2018 Dean’s Report

2018 Dean’s Report Cover

From Dean Hempton

Beyond Our Wildest Hopes


Highlights 2017–18: A year of conversations on the ways religion shapes the world

The Campaign for Harvard Divinity School

From Associate Dean Hannah Peters: Thanks to You

Bringing the Study of Religion into the Twenty-First Century: With over $77M raised, the recently completed campaign will renew the School for a third century of leadership

Not Afraid of Virginia Woolf: With support from the Campaign for HDS, Professor Stephanie Paulsell explores religious elements in the work of one of literature’s most noted atheists

Excavating the Spiritual Genius of Black People: Todne Thomas sheds light on Afro-diasporic religious life

Andover Makeover: Record gifts will be used to remake the heart of the HDS campus

The Religious Literacy Project: Campaign funds support effort to build public understanding of religion to help citizens and leaders work for a just world at peace

Leaders Who Serve: Some of the remarkable men and women on campus in 2017–18, thanks to scholarship aid strengthened by the Campaign for HDS

Chief Counsel: Dean’s Council Chair Tom Stanton helps steer HDS through its successful capital campaign

Ministry of Management Education: At HBS, van Bever educates leaders to make a positive difference in the world

2017–18 Financials

Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 Memorial Honorees

Leadership by Example: Robert Michael Franklin, MDiv ’78

To Fight the Alt-Right: Jalane D. Schmidt, MDiv ’96, AM ’05, PhD ’05

Responding to Hate with Grace: Simran Jeet Singh, MTS ’08

To Hear the Cries of the World: Karen I. Tse, MDiv ’00

Illuminating HDS’s "Faces of Divinity": Ann D. Braude

Faculty Appointments/Promotions

Cheryl Giles: Francis Greenwood Peabody Senior Lecturer on Pastoral Care and Counseling (Reappointment)

Michelle Sanchez: Associate Professor of Theology (Promotion)

Todne Thomas: Assistant Professor of African American Religions (Appointment)

Faculty Books

The latest research from the Faculty of Divinity

Dean’s Distinguished Service Award

Ralph M. James

See also: Dean’s Report