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1620/2020 Speaker Series

Thomas Doughton and Colin Novick walk away from the camera, silhouetted by the sun, on the boardwalk along the Blackstone Heritage Corridor.

From the film, "Pakachoag: Where the River Bends," Thomas Doughton and Colin Novick, silhouetted by the sun, on the boardwalk along the Blackstone Heritage Corridor.

Statue of MassasoitThis series explores past and contemporary Indian/New England/U.S. relations in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower at Plymouth, Massachusetts. The series culminates with the premiere of the film “Pakachoag: Where the River Bends” — a walking tour of historical sites on Pakachoag/College Hill.

The 1620/2020 series is coordinated by Holy Cross Professors Thomas Doughton, Sarah Klotz and Sarah Luria with Ian Kaloyanides, Digital Media Services Coordinator, Environmental Studies intern Madison Chouinard ‘22, and environmental historian Colin Novick from the Greater Worcester Land Trust. It is co-sponsored by the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture and the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Film Premiere and Discussion

“Pakachoag: Where the River Bends”

Colin NovickGwenn MillerSarah KlotzIan KaloyanidesSarah LuriaMadison Chouinard '22

Saturday, November 7, 2-4:30 p.m. EST
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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; Digital Media Services Coordinator Ian Kaloyanides (filmmaker); and moderated by Sarah Luria, Professor of English/Environmental Studies and Madison Chouinard ‘22, an Environmental Studies major.

Past Panel Discussions

Politics of Memory and Commemoration: Columbus Statues and Beyond

Morgan FreemanThomas DoughtonOctober 7, 2020
Featuring Morgan Freeman, a doctoral candidate in American Studies at Yale University, and 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.

Wampanoag Life Before the Pilgrims

Linda CoombsKelly WisecupOctober 14, 2020
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Featuring Linda Coombs, an independent scholar and historian who has served as Program Director of the Aquinnah Cultural Center on Martha’s Vineyard and worked nearly three decades with the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at Plimoth Plantation, and Kelly Wisecup, Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University; and facilitated by Sarah Klotz, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and English at Holy Cross as moderator.

Massasoit’s Meanings: Shifting Histories of Settler-Colonialism

Jean O'BrienLisa BleeOctober 21, 2020
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Featuring Jean O’Brien, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, and Lisa Blee, Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University, co-authors of "Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit;" and moderated by Sarah Klotz, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and English at the College of the Holy Cross.