Alumni Profiles

Zoltan and Nedelman

'Not Sorry' for Bringing New Meaning to Beloved Books

April 18, 2019

Vanessa Zoltan is not sorry for co-founding a podcast that treats J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books as sacred texts. She’s not sorry for her new show, “Hot and Bothered,” which encourages listeners to write and find meaning in romance novels. Most of all, she’s the founder and CEO of Not Sorry Productions, the feminist production company that creates these shows.... Read more about 'Not Sorry' for Bringing New Meaning to Beloved Books

Derek van Bever

Ministry of Management Education

December 5, 2018

As the director of Harvard Business School’s Forum for Growth and Innovation and senior lecturer of business administration, Derek van Bever, MBA ’88, MDiv ’11, makes management education his ministry. In so doing, he draws on his HDS experience and challenges future business leaders to evaluate their actions—and the actions of the organizations they lead—through a rigorous ethical framework.... Read more about Ministry of Management Education

Gomes Honoree Jalane Schmidt. Photo handout.

To Fight the Alt-Right

April 9, 2018

Jalane Schmidt could hear the chants across the street from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Virginia on the night of August 11, 2017. “Blood and soil!” the torch-bearing marchers shouted as they gathered in front of a statue of Thomas Jefferson. “You will not replace us!”... Read more about To Fight the Alt-Right

Simran Jeet Singh

Responding to Hate with Grace

March 29, 2018

Simran Jeet Singh was running home from his office at New York University when he heard the slur. His first impulse was to ignore it as he had so many times in the past. Then he stopped, stiffened, and turned back to the young man who had shouted at him. He and the friends with him were the same age as the students Singh saw in his classrooms every day. Singh decided that this was a “teachable moment.”... Read more about Responding to Hate with Grace

Alum Robert Franklin

Leadership by Example

March 29, 2018

Robert Franklin is worried about America. He sees distance, mistrust, and division in society eroding the foundations of U.S. democracy. A student of political science, Franklin understands that changing demographics, geographic isolation, identity politics, and economic inequality are all factors in the country’s polarization. But the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor at Emory University sees a deeper cause as well: a failure of moral leadership.... Read more about Leadership by Example

karen tse

To Hear the Cries of the World

March 28, 2018

Karen Tse, MDiv '00, walked into a prison in the African nation of Burundi and found children: an eight-year-old boy tossed into jail for stealing a mobile phone; twelve-year-old girls imprisoned for "sex crimes"; a two-year old girl who had spent most of her short life behind bars with her mother, who was convicted of stealing two diapers and an iron.... Read more about To Hear the Cries of the World

David Hysong

Idealism in Action

December 7, 2017

David Hysong, MDiv ’15, finished his master’s degree in intellectual history in 2011 and found himself with a year’s lag time before he planned to enter the U.S. Navy. He was young, good looking, and smart. Most people in his position would probably have kicked back, gotten a job to pay the bills, and had some fun. But David Hysong is not “most people.”

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