Professor Todne Thomas and other Harvard faculty discuss the books they recommend for those who want to learn more about the issues and to expand their understanding of systemic racism, white privilege, and the long legacies of slavery and white supremacy in American history.
"Every day after class I went into the bathroom and cried just because there was so much emotion. It was amazing. It encapsulates a lot of my experience at HDS, where I think I know what it is, but then I realize that I do not understand things like justice and faith and power. Repeatedly my experience at HDS is realizing that I don’t know what words mean."—Marissa Compton, MTS ’20
The recently released documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, is an artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller. The film examines Morrison's life, works, and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. It features interviews with Morrison and a number of her peers, critics, and colleagues, including HDS’s Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America.... Read more about HDS's Carrasco Appears in Toni Morrison Documentary
"Literature offers me joy and the ability to exercise empathy. It’s a lot easier to practice empathy when it’s a character in a book and then when you run into a situation in the real world, it feels almost like you’ve practiced for that encounter."—Alejandra Oliva, MTS ’19... Read more about Humans of HDS: A Faith You Live Out Everyday
The proposition that “the Bible needs to be read as great literature,” then, is in large part a product of modern secularity, with its skepticism of religious claims and authorities and its high evaluation of the supposedly independent judgment of the objective and self-governing individual, writes Professor Jon Levenson.
Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile — both chaplains who were trained at the Harvard Divinity School — and the show's producer Ariana Nedelman seek to use religious reading practices to address what they see as a hole left by institutional religion.