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Past Events: 2020-2021

Fall 2020

All events were held virtually

First Year Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksSeptember 10, 2020
This lively discussion of the First Year book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, provided an opportunity to meet new friends in the Class of 2024. Four Holy Cross professors introduce questions raised in the book germane to their fields — medical ethics, biology, public health, critical race and feminist theory.

Party Labels: What do they mean? Do they matter?
September 15, 2020
Two popular Holy Cross professors, Political Science Professor Donald Brand and History Professor Ed O'Donnell, discuss the meanings of party labels and political ideology. What does it mean to be a Republican or Democrat, conservative or progressive? Part of the Holy Cross Elections Forum 2020.

What is the Government's Role in Ensuring the Health of its Citizens?
September 21, 2020
In this forum, Holy Cross Professors Melissa Boyle and Tsitsi Masvawure 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. Part of the Holy Cross Elections Forum 2020.

Joseph Nye: What is a Moral Foreign Policy?
September 29, 2020
One of the world's leading scholars of international relations, Joseph Nye speaks 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. Part of the Holy Cross Elections Forum 2020.

Holy Cross Student Forum with Dr. Anthony Fauci '62
October 6, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci '62, the nation's most trusted expert leading the COVID-19 response, addresses students' questions, the trajectory of the pandemic, and the ways we can respond and help. 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.

Justice for All: Filling the Seat on the Supreme Court
October 6, 2020
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. Political Science Professors Alex Hindman and Greg Burnep discuss recent Senate confirmation hearings, possible scenarios for seating a justice, and what a shift in balance could mean for pending and future cases. Part of the Holy Cross Elections Forum 2020.

Politics of Memory and Commemoration: Columbus Statues and Beyond
October 7, 2020
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. First of the 1620/2020 Speaker Series.

Wampanoag Life Before the Pilgrims
October 14, 2020
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.

Climate Change and the Energy Transition: What’s at Stake this November
October 14, 2020
Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law at Harvard University and founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program, reviews 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 Holy Cross Elections Forum 2020.

Massasoit’s Meanings: Shifting Histories of Settler-Colonialism
October 21, 2020
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.

Teaching for Better Humans
October 22, 2020
Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor emerita and author of "Affirming Diversity" (Pearson, 2018), 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), 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.

Post-Election Day Political Science Roundtable
November 4, 2020
The Holy Cross Elections Forum caps its Fall 2020 programming with a virtual roundtable discussion featuring members of the Political Science faculty on key takeaways the day after the November 3 election. Moderated by Daniel Klinghard, professor of political science and director of the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World.

Film Premiere and Panel Discussion: “Pakachoag: Where the River Bends”
November 7, 2020
The event premiers "Pakachoag," a film that documents historic sites around College Hill, and considers ways to commemorate Pakachoag. Panel discussion with Colin Novick, Executive Director of the Greater Worcester Land Trust; Fred Freeman, Chairperson, Nipmuk Cultural Preservation, Inc.; Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., President of the College; Gwenn Miller, Associate Professor of History at 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 Madison Chouinard ‘22, an Environmental Studies major; and moderated by Sarah Luria, Professor of English/Environmental Studies. Part of the 1620/2020 Speaker Series.

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. Organized by Religious Studies and Classics faculty with support from the McFarland Center.

Lost in the Historical Record: Four Centuries of African American Entrepreneurship, Where Do We Go From Here?
November 12, 2020
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 and author of the first comprehensive book on black business history, "The History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepreneurship" (1998). Attendees also heard 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.