HDS in 2014–15

August 2014

Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity Laura S. Nasrallah delivers an address titled "The Matter of Religion and Theology" during the school’s 199th Convocation.

September 2014

Harvard Divinity School Dean David N. Hempton commemorates the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a visit to New York City, where he challenges students at Trinity School to "understand both the conditions that produce violent conflict and the approaches that can help resolve and prevent it."

October 2014

Seventy solar panels are installed on the roof of the Center for The Study of World Religions, making it the first renewable energy installation on the HDS campus.

November 2014

Acclaimed writer Russell Banks, author of 20 works of fiction, including the novels Continental Drift, Rule of The Bone, and Cloudsplitter, delivers HDS’s Annual Ingersoll Lecture on Immortality.

November 2014

HDS hosts a conference that explores ways in which religion can respond to climate change.

At a talk sponsored by HDS, president Jimmy Carter issues a call to action to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.

December 2014

Science, Religion, and Culture program director Ahmed Ragab moderates a forum on the Ebola crisis with Harvard Chan School of Public Health professor Paul Farmer and FAS professor Evelynn Hammonds.

February 2015

Recognizing the need to enable peacebuilding actions around the world, HDS Dean David N. Hempton announces an effort to expand and endow the initiative on religions and the practice of peace.

March 2015

Dean David N. Hempton names Stephanie Paulsell the first Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies, a new chair established to deepen students' understanding of Christianity and its principles, ethics, faith, and reason.

Fifteen students in Professor Diane Moore’s course, "Border Crossings: Immigration in America," travel to Arizona and Mexico to spend part of their spring break engaging with people and institutions on all sides of the immigration issue. HDS Professor Janet Gyatso, with support from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, brings his holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to Harvard for meetings with students and a public blessing for his many Boston area followers.

April 2015

The Alumni/Alumnae Council presents the 2015 Gomes Honors To Leila Ahmed, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity; Shaun Casey, MDiv '83, MPA '89, ThD '98; Charles Collier, MTS '73; Janet Cooper Nelson, MDiv '80; and Rakesh Rajani, MTS '91. During the Dean's Leadership Forum, longtime presidential adviser and Harvard Kennedy School Professor David Gergen captivates an HDS audience in a wideranging conversation with Dean David N. Hempton on religion, politics, and public life. HDS convenes scholars, students, and educators from across the globe for its first international conference on buddhist ministry.

May 2015

To promote and enhance the public understanding of religion by providing a method for how to recognize and interpret the complex roles that religions play in contemporary and historical world affairs, HDS launches the religious literacy project website. HDS celebrates commencement 136 divinity school students receive degrees during the University and HDS commencement celebrations, which include the Multireligious Service of Thanksgiving and the HDS diploma awarding ceremony.