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Video: The Intelligence Revolution and the New Attention Economy: An Ethical Singularity

Video: The Intelligence Revolution and the New Attention Economy: An Ethical Singularity

February 19, 2020

Considerable attention has been directed to the possibility of a technological singularity when artificial intelligences “wake up” and start acting in their own self-interest. Long before then, however, humanity will confront an ethical singularity—a point at which the evaluation of values systems acquires infinite value.... Read more about Video: The Intelligence Revolution and the New Attention Economy: An Ethical Singularity

Rev. Dr. Joan R. Harrell

Video: Becoming the Beloved Community in the Midst of Domestic Terror

February 13, 2020

This lecture is a womanist critique of a longstanding racist campaign of domestic terror in the United States. It investigated the intersectionality of racism, in particular the racist acts condoned by religious communities and by the health care system. It gave special attention to the 40-year Syphilis Study at Tuskegee conducted by the United States Public Health Service.... Read more about Video: Becoming the Beloved Community in the Midst of Domestic Terror

Professor Jocelyne Cesari

‘Beyond Wishful Thinking’: Peace Building in the Middle East

February 11, 2020

On January 3, the United States launched a drone attack that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, whom United States officials said was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition soldiers. Soleimani’s killing prompted a retaliatory attack by Iran on an American base in Iraq, during which a Ukrainian passenger jet was mistakenly shot down, killing 176 people on board.... Read more about ‘Beyond Wishful Thinking’: Peace Building in the Middle East

Dean David N. Hempton

Dean David Hempton on Religious Freedom

February 7, 2020
Dean David N. Hempton joins NPR to discuss religious freedom ahead of his talk at the Christian Center of Park City in Utah on February 8.
Dan McKanan

HDS Professor McKanan to Receive Leadership Award from Camphill Foundation

February 5, 2020
“From his days as a Camphill volunteer coworker to his ongoing work raising consciousness of Camphill’s vital contributions to humanity and environmentalism, Professor McKanan has done much to advance communities where people of all abilities are embraced and empowered,” said Karen Murphy, executive director of Camphill Foundation.
K. Healon Gaston

Scholar Creates ‘More Light and Less Heat’ around Judeo-Christian Political Discourse

February 4, 2020

K. Healan Gaston is Lecturer on American Religious History and Ethics at Harvard Divinity School for 2019–20. Gaston is a specialist in the history of religious thought, ethics, and theology, and she teaches courses on religion’s roles in the intellectual, cultural, and political history of the United States.

HDS student Emily Farnsworth spoke with Gaston about her new book ...

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Sally Hammel (left), Laurie Sedwick, Angie Cecil and Gretchen Legler embrace following their sunrise pilgrimage to Walden Pond in November. Photo by Jeffrey Blackwell, Memorial Church

Finding Meaning in the Journey

February 4, 2020
Stephanie Paulsell, Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at HDS, established a pilgrimage project in the fall that invited students, congregants, and other members of the Harvard community to find meaning and discovery closer to home.
J.Y. Lee

A History of God at Harvard

January 28, 2020
Offered as a prayer to his “first years,” proctor and MDiv candidate J.Y. Lee ponders the ways that God has shown up throughout Harvard's history.
Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., third from left, in Africa.

A First Visit to Africa

January 17, 2020
Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., reflects on his first trip to Africa, where he lectured on comparative theology and interreligious learning.
HDS alum Marcus Briggs-Cloud

Elevating the Oral Tradition: How Indigenous Language Activists Help Shape Learning at Harvard

December 17, 2019

When Marcus Briggs-Cloud, MTS ’10, began to sing in his native Muscogee language in the main hall at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology this past October, it was a testament to the survival of his community and culture through centuries of genocidal efforts against indigenous peoples in the United States. ... Read more about Elevating the Oral Tradition: How Indigenous Language Activists Help Shape Learning at Harvard

Sadada Jackson, MTS '19

Curating the Future

December 16, 2019
Digging into Tozzer Library's trove of indigenous-language texts, Nipmuc tribe member Sadada Jackson, MTS '19, curated an exhibit that is in many ways a love letter to her grandmother.
HDS alum the Rev. Daniel Smith

Changing Our Landscape

December 11, 2019

The Rev. Daniel A. Smith, MDiv '99, Senior Minister at First Church in Cambridge, and Lecturer on Ministry Studies (HDS), delivered the following remarks at Morning Prayers in Harvard's Memorial Church on December 3, 2019.... Read more about Changing Our Landscape

Professor Frank Clooney

Advent Is like John the Baptist

December 9, 2019
"Our final surprise too in the Advent season may be that God does come, even in 2019, but most often in smaller and quieter ways than we had expected," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Dean David Hempton and his wife, Louanne

Keeping Home Close after You Leave It

December 4, 2019
For Dean David Hempton and his wife, Louanne, the short film Remains by Northern Ireland artist Willie Doherty spoke to a reality they are all too familiar with. Part of the Harvard Art Museums exhibit Crossing Lines, Constructing Homes, the film gives the audience a look back to The Troubles.
Jon Levenson

A Tale of Two Soloveitchiks

December 4, 2019
Professor Jon Levenson examines—and critiques—an Orthodox rabbi who was fascinated with Jesus and wrote commentaries on the gospels.
Stephanie Paulsell discussing her recent publication, Religion Around Virginia Woolf

Video: Religion Around Virginia Woolf Author Discussion

December 2, 2019

Stephanie Paulsell, HDS Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies and Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, discusses her recent publication about Virginia Woolf.

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