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Video: 'Earth Bound' Welcoming a New Artwork by Ramona Peters

September 29, 2022

On Monday, September 19, 2022, Harvard Divinity School and the Swartz Hall Art Committee celebrate the unveiling of "Earth Bound," an original creation by artist and Mashpee Wampanoag tribal member Ramona Peters. The ceremony included remarks by HDS Dean David N.  Hempton, Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag Historic Preservation Officer David Weeden, and others. "Earth Bound," is an ahkuhq or cooking vessel, which will have a permanent home on display inside Harvard Divinity School’s Swartz Hall. The work was commissioned by HDS and the Swartz Hall Art Committee, with support from the...

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Video: HDS 2022 Convocation: 'Legacies of Slavery: Bondage and Resistance'

September 29, 2022

Harvard Divinity School marked the opening of the 2022-23 academic year with its 207th Convocation. Harvard Radcliffe Institute Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin delivered the address, titled "Legacies of Slavery: Bondage and Resistance." Brown-Nagin chaired the Presidential Initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, which issued its report earlier this year.... Read more about Video: HDS 2022 Convocation: 'Legacies of Slavery: Bondage and Resistance'

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At Harvard Divinity’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Scholars Produce Generations of Knowledge

September 28, 2022

WSRP research associates create and contribute to stories of women and religion that have often been overlooked

On the periphery of the Harvard campus lies the Carriage House, a place that pulses with rigorous scholarship and robust personal and academic growth. It is home of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program (WSRP) at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), and it is a space where stories are exhumed and illuminated by some of the best and brightest scholars of today.... Read more about At Harvard Divinity’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Scholars Produce Generations of Knowledge

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A Priest Named Dan

September 18, 2022
It is an exciting moment when a writer’s first novel is published. But when that first novel is also turned into a movie, the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction can be intense. Dan Hornsby, MTS '18, has achieved that goal with his book, Via Negativa, published in 2020 and in the process of going into film production.
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History and Faith—A Conversation with David Holland

September 18, 2022
"Part of understanding God's work in the world is to understand the way in which divinity interacts with history and the conceptual, ethical limitations of any particular moment in time and that those change," says HDS Professor David Holland.
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Tolerance Versus Toleration: The Lost Civility of the Muslim Empires

September 15, 2022
The Clash of Civilizations theory has provoked lengthy debate about tolerance in Islam. In this post, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding at HDS Jocelyne Cesari interrogates common perceptions of Muslim Empires through a history of religious plurality, multiculturalism, and nation-building.
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Remembering Kate Holbrook, HDS Grad and Influential Latter-day Saint Historian

September 12, 2022

Kate Holbrook, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a scholar hailed as a “champion of Latter-day Saint women’s history,” passed away at age 50 on August 20, 2022. She leaves behind a rich legacy of scholarship, compassion, and religious devotion recognized by the many whose lives were touched by her own.... Read more about Remembering Kate Holbrook, HDS Grad and Influential Latter-day Saint Historian

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R.I.P. John W. O’Malley, S.J.: The Dean of Catholic Historians Who Helped Save Vatican II from ‘Oblivion’

September 12, 2022
When the late Father John W. O’Malley, S.J., was honored by Harvard University with a Centennial Medal in 2016, Francis X. Clooney, S.J., his fellow Jesuit and the Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School, described him in the citation as “a solid and respected historian whose research has shed new light on the Catholic Church as it has grown and changed over the past few hundred years.”
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Humans of HDS: Religion, Spirituality, and Art

September 9, 2022

“I think a lot about the word ‘belonging,’ because it goes hand in hand with not feeling ‘enough of’ in terms of my own culture and longing to belong. For the two years I was at HDS, genuinely engaging intellectually and spiritually with some of the deepest questions that shape our humanity became an incredible lesson in owning where I am. HDS became a community I felt I belonged in. I think that’s the core of HDS for me—that belonging and exploring the expression of human experience.”—Katarina Wong, MTS '99... Read more about Humans of HDS: Religion, Spirituality, and Art

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Because Past Is Not Even Past

September 2, 2022
“Our capacity to understand and dismantle contemporary injustice depends on our ability and our willingness to reckon with our past,” said Harvard Radcliffe Institute Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin, during HDS's 207th Convocation ceremony.
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Faculty, Staff Committees for Presidential Search Named

August 25, 2022
Harvard’s presidential search committee, including the 12 members of Harvard Corporation other than the president and three members of the Board of Overseers, today announced the membership of the faculty and staff advisory committees for the search. Included on those committees are, Matthew Ichihashi Potts, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and Kristen Anderson, administrative dean at HDS.
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‘Ask Me Anything’

August 17, 2022
In a broad, collaborative effort, Harvard Medical School students partnered with clinical leaders from Tufts Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital, and with students from Tufts, Harvard Divinity School, HMS, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, along with faith leaders from Boston’s Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Roxbury Presbyterian Church and county sheriff’s departments in Massachusetts.
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The Hidden Breakthroughs in Our Breakdowns

August 16, 2022
Phillip Picardi, MRPL '22, at 28 left a very successful career in journalism at Teen VogueThem, and Out to go back to school and get a degree from Harvard Divinity School. “It was a way to hop completely off the career track and see where my spirit, not my ego, wants to take me,” he wrote. 
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Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews

August 8, 2022
The resurrection of the dead is widely understood to have been a part of Christianity from its beginnings nearly 2,000 years ago, many people are surprised to learn that the Jews believed in resurrection long before the emergence of Christianity. In this interview, religious scholars and Harvard Divinity School Professors Kevin J. Madigan and Jon D. Levenson clarify confusions and dispel misconceptions about Judaism, Jesus, and Christian origins.
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