Literature

A stack of books

A Reading List on Issues of Race

June 16, 2020
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.
Stephanie Paulsell discussing her recent publication, Religion Around Virginia Woolf

Video: Religion Around Virginia Woolf Author Discussion

December 2, 2019

Stephanie Paulsell, HDS Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies and Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, discusses her recent publication about Virginia Woolf.

Student Marissa Compton

Humans of HDS: Gratitude for Education

October 9, 2019

"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

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David Carrasco and Toni Morrison

HDS's Carrasco Appears in Toni Morrison Documentary

July 8, 2019

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

David Carrasco and Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, Unseen and Unsung: A Brief Oral History

June 20, 2019
"It was impressive how she would fall into this deep awareness of what she was looking at. That’s the way I’ve noticed her over the years," says HDS Professor Davíd Carrasco of writer Toni Morrison.
Jon Levenson

What It Means to Read the Bible as Nothing More Than Great Literature

February 11, 2019
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.

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