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Events at the McFarland Center

Fall 2018

Events are free and open to the public unless specified otherwise. Most events are recorded. Check out the Listen and Learn page to access past events online.

Rev. Lawrence Fernandes, S.J.Wednesday, September 5, Noon-1 p.m., Hogan Suite A
IVJF Lunch Discussion — Lived Catholicism: An Indian Experience — Rev. Lawrence Fernandes, S.J., International Visiting Jesuit Fellow, draws on field-based study in Karnataka, India exploring the religious practices shaped by multi-religious culture and traditions of India and exhibits features that are practical, need-based and sensory. From the Province of South Asia, he teaches philosophy at the national Jesuit Philosophate at Satya Nilayam, and at Loyola College, Chennai, India. He is director of Satya Nilayam Research Institute, serves as editor of the bi-annual journal Satya Nilayam: Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy, and is author of three books. This event is for the Holy Cross community. Lunch is included.

Robin Jensen175th Anniversary Event
Monday, September 17, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
The Holy Cross: Symbol of Victory and Sign of Salvation — Contrary to its predominance in the history of Christian art, the symbol of the cross and depictions of Jesus’s crucifixion are not widely represented before the sixth century and, even then, they allude to Christ’s triumph and glory rather than his suffering and sacrifice. Robin Jensen, Endowed Professor and the Patrick O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, explores some of the reasons for the late emergence of the cross and crucifix, discusses the earliest examples, and finally shows how the image of the Holy Cross has historically had a wide range of meanings, including a sign of Christ’s Second Coming, a symbol of divine love, and the primordial tree of life. Jensen is author of “The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy” (Harvard University Press, 2017). One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.

Rev. Leszek Gesiak, S.J.Tuesday, September 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Hogan Suite A
IVJF Lunch Discussion — Vatican Media: the Voice of the Good News in the Contemporary Multicultural World — Rev. Leszek Gęsiak, S.J., an International Visiting Jesuit Fellow from the South Poland Province, teaches in media and multicultural studies at the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, Poland. He has taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and directed the Polish-language section of Vatican Radio In his talk, he will show how the Vatican media, which are the voice of the Holy Father, try to spread the message of the Gospel across multicultural, multireligious, and multilingual currents. This event is for the Holy Cross community. Lunch is included.

Charles Asher SmallThursday, 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, an expert scholar of antisemitism, is founding 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. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

Corinne KumarCANCELED Monday, October 1, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Threads: New Concepts of Justice — India-based activist Corinne Kumar has founded and led women's collectives in Bangalore; the Asian Women’s Human Rights Council; El Taller International, working in the Arab world and Africa; and the Courts of Women, for victims, survivors and resistors of violence in the Global South. She discusses 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.

Trinh T. Minh-haWednesday, October 3, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Film Screening: 'Forgetting Vietnam,' and Conversation with the Writer/Director — 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 unfolds spatially as a lyrical dialogue between the two elements—land and water—that underlie the formation of the Vietnamese term for ‘country’ (đất nứớc). The 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. Co-sponsored with Asian Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies.

Fenggang YangMonday, October 15, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Is China the New Roman Empire? Christian Growth in China and Global Implications — In spite of religious suppression, Christianity has been growing rapidly in China, so much so that China may become the country with the largest Christian population by the year 2030. How is this possible? Fenggang Yang, professor of sociology and director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University, talks about the social and cultural factors for the Christian growth, why Protestantism grows faster than Catholicism, and the changing church-state relationship. He is author of “Atlas of Religion in China” (Brill, 2018). One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity, and part of the McFarland Center's initiative on Catholics & Cultures.

Dipayan GhoshWednesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Digital Disinformation: The Tools and Technologies Used to Spread Fake News and the Regulations that Can Treat It — Dipayan Ghosh, a fellow at New America and the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, was a technology and economic adviser to the Obama White House, and until recently, worked on privacy policy issues at Facebook. In this talk, he illustrates exactly how disinformation campaigns are happening over social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; how they challenge the American political process; and what public policies can be enforced to regulate against these harms in the future.

Deborah Gray White Robert PattersonThursday, October 25, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Accounting for History: Race, Slavery, and Institutional Memory — A panel discussion featuring Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University, and Robert Patterson, associate professor and chair of African American Studies at Georgetown University, will focus on how institutions of higher learning reckon with their difficult histories, in particular in relation to enslavement and justice. This event is moderated by Holy Cross English professor Nadine Knight and with an introduction by history professor Stephanie Yuhl. Co-sponsored with Peace and Conflict Studies, History and Africana Studies.

Alan RosenTuesday, October 30, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Holocaust Witness: Back to Basics — Alan Rosen, Kraft-Hiatt Scholar in Residence, will consider what one needs to know about the Holocaust, as well as about those who were caught up in it and have borne witness to it. He will also briefly reflect on some of the implications of witness to the evil of the Holocaust: religious, moral, pedagogic, and personal. 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. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

Rev. Richard McGowan, S.J. Victor MathesonWednesday, November 7, 7:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Betting on Sports: The Ethics and Economics of Legalized Sports Gambling — Following the Supreme Court decision in May to allow states to legalize sports gambling, seven states have authorized it and a number of others have introduced legislation to do so. In this discussion, Rev. Richard McGowan, S.J., associate professor of economics at Boston College and treasurer of the Jesuits' Maryland Province, and Victor Matheson, professor of economics at Holy Cross, each will offer differing perspectives on how legalized gambling might affect sports, including college-level athletics, and individual and social well-being.

Thomas WhiteThursday, November 15, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Dolphins, Flourishing, and the Challenge of Interspecies Ethics — Thomas White ‘69, author of "In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), scientific advisor to the Wild Dolphin Project, and a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, explores the conditions dolphins need in order to "flourish," the indefensibility of cetacean captivity, anthropocentrism, and weaknesses in the ways that scientists and philosophers typically approach ethical issues related to non-humans.

Willie JenningsWednesday, November 28, 7:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Finding the Essence of Christianity in Racial America — Today, we are witnessing a fuller exposure of the interweaving of Christianity and whiteness that has flowed through the nationalist consciousness of this country. Now we are faced with the difficult task of addressing what is first a Christian crisis. Willie Jennings, associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale Divinity School, examines the contours of that crisis and suggests how we might articulate the essence of Christianity for this moment. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.