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Claritas Conversation with Joe Holland '78


March 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT


Chesterton House – Residence

Join us for a conversation with Joe Holland ’78 about his work in Harlem and issues surrounding justice and racial reconciliation.

Claritas Conversations is a relaxed venue to watch films on various topics, hear professors reflect on their vocation, and discuss the implications of Christian faith for all aspects of life and learning. Pizza at 6.

The Cornell Claritas is a Christian publication that was founded on the hope of starting thoughtful Christian conversations within the academic community.


Joseph H. Holland (“Holland”) is a graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. and was an All-American football player. He has served on the University’s Board of Trustees for twelve years before being appointed Trustee Emeritus. He holds his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and is a real estate developer, ordained minister, Harlem-based attorney and civic leader with twenty-five years of experience working in prominent organizations in law, business and government.

After law school, Holland relocated to Harlem where he established a real estate law practice and a holistic outreach ministry. He became legal counsel to Christ Community Church of Harlem and was ordained by its pastor, the late Rev. Linnette Williamson. He served as co-pastor and started Harkhomes, a shelter for homeless men. Stemming from his work with the homeless, Mr. Holland conceived Holistic Hardware, a life and job skills program for restoring lives in crisis. He also held various government positions related to housing and has receieved numerous awards and honors for both his business and community-building initiatives including presidential recognition for his work.

Read more about Joe’s memoir, From Harlem With Love (Lantern, 2012).

Chesterton House Painting