HDS in the News

Jennifer Schirmer

The Fog of Peace

October 18, 2016

Political anthropologist Jennifer Schirmer, a visiting scholar at the Religions and the Practice of Peace Initiative at Harvard Divinity School, spent 14 years working on peace negotiations in Colombia. She offers insight following the country's rejected peace deal with the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Pope Francis via AP

Politics and Pope Francis' Gender Comments

October 7, 2016

One of the problems about being pope, said HDS professor Francis Clooney, director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, is the immensely diverse set of political situations with which a pontiff’s words carry weight.

Vanessa Zoltan and Ariana Nedelman

The Sacred in Harry Potter

September 15, 2016

An online class on reading the Harry Potter books as sacred texts has proven a popular offering for the Humanist Hub at Harvard and a resulting podcast has since climbed as high as No. 2 on the iTunes top podcasts. It's led by Harvard Divinity School graduates Vanessa Zoltan, MDiv ’15, Casper ter Kuile, MDiv ’16, and MDiv candidate Ariana Nedelman.

David Carrasco

Examining U.S.-Mexico Ties In the Age of Trump

September 12, 2016

Professor Davíd Carrasco had strong words of his own for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's disparagement of Mexican immigrants, drawing on cultural and political history to make his case.

Convocation for a Bicentennial

Convocation for a Bicentennial

September 2, 2016

Seriously and joyfully, HDS began the academic year, and celebration of its bicentennial year, with images and words that looked back with candor and respect and simultaneously propagated enthusiasm for the school’s colorfully bannered mission to “Illuminate. Engage. Serve.”

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa and Me (and You)

September 2, 2016

Professor Frank Clooney, director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, recalls his encounter with Mother Teresa, who will be canonized as a saint on Sunday, September 4.