Events Fulfilling JEBI Requirements

Attending any of the following workshops and/or events will fulfill the event requirement for the JEBI Foundations Certificate Program

Prior Performing Arts Center: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery
Always Be Around: Corita Kent, Community and Pedagogy

Cantor Art Gallery Exhibit
October 2 - December 15, 2023

The exhibition will explore Corita Kent's work through a particular lens of teaching and community-building, situating the artist as an influential force in social practice and socially-engaged art, and featuring selected prints and ephemera from the Corita Art Center’s collection alongside the work of contemporary artists whose work engages students and the broader community in collective art-making through events, classes, workshops and performances.  Exhibiting a selection of Corita’s prints that focus on activism and social justice, along with ephemera related to her practice of community building and teaching, the exhibit will explore her work as a pioneer and precursor to the work of the other artists. Through pairing her work with that of contemporary artists, the exhibition will demonstrate the power and influence of Corita’s practice and theory on this generation of artists.

The Office of Student Accessibility Services
Accessibility and Universal Design Are Two Different Concepts: Why Universal Design Works Best among our Deaf and Signing Communities

Thursday October 19th, 2023
Hogan Suite B/C - 4th Floor
2:30 - 3:00 PM

Come learn about how accessibility and universal design are different. Universal Design is best for the Deaf and signing communities.

Sponsored by: Deaf Studies & Sign Languages Department
If you need disability-related accommodations please email

W. Ralph Eubanks
The Creative Writing Program
W. Ralph Eubanks (Annual Vocation of the Writer Talk)

Thursday October 19th, 2023
Rehm Library
7:30 PM

Ralph Eubanks is the author of A Place Like Mississippi, a book that takes readers on a tour of real and imagined landscapes that have inspired generations of writers.  His previous books include Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi and The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South.  Eubanks has written for the Washington Post, Wall Street JournalAmerican ScholarNew YorkerWIRED, and National Public Radio.  In 2023, he was honored with the Mississippi Governor’s Arts Award for literary excellence.  He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, New America Foundation, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and, most recently, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.  Eubanks will present the annual talk on the Vocation of the Writer, co-sponsored by Creative Writing and the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture.

The Working Writers Series is an annual lecture series that brings writers to campus to read from their works, discuss their craft, and answer questions from students and community members.

innocence project
McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture
Wrongful Convictions: Working for Justice in Modern America

Tuesday October 24th, 2023
Hogan Ballroom
7:30 PM

On July 17, 1982, a young woman was raped by a black man whom she said was a total stranger. At trial, the victim testified in detail regarding the assault and identified Marvin Anderson as her assailant. At age 18, Anderson was convicted by an all-white jury and sentenced to 210 years in prison. In 2001, after years of effort to draw attention to exculpatory evidence, the Innocence Project won access to DNA testing that excluded Anderson as the person who committed the crime. Anderson was granted a full pardon. Today, he is the father of three children and serves as Chief of the Hanover, Virginia Fire Department and on the Board of Directors for the Innocence Project.

Christina Swarns, Executive Director of the Innocence Project, and Marvin Anderson, that exoneree, talk about the challenges we face to prevent wrongful convictions and how we can create fairer, more compassionate, and equitable systems of justice for everyone.

Descendant Film
Department of History
"Descendant" Film Screening and Q&A

Monday October 30th, 2023
Luth Concert Hall
6:30 PM

Resistance, Resilience, and Survival in Africatown, U.S.A.

The film “Descendant” documents the search for and historic discovery of the Clotilda, the last known ship to arrive in the United States illegally carrying 110 enslaved Africans — 52 years after the importation of enslaved people was declared a federal crime. Descendants of the Clotilda survivors, now predominantly residing in Mobile’s neighboring community of Africatown, fight to preserve their heritage while claiming the power to shape their destinies. 

The screening will be followed by a conversation with “Descendant” co-producer and co-writer Kern Michael Jackson, the African American Studies program director and an Associate Professor of English and Folklorist at the University of South Alabama, Mobile.

Presented by the Department of History, co-sponsored by Office of the Provost; Peace and Conflict Studies; Africana Studies; Environmental Studies; Department of Theatre and Dance.

Francisco Cantu Headshot
The Creative Writing Program
Francisco Cantú

Tuesday October 31st, 2023
Booth Media Lab, Prior Performing Arts Center
7:30 PM

Francisco Cantú is a writer, a translator, and the author of The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction.  A former Fulbright fellow, he has also received a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Award, and an Art for Justice fellowship.  His writing and translations have appeared in the New YorkerBest American Essays, Harper’s, and Guernica, as well as on This American Life.  A lifelong resident of the Southwest, Cantú now lives in Tucson, where he coordinates the Southwest Field Studies in Writing program at the University of Arizona.

The Working Writers Series is an annual lecture series that brings writers to campus to read from their works, discuss their craft, and answer questions from students and community members.

McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture
Infinite Canaan: The New Space Race in Colonial Context

Monday November 6th, 2023
Rehm Library
4:30 PM

As the era of “NewSpace” takes hold, corporations and private capital are increasingly involved in space science, exploration, and conquest. Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Professor of Religion and Science in Society at Wesleyan University, explains the escalating NewSpace race as a mythological project. Grounded in God’s gift of the Promised Land (Canaan), this mythology backs the corporate-military seizure of the solar system. The question, then, is whether there might be a different approach to exploring outer space. Is there a way to visit or even to live on multiple planets without ransacking them? And might we find ways to heal our ravaged Earth in the process?

Past Holy Cross and Worcester Area Events:

  • Community Engagement Committee Anti-Racism Workshop (Aug. 17th, 2023)

  • Ladies First: Experiences of Black Women at Holy Cross (Sept. 7th, 2023)

  • Black Women's Struggles for Reproductive Justice: Past & Present (Sept. 19th, 2023)

  • When Immigration was Stopped by Eugenics: A Dark Chapter in American History (Sept. 21st, 2023)

  • Saving the University from Doom: Ethnic Studies as Ethics; Community as Praxis (Sept. 25th, 2023)

  • Why Women Won (Sept. 26th, 2023)

  • Pakachoag: Where the River Bends (Oct. 4th, 2023)

  • There Should Be New Rules Next Week: Nellie Scott & Jen Delos Reyes on the Work of Corita Ken (Oct. 5th, 2023)