Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture

The Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture, which recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the realm of public service, is named for the Hon. Edward F. Hanify, class of 1904, a prominent Massachusetts jurist who was an active Holy Cross alumnus until his death in 1954, and Weston Howland, who endowed the lecture in Judge Hanify’s memory.  

The Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture Committee is a student committee that works directly with the  President's Office and the Hanify and Howland families to choose an annual speaker to address the College community on issues of public affairs. 

Additionally, the Committee arranges for a seminar in which Holy Cross students have the opportunity to engage with the speaker in a small-group setting.

55th Annual Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 7:30pm in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom


Photo of Nikole Hannah Jones. She is sitting on a staircase with a floral print blazer and black shirt.
The Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture Committee is pleased to announce that the 55th annual Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, on Wednesday April 12 at 7:30pm n the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom at the College of the Holy Cross.
The Hanify-Howland Lecture Series recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the realm of public service in honor of Edward Hanify, a member of the graduating class of 1904, and Weston Howland. 
Hannah-Jones' book  "The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story", and the 1619 Project children's book, "Born on the Water", were instant #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her 1619 Project is now a six-part docu-series on Hulu. Hannah-Jones has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards and the National Magazine Award three times.
She also serves as the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she founded the Center for Journalism & Democracy. Hannah-Jones is also the co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which seeks to increase the number of investigative reporters and editors of color, and in 2022 she opened the 1619 Freedom School, a free, after school literacy program in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. Hannah-Jones holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame.