Fall 2016 Events

The following list of programs engages questions about diversity, inclusion, and contemporary social issues to further deepen dialogue and contemplation. Please remember that dates, times and locations may change. Please refer to the College's Events Calendar for the most to-to-date information!

The College is committed to providing accessible programs and events. If you need any accommodations, please visit the College's Events Calendar to determine program organizers, and contact them directly. Advance notice is appreciated.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016
UNCUT Poetry, Williams Social Space
7:30-9:00 PM, Location TBD
A ten week workshop for students interested in exploring the art of spoken word poetry. Runs September 6 – November 8. Facilitated by Ja-Lene Scott-Dottin '16.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
I Alone Can Fix It: Donald Trump and the Republican Party's Constitutional Derangement
4:00 PM, Rehm Library
Kenneth Kirsch, Professor of Political Science, Boston College will deliver a constitution day lecture.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Kinship with Migrants in the Year of Mercy
7:30 PM, Rehm Library
Kristin Heyer, professor of theology at Boston College, will discuss her book “Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration” (Georgetown University Press, 2012) and Catholics’ responsibilities to immigrants in light of the Pope’s Year of Mercy as well as the current political discourse.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Fishbowl: Discussing Race in the Classroom & Beyond
4:00 p.m., Rehm Library
Current students and faculty engage in a fishbowl on the challenges and opportunities around discussing race in the classroom & beyond.

Monday, September 19, 2016
How Catholicism Changed - From Official Approval of Slavery to Prohibiting It
4:30 PM, Rehm Library
Bernadette Brooten, American religious scholar and Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies at Brandeis University, will discuss early church teachings on slavery and how church leaders in the late 19th century began to change them. Co-sponsored by the Class of 1956 Chair in New Testament Studies.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The Economics of Immigration: Separting Fact from Rhetoric
12-1 PM, Dinand Levis Browsing Room

Since immigration has become a central focal point in this presidential election cycle, we have been barraged by claims about the impact of immigration - both legal and illegal - on our country and our economy.  What do the data actually show?  We'll take a few minutes to consider the evidence in terms of jobs, wages, crime, social services, taxes, and budgets, then open up to a more general discussion about the issues involved. Facilitated by Professor Kolleen Rask, Economics Department. Part of a series of election discussions led by Holy Cross faculty.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The Art of Difficult Discussion: "Theme Parties"
7PM, Hogan 401

Hosted by the Multicultural Peer Educators (MPEs) who are specifically trained Holy Cross student volunteers who assist in programming, work with staff and residence assistants, and informally engage other students on topics of diversity.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Medhin Paolos, director of "Asmarina" film screening
4:00 - 6:00 PM, Rehm Library
A film about Somali and Eritrean immigrants to Italy.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Profiled, Film Screening and Q&A with producer Kathleen Foster
7:00 PM, Hogan Suite A
A documentary that knits the stories of mothers of Black and Latin youth murdered by NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality, and places them within the context of the roots of racism in the U.S.

September 25-30
HCF1RST Awareness Week
A week of programming around First Generation college students. Please see campus announcements for more information.

Monday, September 26, 2016
OME Faculty Teach In (Race Relations in the US: Past, Present, Future)
4:30-6pm, Hogan 519
Faculty presentations on race relations in the US both from a Historical and lived experience perspective.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
LGBTQIA Safe Zone Training
7-9pm, Hogan 304-05
Interactive workshop that will include identity, vocabulary, lived experience and skill building.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
True Stories: Strudy Abroad Panel
6-7:30pm, Hogan 401
Come and listen to your peers share stories of their experiences abroad uncut! Sponsored by the Multicultural Peer Educators & Study Abroad

Thursday, September 29, 2016
You Can't Say That: Teaching Controversy in the Age of Trump
4:30 PM, Rehm Library
Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of history of education at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, will probe the history of America's longstanding controversy over controversial issues in schools, explaining the restrictions on teachers and framing a case for lifting them.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Poverty Simulation (note the new date and time)
6:00-8:30pm dinner provided, Loyola Ballroom
Interactive, real life simulation where participants will role play a month in the lives of families & individuals living at or below the poverty level.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Lunch & Learn Dialogue Series: Working Towards a Socially Just & Inclusive Campus!
12-1:30pm, Suite A
This workshop will explore the suggested steps to achieve a socially just & inclusive campus using the Multicultural Organizational Development (MCOD) model.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016
CANCELLED - Kiese Laymon: Public Lecture
4-6 p.m., Rehm Library
Kiese Laymon, Prof. of English at Vassar, will deliver a public lecture and reading.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016
The Art of Having Difficult Conversations
6-7:30 PM, Hogan 401

Skill building workshop on creating the safe space to engage in difficult conversations. Facilitated by Rob Jones, Associate Director, Office of Multicultural Education.


