April Celebrations

We invite all members of the HDS community—alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends, to the HDS campus for a joyous celebration of our 200th birthday.

April 27, 2017

4:30 pm

Old Souls, New World 

Marilynne Robinson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping, will deliver the Ingersoll Lecture. *Please note, there are no more tickets available at this time. Please contact the HDS Dean's Office to be placed on a waiting list.*

April 28, 2017

10:30 am

The Women’s Studies Revolution: the Room Where it Happened

Between 1970 and 1985, HDS changed from an almost exclusively male institution into a school with a majority of women students and a commitment to gender analysis. Panelists who propelled the women’s studies revolution follow its reverberations into the twenty-first century.


Margaret R. Miles, Bussey Professor of Theology at Harvard University Divinity School, 1978–1996, Dean of the Graduate Theological Union, 1996–2002


Katie Geneva Cannon, Annie Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics, Union Presbyterian Seminar and author, Katie’s Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community

Karen L. King, Hollis Professor of Divinity and author, The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle

Ping Yao, Professor of History and Director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Program, California State University, Los Angeles

1 pm

Dean’s Panel: The Role of HDS within Harvard University


David N. Hempton, Dean, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, and John Lord O’Brian Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School


Nitin Nohria, Dean and George F. Baker Professor of Administration, Harvard Business School

Martha Minow, Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

James Ryan, Dean and Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

2:30 pm

Violence and Justice: The Missing Piece in Our Anti-Poverty Agenda


Jeffrey D. Sachs


Gary Haugen, CEO of the International Justice Mission and author, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence

Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

4 pm

Bicentennial Party

Food, drink, live entertainment, and merriment under the tent on the HDS campus green. Join HDS Dean David Hempton and Harvard University president Drew Gilpin Faust in toasting 200 years of Harvard Divinity School.