New HDS Initiative
Transcendence and Transformation at the Center for the Study of World Religions will study religious and spiritual traditions and practices that aim for the transcendence of our normal states of being, consciousness, and embodiment, and the consequent transformation of individual, community, and society.
The Harvard Islam in Africa Initiative hosted its fifth annual conference, which included a virtual closing Three Umars Concert. Three Umars Concert featured Tijani Ben Omar, Oumar Niane, and Pape Oumar Niang. The concert was preceded by an introduction to Madiḥ poetry in West Africa by Oludamini Ogunnaike, University of Virginia.
"I went to my cell, got on my knees, and made the decision to give my life to Jesus Christ. I said to him, ‘this day forward, I’m going to follow you.’ And I did. Before that moment, I gambled in the prison, and I drank alcohol. But after, I cut off everything. It was like night and day," says George Vicente, MDiv '24.