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Virtual Class Visits

Spring 2021

In the Spring of 2021, the McFarland Center offered funding to 38 proposals for virtual class visits. These visits offer students first-hand access to scholars, authors, activists and performers whose work they are studying. A sampling of confirmed virtual classroom visits follows. Participation in classes is limited to enrolled students, unless noted otherwise.

February 8, 2021
Tamara Williams, Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, will visit Professor Jimena Bermejo's class on Decolonizing Dance History to discuss Ring Shout, a dance tradition inspired by the Yoruba, Ewe, Angola, Nago, Fon, and Akan people of West Africa that was brought to the United States by enslaved people and a form of resistance that has been preserved by Black communities in the US for generations.

February 10, 2021
Andy Lee, Chief Mindfulness Officer at Aetna Insurance, will visit Professor Nancy Billias's class on Mindfulness in the Workplace to provide a real-world example of how and why mindfulness is practiced and promoted in a corporate setting.

February 12, 2021
MIT Architecture Professor Mark Jarzombek, a renowned architectural historian and founder of the Global Architectural History Teaching Collective, will speak to Professor David Karmon's Art History class about First Society People and the social, religious, and ethical functions of architecture at the time of its origins in pre-history.

Feburary 23, 2021
McGill University Professor Laila Parsons, a leading historian of the British Mandate of Palestine (1918-1948), will visit Professor Sahar Bazzaz's classes on the Historian's Craft and the History and Historiography of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict to discuss the role of history in normalizing divisions between the two communities and the impacts of those divisions on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict today. On a broader level, the lecture will illuminate the interdependence of narrative, history, and political conflict—a topic that has great resonance today in many societies including the United States.

February 24, 2021
Abenaki poet Cheryl Savageau will visit Professor Leila Philip's course on Writing Nature to talk about her writing and activism, including a project to map New England as Native Space.

February 25, 2021
American journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc will visit Professor Leila Philip's class on Reality Hunger to talk about research and reportage and the skills involved in immersive journalism. LeBlanc's work focuses on the marginalized members of society, adolescents living in poverty, prostitutes, and women in prison.

February 25, 2021
Sunder John Boopolan, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Canadian Mennonite University, will visit Professor Emily Campbell's class on Global Antiracism to present on "Wrongs and Formations of Violent Identities: Theorizing Race and Caste,” based principally on the book, "Memory, Grief, and Agency: A Political Theological Account of Wrongs and Rites" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

February 26, 2021
Nakai R. Flotte, an anthropologist finishing her doctoral work at Harvard University, will visit Professor Sarah Ihmoud's class on Coming of Age at the Border to discuss her ethnographic fieldwork with LGBTQ refugees and migrants in Mexico headed north and seeking asylum in the United States.

March 2, 2021
Jessica Bauman, Theater Director, will visit Professor Daniel Blank's Intro to Literary Study: Literature and Displacement class to discuss her theatrical adaptation of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" entitled "Arden / Everywhere," in which she reimagines Shakespeare's play as a story about refugees.

March 10, 2021
Essayist, journalist, and scholar Jon Malesic will join Professor Karen Guth's class on Everyday Ethics to discuss the ethics of work, a major concern in Catholic Social Thinking and religious thought more broadly.

March 11, 2021
Roger Wieck, Melvin R. Seiden Curator and Department Head of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum, will visit Professor Stella Wang's class on Medieval Women's Writing to discuss his work on devotional literature and female patronage at the Morgan Museum.

March 12, 2021
Amalia Córdova, Latinx Digital Curator for New + Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Institution, will visit Professor Bridget Franco's class on Latin American Cinema to share her expertise in indigenous cinema and her first-hand experience with indigenous filmmakers from Latin America.

March 17, 2021
Gabriel Arboleda, Assistant Professor of Art and the History of Art and Architectural Studies at Amherst College, will visit Professor David Karmon's Art History class to talk about his leadership in the Guyana Hinterland Housing Project, where architectural design is conceived as a collective project that draws upon the knowledge and participation of a wide community. He is also preparing a book on sustainability in social design, which connects the themes of design and sustainability with social justice.

March 18, 2021
Emily Austin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics, University of Chicago, will speak to Classics Professors Aaron Seider's and Daniel Libatique's Greek 102 students about the significance of solitude in Sophocles' tragedy "Philoctetes," particularly in regard to our current experiences. Austin’s work explores various ways that Philoctetes' unparalleled isolation raises questions of productivity, illness, and heroic endurance.

March 18, 2021
Death penalty activist Sr. Helen Prejean will attend Professor Travis LaCouter's class on Theology in Protest to talk about the death penalty, her memoir "Dead Man Walking," and Church documents such as "Fratelli Tutti."

March 18, 2021
Anne Harrington, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, will visit Professor Daniel Bitran's class on the Biological Basis of Mental Disorders to discuss her book "Mind Fixers" that reviews the trouble that psychiatry has had in finding biological explanations for mental disorders.

