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Olupona Named Professor of African Studies, Religion

Olupona Named Professor of African Studies, Religion

April 12, 2006

Jacob K. Olupona, a noted scholar of indigenous African religions who is currently leading an ambitious study of the religious practices of African émigrés in the United States, has been appointed professor of African and African-American studies and religion in Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Divinity School, effective July 1.

A Spiritual Mentor's Lasting Influence: Henri Nouwen

A Spiritual Mentor's Lasting Influence: Henri Nouwen

March 20, 2006

Twenty-three years ago, the spring issue of Harvard Divinity Bulletin included the following announcement: "Henri J.M. Nouwen, a Dutch priest, theologian, psychologist, and noted author has accepted an appointment at HDS as Professor of Divinity and Horace De Y. Lentz Lecturer. The appointment begins with the 1983-84 academic year and will be on a halftime (spring only) basis to allow Nouwen to divide his time between the Divinity School and a theological center in Latin America."

Video: Acute Melancholia

Video: Acute Melancholia

March 2, 2006

On March 2, 2006, Amy Hollywood delivered the inaugural lecture of the Elizabeth H. Monrad Professorship of Christian Studies. Elizabeth and Ernest Monrad, longtime supporters of Harvard Divinity School, were also honored at the event.

Divinity School's Hutchison Dies at 75

Divinity School's Hutchison Dies at 75

February 2, 2006

William Hutchison, scholar of American religious history and former co-master of Winthrop House, died of cancer on Dec. 16, 2005, at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was 75.

A Rich Return on Investment

A Rich Return on Investment

November 30, 2005

About a decade ago I was strolling along a Connecticut beach on the Long Island Sound with David Kelsey, Luther A. Weigle Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School.

Tibetan Artist Creates 'Wheel of Life'

Tibetan Artist Creates 'Wheel of Life'

November 20, 2005

The Venerable Losang Samten’s hands had to be steady as a surgeon’s as he engaged in the painstaking process of creating a “Wheel of Life” sand mandala during a week-long residency recently at the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School.

A Call to Serve China’s Children

A Call to Serve China’s Children

November 17, 2005

It was a seemingly mundane activity—the reading of a newspaper—which moved Gwen Moore, MDiv ’00, to make a fundamental shift in her life. In December 1995, Moore scanned The New York Times and noticed a cover story about economic development in China. The piece showed that the great economic gains on China’s coast were far from the grasp of impoverished peasants in the country’s heartland.

Go-To Guy for the Displaced

Go-To Guy for the Displaced

November 15, 2005

Walking around with the Rev. Jeffrey L. Brown one day in early October, it was easy to understand why he had been dubbed "Mr. Mayor" at Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod