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Holy Cross’ New Superpower

Historically dismissed as juvenile at best, evil at worst, graphic novels and comic books are finding their place as a valuable academic tool in higher education.

09/19/23 by

Beyond Marvel and DC, faculty are using the College’s Dr. Mark D. Nevins ’86 Collection for the Study of Comics and Graphic Novels as a centerpiece to teaching. Learn more in our graphic novel, below.

Holy Cross Professors Look to Inspire and Unite Worcester and Students Through Poetry

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney and Oliver de la Paz see the city as a muse for future works.

05/30/23 by

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney and Oliver de la Paz are passionate about poetry — and the city of Worcester. The College of the Holy Cross faculty members are combining the two as a way to inspire the next generation of poets and …

34 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

The honor is bestowed on fewer than 4% of a class.

  In October, 34 members of the College of the Holy Cross class of 2023 were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society.  Selection is one of the highest honors that can be earned on a Jesuit campus. …

Academic Conference Showcases Creativity, Wide-Ranging Research of Holy Cross Students

The four-day celebration featured presentations, performances and lectures from students of all class years

05/03/21 by

  Two summers ago, while studying abroad in Cambodia, Emily O’Regan ’21 had the first inspiration for her honors thesis: “I spent weeks deep in the jungle surrounded by some of the most pristine landscapes and incredible wildlife I had …

Behind-the-Scenes at The Spire: How Holy Cross’ Student Newspaper Is Keeping the Community Connected

Student journalists share what’s driving them as they adapt to running a campus newspaper remotely

12/11/20 by

Over the summer, Matthew Anderson ’21 was at work in his hometown of Moultonborough, New Hampshire, when his phone started buzzing nonstop. Anderson, co-editor-in-chief of Holy Cross’ student newspaper, The Spire, saw numerous messages from Spire staff members who had …

31 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

Alpha Sigma Nu acceptance is granted to less than four percent of the class

Thirty-one Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu,  the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a virtual ceremony held recently. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service.  Selection to Alpha …

Students Learn From, Network With Alumnae at Women in Business Conference

The annual event featured keynote speaker artist Maggie O'Neill '99, panel discussions with alumnae in varying fields and networking sessions

11/06/19 by

A talk about color theory might seem like an odd topic to hear at a conference for business-minded women. Maggie O’Neill ’99, artist and co-founder of SWATCHROOM, a design and fabrication firm, begs to differ. “The idea behind color theory, …

Home Sweet Campus: A Peek Inside Residence Life at Holy Cross

What’s it really like to live on The Hill? Five students share their living spaces

10/09/19 by

Ninety percent of Holy Cross students live in one of 11 residence halls on campus — but how do they make those spaces feel like home? The answer is both literal and emotional. The Holy Cross housing experience starts as …

Acclaimed Author and Holy Cross Professor Leah Hager Cohen Featured in Boston Globe Q&A

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Leah Hager Cohen, critically acclaimed author and English professor, as well as the James N. and Sarah L. O’Reilly Barrett professor in Creative Writing at the College of the Holy Cross, was recently interviewed by The Boston Globe. Professor Cohen, …

Stranger Things: English Course Traces Gothic Tradition to Modern TV Shows and Movies

From British literature to 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' students explore what old and new monsters tell us about ourselves

More than 120 years ago, readers huddled by the amber glow of candlelight in wide-eyed terror to devour the pages of author Bram Stoker’s Gothic tale, “Dracula.” In 2016, viewers by the millions sat in the screen-lit blue light of …

Academic Conference 2018 Showcases Creativity, Independent Research of Over 470 Students

The four-day celebration was filled with performances, poster sessions and presentations across academic disciplines and class years

Over the course of four days, more than 470 students spanning all class years presented the results of their independent, creative and intellectual endeavors during the 2018 Academic Conference. The celebration of academic life at the College of the Holy …

Photo Gallery: Academic Conference a Showcase of Student Research, Creativity

Over the course of four jam-packed days, the College of the Holy Cross saw yet another successful Academic Conference come and go. From Seelos Theatre and the Hogan Campus Center, to the Cantor Art Gallery and the Stein Atrium, more …

Working Writers Series Kicks Off Spring Semester with Nonfiction Writer Jerald Walker

Series includes short story author, novelists

The Working Writers Series events, which are sponsored by the English department’s Creative Writing Program, will present readings from the following writers throughout the semester. All events will take place in the Rehm Library in Smith Hall (unless otherwise noted) …

English Professor to Premiere Off-Broadway Production

"Cardiff" written by Leila Philip is based on an original work by British artist Garth Evans

How do people respond to an encounter with the unfamiliar? This is the idea that Leila Philip, professor of English, explores on stage with “Cardiff,” which premieres on January 25 at The Duplex in New York City. “Cardiff” is based …

Award-Winning Poet, Professor Philip Metres ‘92 Reflects on Lessons Learned at Holy Cross

Cleveland Magazine

Philip Metres ’92 thinks back on his time as a senior English major at the College working on a creative writing honors thesis under the tutelage of Robert Cording, professor emeritus of English. Now an award-winning poet and professor of …

Blog: Pan ’20 Shares Unique Student Experience at Holy Cross

12/15/16 by

NAME Olivia Pan ’20 HOMETOWN Boston, Mass. STUDIES SHE’S CONSIDERING English with a concentration in creative writing WHY SHE CHOSE HOLY CROSS: “I have always heard wonderful things about the English program at Holy Cross, and the College overall, so …

Holy Cross Announces Seven New Faculty Hires for 2016-17 Academic Year

In her annual address to the College for the 2016-17 academic year, Margaret Freije, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, announced the hiring of seven new faculty members. These new faculty members include five new tenure-track …

Video: Holy Cross Alumnus Makes Musical Debut on “Conan”

Broadway World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtOuCZ6fonE   Tall Heights, a Boston-based duo comprised of Tim Harrington ’10 and Paul Wright, a 2007 graduate from Dartmouth College, performed their hit single “Spirit Cold” off of their major label album, “Neptune,” on “Conan,” which is hosted by …

Working Writers Series Kicked Off Fall Semester with Two Holy Cross Professors

Series includes novelist, poet, and journalist from the Wall Street Journal

09/06/16 by

The first Working Writers Series event kicked off this Thursday with readings by Oliver de la Paz and Stephanie Reents, both associate professors of English at the College of the Holy Cross. The Working Writers Series events, which are sponsored …

Working Writers Series to Kick Off Spring Semester with Travel Writer and Poet Gretel Ehrlich

Series includes actor, novelist, screenwriter, and more

01/25/16 by

The Working Writers Series will kick off the spring semester with a reading by Gretel Ehrlich, an American travel writer, poet, and essayist.  Ehrlich will read excerpts from her work on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rehm …