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Cultural Outreach

Arts Transcending Borders (ATB)

Arts Transcending Borders (ATB), funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a new initiative designed to enhance the role of the arts in every aspect of the Holy Cross experience by infusing the arts into students’ academic lives and creating new opportunities throughout the curriculum and the community to cross cultural, geographic, and disciplinary boundaries.

Cantor Art Gallery

Through both contemporary and historical exhibitions, the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at Holy Cross educates the College and Worcester communities about the fundamental intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and aesthetic issues encountered through visual art. Open free to the public, the Gallery seeks to promote and support the intellectual and cultural life of the College through the presentation and discussion of a diversity of visual arts. The Gallery has special responsibility for integrating the liberal arts values of the College and the classroom by linking exhibitions to the broader curriculum and community.

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McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

The Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture sponsors and supports programming that explores basic human questions of meaning, morality and mutual obligation. Most of the McFarland Center’s conferences, lecture series and events are free and open to the public. They are also recorded and available for free online in an expansive catalogue. The McFarland Center has reached new audiences by collaborating with community organizations and leaders to jointly present and publicize programs.

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Organized by the student-run Campus Activities Board, the Hart Recreation Center, Hogan Ball Room, and Crossroads Pub at Holy Cross periodically stage concerts, comedians, illusionists, and other entertainers who perform for the campus community and, for certain events, the general public.

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From classical to contemporary, the Holy Cross music department offers a variety of concerts and recitals featuring students and faculty of the music department, as well as visiting artists. The College’s Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players offer free concerts throughout the school year in Brooks Concert Hall. The Chapel Artists Organ Series presents free Taylor & Body organ concerts in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel by its distinguished Artist-in- Residence, as well as other eminent guest organists from the U.S. and Europe. Audiences can also enjoy the 65-voice College Choir, a favorite attraction during the Christmas season.

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Public Lectures and Forums

Holy Cross regularly hosts lectures and forums open to the public and free of charge on a variety of local, national and global topics. Expert members of the faculty and visiting lecturers offer diverse perspectives that serve to stimulate and deepen dialogues on important social, political, religious, scientific, and cultural issues. Annual forums include:

  • Biochemistry Concentration Annual Talk
  • Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan Lecture on Religion and Public Affairs: The Bishop Flanagan Lecture series was started in 1991 in an effort to build a relation- ship between the Diocese of Worcester and Holy Cross on social justice and peace issues. It is named in honor of the late Bishop of Worcester, a member of the Holy Cross Class of 1928, who was known for his lifelong dedication to peace, social justice and ecumenism.
  • Deitchman Lectures in Religion and Modernity: This series explores the place of religious and spiritual life in a world that is sometimes at odds with faith, other times in search of it, and always at work reshaping it.
  • Hanify-Howland Lecture: A lecture given by a recognized individual distinguished in the realm of public service
  • Katherine A. Henry ’86 Lecture Series on Women’s Health Issues
  • Kraft-Hiatt Lectures in Jewish-Christian Understanding
  • Last Lecture: professors sum up in a final lecture to students what has made his or her work worthwhile.
  • Leonard C. Sulski Memorial Lecture in Mathematics: The annual lecture series is a tribute to Professor Sulski who taught in the mathematics and computer science department at Holy Cross from 1965 until his death from leukemia in 1991.
  • Presidential Colloquia on Jesuits and the Liberal Arts: focuses on important historical moments in Jesuit history and pedagogy. Following each lecture, a member of the faculty or staff offers a brief response on the impact these events have for Jesuit education today.
  • Rodino Lecture on the Aims of Liberal Arts: The annual Rodino Lecture Series is devoted to the memory of Richard Rodino, formerly of the English department at Holy Cross. He played a central role in launching the College’s First-Year Program, predecessor to the College’s Montserrat Program. It is sponsored by the Office of the Dean.
  • Thomas More Lecture on Faith, Work, and Civic Life: honors graduates of Holy Cross by inviting them to speak about their own profession, vocation, and the ethical opportunities and challenges faced there.

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Recurring Annual Events

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • African American Art Series: series of presentations and workshops by African-American artists
  • Black History Month
  • AIDS Awareness Week
  • National Hunger and Homelessness Week
  • Latin American Heritage Month
  • Women’s Studies Month


WCHC Radio

Holy Cross’ radio station, WCHC 88.1 FM, broadcasts 18 hours daily and on the Internet as an alternative choice for music, news and views.

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Seelos Film Series

Worcester-area residents who enjoy second-run mainstream movies can enjoy them at Holy Cross. The Seelos Theater film series offers three screenings weekly at no charge when school is in session.


Sporting Events/Athletics Facilities/Sports Campus

For generations, local sports fans have glorified in the exploits of Holy Cross athletics. A member of the Patriot League on the NCAA Division 1 level, the College has 27 varsity teams. Area residents are an important part of the Crusader fan base, and, with the exception of Football, Basketball and Hockey, attend contests free of charge.  Additionally, children ages 14 and younger may attend any home Crusaders football game at Fitton Field free of charge, when accompanied by an adult who purchases a regular priced ticket.  The College also periodically opens its Hart Recreation Center facilities—including a six-lane swimming pool, ice rink, basketball courts, and fitness center—to the general public at no charge. In addition, Holy Cross hosts summer soccer, football, basket- ball, lacrosse, and field hockey camps for area youths.

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The Fenwick Theatre Company and the Alternate College Theater of Holy Cross produce four to five plays and musicals each semester on campus. Portions of proceeds from the admission fees sup- port student programs and community charities.

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