Fall 2018 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 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.

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Wednesday, August 29 – Tuesday, September 4

#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.

Wednesday, September 12, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Rehm Library
“Symbols of HATE, A Journey Through Time”
This program will explore the history of various symbols of hate and their various meanings through time.

Friday September 14
College’s 175th Anniversary Celebration

Detailed schedule to follow.

Monday, September 17 – Saturday, September 22
HCF1RST Awareness Week
A week of programming around First Generation college students.

Monday, September 17, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Hogan 406/408
Conscious Dialogue in Action
This is a recurring series that focuses on engaging in "Conscious Dialogue" about events held on campus & in classes that beg further discussion.

Thursday, September 20, 7:30 p.m., Seelos Theater
An Evening with Silkroad, featuring Home Within

This evening marks the start of the second year of Silkroad's residency at the College, a three-year exploration of curiosity, difference, and the arts. At the center of this presentation is Home Within, an audio-visual performance originally conceived by Silkroad artists Kinan Azmeh and Kevork Mourad. Kinan, a composer and clarinetist from Damascus, Syria, and Kevork, a visual artist born in Kamechli, Syria, create an impressionistic reflection on the Syrian revolution and its aftermath. Rather than follow a narrative, the artists document specific moments in Syria's recent history, using the counterpoint between image and sound to establish an abstract, emotional accounting of home in a time of conflict. Tickets can be purchased online from the Arts Transcending Borders website.

Thursday, September 20, 7:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Contemporary Global Antisemitism as the Rejection of the Other: Implications for Human Rights and Democratic Principles
Charles Asher Small is director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), and senior research scholar at the Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle East and African Studies, Tel Aviv University. His talk is supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

Wednesday, September 26, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Natalia Serna & Corazón Norte: Hearts Headed North

Corazόn Norte is a record made up of songs and interviews that seek to incarnate, through art, the stories of migrants. The record was born at the Kino Border Initiative soup kitchen on the Mexican American border as an effort to gift each traveller a song in honor of their journey. Experiences, feelings, and dreams make up the raw material of this record. Each story is unique, yet they all have in common a shared border and a shared dream of heading north. Corazόn Norte hopes to offer the audience a richer understanding of migration by exploring the individual stories that embody it’s complexity, it’s horrors, and the depth of its humanity. It’s ultimate goal is to light a passion for the dignity of each person regardless of which side on any line he or she stands. Natalia Serna, also known as La Muna, is a Colombia- American musician and sociologist that moved to the border city of Nogales, Sonora as a volunteer at the Kino Border Initiative Soup Kitchen.

Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 p.m., TBD
Soldiering through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific

In the decades after World War II, tens of thousands of soldiers and civilian contractors across Asia and the Pacific found work through the U.S. military. Recently liberated from colonial rule, these workers were drawn to the opportunities the military offered and became active participants of the U.S. empire, most centrally during the U.S. war in Vietnam. Simeon Man uncovers the little-known histories of Filipinos, South Koreans, and Asian Americans who fought in Vietnam, revealing how U.S. empire was sustained through overlapping projects of colonialism and race making. Through their military deployments, Man argues, these soldiers took part in the making of a new Pacific world—a decolonizing Pacific—in which the imperatives of U.S. empire collided with insurgent calls for decolonization, producing often surprising political alliances, imperial tactics of suppression, and new visions of radical democracy.

Thursday, September 27, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Building Relationships in Service: Uniting (or Dividing) the Holy Cross and Worcester Community?
Join CBL and SPUD Interns for a panel discussion with community partners focused on the relationships formed between Holy Cross students and those at Worcester community organizations. The goal is to engage in a transparent, critical dialogue between the Holy Cross and Worcester communities about the relationships we have formed over the years. This event hopes to provide a forum for discussion about how our partnerships foster and/or hinder holistic interactions between Holy Cross and Worcester.
Attendees are encouraged to share ways in which you think we can better build bridges between our communities. Sponsored by: The Chaplains’ Office and Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning.

Saturday, September 29, 11:00 a.m., Freshman Field
Back to the Hill Tailgate

Join HCAA Bishop Healy Committee for our annual tailgate on Freshmen Field alongside the Center for Career Development and the Office for Multilcultural Education. Take this time to enjoy great food, connect with alumni and celebrate Holy Cross.

 Monday, October 1, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Threads: New Concepts of Justice

Bangalore-based activist Corinne Kumar is secretary general of El Taller International, an NGO
committed to women’s human rights, sustainable development, and both North-South and South-South exchange and dialogue across diverse cultures and civilizations. She will discuss jurisprudence and patriarchy, violence against women, the rational/masculine mode of our justice system and the urgent need for women to find new ways to justice.

Monday, October 1, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Hogan 406/408
Conscious Dialogue in Action

This is a recurring series that focuses on engaging in "Conscious Dialogue" about events held on campus & in classes that beg further discussion.

Wednesday, October 3, 4:30p.m., Rehm Library
Film Screening: Forgetting Vietnam, and Conversation with Writer/Director Trinh T. Minh-ha

Trinh T. Minh-ha is a Vietnam-born composer, artist and author of some of the most profound works of essay filmmaking and literary theory of our age. Her most recent film helps us better understand not only the involvement of the USA in Vietnam, past and present, but also the role of memory in cultural and religious dynamics.

Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 5:00 p.m., Joyce Contemplative Center
Taking Another Look: LGBTQ Retreat for Students and Alumni

Taking Another Look: LGBTQ Persons and the Christian Tradition. Join Professor Emeritus Jim Nickoloff and Chaplain Laurence Rosania for a weekend of quiet reflection, prayer and conversation as we consider how themes of beauty, reason and justice can help us to recognize God at work in our lives.

Monday, October 15, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Christian Growth in China

Fenggang Yang, professor of sociology and director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University, will talk about Christian growth in China, with some broad comparison between Protestants and Catholics. He is author of “Atlas of Religion in China” (Brill, 2018).

Monday, October 15, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Hogan 406/408
Conscious Dialogue in Action

This is a recurring series that focuses on engaging in "Conscious Dialogue" about events held on campus & in classes that beg further discussion.

Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Trust and the Internet

Dipayan Ghosh, a Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University and a former technology policy advisor in the White House, discusses fake news and disinformation on the Internet, and where governmental policy development is needed.

Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18, 7:30 p.m., The Pit
Rabbit Rabbit Radio presents: Black Inscription

Black Inscription, from Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi and Jeremy Flower, is a multimedia song cycle that follows a deep-sea diver on her Odyssean journey. Written with guidance from experts at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and brought to life by a seven-piece band fronted by three singers, the immersive performance is a symbolic, scientific, and emotional punge into the ocean where wonder, discovery, and reckoning entwine. Tickets can be purchased online from the Arts Transcending Borders website.

Thursday, October 25, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Accounting for History: Race, Slavery, and Institutional Memory

This event focuses on how institutions of higher learning reckon with their difficult histories, in particular in relation to enslavement and justice. We imagine this as an opportunity to build on the recommendations of two HC committees concerning our institutional links to slavery and to learn directly from colleagues at other schools so we can move forward in meaningful ways on this question at Holy Cross. We hope this event will encourage us to engage in meaningful self-reflection and to take restorative action, which is especially pertinent during our celebration of Holy Cross’s 175th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the black student walkout. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Robert Patterson (Georgetown).

Monday, October 29, 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 29, 12:00 p.m., Brooks Concert Hall
Lunchtime Concert: Kurbasy

From Lviv, Ukraine, Kurbasy brings a rich trove of calendar song cycles, lullabies, and legends, tracing contemporary connections to an archaic past. Conceived and directed by the band's three actress- singers, Kurbasy's performances vibrate in tight vocal harmonies, resonant lyrics, and culturally unique instruments. Seats are free and can be reserved on the Arts Transcending Borders website.

Monday, October 29, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Hogan 406/408
Conscious Dialogue in Action

This is a recurring series that focuses on engaging in "Conscious Dialogue" about events held on campus & in classes that beg further discussion.

Tuesday, October 30, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Holocaust Witness

Alan Rosen, Kraft-Hiatt Scholar in Residence, will explicitly address the evil of the Holocaust and consider broader questions of how we talk or think about this. Rosen is a lecturer at Yad Vashem, and has held fellowships at the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah in Paris and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Thursday, November 8, 4:30 p.m., TBD
Local Approaches in Handling Conflict: The Case of the Sidama people in Ethiopia

This event features Kifle Wansamo, S.J. of Nairobi's Hekima Institute of Peace Studies. Wansamo will introduce theoretical issues in conflict resolution and conceptionalizes "traditional" approaches. He presents the Ethiopian Sidama people as a case study on ethnic conflict in East Africa and addresses the mechanisms and methods the Sidamas use in addressing conflicts.

Friday, November 9, Hogan Campus Center Lobby Tables
First Gen Day

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

Friday November 9 – Sunday November 11
BSU 50th Celebration

A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Black Student Union at the College: detailed schedule to follow.

Monday, November 12, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Hogan 406/408
Conscious Dialogue in Action

This is a recurring series that focuses on engaging in "Conscious Dialogue" about events held on campus & in classes that beg further discussion.

Tuesday, November 13, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Loyola Ballroom
Poverty Simulation: A Month in the Life of Someone Living at or Below the Poverty Level
For Holy Cross Community. Do you have what it takes to live a month in Poverty? As people in the Holy Cross community, we strive to help others, to be with others, and to support others. How can this be with a limited understanding of who the "other" is? This simulation will be the first step for many in truly understanding what it means to stand in solidarity with people in the midst of poverty. This simulation aims to uncover of those who live on and/or below the poverty level, better enabling us in the Holy Cross Community to live the mission. DINNER WILL BE SERVED! Look for registration email.

Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16, 7:30 p.m., Fenwick Theatre
Figures of Speech Theatre with Holy Cross Chamber Singers: the little match girl passion

In a brilliant theatrical adaptation with haunting shadow projections, masked dance, and puppetry, Maine- based Figures of Speech Theatre, in collaboration with Holy Cross Chamber Singers, brings contemporary composer David Lang's the little match girl passion to stage. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Lang's exquisite score recasts the H.C. Andersen classic about the suffering and death of a child in the tradition of Bach's passion music, elevating her sorrow to a higher plane. Tickets can be purchased online from the Arts Transcending Borders website.

Friday, November 16, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Hogan 406/408
Conscious Dialogue in Action

This is a recurring series that focuses on engaging in "Conscious Dialogue" about events held on campus & in classes that beg further discussion.

FALL 2018: Diversity and Social Justice Programming Sponsors 

Africana Studies, Arts Transcending Borders, Asian Studies, Bishop Healy Committee, Center for Career Development, Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, HC1RST Scholars, History Department, J. D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World, Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies, McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, Multicultural Peer Educators, Office of the College Chaplains, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Mission and Identity, Office of Multicultural Education, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science Department