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Russian Pop Star’s Condemnation of the War in Ukraine Is No Ordinary Anti-War Statement, Says Holy Cross Russian Studies Professor

The Conversation

Russia’s defining 20th-century pop star, Alla Pugacheva, declared her opposition to the invasion of Ukraine on Instagram earlier this month, emerging as the most significant A-list Russian celebrity to come out against the war.  In a recent piece for The …

Redefining Art: Holy Cross Summer Research Documents Techniques of Refugee Artists in Worcester

The project took Gabriella Trznadel '24 into Worcester and across the state to meet with artisans.

08/11/22 by

A few pieces of art hung behind Gabriella Trznadel ’24 as she met with her first-year advisor via Zoom a few years ago. Susan Rodgers, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Ethics and Society within the College of the Holy Cross’ sociology …

Holy Cross Welcomes Twelve Tenure-Track Faculty Members

The new faculty members represent nine academic disciplines

At the start of the 2020-21 academic year, Holy Cross welcomed new tenure-track faculty members, joining the following departments: biology, classics, English, mathematics and computer science, philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology, Spanish, and world languages, literatures and cultures. The scholars …

From Mahjong to Dumplings: A Conversation with an Award-Winning Chinese Professor

Margaret Hannick '23 talks with Claudia Ross to explore a foundation in linguistics that led to a lifetime of teaching Chinese

11/21/19 by

How do you take learning a new language, like Chinese, and make it accessible, relevant and fun? If you’re Claudia Ross, professor of Chinese in the modern languages and literatures department, you think start by — literally — writing the …

New Book Gives Voice to History of Jesuits on Campus

'Beneath the Cross' tells the stories of the men buried in the Jesuit Cemetery, offering a companion history of the College

Hundreds walk by daily, but most would recognize only a handful of the names on the nearly 300 white stone markers at the Jesuit Cemetery. A new book seeks to rectify that, detailing the lives of those interred and, in …

Retiring Faculty Members Leave Rich Legacy on Students, College

For more than four decades, these seven professors have shaped Holy Cross and their fields

After decades of shaping students and the College, the following faculty members announced their retirement from Holy Cross this spring: Isabel Alvarez Borland, distinguished professor of arts and humanities; Patricia Bizzell, distinguished professor of humanities; John Hamilton, associate professor of …

Ten Faculty Members Receive Tenure in 2019

The faculty members represent 10 different academic departments

02/27/19 by

From researching fruit flies to reimagining the first commercially successful color film, College of the Holy Cross faculty members are making massive contributions to their fields — and to their classrooms. Hear a bit more from the 10 newly tenured …

Five Holy Cross Faculty Members Promoted to Rank of Professor

The professors discuss their scholarship and proudest accomplishments while at the College

After years of dedicated teaching and research in their respective fields, five Holy Cross faculty members have been promoted to the rank of full professor. We asked them a few questions about their scholarship — and more:

Eight Holy Cross Faculty Members Promoted to Rank of Professor

The professors answer questions on their scholarship, proudest accomplishments

After years of research and accomplishments in their respective fields, eight Holy Cross faculty members have been promoted to the rank of professor. Below, the professors share their thoughts on their careers, scholarship and more.

Latin American Film Class Travels to Buenos Aires to Explore Dark Period of Argentine History

Over spring break, 14 students studied first-hand how Argentines remember and memorialize the scars left by their dictatorship 30 years later

In the span of about a decade, roughly 30,000 people in Argentina disappeared at the hands of the government. Called “los desaparecidos,” or “the disappeared,” many of these individuals were brought to the 500-plus clandestine detention centers established to detain …

Professor Explores 300 Years of Russian Artistic Imagination in New Book

Reviewer calls Assistant Professor Olga Partan’s book “original, alluring, and persuasive”

What does commedia dell’arte, a form of theatre born in Italy in the mid-16th century, have to do with Russian cultural history? In “Vagabonding Masks: The Italian Commedia dell’Arte in the Russian Artistic Imagination” (Academic Studies Press, 2017), Olga Partan, …

Holy Cross Academic Conference 2017 to Showcase Student Work

350 students will present results of research, independent work across disciplines

As the academic year nears its end, more than 350 students will present the results of their independent work in the performing and visual arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at the 2017 Academic Conference, taking place across campus …

Holy Cross Hosts Conference to Delve Into Tolstoy’s Controversial Take on Christianity

An international slate of acclaimed authors and scholars of the work of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) will participate in a conference titled “Tolstoy and Spirituality” on April 21-22 at the College of the Holy Cross. All conference sessions, which …

Holy Cross Music Department Announces the Spring 2017 Concert Series

The College of the Holy Cross music department will kick off its spring concert series on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. in Brooks Concert Hall with artist-in-residence Saul Bitrán’s Cuarteto Latinoamericano: “Tribute to the Americas.” Cuarteto Latinoamericano is one …

Italian Professor Edits Volume on Role of Italian Women in Wartime

Susan Amatangelo, professor of Italian and current speaker of the faculty, edited the volume “Italian Women at War: Sisters in Arms from the Unification to the Twentieth Century” (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016), which she explains “offers diverse perspectives on …

Students Study Around the World Through Maymester Programs This Summer

This summer, 59 students jet set to different locations around the world through the College’s ever-popular Maymester program to sites in England, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Germany, and Russia. Each year, the College offers a number of these summer …

Holy Cross Receives STARTALK Grant for the Fifth Year in a Row

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Holy Cross has been awarded a $90,000 STARTALK grant to convene a 10-day summer residential program on literacy development in Chinese as a foreign language (CFL). This is the fifth year in a row that the College has received STARTALK …

Holy Cross Academic Conference to Showcase Student Work

300 students, including Fenwick Scholar, will present results of research, independent work

As the academic year comes to an end, the College of the Holy Cross will celebrate the great and varied work accomplished by its students at the annual Academic Conference taking place across campus from April 27 through April 30. The four-day conference gives students from all class years the opportunity to present the results of their....

French-Algerian Dance Troupe Compagnie Hervé Koubi to Perform at Holy Cross

Company members to offer classroom visits, lecture demonstrations, and workshops in contemporary dance, hip-hop, capoeira, and African dance

03/03/16 by

Celebrating the grace of contemporary and street dance traditions, Compagnie Hervé Koubi, of Algerian and French background, will perform excerpts from their touring work “Ce que le jour doit à la nuit” at College of the Holy Cross on March …

Holy Cross Announces Eight New Faculty Hires

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In her annual address to the College for the 2015-16 academic year, Margaret Freije, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, announced the hiring of eight new faculty members. These new faculty members include an endowed chair, …