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

The Boston Globe

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, …

Holy Cross Professor Analyzes the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Watchlist, Reveals Inconsistencies

The Conversation

Since 1997, the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Watchlist has been blacklisting America’s enemies, yet some believe that it has done little to actually thwart terrorism attempts. Helping to break down this complex issue is Eric Fleury ’08, visiting assistant professor of …

Blog: First-Year Student Nurtures Passion for French Culture on Maymester to Paris

Lucy Rizzo '22 takes four-week immersive study abroad trip to Paris, France

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Name: Lucy Rizzo ’22 Hometown: Bronxville, New York Areas of study: Political science and visual art studio double major Maymester program: “Arts and Architecture” in Paris, France. Students in this program explore the arts and architecture of Paris to trace the history of …

Blog: First-Year Student Explores Love of Art and History on Maymester to Rome

Carolyn Dunderdale '22 takes four-week immersive study abroad trip to Rome, Italy

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Name: Carolyn Dunderdale ’22 Hometown: Marshfield, Massachusetts Potential areas of study: Biology and the Health Professions Advising Program Maymester program: “Rome in History and Imagination” in Rome, Italy. Students in this program will explore ancient Roman history, art and archaeology to gain a …

Holy Cross Professor Says We Shouldn’t Let the Ruins of the Hebrew Bible Scare Us

Commonweal Magazine

In a recent commentary for Commonweal Magazine, Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, assistant professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, said that oftentimes her students lament the Hebrew Bible’s lack of clear answers to moral dilemmas. But that’s precisely why we need to …

Isabel Block ’19 Named Class of 2019 Valedictorian

The mathematics and Chinese double major and Massachusetts native will deliver the valedictory address at Commencement

Isabel Block ’19 has been selected to deliver the Class of 2019 valedictory address at the Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 24. Isabel is a mathematics and Chinese double major, a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society …

Video: Academic Conference Celebrates Students’ Wide-Reaching Research, Creativity

Over four days, 415 students of all class years showcased their work in a variety of disciplines through poster presentations, lectures and performances

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“How many black women therapists do you think there are in the state of Massachusetts?” Olivia Fenty ’21, a psychology major with a concentration in Africana studies, asked a room full of students and faculty members at Academic Conference. The …

Studying STEM: How Holy Cross Celebrates Women in Science, Math and More

One-on-one mentoring and events like Girls Can Code and Women in Science Day help female STEM students thrive

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To the standard acronym for STEM — science, technology, engineering, math — Holy Cross adds an important letter: W. From professors who serve as mentors to female students, to students who in turn empower high school girls, the Holy Cross …

Is Theistic Belief Rational in a Scientific Age? A Philosopher and Astrophysicist Exchange Arguments

Philosopher William Lane Craig and astrophysicist Jeff Hester presented their cases for theism and atheism during a highly-anticipated event

The practice of engaging with difficult questions lies at the heart of a Holy Cross education. On April 9, those packed into Seelos Theatre grappled with a particularly formidable one: Is theistic belief rational in a scientific age? The highly-anticipated …

At Holy Cross, Professors Become Mentors

Through interactions both in and out of the classroom, Holy Cross students are surrounded by faculty members invested in their success

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With small class sizes and faculty members committed to their success, Holy Cross students develop close bonds with professors, both in and out of the classroom — a cornerstone of the Holy Cross experience. From guiding students in independent lab …

Holy Cross Professor Who Studied Christianity in Sri Lanka Says Easter Attacks Reflect Rise in Extremism

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Coordinated suicide bomber attacks targeting Christians and foreigners in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday left the nation reeling. But why would a nation that is predominantly Buddhist become the latest target of anti-Christian violence? Writing for …

It’s Never Too Late: Holy Cross Alumna Pens Two Bestselling Novels

Karen McManus '91 left a 20-year career in marketing to follow her dream of writing young adult novels

When Karen McManus ’91 published her first book in May 2017, she realized a dream deferred. An aspiring author since childhood, she experienced the thrill of watching her first novel catapult onto The New York Times’ best-seller list and remain …

Black Student-Athletes Take Leadership Role in Creating Shared Community

The student-founded group, Men of Color Athletes, is driving discussion and impacting its members

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick spent the 2017 and 2018 football seasons out of work. And even if he never takes another snap, he leaves quite a legacy. Kaepernick’s influence was on display at January’s Black Student-Athlete Summit (BSAS) in …

The Golden Rule: Holy Cross Alumnus Helps Provide Health Care to the Homeless

Ron Lawson '75 found himself homeless 30 years ago — now he helps others in the same situation

Ron Lawson ’75 had worked for 14 years as a financial analyst and manager for some of the biggest firms on Wall Street. So when he was suddenly laid off in the early 1990s recession, he didn’t think much of …

Holy Cross Students Turn Project Ideas Into Reality Through Ignite Fund

When students were tasked with building a religious curriculum for a local middle school, the Ignite Fund helped the project take shape

Rev. Thomas McMurray, S.J., wears many hats at Nativity School of Worcester — director of admissions, director of Jesuit mission and identity, and chaplain. When he needed help developing a religious education curriculum for the school, he knew where to …

Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society Takes Business Programs at Holy Cross to Next Level

The new center gives students multiple pathways to study business at the College

“Before, we emphasized that students could ‘major in anything, succeed in business,’ but we only offered the one pathway, the co-curricular certificate of readiness through COES,” says David Chu, the Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society’s director of certificate programs …

Holy Cross Alumnus Paves Way for Ethical Business Leaders

Throughout his career, Art Ciocca '59 has taken an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy

Before tech startups flocked to Silicon Valley, before entrepreneurs competed for millions in funding on the TV show “Shark Tank,” and before entrepreneurship was part of the cultural zeitgeist in the U.S., Arthur “Art” Ciocca ’59 saw entrepreneurship as the …

New Course Explores Storied, Unexpected Relationship Between the Jesuits and Music

Students studied the misunderstood relationship and showcased their research in a culminating, full-length concert

What do Freddie Mercury and Chance the Rapper have in common? They’ve both created music that nods to their Jesuit ties. And they’re both topics of discussion in the course Music & the Jesuits, taught by Daniel DiCenso ’98, assistant …

20 Years Strong, Plumley Village SPUD Programs Continue to Grow

The housing complex in Worcester has become a popular — and growing — volunteer site for helping youth

Each week, dozens of Holy Cross student volunteers take a short drive across the city to continue a commute that started two decades ago. The students, members of Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), make their way to Plumley Village, …

Jimmy Murray ’17 Works His Way to 2019 AFC Championship Game

The offensive lineman's never-say-die work ethic propelled him from Fitton Field to playing for the Kansas City Chiefs

Jimmy Murray ’17 sees opportunity where others see stop signs. He first worked his way onto his high school football team and later onto the Holy Cross football team as a walk-on. In 2018, he beat the odds once more, …