Spring 2019 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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Monday, January 28, 9:00 am - 1:00 am, Hogan Suite A
HCF1RST Professional Development

A professional development opportunity for all Faculty and Staff on campus as it relates to supporting first generation college students. HCF1RST will be hosting Dr. Wendy Bruun from Northern Arizona University who put together a half day workshop on Monday, January 28th. Dr. Bruun has over 10 years of experience serving first generation college students and we are happy to be able to bring her to campus.


RSVP for any or all of the 50-minute sessions.

9: 00 am - 9:50 am                     Session 1: Breaking Through and Leading the Way: First-Generation College Students


10:00 am - 10:50 am                  Session 2:  Beyond Financial Aid: Additional Financial Resources to                                                                       Support First-Generation Students


11:00 am - 11:50 am                   Session 3: Entering the Ivory Tower: Inclusive Pedagogy for Faculty and Advisor


12:00 pm - 12:50 pm                  Session 4:  Success is a Journey, Not a Destination: Thriving Students and Thriving Colleges



Monday, January 28, 4:30 pm, Rehm Library
Carter G. Woodson Talk

Prof Carina Rey-- "Axis of Solidarity: Cuba, Angola, and the Anti-Apartheid Struggle in Southern Africa"

January 28 – 30; February 4, Various Times, Hogan Suite A
4th Annual MLK Book Read Discussion Sessions: Brother, I'm Dying

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is excited to announce the 4th annual MLK Winter Book Read. The selected book is Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat.

January, TBD, The Hub
The Other Side

This will be the first of a series of dialogue that will provide the campus community with the opportunity to come together in an open environment to give their perspectives, opinions, and comment on a selected topic.

Friday, February 1- Thursday, February 28, Various Times, Hogan Campus Center/Stein Hall
Black History Month Poster Campaign

A Black History Month Campaign celebrating the accomplishments of Black people in the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean. The poster campaign will include quotes, a picture of the person, and an explanation about their impact. We hope to use this campaign to highlight the work of our people, and to shed light on their accomplishments.

Tuesday, February 5 -  6:30pm, Bowling Mixer with LGBTQIA Mentors -
AMF Auburn Lanes
Join the LGBTQIA Mentors for a bowling mixer

Wednesday, February 6, 4:30 pm, Rehm Library
Lecture: Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough, former White House chief of staff for the Obama administration, will talk about refugees and related structural and legal issues. He is visiting senior fellow in Carnegie’s Technology and International Affairs Program, executive fellow of the Global Policy Initiative at the University of Notre Dame and senior principal of the Markle Foundation, focused on the skills gap and implications of artificial intelligence in the American workforce.

Wednesday, February 6, 6:00 pm, Dinand-Levis Browsing Room
CBL Dialogue Session: "Toxic Charity"

CBL Interns will facilitate a dialogue session with students interested in service about the unforeseen consequences of service (e.g. hierarchies perpetuated, lack of dignity for those being served, doing "for" instead of doing "with").  This session is open to all students and would be especially relevant for students taking a CBL course or volunteering with SPUD.

Thursday, February 7, 4:30 pm, Rehm Library
Film Screening: The Foreigner's Home

The Foreigner’s Home is a feature-length documentary film that explores the vision and work of Toni Morrison through “The Foreigner’s Home,” the 2006 exhibition she guest-curated at the Louvre. Morrison invited renowned artists whose work also deals with the experience of cultural and social displacement to join her in a public conversation that she had been pursuing for years through her own research and writing and in her teaching at Princeton University. The film expands that conversation, combining exclusive and unreleased footage of the Nobel Laureate in dialogue with artists—first, in Paris in 2006 and then, in 2015, at her home in New York state—with extensive archival film footage, music, and still images to present a series of candid and incisive exchanges about race, identity, “foreignness,” and art’s redemptive power.

Friday, February 8 – Saturday, February 9, 5:30 pm -11 pm and 10:30 pm - 2:00 pm, Loyola Ballroom
Social Justice Engagement Institute: Social Justice Activism, Creating, Telling & Sharing Your Story!

