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Events at the McFarland Center

Fall 2019

Here is a sneak peek at some of our fall events. More to come. Check back soon!

Events are free and open to the public unless specified otherwise. Most events are recorded. Find videos of past events on the Listen and Learn page.

Daniel PhilpottThursday, September 19; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
The Islam Question: Why Religious Freedom is the Answer — Daniel Philpott, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, drawing on his newly published book, “Religious Freedom In Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today” (Oxford University Press, 2019), intervenes in our culture war over Islam, arguing that religious freedom can contribute to finding a consensus, showing why and how religious freedom can be expanded in the Muslim world, and how the Catholic Church's own journey to religious freedom can help. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.

John GuyThursday, September 26; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Crowns of Transformation: How Vajrācāryas become Bodhisattvas — John Guy, Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, describes the ritual use of Vajrācāryas crowns and the windows that their contemporary use provides into the medieval Indian origins of these key objects of Vajrayana practice. His talk is in conjunction with the Cantor Art Gallery exhibition Dharma and Puṇya: Buddhist Ritual Arts of Nepal.

Erin KellyWednesday, October 9; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library 
Stranded Behind Bars: The Failure of Retributive Justice — Erin Kelly, professor of philosophy at Tufts University and author of “The Limits of Blame: Rethinking Punishment and Responsibility” (Harvard University Press, 2018), explains how retributive justice exaggerates the moral meaning of criminal guilt, normalizes excessive punishment, and distracts from shared responsibility for social injustice.

Wednesday, October 23
Anne Frank, Otto Frank, and the Creation of Memory — This fall, Roger Guenveur Smith, the award-winning playwright and actor, will be coming to Holy Cross to do a one-person performance based on the well-known story of Anne Frank. Of special concern for Smith is the figure of Otto Frank, Anne's father, who would bring her diary to the world and who had done much through the years to keep his cherished daughter’s memory alive. How did Otto’s editing and promotion of Anne’s story come to shape the image that readers, theatergoers, and film audiences would eventually see? How did this image and its reception come to shape the larger collective memory of the Holocaust? How might we understand the extraordinary currency Anne Frank’s story came to acquire, and what might this say about the fashioning and re-fashioning of Holocaust memory? Following Smith's performance, a panel discussion will explore these questions and many others to appreciate some of the profound complexities entailed in the creation of both individual and collective memory. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

Andrew Davis Mahri Leonard-FleckmanWednesday, November 6; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Wrestling with the Word: Moral Ambiguity in the Hebrew Bible — Andrew Davis, associate professor of Old Testament at Boston College, and Mahri Leonard Fleckman, assistant professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, assert that while reading the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, requires different rules of engagement than the New Testament, it seeks to immerse us in the most difficult issues of human nature, and that its lessons can speak to our world today.

Juliana FlinnMonday, November 11; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Mary in Micronesia: Breadwinner, Protector, and Strong Model for Women — Juliana Flinn, professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and author of "Mary, the Devil and Taro: Catholicism and Women's Work in a Micronesian Society" (University of Hawaii Press, 2010), describes how gender roles among Pollapese Catholics in Micronesia are inspired by a strong image of Mary. Part of the McFarland Center’s initiative on Catholics & Cultures.

Alan RosenWednesday, November 13; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Memory as Protest: How and Why We Remember the Holocaust—Alan Rosen, Kraft-Hiatt Scholar in Residence, will explore the ethics of commemoration. 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.

Holland CotterThursday, November 14; 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Holland Cotter, co-chief art critic of The New York Times, will speak on his approach to viewing and critiquing religious art. In connection with the Cantor Art Gallery exhibition, Dharma and Puṇya: Buddhist Ritual Arts of Nepal. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.