Faculty News and Research

Charles Stang

Charles Stang Named Director of Center for the Study of World Religions

April 4, 2017

Charles Stang, Professor of Early Christian Thought, has been appointed the next director of the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School, beginning July 1. He will succeed Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, who is stepping down after leading the Center for seven years.

Humanitarian action

Religious Literacy: Critical for Both Secular and Faith-Inspired Humanitarian INGOs

March 31, 2017

Both secular and faith-inspired international humanitarian organizations would benefit from a higher level of religious literacy to understand the religious dimensions of the contexts in which they work, concludes a new report by researchers from Oxfam and the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School.

Professor Ousmane Kane. Photo: Jon Chase, Harvard Staff Photographer

A Deeper Sense of Muslim Africa

March 29, 2017

The Harvard Gazette interviewed Professor Ousmane Kane to illuminate the roots and influence of Islam in Africa, which is home to nearly 30 percent of the world’s MuslimsOn April 3, at 5:15 pm, at the CSWR, he will discuss his book, “Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa."

Rosalyn R. LaPier

Why Is Water Sacred to Native Americans?

March 24, 2017

Women's Studies in Religion Program Research Associate Rosalyn LaPier writes that for Native Americans, water does not only sustain life–it is sacred.

Kevin Madigan

Mascots and the Crusades

March 20, 2017

Professor Kevin Madigan discusses how the meaning of the word “Crusader” has evolved since the College of the Holy Cross adopted it in 1925.

Gomes Honors

Six for 200

March 15, 2017

The recipients of the annual Peter J. Gomes STB '68 Memorial Honors are typically people who have changed the world: the minister who helps form an international nonprofit that enables formerly enslaved women and girls to reclaim their lives; the diplomat who works with the U.S. Secretary of State to navigate complex religious landscapes; the activist who fights tirelessly for democracy, education, and human rights in East Africa.