Although Harvard Divinity School's Women's Studies in Religion Program has long welcomed scholars from abroad and scholars with international research interests, this year's WSRP research associates are an especially seasoned group of world travelers whose intellectual and physical journeys have shown incredible scope.
Annemarie Schimmel, Professor Emerita of Indo-Muslim Culture in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, died on Sunday, January 26, in a hospital in Bonn, Germany, at the age of 80.
Dr. Robert A. Orsi, American religious history professor at Harvard Divinity School, was elected president of the American Academy of Religion for 2003. He began his term at the conclusion of the AAR's November annual meeting in Toronto.
On December 5, 2002, Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo spoke about and showed slides of her work, which focuses on different forms of confinement within the context of war. She is a fellow at the Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) and spoke as part of the Carpenter Center's "An Evening With the Artist" series.
Two staff members from the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, to attend the November 9-11, 2002, opening ceremonies of the Museum of World Religions, which has a timely mission of fostering greater understanding, respect, and tolerance for all the world's religions.
We are living in times of stridency. Those most vehement and fixed in their passions and opinions seem to be able to use our manifold media outlets to their own advantage, against whomever they disagree with. One is reminded of Yeats's lament:
Following a nationwide search that began last fall, President Lawrence H. Summers announced today that he has appointed William A. Graham, Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of the History of Religion, as the next dean of the Harvard Divinity School, effective immediately. Graham has served as Acting Dean of the School since January 2002.
It's a common question that Harvard Divinity School students learn to endure from friends, family, and even complete strangers: What made you decide to study religion? But of all the answers that can and have been given to that query, the one provided by Joe Zesski, who graduated with an MDiv degree in 2002, is especially compelling.