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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Events

Fall 2019

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 up-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.

Download a print version of this calendar (Fall 2019).

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - Wednesday, September 11, 2019
#FirstGenCollegeGrad Campaign

#FirstGenCollegeGrad is an awareness campaign to help first generation college students on our campus more easily identify faculty and staff who are able to help guide them through their time on campus. The purpose is to encourage students to engage with faculty and staff based on similar lived experiences.

Sunday, September 15, Noon, Field Hockey

Support international athletes and the rest of the field hockey team as they take on Dartmouth

Sunday, September 15, 2:00 p.m., Women’s Soccer

Support international athletes and the rest of the women's soccer team as they take on St. Francis Brooklyn

Sunday, September 15, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., TBD
Workshop: Performing Histories

Led by Niegel Smith, co-director of A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
Who is it for? Up to 18 students of all backgrounds – no performance experience necessary. How would you make a performance in response to your own history? What playlist would you choose? How might you invite your audience to join you? In this special, Niegel Smith – Artistic Director of NYC’s Obie-Award winning theater, The Flea and Co-director of Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music – joins students in dialogue and then to devise new performances responding to their personal histories. Students participating are encouraged to attend the abridged performance of A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. Niegel Smith is a Bessie Award winning theater director and performance artist. He is the Artistic Director of NYC’s Obie Award winning theater, The Flea; board member of A.R.T./New York; and ringleader of Willing Participant (www.willingparticipant.org) an artistic activist organization that whips up urgent poetic responses to crazy shit that happens. http://niegelsmith.com/theatre/

To Register, email: atb@holycross.edu

Sunday, September 15, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Brooks Concert Hall
A Conversation with Taylor Mac

TAYLOR MAC who uses “judy” (lowercase sic unless at the start of a sentence, just like a regular pronoun), not as a name but as a gender pronoun—is a playwright, actor, singer- songwriter, performance artist, director and producer. Judy’s work has been performed in hundreds of venues including on Broadway and in New York’s Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, and Playwrights Horizons, as well as London’s Hackney Empire and Barbican, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Los Angeles’s Royce Hall and Ace Theater (through the Center for the Art of Performance), Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, The Melbourne Festival (Forum Theater), Stockholm’s Sodra Theatern, the Spoleto Festival, and San Francisco’s Curran Theater and MOMA. More at www.holycross.edu/atb Moderated by Scott Malia, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance In conjunction with Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged) FREE | Open to the public. Reservations requested: http://bit.ly/2Nrogxd

Monday, September 16, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Fenwick Theatre
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac's subjective history of America since its founding in 1776. Originally performed as a one- time 24-hour event, this abridged version is a highly immersive and outrageously entertaining crash course in the 240 years (and counting) of the history of American culture and dysfunction. Told from the perspective of groups whose stories are often "forgotten, dismissed, or buried," the show highlights various musical styles and artistic voices ranging from murder ballads to disco, Walt Whitman to David Bowie and beyond. "Startlingly unique...a must see for anyone who wants to see a kinder, gentler society." (Huffington Post) Tickets and info at: http://bit.ly/24DecadeHistory

Monday, September 16 - Friday, September 20, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. , Hogan 1 #PowerInYourOwnTruth campaign

Being unapologetically Latinx, that is what this campaign is about. The Power In Your Own Truth Campaign focuses on empowering our LatinX students by reminding them that their individual uniqueness is what makes them powerful beyond measure, despite whatever societal pressures or presidential administration’s might say. We are not a monolith or a stereotype; in fact, our LatinX people have so much unseen talent, unheard voices, and impressive leaders and we’ll show it to you.

Monday, September 16 - Friday, September 20, various locations
You Are Welcome Here: International Education Week at Holy Cross

Welcome new and returning international students as we make a home together on campus.

Monday, September 16 - Friday, September 20, All campus eateries
You Are Welcome Here: International Education Week at Holy Cross

All campus eateries will feature global cuisine, some prepared from recipes submitted by international students. Enjoy!

Monday, September 16 - Friday, September 20, Holy Cross Libraries
You Are Welcome Here: International Education Week at Holy Cross

Check out the special collections and displays celebrating global cultures, international journeys, and finding home.

Monday, September 16 - Saturday, September 21, Various locations
HCF1RST Awareness Week

A week of programming around first generation college students.

Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 p.m., Men’s Soccer

Support international athletes and the rest of the men's soccer team as they take on Northeastern

Tuesday, September 17, 8:00 p.m. - International Education Week Trivia Night in Crossroads 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019: 4:00- 5:30 pm, Campion House
Rainbow Reception

Come join Outfront, Pride and the chaplains as we celebrate the diversity present at Holy Cross. . This reception is open to students in the LGBTQ+ community as well as Allies. Come learn more about the different resources on campus for the LGBTQ+ community and meet new people

Thursday, September 19, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
The Islam Question: Why Religious Freedom is the Answer

Daniel Philpott, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, drawing on his newly published book, “Religious Freedom In Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today” (Oxford University Press, 2019), intervenes in our culture war over Islam, arguing that religious freedom can contribute to finding a consensus, showing why and how religious freedom can be expanded in the Muslim world, and how the Catholic Church's own journey to religious freedom can help. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.

