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Events at the McFarland Center

Fall 2020

All events will be held virtually. Check back for updates and newly added events.

First Year Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Thursday, September 10, 7:30 p.m.
Meet new friends in the Class of 2024 in a lively discussion of our First Year book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. Four Holy Cross professors will introduce questions raised in the book germane to their fields — medical ethics, biology, public health, critical race and feminist theory — and leave students to talk about them in small breakout rooms.

Party Labels: What do they mean? Do they matter?

Donald Brand Ed O'DonnellTuesday, September 15, 2020, 7 p.m. EDT
Two popular Holy Cross professors, Political Science Professor Donald Brand and History Professor Ed O'Donnell, will discuss the meanings of party labels and political ideology. What does it mean to be a Republican or Democrat, conservative or progressive? How have those identities changed over the decades? After the event, stick around in the Zoom room for a student-led conversation about how party labels fit (or don't fit) you. This event is part of the Holy Cross Elections Forum 2020.

What is the Government's Role in Ensuring the Health of its Citizens?

Melissa BoyleTsitsi MasvawureMonday, September 21, 2020, 4 p.m. EDT
In this forum, Holy Cross Professors Melissa Boyle and Tsitsi Masvawure will help explain the parties' platforms and actions to provide affordable and accessible healthcare to Americans. Professor Boyle is an economist who teaches courses on public economics, public policy, and health economics. Her research has studied the effects of large social insurance programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the VA. Professor Masvawure is a Professor of Practice in Health Studies in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. She teaches courses in global health, HIV/AIDS and health research methods. This event is part of the Holy Cross Elections Forum 2020.
Watch video of the forum online»

Joseph Nye: What is a Moral Foreign Policy?

Joseph NyeTuesday, September 29, 2020, 4-5 p.m. EDT
One of the world's leading scholars of international relations, Joseph Nye will speak about his recent book, Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump (Oxford University Press, 2020), providing analysis of the role of ethics in U.S. foreign policy after 1945. Nye is University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus and former Dean of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. After the talk, he’ll answer questions from student panelists. This event is part of the Holy Cross Elections Forum 2020.
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Holy Cross Student Forum with Dr. Anthony Fauci '62

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 2-2:45 p.m. EDT
Join in a conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci '62, the nation's most trusted expert leading the COVID-19 response. In a live event for Holy Cross students, faculty and staff, Dr. Fauci will be addressing students' concerns, the trajectory of the pandemic, and the ways we can respond and help. Following discussion, he will answer questions posed by a student panel. A top-cited scholar, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and Holy Cross alumnus, Dr. Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Watch the Student Forum with Dr. Fauci online»

Justice for All: Filling the Seat on the Supreme Court

Alex HindmanGreg BurnepTuesday, October 6, 2020, 7-8 p.m. EDT
The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has prompted controversy and widespread speculation on when and how to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court and the ramifications for decisions on the Affordable Care Act, Roe v. Wade, Voting Rights, and even the 2020 election. Join Political Science Professors Alex Hindman and Greg Burnep for a discussion of recent Senate confirmation hearings, possible scenarios for seating a justice, and what a shift in balance could mean for pending and future cases.
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Politics of Memory and Commemoration: Columbus Statues and Beyond

Morgan FreemanThomas DoughtonWednesday, October 7, 2020, 4:45-6 p.m. EDT
Join a discussion with Morgan Freeman, a doctoral candidate in American Studies at Yale University; Thomas Doughton, Senior Lecturer in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Holy Cross; and facilitated by Sarah Luria, Professor of English and Environmental Studies, College of the Holy Cross. Part of the 1620/2020 Speaker Series. Open to the public.

Wampanoag Life Before the Pilgrims

Linda CoombsKelly WisecupWednesday, October 14, 2020, 4:45-6 p.m. EDT
Join a discussion with Linda Coombs, an independent scholar and historian who has served as Program Director of the Aquinnah Cultural Center on Martha’s Vineyard; Kelly Wisecup, Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University; and Sarah Klotz, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and English at Holy Cross as moderator. Part of the 1620/2020 Speaker Series. Open to the public.
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Climate Change and the Energy Transition: What’s at Stake this November

Jody FreemanWednesday, October 14, 2020, 7-8 p.m. EDT
Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law at Harvard University and founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program, will review where we are in addressing climate change, where we need to be, and what’s at stake in the November elections. Freeman is a leading scholar of both administrative and environmental law whose work in academia and government has shaped a variety of large-scale initiatives in energy and environmental policy. Part of the HC Elections Forum. Open to Holy Cross students, faculty and staff.
Watch the discussion with Jody Freeman online»

Massasoit’s Meanings: Shifting Histories of Settler-Colonialism

Jean O'BrienLisa BleeWednesday, October 21, 2020, 4:45-6 p.m. EDT
Join a discussion with Jean O’Brien, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History at the University of Minnesota; Lisa Blee, Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University; and moderated by Sarah Klotz, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and English at the College of the Holy Cross. Part of the 1620/2020 Speaker Series. Open to the public.
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Teaching for Better Humans

Sonia NietoLiz KleinrockJesse HagopianThursday, October 22, 7 p.m. EDT
This panel discussion will highlight specific ways to counter the inequities baked into our school systems and help young people grow into better humans at every level of schooling. The panelists use their classrooms and their academic platforms to help students navigate the complexities of moral decision-making and engage in difficult conversations about race, economic class, gender, and sexual orientation. Panelists are: Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor emerita and author of Affirming Diversity (Pearson, 2018), now in its 7th edition; Liz Kleinrock, curricular content developer and author for Teaching Tolerance; and Jesse Hagopian, ethnic studies teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle and co-editor of the book, Teaching for Black Lives (Rethinking Schools, 2018).

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Film Premiere and Panel Discussion: “Pakachoag: Where the River Bends”

Saturday, November 7, 2-4:30 p.m. EST
Watch the premiere of "Pakachoag," a film that documents historic sites around College Hill, and consider ways to commemorate Pakachoag in a panel discussion with Colin Novick, Executive Director of the Greater Worcester Land Trust; Gwenn Miller, Associate Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross; Thomas Doughton, Senior Lecturer of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Holy Cross; Sarah Klotz, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and English at Holy Cross; and moderated by Sarah Luria, Professor of English/Environmental Studies and Madison Chouinard ‘22, an Environmental Studies major. Part of the 1620/2020 Speaker Series. Open to the public.
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Divided Worlds? Contexts of the New Testament Then and Now

November 6-8, 2020
This virtual conference seeks to bring together scholars from two disciplines that have much in common but that have seldom been in conversation in recent times—New Testament studies and Classics. Sessions will examine if and how the New Testament, an ancient collection of texts with its own distinctive set of religious, social, and rhetorical strategies, can serve as a helpful resource in understanding our obligations to take moral stands on issues that are dividing our world with increasing fury. The conference is being organized by Religious Studies and Classics faculty with support from the McFarland Center. Open to the public.
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Lost in the Historical Record: Four Centuries of African American Entrepreneurship, Where Do We Go From Here?

Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m. EST
Juliet Walker, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, is founding director of the its Center of Black Business History, Entrepreneurship, and Technology. Her scholarship has provided the foundation for establishing black business history as a subfield in African American history. She is author of the first comprehensive book on black business history, "The History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepreneurship" (1998). Attendees will also hear from Sienna Ablorh '21, a history/psychology major with a concentration in Africana studies, and Darrell Byers '83, CEO of Interise, an organization that supports established small businesses that are in low-income neighborhoods or minority owned. Co-sponsored with the Ciocca Center.
Register for the webinar»