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Past Events: Fall 2021

First-Year Book Discussion: 'Walking to Listen' with Author Andrew Forsthoefel
September 7, 2021
Andrew Forsthoefel, author of Walking to Listen: 4000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time, teaches trustworthy listening as a practice in reconciliation, personal transformation, and peace-making.

Never Forget: Congressman Jim McGovern on 9/11 and Twenty Years of War in Afghanistan
September 14, 2021
Worcester’s Congressman James McGovern joins Holy Cross Political Science Professor Ward Thomas to reflect on the legacy of war in Afghanistan, the consequences of withdrawal, and our responsibilities to U.S. service members and the Afghan people.

African, Christian, Feminist and More
September 16, 2021
Teresia Mbari Hinga, associate professor of religious studies at Santa Clara University, is a founding member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, a pan-African association of women who study the role and impact of religion and culture on African women's lives. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity and part of the initiative on Catholics & Cultures.

You Think You Know Catholicism? Peering into the Diversity of the Global Church
September 20, 2021
In this lunchtime talk for Holy Cross students, Thomas M. Landy, director of the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture,introduce the incredible diversity of worship styles and devotions—including Masses, feasts, processions, and pilgrimages—practiced by contemporary Catholics in countries and cultures around the world. Part of International Education Week.

Before Gentrification: Race and Dis/Investment in the Nation’s Capital
September 27, 2021
Tanya Golash-Boza, professor of sociology and founder of the Racism, Capitalism, and the Law Lab at the University of California-Merced, talks about the structural forces that have created barriers to stable home ownership for Black families in Washington, DC.

Polarizing Disagreements: Philosophical and Psychological Reflections on a Political Conundrum
October 1, 2021
Karsten Stueber, professor of philosophy at Holy Cross, suggests that polarization is best approached from the perspective of moral philosophy and moral psychology, rather than as an epistemic problem. Part of the Colloquia on Philosophy Series.

From Justice to Reconciliation: A Jesuit Response to the Refugee Crisis in the Middle East
October 19, 2021
Former Holy Cross Chaplain Rev. Dan Corrou, S.J., regional director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Middle East (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria), describes humanitarian approaches to the crises and the JRS mission of accompaniment—a model for the work of reconciliation based in the 500-year Ignatian tradition of cura personalis.  Co-sponsored with the Office of Mission.

Refugees, Prisoners of War, and Foster Kids: A Long History of Child Taking
October 27, 2021
Laura Briggs, professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an expert on U.S. and international child welfare policy, explains how from the Indian Wars to the Cold War to the War on Drugs, the U.S. federal government under both Democratic and Republican administrations has taken children for political ends.

Muslims and the Holocaust
November 2, 2021
Mehnaz M. Afridi, associate professor of religious studies and director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College, discusses her journey with Judaism as a Muslim, her interviews with Holocaust survivors, antisemitism and Islamophobia, and Islam and memory. Part of the Kraft-Hiatt Program in Jewish-Christian Understanding.

Politics in the Name of Lord Rama in Narendra Modi's India 
November 8, 2021
Kalpana Jain, an award-winning journalist and the religion and ethics editor at The Conversation US, discusses how politics is being reshaped in India and religious sentiments are being mobilized under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.

Be Fearless for Me: Courage and the Gospel of the Marginalized
November 9, 2021
Rev. Gregory Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, returns to Holy Cross to talk about joy, hope and the courage of tenderness. Accompanied by “homies,” former gang members now part of his organization, he shares stories from his new book, “The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness,” (Simon & Schuster, 2021).

What Has American Politics Done to the Catholic Church?
November 16, 2021
Holy Cross President Vincent Rougeau leads a discussion with Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist for the New York Times and author of To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism, and Matthew Sitman, associate editor of Commonweal, on the entanglements of politics and religion. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.

Priorities for Post-COVID-19 Public Health Research, Education, and Practice
November 17, 2021
Sandro Galea is a physician, epidemiologist, Dean and Robert A Knox Professor of the School of Public Health at Boston University, discusses what we learned during COVID-19 and what implications that has for our scholarship in population health science.