Thursday, September 19 from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m., TBD
Faculty Event

Please contact the Chaplains Office for more details.

Thursday, September 19, 5:00 p.m., Upper Kimball Dining Hall
Kimball Special Meal

Kimball's special meal will feature international foods, some prepared from recipes submitted by International students.

Thursday, September 19, 7:00 p.m., Hogan 320
"Welcome to My World: Taking the First Step"

International students and seniors who studied abroad last year will share their stories. Discover how your experience at Holy Cross might be similar. Learn how you can welcome international students and celebrate global diversity at Holy Cross.

Friday, September 20, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Loyola Ballroom
Reception to Welcome International Students

Everyone is invited to extend a welcome to our international students. Come make new friends and enjoy snacks inspired by world cuisines. Community members with ties to nations around the world are especially encouraged to attend. ALL are welcome!

Friday, September 20, 2019, 4:00 p.m., Rehm Library
In, Out and About on the Hill: The Expanded Edition

Come join some of the alumni authors of In,Out and About on the Hill who will share their experience as members of the LGBTQIA+ community at Holy Cross throughout the years.

Monday, September 23, 2019, 4:00 p.m., Rehm Library
"Gay" and "Catholic": Evolving Identities

Professor Emeritus Jim Nickoloff shares his thoughts and insights on these identities.

Tuesday, September 24 & Thursday, September 26, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., The HUB
"Conscious Dialogue in Action"

This dialogue program will talk about current issues of the day that center around social justice, equity, inclusion, and human relations in general. (Topics will be posted the week before.)

Friday, September 27, 12:30 p.m., Hogan Courtyard (Rain location: Brooks Concert Hall)
Silkroad Ensemble: Lunchtime Concert

Join us for a short lunchtime performance by musicians of the world music powerhouse Silkroad Ensemble and guests as part of the Festival of the Arts at Holy Cross, a day of arts immersion for high school students from Worcester Public Schools. Free and open to public.

Monday, September 30, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Rehm Library
Writing Migration

Reflecting on over a decade of work in refugee resettlement, immigration education, and journalism, Lauren Markham sheds light on the stories behind and beneath the migration numbers in the news. She argues that myths about contemporary migration from Central America begin with words. The way writers tell stories shapes and alters them. Markham asks students to join her as she digs beneath the headlines to understand the ways that journalists and editors frame migration stories and related policy matters. And she asks them to reflect on their own choice of words as they speak and write about these same issues on campus--and beyond.

Lauren Markham is the author of The Faraway Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life (Crown, 2017), which won the Northern California Book Award, Ridenhour Book Prize, and a California Book Award Silver Prize. It was also named a New York Times Book Critics' Top Book of 2017, a Barnes & Noble Discover Selection, and was shortlisted for the L.A. Times Book Award and long-listed for the PEN America Literary Award in Biography. Markham is based in Berkeley, California, and focuses on issues related to youth, migration, and the environment. Her work has appeared in such outlets as NewYorker.com, The Guardian, and VQR, where she is a contributing editor. For over a decade, she has worked in the fields of refugee resettlement and immigration education.

Thursday, October 3, 7:30 p.m., Brooks Concert Hall
Crocodile River Music

Crocodile River is a Worcester-based music group that performs African and African-inspired music to inform, connect, and inspire audiences. The evening will feature a performance as well as an explanation of some traditional African instruments and songs.

Tuesday, October 8, Thursday, October 10, Thursday, October 24, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., The HUB
"Conscious Dialogue in Action"

This dialogue program will talk about current issues of the day that center around social justice, equity, inclusion, and human relations in general. (Topics will be posted the week before.)

Wednesday, October 9, 4:40 p.m., Rehm Library
Stranded Behind Bars: The Failure of Retributive Justice

Erin Kelly, professor of philosophy at Tufts University and author of “The Limits of Blame: Rethinking Punishment and Responsibility” (Harvard University Press, 2018), explains how retributive justice exaggerates the moral meaning of criminal guilt, normalizes excessive punishment, and distracts from shared responsibility for social injustice.

Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m., Seelos Theater
Roger Guenveur Smith: OTTO FRANK

In a new solo, stage and screen actor, director and writer Roger Guenveur Smith navigates an intimate odyssey inspired by Otto Frank, the father of diarist Anne Frank. Smith's performance of this tragic and triumphant history is distinguished by archival immersion, physical narrative, and improvisation, signatures of his astonishing work for the stage and screen. Smith interrogates our present American moment through a rigorous view of our not-so-distant past. Tickets and info at: http://bit.ly/OttoFrank2019

Thursday, October 24th, 7:30 p.m., TBD
The poet, Toi Derricotte

Toi Derricotte, is prize-winning poet and memoirist, as well as the co-founder of Cave Canem, a celebrated African American poetry workshop. She will be reading from her works.

Friday, October 25, 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph's Chapel
Voices of Black Women: College Choir Family Weekend Concert

Come join the College Choir for their annual Family Weekend concert. “Voices of Black Women” will feature choral music by black female composers.

Saturday, October 26, 11:00 a.m., Hogan Ballroom
It's a Family Affair - Family Weekend Brunch

Celebrate the diversity of our students and their varied experiences at the College alongside families, faculty and staff. Experience the talents of our students, become acquainted with our multicultural and international student organizations and enjoy refreshments with friends and family.

Monday, October 28, 7:00 p.m., Seelos Theater
Ogretta McNeil Lecture

The Ogretta McNeil Emerging Scholar Lecture series presents a rising scholar(s) whose research is timely and engaging. The first scholar, Anthony Jack, is the author of the Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, and junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His book reveals the experiences of poor and first generation students fortunate to attend prestigious institutions, and how they continue to feel as outsiders on their respective campuses.

Thursday, October 31, 7:30 p.m., Brooks Concert Hall
Silkroad Ensemble: Falling Out of Time (World Premiere)

Three years ago, Osvaldo Golijov sat down on a park bench in Tel Aviv to read David Grossman's Falling Out of Time. Part play, part poem, part fable, the book narrates a journey "out of time" as parents grieve the death of their child, a quest to comprehend a loss with no name. Osvaldo Golijov's exquisite and nuanced interpretation of the story portrays a musical, mythical walk that traverses vast and varied emotional landscapes to finally arrive at a place where breathing is again possible. Drawing on Grossman's powerful text, Osvaldo has conceived this song cycle for the Silkroad Ensemble, the collective whose delicacy of musical expression he describes as like "a harp of a thousand hairs." Tickets and info at: http://bit.ly/SilkroadPremiere Workshops for Falling Out of Time began in Fall 2017 as part of Silkroad's multi-year residency at Holy Cross. This performance marks the world premiere of Falling Out of Time, which will be followed by a national tour.

Saturday, November 2, Loyola Ballroom
DESI Fashion Show

DESI will be hosting a fashion show representing apparel from all over Asia. There will also be an education component to teach attendees about the cultures from each region. A variety of food will be served encompassing each region.

Friday, November 8, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m., Hogan Ballroom
BSU Griot

This annual program celebrates the tradition of African Story-telling to convey wisdom, history, human foibles, and entertainment. This year we will have the Bamidele Dancers & Drummers, the Holy Cross Spoken Word Team, and featuring spoken word artist, Akeem Lloyd, founder of L.I.F.T. , (Lifting Individual Futures Together).

Friday, November 8, Hogan Campus Center Lobby Tables
#FirstGen Day

National Day to celebrate the success and resilience of first generation college students!

Tuesday, November 12, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Ogretta McNeil Emerging Scholar Lecture Series  

The Ogretta McNeil Emerging Scholar Lecture series presents a rising scholar(s) whose research is timely and engaging. The second lecture in the series is Amer F. Ahmed on November 12th, 4:30 PM in the Rehm Library. Ahmed is the Director of Intercultural Teaching & Faculty Development at the UMass-Amherst’s Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development. The title of his talk will be Healing, Justice and Inclusion: Skills and Strategies for Campus Inclusion in Tumultuous Times.

Wednesday, November 13, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Memory as Protest: How and Why We Remember the Holocaust

Alan Rosen, Kraft-Hiatt Scholar in Residence, explores the ethics of commemoration. Rosen is a lecturer at Yad Vashem, and has held fellowships at the Fondation pour la MĂ©moire de la Shoah in Paris and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

Monday, November 18, 6:30 p.m., Hogan Ballroom
Ghana ThinkTank

Artists' talk by Ghana ThinkTank, followed by an interactive game activity. Ghana ThinkTank is an international collective that “develops the first world” by flipping traditional power dynamics, asking the “third world” to intervene into the lives of the people living in the so-called “developed” world. Ghana ThinkTank’s innovative approach to public art reveals blind spots between otherwise disconnected cultures, challenges assumptions about who is “needy,” and turns the idea of expertise on its head by asking people in the “third world” to solve problems of people in the “first world.” This process helps people overcome their own stereotypes while being exposed to the stereotypes that other cultures have about them.

Thursday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., TBD
Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home

The historian Richard Bell discussing his new book, Stolen, about the "Reverse Underground Railroad" and five African American boys kidnapped into slavery and their fight to return to freedom.