Faculty News and Research

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.

Cornel West

Cornel West on the Unpopular James Baldwin

February 24, 2017

Professor Cornel West discusses James Baldwin’s unpopularity, and his nagging truth-telling habit that alienated him, in later years, from the white liberal media professional who first popularized his work, as well as from the radical black nationalists.

Mark Jordan

Audio: Thinking Sex at Harvard

February 2, 2017

Harvard Divinity School professors have long taught ethics in the Yard. Beginning early in the 1880s, as HDS pioneered the analysis of "social problems" using the case method, Francis Peabody taught an undergraduate course on urban ills. Students called it "drainage, drunkenness, and divorce."

Being Muslim in America

Being Muslim in America

February 17, 2017

Professor Leila Ahmed discusses women's oppression, empowering Muslim voices, and the misconceptions the Western world has about Islam.

Associate Dean Dudley Rose, center, at a panel on religious freedom. Photo: Jon Chase, Harvard Staff Photographer

Fraught Moment for Religious Freedom

February 1, 2017

Those who cherish the nation’s tradition of religious freedom should be alarmed by President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and all refugees, two Harvard Divinity School faculty members warned.

Ousmane Kane

Kane to Lead Search for First Muslim Chaplain

January 31, 2017

In a letter last weekend to the Harvard community supporting international students and faculty, President Drew Faust unveiled a plan to appoint the first full-time University-wide Muslim chaplain. Under the plan, which was the result of months of discussion, the search for a chaplain will be led by a committee of students, faculty, and staff chaired by Harvard Divinity School Professor Ousmane Kane.

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