March 19, 2021
Mary Jo Iozzio, Professor at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry, will visit Professor Mary Roche's class on the Theological Perspectives on Medical Ethics to discuss disability ethics and fundamental questions regarding vulnerability and dependence.

March 26, 2021
Mary Augusta Brazelton, University Senior Lecturer in Global Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine at Cambridge University, will visit Professor Ke Ren's class on Modern China to discuss a chapter from her book "Mass Vaccination: Citizens' Bodies and State Power in Modern China," on the mass vaccination campaigns in the People's Republic of China in the 1950s.

March 26, 2021
Brad Parker, Senior Adviser of Policy and Advocacy at Defense for Children International, will visit Professor Sarah Ihmoud's class on Coming of Age at the Border to discuss his work as an advocate for Palestinian children's rights in the West Bank, where he has been based for nearly a decade.

March 30, 2021
Kristina Latino, Artist Manager at Cornerscape Artist Management, will visit Professor Melissa Boyle's Economics of the Arts class to talk about her career as an artist manager. Her visit will highlight the impact of the pandemic on the arts and artists, which will lead to a discussion of the government/public responsibility for funding the arts.

April 7, 2021
Jenee Osterheld, Culture Columnist for the Boston Globe, will visit Professor Frances Maughan-Brown's seminars on Protest to discuss her series "A Beautiful Resistance," an original attempt to rethink the ways in which protest is possible, by emphasizing the strengths of the Black community rather than the struggles it faces.

April 12, 2021
Jan Willis, noted Buddhism scholar who taught at Wesleyan University, will visit Todd Lewis's class on American Civil Religion, Racism, Film to talk about her experience on the front-lines of anti-segregation struggles in Birmingham. Her story as an African-American Buddhism scholar has been featured in popular literature and in her autobiography, "Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist, One Woman's Spiritual Journey."

April 13, 2021
Essayist Krista Eastman, Administrator for the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will speak to Professor Morris Collins' Introduction to Prose Narrative as well as students in the Montserrat seminar Memories, Stories, Histories about the ethical, intellectual, and creative issues implicit in writing about "place"—both as a local and a visitor.

April 13, 2021
Mary Hirschfeld, Associate Professor of Economics and Theology, Villanova University, will visit Professor Peter Fritz's class on the Theology of Thomas Aquinas to discuss her book, "Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy."

April 15, 2021
Holy Cross alumna Adeline Gutierrez Nunez '19, Assistant to the Director at the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, will visit Professor Jameliah Inga Shorter-Bourhanou's class on the Philosophy of Race to talk about antiracist scholarship and activism. As an assistant to Ibram Kendi, she will help students reflect on Kendi's book "How to be an Antiracist."

April 15, 2021
Ana-Maurine Lara, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon, will visit Professor Alvaro Jarrin's classes on Race, Racism and Anthropology and Global Queer Activism to discuss two recent books: the award-winning "Queer Freedom: Black Sovereignties," which addresses how black Dominicans use criollo spiritual practices to challenge race and gender binaries, and "Streetwalking: LGBTQ Lives and Protest in the Dominican Republic," a book which provides an intimate portrayal of how LGBTQ activists are changing lives and minds in a homophobic nation.

April 16, 2021
Lauren Markham will visit Professor Kristina Reardon's Montserrat seminar Writing Human Rights to discuss her award-winning non-fiction book "The Faraway Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life." Markham is both a writer and an educator, and her journalistic investigation of the two brothers' lives as they work through the court system in California after migrating from El Salvador embraces complex questions not just about our immigration system but about belonging and our ethical obligation as Americans to fellow humans.

April 16, 2021
Sarah Cameron, Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland-College Park, will speak to students in Professor Erina Megowan's course on the Soviet Union After Stalin about her current research on the environmental history of the Aral Sea (now almost entirely dried up) in Central Asia.

April 20, 2021
Vera Shevzov, Professor of Religious Studies at Smith College, will visit Professor Amy Adams class on Russian Icons: Art and Soul to deliver a lecture on the meaning and practice of icon veneration in Russian Orthodoxy. She will explore the understanding of the sacred in human meaning and help students understand the workings of a Christian faith other than their own.

April 22, 2021
Matthew Polly, an instructor at Yale and the world's leading authority on Bruce Lee, will visit Professor Todd Lewis's class on American Civil Religion, Racism, and Film to discuss how Lee's exclusion from roles and treatment by Hollywood shaped his life and led indirectly to his early death.

April 23, 2021
Holy Cross alumna Dr. Karen Blackstone '90, a geriatrician at the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC, will visit Professor Mary Roche's Theological Perspectives on Medical Ethics class to discuss ethical issues in geriatrics and her vocation to medicine and this specialty.

April 26, 2021
Michelle Kuo, Associate Professor in the History, Law, and Society program at The American University of Paris, will visit Professor Ke Ren's class on Asian American Experience to discuss her book, "Reading with Patrick" (2017), a memoir of a Taiwanese-American teacher and her relationship with an African-American student in the Mississippi Delta, with whom she read books while he was imprisoned.