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The Politics of Defining: A Roundtable Discussion about the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  An alternative to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the recent Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism (JDA) endorsed by scholars of antisemitism, Jewish Studies, Holocaust Studies, and Middle East Studies challenges the politicization and litigation of antisemetism by rearticulating what is and is not antisemitism. This panel will feature some of the key framers of this alternative declaration as well as other interlocutors who navigate the legal, political, and cultural terrains consolidated by IHRA and similar discourses. The panelists will reflect on its strengths and weaknesses, illuminating pathways for productive reassessment. For more information on the Declaration, please visit www.jerusalemdeclaration.org Panelists: Dr. Nadia Abu El-Haj, Professor in the Departments of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University and Codirector of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia. Dr.… Sponsor: The Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative The Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Contact: Navi Hardin. Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. Zoom (Registration required. See link in event description.). For more info visit harvard.zoom.us.

Information Session for Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis Program

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  This session is of interest to anyone considering attending the HDS Executive Education Program—Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis—being held virtually June 6 through June 10. Our Faculty Director, Charlie Hallisey, will walk through the program’s themes and Laura Tuach will explain the purpose and goals of the Meaning Making sessions. Sponsor: HDS Executive Education. Contact: Alison Harvey. Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Online (Registration required. See link in event description.). For more info visit hds.harvard.edu.

Stendahl Symposium: Conversations Across Religious Boundaries

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  The Stendahl Symposium has become an annual HDS tradition in memory of former professor Krister Stendahl, who tirelessly sought to repair fractions between Jews and Christians, supported the ordination of women, and pushed for the full inclusion and participation of women and minority voices in academia and interfaith work. On the 100th anniversary of Professor Stendahl’s birth, students will present papers on the broad topic of “conversations across religious boundaries.” Presenters are selected by a review team of students and faculty.⁠. Sponsor: HDS Student Association. Contact: studentassociation@hds.harvard.edu. Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Online (Registration required. See link in event description.). For more info visit harvard.zoom.us.

Between Sacred & Profane: Psychedelic Culture, Drug Spiritualites, and Contemporary America

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.  As part of the “Psychedelics and the Future of Religion” series, Dr. J. Christian Greer will host a discussion panel with Dr. Erik Davis and Dr. Gary Laderman, focusing on the intersection of psychedelic culture, sacred drugs, and the modern American zeitgeist. Dr. Erik Davis is an author, scholar, and award-winning journalist behind the groundbreaking study of psychedelic culture and technology, TechGnosis (1998), and most recently, High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies (2019). Dr. Laderman is the Goodrich C. White Professor of American Religious History and Cultures at Emory University, and the author of numerous books on American religion, including his recent work, Don't Think About Death: A Memoir on Mortality (2020), and an upcoming monograph on the drugs Americans hold sacred, including psychedelics as well as also caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals. In their wide-ranging… Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions, Chacruna, Esalen, and the RiverStyx Foundation. Contact: CSWR, 617.495.4476. Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Zoom (Registration required. See link in event description.). For more info visit harvard.zoom.us.

The Dawn of Olmec Civilization

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  The spring 2021 lecture of the Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series will be delivered by Ann Cyphers, archaeologist, Institute of Anthropological Research National Autonomous University of Mexico. Ann Cyphers is a senior researcher at the Institute of Anthropological Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Her principal research interest is the development of the early cultures of Mesoamerica, particularly the Olmec civilization. Her interdisciplinary research has changed the face of Olmec archaeology with its integrated and long-term perspective that has emphasized themes such as the origins of civilization and urban life, ancient productive strategies, and trade and transport systems. The hearth of Olmec civilization is located in the tropical lowlands of Mexico’s southern Gulf Coast region, in the majestic archaeological site of San Lorenzo. The… Sponsor: The Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series is possible thanks to the generosity of José Antonio Alonso Espinosa, the initiative of Professor Davíd Carrasco, and is supported by Harvard Divinity School, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, and the Moses Mesoamerican Archives. Contact: Charlene Higbe. Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Online (Registration required. See link in event description.). For more info visit hmsc.harvard.edu.

