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Professor Stephanie Yuhl Works With Worcester’s LGBTQ+ Community to Share Their History

Funded by a Scholarship in Action grant, the three-year project aims to make this long-overlooked history both visible and accessible

On April 25, the Worcester Historical Museum was filled with emotion — sorrow, anger, joy — as hundreds explored the museum’s newest exhibition, “LGBTQ+ Worcester — For the Record,” a chronicling of images, histories, voices and experiences of Worcester’s LGBTQ+ …

Bubble Tea and Constructing Asian American Identity: A Conversation with Fenwick Scholar Mia Yee ’19

The graduating senior spent the year conducting research on Asian American food spaces

05/22/19 by

Every year, Holy Cross names a Fenwick Scholar — a student who spends the entirety of their senior year conducting independent research. But it’s not every year that student embarks on a study of ramen and other modern Asian American …

Eight Holy Cross Students, Recent Alumni Receive Distinguished Scholarships

The highly-competitive Fulbright and Knight-Hennessy scholarships showcase the talent of Holy Cross students

05/21/19 by

College of the Holy Cross students and alumni have earned an impressive array of scholarships this year from prestigious organizations, including the Knight-Hennessy Scholar Program and the Fulbright Program. These honors are testimony to the astonishing intellectual curiosity of Holy …

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

04/23/19 by

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 …

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 …

No Matter the Path, Holy Cross Students Thrive

Students find endless ways to combine their academic passions with hands-on experience

03/25/19 by

College can often feel like a linear journey — take a few classes, decide on a major, join a club or two, fulfill your requirements and graduate in four years. For many, though, that path is much less precise. Interested …

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 …

Holy Cross Professor’s Cultural Anthropology Research Highlighted in Australian Science Magazine

Cosmos Magazine

Recent studies analyzing the role played by race in influencing response to cosmetic surgery have yielded controversial results, notably that the race, of both patients and observers, appears to impact the perceived attractiveness of rhinoplasty patients. Alvaro Jarrin, assistant professor …

Mellon Foundation Grant to Support Holy Cross Professors’ Research into LGBTQ+, Refugee Communities in Worcester

College's Scholarship in Action initiative to promote the power of humanities

The College of the Holy Cross announced the two inaugural recipients of the “Scholarship in Action” grants for the 2018-2019 academic year. The awarded projects focus on professors’ work in collaboration with community groups on the study of refugee resettlement …

Holy Cross Professor Shares Advice on Supporting Those Grieving Opioid Epidemic Victims

The Conversation

As part of her research on grief in the American opioid epidemic, Emily B. Campbell, visiting lecturer of sociology, spoke to grieving mothers who lost children to opioid addiction. In a piece written for The Conversation, she shared some advice …

Blog: Brown Baker ’20 Hopes to Become Fluent in Russian During Year Abroad

09/21/18 by

NAME Emily Brown Baker ‘20 HOMETOWN Harper Woods, Mich. (near Detroit) AREAS OF STUDY Sociology and Russian double major, Peace and Conflict Studies concentration WHERE SHE’S STUDYING Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) in Moscow, Russia DURATION Full academic …

Four Alumni Recognized Among 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine

Savoy Magazine

  Four Holy Cross alumni were named among the 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine this summer: Michael Brown ’86, Dominic Blue ’98, Damon Hart ’96 and Theodore V. Wells, Jr. ’72. According to the publication, the list …

Over 100 Students Spend Their Summers Conducting Research Around the World

From digging up fossils in the Midwest to interviewing three generations of women in Russia, Holy Cross students are on the cutting edge of undergraduate research

07/30/18 by

For 113 Holy Cross students, summer has been a time to dive deep into innovative research through the Weiss Summer Research Program. Sixty-eight students conducted research in the natural sciences; 37 in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts; and …

Deconstructing Modern Africa: Anthropology Course Challenges Students’ Idea of the Continent

After breaking down wayward tropes, the course rebuilds a more accurate and complex understanding of urban Africa today

“I didn’t give you a good example of syncopation — here, follow this,” says Jeremy Jones, assistant professor of anthropology, as he starts to rhythmically bang on his desk. The students join in, and soon the room is filled with …

Our Shared Responsibility: Jesuit Mission Holds Strong on Mount St. James

From faculty and staff to administration and students, everyone plays a part in living and sharing the Jesuit mission at Holy Cross

Just as the campus has changed since Day One, so have the Jesuits. The society and its mission have evolved over time, to a point in which, today, embracing and sharing the society’s mission at Holy Cross is not solely …

Holy Cross Professor Discusses Her Book on Racism and Colonialism in the Netherlands

The Northern Times

Melissa Weiner, associate professor of sociology at the College of the Holy Cross, has spent years studying racial identity formation, most recently in The Netherlands. In an article for Dutch news outlet The Northern Times, Weiner talks about the recent publication …

Eleven Students and Recent Alumni Receive Prestigious Grants and Scholarships

Fulbrights, Critical Language Scholarships and NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are among the competitive awards won

06/18/18 by

This spring, College of the Holy Cross students and alumni have won an impressive array of awards from prestigious organizations, including the Fulbright Program, Critical Language Scholarship and NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. These accolades speak to the curiosity, intellect and …

Holy Cross Alumna Appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of JetBlue

Several national news outlets, including Bloomberg, reported last week that Joanna Geraghty ’94, a sociology major at Holy Cross, has been named president and chief operating officer of JetBlue Airways Corp. In this role, Geraghty will run the day-to-day operations …

Holy Cross Sociologist Discusses the Increasing Popularity of ‘Voluntourism’ with The Times of India

The Times of India

Jennie Germann Molz, associate professor of sociology and anthropology at the College of the Holy Cross, shares her thoughts on volunteer tourism or “voluntourism,” one of the fastest growing trends in travel today. In an article for The Times of India, …

Holy Cross Professor Describes the Dangers of Plastic Surgery in Brazilian Public Hospitals

The Conversation | Newsweek | CNBC

While plastic surgery is widely available in Brazil’s public hospitals, and in most cases free or low-cost, “the ‘right to beauty’ has a darker side to it,” says Holy Cross assistant professor of anthropology Alvaro Jarrín. In an article for …