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‘A Complicated Narrative’: Faculty-Student Research on Crusades to Debut at Cantor 

Exhibition sheds new light on the history of the Crusades and its traditional narrative.

01/11/23 by

History once written by conquerors is being retold through research and fact via the work of Amanda Luyster, assistant professor of visual arts at the College of the Holy Cross, her students and an upcoming exhibition at the College’s Iris …

Patrick Tutwiler ’97 Appointed Massachusetts Secretary of Education

As secretary, Tutwiler will oversee the commonwealth’s education and instruction policy agenda.

Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Healey has appointed Patrick Tutwiler ’97 as the next secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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. …

Holy Cross Faculty, Staff and Students Join with Worcester to Highlight Latino History

With support from the Holy Cross Scholarship in Action program, professors, staff and students work with city activists to collect and tell Latino stories.

11/14/22 by

The Latino connection to Worcester’s history is one of educational advancement, social justice activism and economic opportunities. For these reasons, it is vital that the Latino story is told in the community’s own words, and documented and shared in the …

Russia Is Committing to an Escalation of the War in Ukraine, Says Holy Cross History Professor and Russia Expert

Business Insider | The Washington Post | Newsweek | KCBS Radio | Adevarul (Romania)

With the rapid escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, media around the world are turning to Cynthia Hooper, associate professor of history and director of Russian and Eastern European Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, for her expert …

Holy Cross Spotlights Indigenous Living History via Documentary, Scholarship and More

Upcoming project includes a website to further the relationship between Nimpuc people, the College and the city of Worcester.

10/08/22 by

Sarah Luria’s students often tell her that fourth grade is the final time they hear about indigenous communities in a classroom.

Russian Journalist Dmitry Muratov to Holy Cross Students: Anti-War Movement Is ‘In Your Hands’

The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner emphasized the influence every person has in maintaining peace in the world.

10/07/22 by

Standing behind a podium in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel at the College of the Holy Cross, Dmitry Muratov relayed stories that invoked historic household names, like former president of Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and political titans such as Ronald Reagan.

Chinese Americans Depicted as Hero, SideKick and Villain in Vintage WWII-Era Comics

Emma Grayeb ’24 analyzed how war propaganda and changing American sentiment affected how Chinese Americans were portrayed during the post-WWII era through the onset of the Cold War.

08/12/22 by

Curious about how Chinese American identity was constructed and portrayed in comics during the 1940s and 1950s, Emma Grayeb ’24, an Asian studies and history double major, decided to dedicate her summer to researching the issue. As one of several …

Worcester Black History Trail Opens as Community Lauds Holy Cross Faculty Member

Senior lecturer Thomas Doughton credited as one of the sparks that led to its long-anticipated creation and debut.

06/03/22 by

A who’s who of Worcester dignitaries assembled at the corner of John and North Ashland Streets on June 2, including the mayor, the acting city manager, several city councilors, a representative from a Congressional office and more. Though one individual …

Holy Cross Associate Professor Edward O’Donnell Featured in ‘Theodore Roosevelt’ History Channel Documentary

O’Donnell discusses aspects of the Square Deal, Roosevelt’s domestic policy

Edward T. O’Donnell ’86, associate professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross, is one of several experts participating in a History Channel two-part series on President Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy.

History Professor and Kremlin Media Expert on Russia’s Victory Day Celebrations: ‘Putin Likens Ukraine Fight to World War II’

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With the conflict in Ukraine escalating by the day, worldwide media are turning to Cynthia Hooper, associate professor of history and director of Russian and Eastern European Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, for her expert insight. Most …

The Perception War in Russia Is Key to the Outcome of the Ukraine Invasion, Says Professor and Russia Expert

The Conversation

With all eyes on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, particular attention is falling on the generational struggle breaking out across Russia, as younger generations are turning to social media to express their shock and shame at the war. In a recent …

WATCH: Holy Cross Faculty Experts Discuss Russia’s Attack on Ukraine

As the world watches and reacts to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a panel of Holy Cross professors and Russia experts discussed why it happened and where it leaves us now. After opening remarks, the panelists answered questions from the Holy Cross …

Russian Media Blames the U.S. for Escalating Ukraine Crisis, Says Holy Cross History Professor and Russia Expert

The Conversation

Many column inches around the world have been devoted to the growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, but what is the Russian media’s narrative on President Vladimir Putin’s potential call to invade Ukraine? According to Cynthia Hooper, associate professor of …

History Professor Featured in The HISTORY Channel’s ‘Engineering That Built the World’ Series

The HISTORY Channel

Holy Cross Associate Professor of History Ed O’Donnell ’86 is one of the experts helping to bring the stories of the visionaries behind the most epic builds of the past two centuries to life for a national audience. As the …

Holy Cross Professors’ Research to Address HIV Stigma, Racial Equity in Health and the Impact of Local Poetry in Worcester

The initiative was sponsored by an $800,000 Mellon Foundation grant

Holy Cross announced the recipients of the “Scholarship in Action” grants for the 2021-2022 academic year, an initiative that advances impactful Worcester-based faculty research with community partners and provides valuable experiential learning opportunities for Holy Cross students. The three-year research …

30 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

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

Thirty Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a ceremony held on Sunday, Oct. 24th in the Rehm Library. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, …

Student-Generated Urban Studies Minor Debuts at Holy Cross

Maggie Hartnett '23 & faculty advisors team up to create new Urban Studies minor, which will explore themes around how we build our cities, what we do in them and how they shape us

Maggie Hartnett ’23 knew she enjoyed the architecture classes she took during her first year at Holy Cross, but wasn’t quite sure she wanted to be an architect. Then, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she took note of the changes …

Anti-Racism Action Plan Internship—Holy Cross Student Summer Series

Riley Dolan ’22 and Professor Tsitsi Masvawure are collaborating with the Family Health Center of Worcester to respond to a community need

08/17/21 by

Many Holy Cross summer internship experiences are student- or professor-initiated, but with Holy Cross’ reputation for outstanding faculty and passionate students, some opportunities — like the creation of an anti-racism plan for a local health center — develop out of …

Art History Internship at Holy Cross – Holy Cross Student Summer Series

Jinze Mi '23 and Dr. Meredith Fluke are spending the summer researching, cataloguing and preserving 150 years' worth of art at the College

08/10/21 by

As a history and art history double major, Jinze Mi ’23 is used to studying art in the classroom. But this summer, through the Weiss Summer Research Program, he was surrounded by it. Under the expert guidance of Meredith Fluke, …