Harvard Islam in Africa Initiative Fifth Annual Conference

*This event will take place online via Zoom. Registration is required. To register email SwartzCSWRFASupport@hds.harvard.edu.* The international conference “The Fayḍa Tijāniyya in the Twenty-First Century: A Major Articulation of Global Islam” will address the spread of Tijāniyya outside Africa and new developments in the field of Tijānī studies. Among questions that participants will answer, the following will be paramount: What contributions have West African scholars made to the articulation of Tijānī doctrines? How fast is the Tijāniyya— and especially the Fayḍa—spreading outside the African continent, particularly in Western Europe, North America, and South Asia? What impact is the translation into Western languages of major Tijānī works of West African scholars such as ʿUmar Tāl and Ibrahim Niasse having on the reception of the Tijāniyya in the world? What are the new pilgrimage routes opened by the African diaspora that connect their host societies in the West and pilgrimage centers, especially… Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University Center for African Studies, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Department of African and African American Studies (FAS). Contact: SwartzCSWRFASupport@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, April 22, 2021 – Saturday, April 24, 2021. Zoom (Registration required. To register email SwartzCSWRFASupport@hds.harvard.edu.). For more info visit scholar.harvard.edu.

Buddhism and Race Speaker Series: Ann Gleig: "Undoing Whiteness In American Buddhist Modernism"

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Please join us for the fourth monthly event in the Harvard Buddhist Community's 2021 Buddhism and Race Speaker Series. April's event features Dr. Ann Gleig. If you register for this event, we will email you a Zoom link one day before the presentation. Event Description: What is “whiteness” and how has it shaped, functioned in, and hindered American convert Buddhist modernism? How have Buddhists of Color illuminated and undone whiteness? How can white practitioners support and enact the practice of racial justice and collective liberation? And, how should we historically situate the “radical re-orientation” underway in these Buddhist lineages? This talk traces the ways in which whiteness has functioned and limited Buddhist modernist convert lineages in North America. It outlines key attempts by Buddhists of Color to expose and overcome such whiteness such as the pioneering work of Zenju Earthlyn Manuel from the Soto Zen… Sponsor: HDS Buddhist Community. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Online (Registration required. See link in event description.). For more info visit www.eventbrite.com.

Author Discussion with Todne Thomas: Kincraft: The Making of Black Evangelical Sociality

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Please join us as Todne Thomas, HDS Assistant Professor of African American Religions, discusses her recent publication, Kincraft: The Making of Black Evangelical Sociality. Judith Casselberry (Bowdoin College) and Soong-Chan Rah (North Park University) will serve as respondents. Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: CSWR, 617.495.4476. Monday, April 26, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Zoom (Registration required. See link in event description.). For more info visit harvard.zoom.us.

Stories from the End of the World

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  The Harvard Art Museums collections have played an important role in the popular undergraduate course Stories from the End of the World, taught by Harvard Divinity School professor Giovanni Bazzana. This fascinating course explores why humans have always imagined the end of their worlds as part of the Harvard College Program in General Education. In this conversation, Professor Bazzana and Jen Thum of the Harvard Art Museums will discuss their recent online collaboration for the course and what students learned about artists’ apocalyptic inspirations over time. Speakers: Giovanni Bazzana, Professor of New Testament, Harvard Divinity School Jen Thum, Assistant Director of Academic Engagement and Assistant Research Curator, Division of Academic and Public Programs, Harvard Art Museums The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs,… Sponsor: Harvard Art Museums. Contact: am_register@harvard.edu. Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Zoom (Registration required. See link in event description.). For more info visit harvard.zoom.us.

HDS Gomes Honors Alumni Program

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Join the HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council in celebrating the 2021 Peter J. Gomes STB '68 Distinguished Alumni Honors, featuring this year's alumni honorees: Joshua Eaton, MDiv ’10 , Dr. Omar Sultan Haque, MTS ‘04, MD ’08 , Robin Coste Lewis, MTS '97 , Lama Rod Owens, MDiv ’17 Program: 11 am - noon ET Reception: noon - 12:20 pm ET   The first part of our annual awards program will include a webinar celebration and panel discussion with this year’s alumni honorees. The second part is a Zoom meeting reception that will feature breakout rooms with each honoree for more casual conversation. Please indicate when you register if you would like to participate in the reception as well as the program. The Zoom link to join the reception will be sent separately to the email that you use to sign up.   Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alums@hds.harvard.edu if you have any questions. Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School. Contact: alums@hds.harvard.edu. Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM. Online (Registration required. See link in event description.).

HDS Gomes Honors Friend of the School Program

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Check back soon for a registration link. Join HDS in celebrating the 2021 Peter J. Gomes STB '68 Honors Friend of the School.   Our 2021 Friend of the School is Drew Gilpin Faust, President Emerita of Harvard University the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor, and longtime partner and advocate for the Divinity School. President Emerita Faust will engage in a reflective conversation with Dean David N. Hempton.   Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alums@hds.harvard.edu if you have any questions. Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School. Contact: alums@hds.harvard.edu. Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Online (Registration required. See link in event description.).

Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis Program

Those interested in the executive education program should submit an application by May 28, 2021. One year ago, the world seemed to shut down. The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to change our lives and livelihoods in ways both small and profound. Now, as vaccines are distributed and we slowly start to reopen, we should ask ourselves: what have we learned? What have we lost? What will life look like on the other side of the pandemic? Our program, Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis, will address these questions head on.  Together we will explore religious resources to make meaning of the many injustices the pandemic has revealed. We will also turn our attention to the interlocking and ongoing issues of climate change and global inequality and explore ways to personally integrate and respond to these challenges. Sponsor: HDS Executive Education. Contact: Alison Harvey. Sunday, June 6, 2021, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Online (Application required. See link in event description.). For more info visit hds.harvard.edu.

Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis Program

Those interested in the executive education program should submit an application by May 28, 2021. One year ago, the world seemed to shut down. The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to change our lives and livelihoods in ways both small and profound. Now, as vaccines are distributed and we slowly start to reopen, we should ask ourselves: what have we learned? What have we lost? What will life look like on the other side of the pandemic? Our program, Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis, will address these questions head on.  Together we will explore religious resources to make meaning of the many injustices the pandemic has revealed. We will also turn our attention to the interlocking and ongoing issues of climate change and global inequality and explore ways to personally integrate and respond to these challenges. Sponsor: HDS Executive Education. Contact: Alison Harvey. Monday, June 7, 2021, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Online (Application required. See link in event description.). For more info visit hds.harvard.edu.

Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis Program

Those interested in the executive education program should submit an application by May 28, 2021. One year ago, the world seemed to shut down. The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to change our lives and livelihoods in ways both small and profound. Now, as vaccines are distributed and we slowly start to reopen, we should ask ourselves: what have we learned? What have we lost? What will life look like on the other side of the pandemic? Our program, Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis, will address these questions head on.  Together we will explore religious resources to make meaning of the many injustices the pandemic has revealed. We will also turn our attention to the interlocking and ongoing issues of climate change and global inequality and explore ways to personally integrate and respond to these challenges. Sponsor: HDS Executive Education. Contact: Alison Harvey. Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Online (Application required. See link in event description.). For more info visit hds.harvard.edu.

Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis Program

Those interested in the executive education program should submit an application by May 28, 2021. One year ago, the world seemed to shut down. The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to change our lives and livelihoods in ways both small and profound. Now, as vaccines are distributed and we slowly start to reopen, we should ask ourselves: what have we learned? What have we lost? What will life look like on the other side of the pandemic? Our program, Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis, will address these questions head on.  Together we will explore religious resources to make meaning of the many injustices the pandemic has revealed. We will also turn our attention to the interlocking and ongoing issues of climate change and global inequality and explore ways to personally integrate and respond to these challenges. Sponsor: HDS Executive Education. Contact: Alison Harvey. Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Online (Application required. See link in event description.). For more info visit hds.harvard.edu.

Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis Program

Those interested in the executive education program should submit an application by May 28, 2021. One year ago, the world seemed to shut down. The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to change our lives and livelihoods in ways both small and profound. Now, as vaccines are distributed and we slowly start to reopen, we should ask ourselves: what have we learned? What have we lost? What will life look like on the other side of the pandemic? Our program, Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis, will address these questions head on.  Together we will explore religious resources to make meaning of the many injustices the pandemic has revealed. We will also turn our attention to the interlocking and ongoing issues of climate change and global inequality and explore ways to personally integrate and respond to these challenges. Sponsor: HDS Executive Education. Contact: Alison Harvey. Thursday, June 10, 2021, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Online (Application required. See link in event description.). For more info visit hds.harvard.edu.