In This Section

Events at the McFarland Center

Fall 2022

Events are free and open to the public unless specified. Please refer to our COVID policy for the latest guidance on visiting campus. Most events will be recorded and made available for public viewing on our Listen and Learn page.

The Oppression and Resilience of India’s Musahars

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Watch the video»

Rev. T. Nishaant, S.J.

Few people have been more marginalized under India's caste system than the Musahars, a rural people of tribal origin who live in the north of the country. Despite being forced to work in despised and demeaning forms of labor for generations and having little access to education, Musahars have proven resilient. In this talk, Rev. T. Nishaant, S.J., an International Visiting Jesuit Fellow at Holy Cross for 2022-2023, helps us to understand Musahar culture and explores what can and must be done to remedy the generations-deep injustices done to them.

Banner image for forum to End Hunger in America features headshots of panelists on a background image of a crate of apples loaded from a food truck.

Building the Political Will and Moral Courage to End Hunger in America

Monday, September 26, 2022
4:30 p.m., Hogan Ballroom
Watch the livestream»

For the first time in more than 50 years, the White House is convening a Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health to bring attention and drive solutions to national food insecurity and diet-related disease. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a longtime champion of food justice who led efforts calling for the conference, explains that the United States has abundant resources to end hunger, but it lacks the political will to act. He joins Erin McAleer ‘02, CEO and president of Project Bread, Jean McMurray, executive director of the Worcester County Food Bank, and Winton Pitcoff, director of the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative, to discuss the problem of hunger, our moral imperative to end it, and ways the Holy Cross community, as individuals and as an institution, can affect change. Phoebe Wong '26, invited to serve as a panelist at the White House conference, will share her experience working with FoodCorps on school and community outreach in East Hartford, Conn. last year. Co-sponsored with Montserrat.

What is Misogyny? Concepts, Targets, and Triggers

Thursday, September 29, 2022
7 p.m., Rehm Library

Kate Manne

In this talk, Kate Manne, associate professor at the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University, offers her definition of misogyny, as distinct from sexism, as laid out in her 2017 book, “Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny” (Oxford University Press, 2018). She then turns to the substantive nature of misogyny, and identifies some of the theory’s predictions about when and to misogyny will occur: when women are perceived as failing to give feminine-coded goods (like love, care, nurture, sex, and children) to designated men who are illicitly deemed entitled to their services.

Reimagining Protection from Gun Violence

Monday, October 3, 2022
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Craig Rood

The dominant narrative of protection in America's understanding of gun violence is a kind of “stranger danger” that imagines “we” are in danger from “them”—outsiders who can be understood literally (people from outside “our” home, community, or country), metaphorically (people who are different from “us,” in terms of appearance, beliefs, or identity), or both. In this lecture, Craig Rood, associate professor of English at Iowa State University, explains both the power and problems with this narrative. He rhetorically analyzes personal stories about gun suicide and domestic gun violence that  reimagine human character, guns, and moments of gun violence. Rood is the author of “After Gun Violence: Deliberation and Memory in an Age of Political Gridlock” (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019).

Nobel Prize Winning Russian Journalist Dmitry Muratov

Thursday, October 6, 2022
4:30 p.m. Campus Address in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

7:30 p.m. Defending Democracy Forum with President Vincent Rougeau

Dmitry Muratov

Russian journalist Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov, co-founder of the newspaper Novaya Gazeta and winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, will be on campus to talk about his efforts to safeguard freedom of expression in Russia, in the face of fierce opposition from Vladimir Putin, a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.

Note: These events will not be recorded.

Confronting the 21st Century Labor Question: Catholic Social Teaching, Work Relations, and the Deepening Crisis of Democracy

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
4:30 p.m. Rehm Library

Joseph McCartin '81

During the first three-quarters of the 20th century, the expansion of workers' rights and democracy went hand in hand.  Over the past half century, however, this virtuous cycle was reversed. In this talk, labor expert  Joseph McCartin ‘81, professor of history and executive director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University, explains how Catholic social teaching can help point the way as we confront dual crises in the deterioration of workers' collective power and democratic norms.

