Harvard Divinity School, the nation's first nonsectarian theological school, will celebrate its bicentennial during the 2016–17 academic year with events and exhibits that highlight the School's mission to illuminate, engage, and serve the world through the pursuit and practice of religious literacy.
“For two centuries HDS has advanced the study of religion and empowered men and women to serve others around the world,” said HDS Dean David N. Hempton. “The bicentennial will allow us to reflect on this rich history, even as we envision anew the School's mission for the future.”
From August 2016 through May 2017, HDS will celebrate 200 years of excellence in the study of religion and look ahead to its future. Community members will want to save the date for a multiday celebration planned for April 27–29, 2017.
For additional information about Bicentennial events, please contact the Bicentennial coordinator at email@example.com.
Celebration and Reunion
Our overwhelming response to the bicentennial and reunion events means that we’ve reached capacity for all our events, so please plan to arrive early and expect a very full house. See you soon!
April 27, 2017
Ingersoll Lecture: Marilynne Robinson
To kick off three days of celebration at HDS, Pulitzer Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson, creator of Gilead and Housekeeping, expounds upon immortality, religion, and literature.
April 28, 2017
WSRP Research Associates Reunion
Bicentennial Presentations and Party
Join the HDS community of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends on the HDS campus for a joyous 200th birthday celebration and a day of engagement in the study and practice of religion.
April 29, 2017
HDS Alumni Reunion
Rewalk the HDS labyrinth. Revisit the CSWR. Renew your friendships with classmates and faculty. Bring your family and your memories, and expect to leave with more of both.
The Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 Memorial Honors recognizes distinguished HDS alumni whose excellence in life, work, and service pays homage to the mission and values of Peter J. Gomes STB '68 and Harvard Divinity School.
May 25, 2017
Commencement and Bicentennial Multifaith Service
August 30, 2016
Bicentennial launch and Faces of Divinity installation
Featuring George Rupp, John Lord O’Brian Professor of Divinity and Dean of HDS from 1979–1985
For twenty-five years, the Pluralism Project at Harvard has studied the changing religious landscape of the United States. Join us as we mark this milestone with “The Pluralism Project at 25: Diversity and Inclusion in the American Crucible,” a conference featuring conversations about the critical challenges and opportunities religious diversity poses today. Visit the Pluralism Project's website for more information and to register for this free conference.
HDS Town Hall Meeting: Reconciling our Past, Reimagining our Future: Religious Pluralism in the Context of Christian Hegemony
Career Services 100 for 200 Celebration
Career Services “100 for 200” event honoring alumni career story video library participants
Religions and the Practice of Peace Colloquium with Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the Liberian women's mass action for peace
20th anniversary of the Religion and Ecology Series featuring Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Join Karen Tse, MDiv ’00, for this special bicentennial colloquium on “leading from within,” human rights as ministry, and how to leverage the HDS experience to effect global change.
Conversation and Controversy: On Recent Tensions Between the Academic and the (Hindu) Faith Community
Bicentennial Seasons of Light
Seasons of Light honors the interplay of light and dark as the longest nights of the year approach.
“Religion and Journalism”
Religious Literacy Project symposium
Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Bicentennial Issue
Includes the winners of the Bicentennial Essay Contest
Join Kurt Shaw, MTS ’95, for this special bicentennial colloquium on human rights, children, the arts, and how to leverage the HDS experience to effect global change.
February 28, 2017
“Doris Salcedo’s Circles of Sorrow”
Edwidge Danticat, award-winning Haitian novelist and short-story writer
6 pm: Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums
William James Lecture: Anthony Pinn, MDiv ’89, PhD ’94, Rice University
Dudleian Lecture: Tyler Roberts, MTS ’87, ThD ’93, Grinnell College
HDS Bicentennial Host Committee
HDS Bicentennial Host Committee Co-Chairs
- Jerry H. Baker, BD ’71
- Thomas M. Chappell, MTS ’91
- Christopher Justin Hanson, MDiv ’10
- Ruth B. Purtilo, MTS ’75, PhD ’79
- William J. Rainer
- Margaret R. Rose, MDiv ’79
- R. Thomas Stanton
- Ramakrishna Sudireddy
- Susan Shallcross Swartz
- Sarah K. Taylor Peck, MDiv ’07
- S. Joshua Thomas, MTS ’02
- Julia Whitcavitch-DeVoy, MTS ’94
- Jim Anathan, MDiv ’03
- Thomas W. Anderson, MTS ’98
- Robert L. Beal, AB ’63, MBA ’65
- H. Bernard Campbell II, MTS ’88
- Michelle R. Clayman
- John Davis Coggin, MTS ’11
- Katherine Anne Collins, MTS ’11
- Richard Ashok Coutinho, MTS ’94, LLM ’02
- Quardricos Bernard Driskell, MTS ’08
- William Graham, AM ’70, PhD ’73
- Gloria Elaine White-Hammond, MDiv ’97
- Ray A. Hammond II, AB ’71, MD ’75, AM ’84
- Susan O. Hayward, MDiv ’07
- Susannah Heschel, MTS ’76
- Arlene Hirschfeld
- Celene Ibrahim, MDiv ’11
- Robert A. Jones
- Kurt A. Keilhacker, MTS ’07
- Sanford P. Keziah III, MTS ’88
- Gregory Kimura, MDiv ’93
- David A. McCreery, AB ’85
- Amb. Alonzo L. McDonald, Jr., MBA ’56
- Brian Melendez, AB ’86, JD ’90, MTS ’91
- Elizabeth H. Monrad
- Ernest E. Monrad AB ’51
- Sejal H. Patel, MTS ’14
- Mary Roodkowsky, MTS ’77
- George E. Rupp, PhD ’72
- Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell, MTS ’13
- Robert N. Shapiro, AB ’72, JD ’78
- Bjorn C. Sorenson, MTS ’02
- Derek C. M. van Bever, MBA ’88, MDiv ’11
- Karen Vickers Budney, MDiv ’91
- John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., MTS ’81, EdM ’82, EdD ’85
- M. Withgott
Student Host Committee Members
- Daniel Becton
- Melissa Coles
- Karlene Griffiths Sekou
- Ashlynn Rickord
- Sana Saeed
- Taylor Stewart