This year the SJEI will be focusing on Social Justice Activism, Creating, Telling and Sharing Your Story! Special guests include the Peace Poets from the Bronx, NY and Social Justice Activist Julius Jones, Founder of Black Lives Matter Worcester, MA. Activities will be inspiring, experiential & transformational!

Monday, February 11, 7:30 pm, TBD
Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest reads from her book, Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana.

Thursday, February 14, 9:30 am-10:45 am and 11:00 am -12:15 pm, Hogan 402
A Visit with David Ticchi '67

David Tichhi is a 1967 cum laude graduate of Holy Cross who majored in economics and chose to enter the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after college. He later entered Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, where he earned a master’s degree in 1969 and an Ed.D. in 1976. He is one of the first people who is blind to be certified to teach in the Massachusetts public schools. In 1998, Ticchi was honored as the “National Blind Educator of the Year” by the National Federation of the Blind. This recognition strengthened his resolve to demonstrate the ability of blind professionals to succeed in a sighted world.

Ticchi’s distinguished career has included executive positions in the private sector, years in the classroom and much overlap between the two. He credits his two beloved alma maters — Holy Cross and Harvard — for preparing him to succeed at the highest levels. After a successful teaching career that began in 1971, Ticchi worked for a decade as an executive with Xerox Imaging Systems. He returned to teaching when he accepted a position at Newton North High School (Mass.), where, today, he works part-time with the School to Career program. In addition to his work with high school students, Ticchi is the special assistant to the president of Legal Sea Foods Corporation. He is responsible for the company’s ethics program and the President’s Advisory Council.

Sponsored by the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning

Wednesday, February 20, 4:30 pm, Rehm Library
The Holocaust on the Local Level: Coexistence and Genocide in one Galician Town

Omer Bartov, the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University, looks to the Eastern European border town of Buczacz—today part of Ukraine—to explain how ethnic cleansing develops slowly and often unnoticed, the culmination of pent-up slights and grudges and indignities. Bartov is author of  Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz (Simon & Schuster, 2018). Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Program for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

Thursday, February 21,  4:30PM -  Rehm Library,  Queer History on the Hill 
Reflections would be read from In, Out, and About on the Hill as well as a sharing of the Queer History at HC.

Monday, February 25, 4:00 pm, Hogan Suite B/C
Discussion on Mental Health Issues: Life in My Days, Talk by Ahmad Abojaradeh

Ahmand Abdojaradeh is the Founder and Executive Director of Life in My Days, a global non-profit discussing issues related to mental health and disabilities, abuse and trauma, and social justice worldwide. He discusses the mental health challenges in minorities by sharing his own personal story living with 6 mental illnesses. His lecture and possibly a workshop would be enlightening, opening up conversations about mental health issues among minorities.

Monday, February 25, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Hogan Ballroom
OXFAM Hunger Banquet

This Oxfam Hunger Banquet event is an interactive community event designed to bring hunger and poverty issues to life. This event is a metaphor for how food and other resources are inequitably distributed in the world.

Wednesday, February 27, 5:00pm-  JCC - Reflective Writing & Studying Workshop   
LGBTQIA+ students are invited to the Joyce Comtemplative Center for an evening of reflective writing and conversation. Students will have time to study and to choose from writing prompts which will allow time to reflect about their identities, inspirations, and interests. *Dinner will be included.

February, TBD, The Hub
The Other Side

This dialogue event will provide the campus community the opportunity to come together in an open environment to give their perspectives, opinions, and comment on a selected topic.

Monday, March 11, 7:30pm, Weigand Student Gallery Space - Hogan 1, Opening Night  ReceptionI'm Not The Only One:LGBTQ+ Histories at Holy Cross 
Through a selection of writings, oral histories, and objects, this exhibit explores four broad themes: Student Voices and Publications, Education In and Out of the Classroom, Spiritual Life, and Student Organizations and Activism.

Tuesday, March 12, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Hogan Suite B/C
"Living History Theater" where Social Justice Advocates come to life!

