Dean David Hempton and his wife, Louanne

Keeping Home Close after You Leave It

December 4, 2019
For Dean David Hempton and his wife, Louanne, the short film Remains by Northern Ireland artist Willie Doherty spoke to a reality they are all too familiar with. Part of the Harvard Art Museums exhibit Crossing Lines, Constructing Homes, the film gives the audience a look back to The Troubles.
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Hilma Af Klint’s New Ways of Seeing

July 26, 2019
Professor Stephanie Paulsell on the Swedish woman who created magnificent abstract paintings years before Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky.
Wendy Jehlen, MTS '00, as a starling in the “valley of bewilderment,” one of seven the birds must pass through on their search for Simorgh in The Conference of the Birds. Photo by Gary Alpert

Dance in Translation

June 14, 2019
Harvard Magazine writes about HDS alum and choreographer Wendy Jehlen’s "dance diplomacy."
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Video: Concordance: An Evening with Susan Howe

April 24, 2019

Award-winning American poet Susan Howe visited Harvard Divinity School on April 24 to speak about the binding together of freedom and law, spontaneity and habit, as occasions for awakening a reader to the exaltation of spirit in process. Crossing the guarded borders between image and word, individual and community, history and the present, poetry provides an opening to the transcendent order that chance makes possible.... Read more about Video: Concordance: An Evening with Susan Howe

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Video: The Song Within Thinking Outwardly: Navajo Thought and Poetry

March 7, 2019

In Navajo worldview, thought creates the world, which is then spoken into being. This process places sacred value on the power of language. Sherwin Bitsui’s poetry attempts to connect Diné thought to a changed world by translating the present through an encoding rooted in his culture and language. In this excerpt from his talk at Harvard Divinity School, he offered insight into how Navajo thought and language can inform a poetics, thus opening possibilities for poetry.... Read more about Video: The Song Within Thinking Outwardly: Navajo Thought and Poetry

Laura S. Nasrallah

You Gotta Fight for Your Rhyta to Party

October 16, 2018

A newly opened exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums features animal-shaped drinking vessels from across the ancient Mediterranean called Rhyta. Professor Laura Nasrallah discusses how food and drink facilitated and mediated a relationship with the divine.

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Video: On Exile and Elsewhere

October 3, 2018

André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name, and writer Benjamin Balint will discuss themes of exile and homecoming, of time, place, identity, and art across Aciman’s works of fiction and nonfiction.

Writing and the Art of Attention

Video: Writing and the Art of Attention

September 12, 2018

Religious traditions insist on the importance of cultivating our faculty of attention, whether it be attention to ourselves, others, our environment, or the presence of the divine in any of these three. This panel will explore whether and how the practice of writing, especially fiction writing, helps us cultivate this art of attention. What is it about writing, and the imagination and patience required, that helps us learn how better to attend?... Read more about Video: Writing and the Art of Attention