Thursday, October 6
Does the Party Decide? What is the Role for Party Elites and Superdelegates?
5:00 PM, Rehm Library
In one of the most influential books on presidential primaries, The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform (2008), Georgetown University’s Hans Noel and his co-authors argue that party elites dominate the decision on who their party’s presidential candidate should be. How does this assessment hold up in 2016, after Donald Trump secured the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in the face of opposition by many of that party’s historic and contemporary leaders? How has the Democratic Party been affected by the battles between Clinton and Sanders supporters over the proper role of party elites, as seen in their contest over the role of super-delegates and the resignation of former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz? In 2016, what is the role of party elites in determining presidential nominations, and what should it be? Hans Noel and Elaine Kamarck, the author of Primary Politics: How Presidential Candidates Have Shaped the Modern Nominating System (2009), will discuss this issue. Kamarck is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a lecturer at the Kennedy School; she is also a Clinton super-delegate who helped create the super-delegate system in the Democratic Party.

Friday, October 14, 2016
LGBTQIA Retreat: Contemplative Center
Weekend, Contemplative Center
Off-site weekend retreat for LGBTQIA students and alumni at the new contemplative center. Faciliated by the Chaplains Office.

Monday, October 17, 2016
How did Donald Trump become the Republican nominee?
12-1 PM, Hogan 408(09)

Professor Donald Brand from the Political Science department will lead a discussion on the primary process that lead to the election of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Professor Brand will also raise the question: Could Mr. Trump’s nomination have been stopped? Come and learn more about our electoral process through this engaging discussion. Part of a series of election discussions led by Holy Cross faculty.  


Monday, October 17, 2016
Race, Ethnic Identity, and Activism in the Presidential Elections and Beyond
5 p.m., Seelos Theatre
Speakers: Professors Evelyn Simien, Peter Skerry, and Chris Zepeda-Millan.
Issues of black and Latina/o identity have had unprecedented importance in the last three presidential elections, from the campaign to elect the first black president in 2008 to the major role that attacks on Mexican immigrants, and people of Mexican heritage, have played in Donald Trump’s candidacy. Key social and political trends, including increasing economic inequality, which disproportionately affects blacks and Latinos, and the frequent deaths of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of police, are also leading to new forms of political activism in black and Latina/o communities. How will this play out in the 2016 elections and beyond?  Will Trump’s denigration of Mexican immigrants translate into significantly increased Latina/o turnout in the election? Under what conditions might African-American and Latina/o activists create enduring coalitions to face common challenges?  What role might emerging movements like Black Lives Matter play, and does the high profile of feminist, queer leaders in this movement suggest that new forms of activism might be more inclusive than it has been in the past?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Supply and Demand in the U.S. Firearms Industry: A Data-Based Exploration
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Economist Jurgen Brauer is an expert on gun manufacturing firms and gun violence in the U.S. In 2013, he published a major study on the U.S. civilian firearms industry, and his methodology to estimate firearms sales in the United States has been used by newspapers and others in the debate on firearms proliferation in the U.S. and beyond. Co-sponsored with the W. Arthur Garrity Sr. Professorship in Human Nature, Ethics and Society and the Department of Economics and Accounting.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Raise the Roof: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
7:00 p.m., Rehm Library
This film follows artists Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio as they reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of an 18th-century synagogue that was destroyed by Nazis in Poland. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, the Browns grappled not just with the echoes of World War II, but also with warped timbers, tricky paints, and period hand tools. Following the screening, a panel that includes Rick and Laura Brown will discuss the history and art of the synagogue. Co-sponsored with Visual Arts and the Cantor Art Gallery.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Coming Together Dialogue Series: Empowering Racially Minoritized Students through CBL
4-5:30pm, Hogan Suite A
Presented by Michelle C. Sterk Barrett, Ph.D., Director of the Donelan Office of Community Based Learning (CBL) and Isabelle Jenkins '10, Associate Director of the Donelan Office of Community Based Learning

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Andres Resendez, author of "The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America"
7:00 PM, Rehm Library
The History Department Derrick Lecture

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Coming Out Coffee House
6:00 PM, Hogan Hoval
An open mic space for LGBTQIA individuals to tell their coming out stories.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
ALANA/International student brunch
11am - 1pm, Hogan Ballroom
A brunch for ALANA and International Students and their families during Family Weekend 2016. See campus announcements for more details.

Monday, October 24, 2016
OME Faculty Teach In: Building Comunity; What works?
4:30-6pm, Hogan 519
Faculty presentations on successful collaborations in our world.