Come and enjoy an evening of fun and learning!  Hear from Social Justice Activists from the past as they come alive and interact with you.  Activists include Abbey Kelley Foster, Dolores Huerta, Big Bill Haywood, Ella Baker, Sappho and many more!

Thursday, March 14, 6:30 pm, Rehm Library
Harriet Washington Lecture

The main speaker for the "Black Womanhood: Lived and Imagined" series co-organized by AFST and GSWS is Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid and a forthcoming book on environmental racism.

Thursday, March 14, 7:30 pm, Levis Reading Room
Jon Pineda

Writer Jon Pineda reads from his novel, Let's No One Get Hurt.

Friday, March 15, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Loyola Ballroom
10th Annual Women’s Appreciation Banquet

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Women’s Appreciation Banquet.  MIC will recognize 2-3 women on campus (faculty, administrators, staff), who have supported men’s development and success on campus.

Tuesday, March 19, 4:30 pm, Rehm Library
Of Ancient Deities and Modern Gods: Religion and Faith in Africa

Rev.  Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J., president of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, offers a critical assessment of contemporary African religious experience and the tension between ancient and modern religious traditions, beliefs and practices, which continue to shape the past and present of Africans – for good and for ill. He is the author of Theology Brewed in an African Pot (Orbis, 2008), The Church We Want: African Catholics Look to Vatican III (Orbis, 2016) and Religion and Faith in Africa: Confessions of an Animist (Orbis, 2018).

Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 pm, Hogan Ballroom
Unity Week Keynote Speaker

The Student Government Association's Unity Week has the goal of providing an opportunity for different populations on our campus to learn and increase their awareness of challenges and experiences of marginalized groups. Unity Week programming aims to encourage members of the campus to engage in dialogue on various topics. Our hope is that Unity Week will help build a more inclusive and equitable campus community through thoughtful dialogue and mutual understanding.

Saturday, March 23, All day, Hogan
Class Action: 7th Annual First-Generation College Student Summit

We are very excited to be the host site for the 7th Annual First Generation Student Summit. This summit serves as a space where first generation students and their allies can come together to identify problems, discuss grassroots solutions and share what’s working on other campuses. *Registration is required.

HCF1RST Scholars will be working with Class Action which runs the conference each year. Below is a brief history of the organization and a link to their website:

Since 2004, Class Action has worked with first generation students to ease their transition to college. Through consultations and workshops on and within many campuses throughout the northeastern region of the United States, Class Action has offered first-gen students access to the materials, tools and networking opportunities necessary to thrive in a college environment. Class Action also works with campus administrations to identify obstacles to first gen and low-income students.

In 2012, Adj Marshall, a graduate student at Brown University, took on organizing Class Action’s inaugural First Generation College Student Summit. The First Gen Student Summit serves as a site for the ‘meeting of the minds.’ First gen students and their allies come together to identify problems, discuss grassroots solutions and share what’s working on other campuses. First and foremost, we want to find solutions identified by students who can work with their staff, administrator and faculty allies. Class Action offers spaces where students can both identify these problems and build grassroots solutions to them.

March 25, Alumni Panel Week 

Thursday, March 28, 4:30 pm, Rehm Library
Theology of the Church in the Age of Migration

Peter Phan is the inaugural holder of the Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University and editor, with Elaine Padilla, of Christianities in Migration: The Global Perspective, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.

Friday, March 29 - Sunday, March 31, All day, Hogan
6th Annual IgnatianQ Conference

The IgnatianQ Conference is a student-led conference that focuses on the intersections of faith, sexuality and gender, and social justice in the context of a Jesuit College or University. IgnatianQ hopes to educate the whole person by creating safe spaces for dialogue, reconciliation, understanding, growth, and community building. The conference provides students with the opportunity to build their support network with students at Jesuit institutions all over the country as they continue LGBTQPIA+ work at their respective schools. *Registration is required.

