2017 Gomes Honors Award Ceremony
Selected annually by the HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council, the Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 Memorial Honors recognizes distinguished HDS alumni whose excellence in life, work, and service pays homage to the mission and values of Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 and Harvard Divinity School. Gomes Honorees represent the diversity of personal and professional paths that the School's graduates follow.
The 2017 Gomes Honorees are:
- Rev. Dr. Charles Gilchrist Adams, BD ’64, the preacher and civil rights leader who, as both a student and a faculty member, brought a deeper understanding of the African American religious experience to HDS;
- Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, MTS ’01, an activist and educator who proposed and organized the first ever Harvard-wide conferences on Islam in America;
- Mary E. Hunt, MTS ’74, the feminist theologian and cofounder of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER) who was part of the first wave of feminist and liberation theologians to train at HDS;
- and David Little, ThD ’63—formerly the School’s T.J. Dermot Dunphy Professor of the Practice in Religion, Ethnicity, and International Conflict—who put human rights at the center of religious scholarship.
In addition, the Council is delighted to honor Constance Buchanan, founding director of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program, and the late Buddhist scholar Robert H.L. Slater, the first director of the Center for the Study of World Religions.
HDS students have shown me, through their conversations in and outside the classroom, that diversity is never a problem; rather, it is frequently a constructive element when interlocutors are willing to listen to each other and willing, always, to question their own presuppositions.
—Giovanni Bazzana, Associate Professor of New Testament
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