opportunity for member students to have sole discretion over the choice of an annual speaker to address the College community on issues of public affairs.

Additionally, the Committee provides for seminars in which Holy Cross students may engage each year’s speaker in a small-group setting.


51st Annual Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture


"The Giving Solution: How Philanthropy is Changing the World” 

Social entrepreneur Nancy Lublin - Founder and CEO, Crisis Text Line

  • Tuesday, October 25
  • 8 p.m.
  • Hogan Campus Center Ballroom

Founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line, social entrepreneur Nancy Lublin harnesses people, technology, and data to change the world. While many operate in traditional models of outreach and management, Lublin breaks them. She turns her new and effective solutions into some of today’s most innovative and disruptive nonprofits and social movements.

Crisis Text Line, the world’s first 24/7, free, text message-based support service for people facing a range of issues — from depression and substance abuse to eating disorders and physical abuse — was launched during Lublin’s 2013 TED talk, and has received over 20 million text messages. She has previously worked for and overseen other philanthropic organizations such as, one of the largest global organizations for young people to tackle volunteer campaigns to promote social change, and Dress for Success, an organization that helps women transition from welfare to work by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

One of the Schwab Foundation’s 2014 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year, Lublin was selected as a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum and named one of the NonProfit Times’ 50 Most Powerful Leaders three years in a row. She is the author of four books, including the best seller “Zilch: the Power of Zero in Business” (Portfolio, 2010) and “The XYZ Factor: The Guide to Creating a Culture of Impact” (BenBella Books, 2015). Lublin was named to Forbes’ “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” in 2014, has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist, and has appeared on Oprah, CNN, and 60 Minutes.