March 30, 8pm, Hogan Ballroom - Drag Show 

March, TBD, The Hub
The Other Side

This dialogue event will provide the campus community the opportunity to come together in an open environment to give their perspectives, options, and comment on a selected topic.

Monday, April 1, 4:30 pm, Rehm Library
Talk by Professor Derek Chang (Cornell)

This talk will examine how Christianity and Christian institutions — churches and missions — mediated racial difference in the Jim Crow South for Asians.  It will utilize a comparative ethnic studies approach.

Tuesday, April 2 - Wednesday April 3, Rehm Library
Conference: Readings from the Roots: Bible Translation and Its Impact

This two-day conference highlights a new, historically sensitive translation of the Revised Common Lectionary intended to reduce the potential for anti-Judaism by enriching Christianity through its roots in Judaism.

Thursday, April 4, 7:30 pm, TBA
Ira Sukrungruang

Writer Ira Sukrungruang will be reading from his new collection of essays, Buddha's Dog & Other Meditations.

Saturday, April 6, TBD, Hogan Ballroom
LASO Presents Noche Latina

LASO presents their 19th annual Noche Latina. Join us as we showcase our culture through traditional dances, music, and food. *Ticketed Event.

Tuesday, April 9, 8:00pm, Campion
Movie Night with Outfront and LGBTQIA Mentors,

Join Outfront and LGBTQIA Mentors for a movie night and popcorn in Campion!

Thursday, April 11, 4:30 pm, Rehm Library
The Ethics of Affirmative Action Policies in Higher Education

Glenn Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences, professor of economics and professor of public and international affairs at Brown University, is a prominent social critic and public intellectual, writing mainly on the themes of racial inequality and social policy.

Saturday, April 13, TBD, Hogan Ballroom
ASIA and DESI Presents Journey to the West

This year, DESI and ASIA are collaborating to host our spring cultural shows together. Instead of DESI's annual cultural show and ASIA's annual Explorasia, we have planned to host our cultural show together with the theme focusing on immigration and their journeys, especially within the Asian community. *Ticketed Event.

Monday, April 15, 4:30 pm, TBD
CBL Event

This event will feature an alumni panel who work in the for-profit sector.  These alumni will share about how their community engaged experiences at Holy Cross inform their work now and how they stay connected to service and values associated with service while working in the for-profit sector. SPUD and CBL Interns will plan and facilitate the event.

Saturday, April 27, 5:00 pm, Hogan Ballroom
Lavender Graduation
Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the College. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation.  It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students. Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995 with three graduates. By 2001, there were over 45 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies at colleges and universities nationwide. For more information please visit this website. *Registration is required.

April, TBD, The Hub
The Other Side

This dialogue event will provide the campus community the opportunity to come together in an open environment to give their perspectives, opinions, and comment on a selected topic.

Wednesday, May 1, 5:30pm, TBA
End of Year  Mixer with LGBTQ IA  Mentors & 
Outfront Members
Join LGBTQIA Mentors and Outfront for an endof the year mixer!!

Thursday, May 2, 4:30 pm, Levis Browsing Room, Dinand Library
Romantic Exile and Transnational Celebrity

Omar Miranda, Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Francisco, will give a lecture tracing the origins of political celebrity and its links to political exile. Examining points of connection among Francisco de Miranda, Germaine de Staël, and Lord Byron, Miranda demonstrates the ways in which a new kind of public visibility resulted from cross-cultural and transnational exchanges.

Monday, May 6, 4:30 pm, TBD
Festival of Colors: Holi

This annual event celebrates the festival of colors commonly celebrated in South Asian communities. Every year around March, people celebrate an important victory, by throwing different colors at each other and essentially having a big water balloon fight. This symbolizes different meanings in every country in South Asia but overall, it is a perfect event to take place during spring weekend.

Thursday, May 23, 5:30 pm, Hogan Ballroom           
22nd Annual ALANA and International Baccalaureate Celebration

The ALANA and International members of the Class of 2019, parents, family members, and Commencement guest are cordially invited to attend the 22nd annual ALANA and International Baccalaureate Celebration. *By invitation only.