Harvard owes its existence to the study of religion. In 1636, endeavoring to assure that the next generation of ministers in the fledging American colonies were properly educated, the "Great and General Court of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England" approved the establishment of a college that would soon be known as Harvard.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the PhD in the Study of Religion, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences brought together FAS and HDS faculty along with PhD and ThD alumni and students on the Harvard campus for a symposium.
The Choice, a play by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, will have its world premiere in a staged reading at 8 pm Sunday, April 12, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. It is directed by HDS postdoctoral fellow Guila Clara Kessous. Read more about 'The Choice' Premiere
Besides epidemics, wars, violence, and starvation, there is another source of disaster that is often overlooked: "a lack of love." So said His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to a capacity crowd at Harvard's Memorial Church on Thursday, March 26. Read more about Caring for Life on Earth
The year 2014 was a memorable one at Harvard Divinity School. We examined timely and important issues in the world today, such as conflict in the Middle East, racial justice in the U.S., and how religious leaders can lead in the fight against climate change. Read more about 2014 Year in Pictures