HDS in 2012-13: Leading the Conversation on Global Religion

Here are some of the highlights of the 2012-13 academic year at HDS.

August 2012

At Convocation, Dean David N. Hempton began his first academic year as dean with "The Fog of Religious Conflict," an address on the roots of religious violence.

Dean David N. Hempton

September 2012

Professor Karen King announced the existence of a new gospel from Egypt, which reveals that early Christians may have believed that Jesus was married.

Karen L. King

October 2012

Professor Ahmed Ragab of HDS's Science, Religion, and Culture Program (SRCP) was one of the featured participants of SRCP's "Ways of Knowing," the largest conference for graduate students of religion in the United States.

Ahmed Ragab

At HDS's Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR), Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core Chicago, lectured on evangelical Christians and the Interfaith movement.

The CSWR launched a series of discussions on religion and the 2012 U.S. election with "Religion and the Presidency Since John F. Kennedy."

December 2012

Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison delivered the Ingersoll Lecture on Immortality, "Goodness: Altruism and The Literary Imagination."

Toni Morrison

January 2013

HDS faculty and students traveled to Latin America for "Spirit of Resistance," a course that provided a firsthand look at the legacy of faith, solidarity, and social action in Nicaragua.

Participants in the "Spirit of Resistance"

Professor Diana Eck co-led an interdisciplinary team from Harvard at the Kumbh Mela, a religious gathering in India that creates the world's largest pop-up city.

John S. Wilson, MTS '81, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and incoming president of Morehouse College, shared reflections on leadership, service, and giving as part of the 2012-2013 Divinity Dialogues Series.

February 2013

HDS hosted a conversation about women and Sharia Law in Islam with Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih—the Middle East's first female judge—in the religious courts, made possible by the Susan Shallcross Swartz endowment.

Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih

HDS co-sponsored the university's celebration of Interfaith Awareness Week, which features the panel discussion "Doubt and Religion" and a session on the interfaith legacy of Swami Vivekananda.

April 2013

HDS and the CSWR hosted "The Papacy and the State of the Roman Catholic Church," a discussion that included former Catholic priest and National Book Award-winner James Carroll, HDS '97.

James Carroll

On Leadership Day, Harvard President Drew Faust and HDS Dean David N. Hempton discussed the study of religion and spiritual life in the 21st century.  

At the CSWR, Louis Newman, director of Judaic Studies at Carleton College, presented "Jewish Reflections on the Meaning and Practice of Forgiveness."

Professor Emeritus Harvey Cox was among the participants in an interfaith discussion of religious conflict and peace building in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

May 2013

HDS graduated 109 MDiv, MTS, THM, and THD students at Harvard University's 362nd commencement.

Commencement 2013

 Go to the 2013 Dean's Report.