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Events at the McFarland Center

Fall 2018

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Rev. Lawrence Fernandes, S.J.Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 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. RSVP by August 27.

Robin Jensen175th Birthday Event
Monday, September 17, 2018; 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 Jenson, Endowed Professor and the Patrick O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will explore some of the reasons for the late emergence of the cross and crucifix, discuss the earliest examples, and finally show 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. Jenson is author of “The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy” (Harvard University Press, 2017).

Rev. Leszek Gesiak, S.J.Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 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 Gesiak, S.J., a member of 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 This event is for the Holy Cross community. Lunch is included. RSVP by September 10.

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 is 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.

Monday, October 1, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Threads: New Concepts of Justice — Corinne Kumar is secretary general of El Taller International, an NGO committed to women’s human rights, sustainable development, and both North-South and South-South exchange and dialogue across diverse cultures and civilizations. She will discuss 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 Conservation 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.

Alan RosenMonday, October 29, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Holocaust Witness — Alan Rosen, Kraft-Hiatt Scholar in Residence, will explicitly address the evil of the Holocaust and consider broader questions of how we talk or think about this. 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.