HDS in 2013–14

Critical Dialogue on Religion, Culture, and World Issues

The HDS campus was the site for conversations on religion with leaders from academia, government, international relations, journalism, and global health.

August 2013

In her convocation address, Professor Stephanie Paulsell tells students and colleagues that the "unknowable more that is at the heart of romantic love, is also at the heart of the study of religion."

September 2013

New York Times best-selling author Reza Aslan, MTS '99, visits HDS to talk about his new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, his personal faith, and his infamous Fox News interview.

November 2013

In Washington, DC, Dean David Hempton, Shaun Casey, MDiv '83, ThD '98, and Harvard Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood probed the public roles of religion and politics.

Dean David Hempton and Stephen Prothero, Professor of Religion at Boston University, speak in New York City about the importance of religious literacy and why government leaders and educators can’t ignore the influence and role of religion in society.

December 2013

HDS convenes a group of practitioners and scholars from the UN, the US State Department, and Harvard Law School to explore the ways that people of different religions can work together to end violence—and what universities can do to facilitate this process.

January 2014

Dean David Hempton joins FAS Professor Jill Lepore, HBS Professor Michael Norton, and Harvard President Drew Faust in London to offer insight into personal fulfillment and "the examined life."

February 2014

Women leaders gather at HDS for the women's studies in religion program's national leadership conference, which features presentations from the program's research associates and a keynote address by Ms. Magazine co-founder Letty Cottin Pogrebin.

At an event held by HDS's Science, Religion, and Culture program, Partners in Health founder and Harvard's Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine Paul Farmer discusses how his work is influenced by liberation theology.

Tanya M. Luhrmann, Watkins Professor at Stanford University and a frequent contributor to the New York Times discusses the way that religious experience can shift in different environments during the 2014 William James Lecture.

March 2014

The Center for the Study Of World Religions gathers scholars from HBS, HLS, HKS, FAS, and from universities across the country to HDS for a conference that explores ways to create sustainable partnerships over common inquiries and understandings of religion.

April 2014

Ethicist Michael Sandel joins Dean Hempton, Harvard President Drew Faust, faculty, students, and alumni on the HDS campus to celebrate the launch of the campaign for Harvard Divinity School.

The HDS Episcopal/Anglican Fellowship and Professor Charles Stang host a conference that explores the ways that Christians can balance their religious values with a capitalist system that aims to maximize wealth.

May 2013

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan contacts recent HDS lecturer and Women’s Studies in Religion Program research associate Hauwa Ibrahim to participate on a presidential committee assembled to investigate the kidnapping of 200 girls by Islamic extremists.

In New York City, Professor Diana Eck discusses "Religious Pluralism and the Global Workplace: The Challenges Ahead" with Harvard alumni and guests.

HDS awards diplomas to 112 graduates. Lucia Ruth Hulsether, MDiv '14, delivers the student address.

Go to the 2014 Dean's Report