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Virtual Class Visits

For the Fall of 2020, the McFarland Center offered funding to 32 proposals for virtual class visits in 14 departments. These visits provide opportunities to creatively engage students during remote learning and offer them first-hand access to scholars, authors, activists and performers whose work they are studying. A partial list of virtual classroom visits follows. Participation in classes is limited to enrolled students, unless noted otherwise.

September 22, 2020
Heather Johnson, Associate Director of Jobs for the Future and former Director of the Teacher Education Program at Holy Cross, will visit Lauren Capotosto's Montserrat seminar "The Good Student" to discuss a case study she wrote entitled “Politics, Partisanship, and Pedagogy,” exploring dilemmas in teaching controversial issues in schools. 

September 22, 2020
Eric Rauchway, Distinguished Professor of History at UC Davis, will visit Professor Stephanie Yuhl’s U.S. history class to discuss his book Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt's America. Rauchway presents a riveting account of the late 19th-century strains of industrial monopoly capitalism, immigration, union/labor, urbanization, radical ideologies, and emergent Progressivism.

September 24, 2020
Martha Akstin, Director of Preventative Services at AIDS Project Worcester, will visit Professor Tsitsi Masvawure's Introduction to Global Health to provide students with firsthand accounts of a COVID-19 testing site, including safety measures, contact tracing, and challenges encountered.

October 1, 2020
Anahi Russo Garrido, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver, will visit Professor Alvaro Jarrin’s class on Cultures and Politics of Latin America to discuss the status of lesbians in Mexico, tackling the ethical dimensions of their struggle for sexual citizenship, given the gender inequalities and homophobia of Mexican society.

October 1, 2020
Reighan Gilliam, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Southern California, will visit Professor Bridget Franco’s Montserrat class on Latin America through Cinema to give a presentation about contemporary Afro-Latin representations and cinema with a focus on the Afro-Brazilian experience and a discussion of the figure of black children in Latin American film.        

October 5, 2020
Gaiutra Devi Bahadur, Assistant Professor at the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at Rutgers University, will visit Professor Aditi Malik’s class on Women, War and Violence to read from and discuss her book Coolie Woman. This book traces the exodus and settlement of Indian women who were brought to British Guyana as part of the indentured labor system. Bahadur will share how an undertaking to trace her own great-grandmother’s journey opened the doors to the broader project.

October 6, 2020
Artists Robert and Shana Parkeharrison will visit Professor Rachelle Beaudoin’s Digital Art Studio to discuss how they investigate man’s relationships and obligation to the natural world through elaborately staged sets and photographs.

October 8, 2020
Jurgen Brauer, Visiting Professor of Economics at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, will visit Professor Chuck Anderton’s course on Topics in Conflict Economics to provide an overview on supply and demand in the U.S. civilian and law enforcement firearms industry, followed by discussion of what is scientifically known about the effects of state legislation attempting to curb firearms misuse and abuse.

October 13, 2020
Helen Morales, Argyropoulos Professor of Hellenic Studies at UC Santa Barbara, will visit Professor Aaron Seider’s Introduction to Greek to speak about her new book Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths. The discussion will highlight ways the ancient world intersects with our search for meaning in what we study ourselves and in the resonances of ancient myth that still exist today.

October 15, 2020
Shikha Silwal, Associate Professor of Economics at Washington & Lee University, will visit Professor Chuck Anderton’s course on Topics in Conflict Economics to discuss widows as a neglected gender, human rights and conflict issue. In many parts of the world, widows do not have property rights, inheritance rights, and are stigmatized and blamed for the death of their husbands, rendering millions of women into a cycle of exclusion and poverty.

October 20, 2020
Victor Carmona, a Catholic moral theologian and assistant professor at University of San Diego, will visit Professor Mary Roche’s class on Ethics of Work and Family to speak about the impact of migration and U.S. immigration policy on families, particularly at the Southern border.

October 20, 2020
Alan Rosen, renowned scholar of Holocaust literature and Kraft-Hiatt Scholar in Residence, will visit Professor Alan Avery Peck’s Intro to Judaism to talk about Jewish holidays and how they are observed in his neighborhood in Israel.

October 21, 2020
Harriet Fertik, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of New Hampshire, will help students in Aaron Seider's Aeneid course to look at the Gwendolyn Brooks' poem Anniad and explore questions related to injustice, wellbeing, and the recent reception of the Aeneid and Greco-Roman culture. 

October 22, 2020
Reyna Grande, author of the bestselling memoir The Distance Between Us, will visit Professor Michelle Sterk Barrett’s course on Community Engagement and Social Responsibility to talk about her journey as an undocumented child immigrant from Mexico.

October 27, 2020
Kathryn Getek Soltis, a Catholic ethicist whose work focuses on prison/justice reform and mass incarceration, will visit Professor Mary Roche’s class on Ethics of Work and Family. She is Director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education and an Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Villanova University.

October 28, 2020
Stacy Gallin, director of the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust at Misericordia University, will visit Professor Daniel Bitran’s Science, Medicine and the Holocaust class. Gallin is leading a world-wide effort to develop a curriculum that uses the Holocaust as a medium to teach biomedical ethics to students of medicine and other health professions.

October 29, 2020
Rev. Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Associate Professor at St. John's University, will visit Professor Benny Liew’s class Nature and Animals in the Bible to discuss Pope Francis’ use of the Bible in his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si.

October 29, 2020
Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Executive Director of The Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College, will visit Professor Alan Avery-Peck’s class on Messiahs in Judaism to talk about his recent book Resurrection Logic. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

November 12, 2020
Rev. Michael A. MartĂ­nez, S.J., a priest rapper who teaches theology at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, will visit Professor Megan Ross’s Hip-Hop and Musical Identity class. “[When] You see a guy in a collar, you think Mass, you think…this guy’s reading the Bible somewhere or preaching a homily,” Fr. Martinez explained. “But, for me, hip-hop is part of my identity. And as a Jesuit, I don’t give up my identity—I just become more me.” Fr. Martinez will also give an evening talk and performance on November 17.

December 1, 2020
William S. Green, Senior Vice Provost at University of Miami and senior fellow in the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, will visit Professor Alan Avery-Peck’s Intro to Judaism to talk about his recent study of Gen X and beyond and the use of the internet to form virtual Jewish attachments and communities. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

December 8, 2020
Su Fang Ng, Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor and Associate Professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, will visit Professor Tom Martin’s class on Alexander the Great and Asia to discuss her ground-breaking research on the function of ancient fictions about Alexander the Great as cultural indices of status and identity in early modern Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia in its initial contact with European imperialists. She is author of Alexander the Great from Britain to Southeast Asia: Peripheral Empires in the Global Renaissance (Oxford UP, 2019).

December 9, 2020
Kalpana Jain, senior religion and ethics editor at The Conversation, will visit Professor Mathew Schmalz's class on Hinduism to speak about her area of research in Hindu nationalism.