Contemplation in an Age of Anger 

Thursday, October 20, 2022
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Brian Robinette

Inspired by Thomas Merton’s classic essay, “Contemplation in a World of Action,” Brian Robinette, associate professor of theology at Boston College, explores the importance of contemplative practice in the midst of widespread social upheaval. Focusing on the challenges of polarization, social resentment, and empathy fatigue, the lecture draws upon both Christian and Buddhist contemplative traditions in order to help us rediscover and cultivate sustainable resources of wisdom, compassion, and hope. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.

Privacy’s Tangled History and Its Tenuous Post-Dobbs Future 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Amy Gajda

The 2022 Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade relies on an interpretation of the Constitutional right to privacy that does not explain its historical roots, its meaning and application over the years, and its tenuous future. In this talk, Amy Gajda, The Class of 1937 Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School, considers, in a world in which the right to privacy is contested from many angles, how might we attempt to define privacy today in a way that defends democracy but also protects the people? A former jour­nalist and one of the country’s top experts on privacy and the media, she is author of "Seek and Hide: The Tangled History of the Right to Privacy" (Viking, 2022).

Exterior of Joyce Contemplative Center at dusk.

Preaching from the Roots: A Retreat for Catholic Clergy

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
The Thomas P. Joyce ’59, Contemplative Center

Catholic priests from dioceses in and adjacent to Massachusetts are invited to join us at the serene Joyce Contemplative Center for an immersive, interactive retreat in preparation of the upcoming Advent season. Discussion will focus on ways of preaching from the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament that are authentic to both Catholicism and Judaism and avoid anti-Jewish signaling and misinterpretations of the texts. Alongside presentations by Scripture scholars and experts in Judaism and Catholicism, the retreat will include shared meals, group dialogue about the challenges and possibilities of preaching Scripture, conversations on how to read biblical texts, and time in prayer. Learn more. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

Confronting America's Real Sister Act: Black Catholic Nuns in United States History

Thursday, November 10, 2022
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Shannen Dee Williams

For many people, Whoopi Goldberg's performance as Sister Mary Clarence in "Sister Act" is all they know of African American nuns and the desegregation of white Catholic sisterhood in the United States. However, Shannen Dee Williams, associate professor of history at the University of Dayton and author of "Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle" (Duke University Press, 2022), tells the real, remarkable history of a radical group of Black women and girls called to the sacred vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, who fought against racism, sexism, and exclusion to become and minster as consecrated women of God in the Roman Catholic Church. In so doing, she turns attention to women's religious life as a stronghold of white supremacy and racial segregation, and thus an important battleground in the long African American freedom struggle. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity

Home in a Distant Land: Archaeology and the Study of Uprooted Communities in Israel

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Ido Koch

In 722 B.C.E., Assyria conquered the kingdom of Israel, and deported many of the residents of Samaria and its surroundings to other Assyrian provinces, and brought deportees from other conquered territories to Samaria to take their place. Excavations at Tel Hadid, Israel, have unearthed material remains that contribute to our understanding of these transformative years. Ido Koch, senior lecturer in archaeology at Tel Aviv University and co-director of the Tel Hadid Expedition, describes a community of deportees from Babylonia (southern Iraq), focusing on their experience of being deported, how they rebuilt their life in a new place, and how archaeologists can find them. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

Being in the Room Privilege: Elite Capture and Epistemic Deference

Thursday, November 17, 2022
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

The call to “listen to the most affected” or “center the most marginalized” is ubiquitous in many academic and activist circles. But from a societal standpoint, the “most affected” by the social injustices we associate with politically important identities like gender, class, race, and nationality are disproportionately likely to be incarcerated, underemployed, or part of the 44 percent of the world’s population without internet access — and thus both left out of the rooms of power and largely ignored by the people in the rooms of power. In this talk,  Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown University, discusses problems of elite capture for organizing and possible routes of response.