Monday, October 24, 2016
Rethinking 'East vs. West': Challenging Assumptions
7:30 PM, Seelos Theatre
Panel discussion in conjunction with Othello in the Seraglio

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Let's talk about it! Dinner
4:30-6pm, Location TBD
20 students engaged in conversation with 2 staff/faculty members on topics related to Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
An Ottoman Tableau of Faith: Lecture-demonstation by Dunya Ensemble
5:00 PM, Mary Chapel
The DÜNYA ensemble will present an historical tableaux of different religious musical practices in Islam, Christianity and Judaism, especially centered in Ottoman Istanbul. The many layers of communal interaction in the city created deep historical and musical influences between these religious traditions.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Pros and Cons of A No-Fly or Safe Zone in Syria
12-1 PM, Hogan Suite A

Both Hillary Clinton and, at times, Donald Trump have called for the creation of a no-fly or a safe zone in Syria to provide a location in which internally displaced Syrians could shelter rather than become international refugees. At a minimum, creation of such a zone would require U.S. air forces to participate in preventing Syrian government planes from flying over this area - at a maximum, some soldiers might be required to patrol the ground borders of the zone. What are the pros, cons, and cost of creating either of these zones, and what can we learn from historical examples such as the safe zone in Bosnia in the 1990s and the no-fly zone over the Kurdish areas of Iraq between 1990 and 2003? Facilitated by Professor Vickie Langohr, Chair, Department of Political Science. Part of a series of election discussions led by Holy Cross faculty.


Monday, October 31, 2016
Coming Together Dialogue Series Panel on Islamaphobia
4-5:30pm, Hogan Suite A
Panel on Islam & Islamophobia. Come and hear the community voices about the lived experiences of Muslims in our community and beyond. Moderated by Asima Silva.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Fishbowl: Ethics of Marijuana Legalization
4:00 PM, Rehm Library
Massachusetts voters will decide Nov. 8 whether or not to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use. Join in a discussion with Daniel Bitran, professor of psychology, Gregory DiGirolamo, associate professor of psychology, and other faculty, staff and students on the science, ethics and outcomes at stake. To participate as a “fish,” please email crec@holycross.edu with a brief statement on your background and perspective on the issue.

Monday, November 07, 2016
Lunch & Learn Dialogue Series; The Elections, What Say You!
12-1:30pm, Hogan Suite A
Open dialogue on upcoming elections focusing on immigration, domestic terrorism, living wage, and other topics of interest.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Joseph A. Polak: After the Holocaust the Bells Still Ring
7:00 PM, Rehm Library
Joseph A. Polak, Hillel Rabbi Emeritus at Boston University, will speak about his memoir, which explores how Polak, a young child at the time of the Holocaust, and his mother survived two concentration camps, then, after the war, battled demons of the past, societal rejection, disbelief, and invalidation as they struggled to reenter the world of the living. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

Monday, November 14, 2016
Unity Week Keynote Speaker: Janet Mock
7:30 PM, Hogan Ballroom
Noted author and speaker, Janet Mock, will speak on race, gender and transgender issues.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Let's talk about it! Dinner
4:30-6pm, Location TBD
20 students engaged in conversation with 2 staff/faculty members on topics related to Black Lives Matter

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
BSU Griot Event with headliner Crystal Endsley
7:00 PM, Hogan Ballroom
Headline performer, Prof. Crystal Endsley. A night of spoken word at Holy Cross.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
A Latinx Political Ethics for the Hopelessness of Our Community
4:30 PM, Rehm Library
Miguel De La Torre, professor of social ethics and Latino/a studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, will focus on the Latinx social location to explore a political ethics which embraces hopelessness, and consider why such a move is more salvific for the oppressed than Eurocentric Christian thought. One of theDeitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Film Screening: Trails of Hope and Terror
7:00 PM, Stein 133
Watch Miguel De La Torre’s documentary exploring the historical and economic reasons for the current immigration crisis, and how politicians have used this issue to garner votes. A Q&A with De La Torre will follow the screening.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
LGBTQIA Safe Zone Training
7-9pm, Hogan 402(03)
Interactive workshop that will include identity, vocabulary, lived experience and skill building. Facilitated by the Office of Multicultural Education.

Friday, November 18, 2016
Poverty Simulation
4:30-7:30pm dinner provided, Loyola Ballroom
Interactive, real life simulation where participants will role play a month in the lives of families & indivduals living at or below the poverty level.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis
7:30 p.m., Hogan Ballroom
Mark K. Shriver ’86, president of Save the Children Action Network in Washington, D.C., and a former Maryland state legislator, will talk about his latest book, “Pilgrimage” (Random House, 2016) in which he retraces Pope Francis’s personal journey in Argentina, and in the process revitalizing his own faith and renewing his commitment to the Church.

Thursday, December 01, 2016
Winter Celebration
4-6pm, Hogan B/C
Celebration of the celebrations that occur around the world from December 1 through January 31

Fall 2016: Diversity and Social Justice Programming Sponsors

Africana Studies, Arts Transcending Borders, Bishop Healy Committee, Black Student Union, Cantor Art Gallery, The Carrol Program, Chaplains’ Office, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Class Deans’ Office,  Class of 1956 Chair in New Testament Studies, Community Based Learning, Dean’s Office, Economics and Accounting Department, Education Department, English Department, Gateways, History Department, Latin American and Latino Studies, McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, Mission and Identity Committee, Montserrat, Multicultural Peer Educators, Multicultural Student Organizations, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Multicultural Education, Outfront, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science Department, Pride, Student Government Association, Study Abroad Program, & Visual Arts.