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Postponed: A Lecture on the History of Skywriting

*Please note this event has been postponed. It will take place in fall 2020 on a date to be determined.* Anne Carson, poet, essayist, professor of Classics, and translator, together with her collaborator, Robert Currie, will present "A Lecture on the History of Skywriting," a staged reading of a text that tells creation stories while adopting the viewpoint of the sky. Carson's April 2020 talk will be the 100th Ingersoll Lecture on the Immortality of Man organized by Harvard Divinity School. Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School, Center for the Study of World Religions, and Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University. Contact: academicaffairs@hds.harvard.edu. Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM. Norton's Woods Conference Center, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 136 Irving Street, Cambridge.

Canceled: HDS Prison Education Project Meetings

*Please note this event has been canceled.* The HDS Prison Education Project (HPEP) stands in solidarity with all incarcerated people. With a fundamental belief in the dignity and redemptive nature of human beings, we protest the conditions of the carceral state and advocate for a world without prisons, jails, and cages of all kinds. Sponsor: HDS Prison Education Project. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, April 2, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Room 116, 47 Francis Avenue.

Postponed: Author Discussion with Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics: Why and How Deep Learning Still Matters

*Please note this event has been postponed. Check back for updates.* Please join us as Francis X. Clooney, S.J. HDS Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology (FAS), discusses his recent publication, Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics: Why and How Deep Learning Still Matters. Jon D. Levenson (HDS) and Sarah Coakley (Australian Catholic University) will serve as respondents. Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: Byron Russell. Thursday, April 2, 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.

Postponed: Unintentional Killing: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

*Please note this event has been postponed.* Unintentional killing is a significant cause of death in the United States--yet its many complexities and far-reaching impact receive relatively little attention. This first-ever symposium will discuss how unintentional killing occurs (primarily in car crashes), how it affects individuals and communities, and how it’s viewed from religious, spiritual, moral, ethical, and psychological perspectives. All interested are warmly invited to explore this little-discussed, yet tragically common, phenomenon. Sponsor: student-initiated. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Friday, April 3, 2020, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 60 Oxford Street.

Canceled: Diasporic Whiteness: the Transatlantic Journey of Racialized Religion

*Please note this event has been canceled.* Functioning as a kind of promised grace, the logic of whiteness travels across various domains including geography, culture, and nationality. But how? This lecture methodologically “crawls backwards” to examine the emergence of whiteness as part of an assemblage of distinction-making mechanisms forged through social identifications during moments of (cultural) contact as early as the fifteenth century, where whiteness and religion were, and remain, decidedly provincial and yet increasingly international. In an effort to map such movement, this lecture will introduce the concept of an apophatic impulse marking white social life (then and now), a mode of identification through negation that allows one to trace whiteness, and its movement, before its normative American formation in the nineteenth century. Christopher M. Driscoll is assistant professor of religion studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Driscoll is a scholar of race, religion, and culture,… Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: CSWR, 617.495.4476. Monday, April 6, 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.

Canceled: HBC Movie Night

*Please note this event has been canceled.* Come join us for movies, contemplations, food, and sharing with friends together~    Two movies, Stalker and Mandala, will be on show. All are welcome!     Stalker (1979; USSR). Stalker is a 1979 film by acclaimed Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative reflection on our most profound existential questions: desire, identity, memory, regret. The story takes place in ‘The Zone’ - a parcel of land barricaded by the military after a mysterious event which took place years ago. A group of intrepid seekers, each with their own motivation, cross into The Zone by help of a ‘stalker’ who specializes in bringing people into the forbidden landscape. While the film, being set in the bleakness of a remote USSR village, is not explicitly nor culturally Buddhist, the Harvard Buddhist Community feels its meditative pacing and thematic content make it well-suited aesthetically and philosophically for discussion amongst the HBC and HDS community.… Sponsor: HDS Buddhist Community. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 6:15 PM – 9:00 PM. Room 119, 60 Oxford Street.

Canceled: HDS Prison Education Project Meetings

*Please note this event has been canceled.* The HDS Prison Education Project (HPEP) stands in solidarity with all incarcerated people. With a fundamental belief in the dignity and redemptive nature of human beings, we protest the conditions of the carceral state and advocate for a world without prisons, jails, and cages of all kinds. Sponsor: HDS Prison Education Project. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, April 9, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Room 116, 47 Francis Avenue.

Canceled: Climate Grief Support Group

*Please note this event has been canceled.* The Climate Grief Support Group is a listening circle for those suffering from grief and despair amid ecological collapse. This is an informal, drop-in group put on by the Massachusetts chapter of Extinction Rebellion (https://xrmass.org/). All are welcome. Sponsor: Student-initiated. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, April 9, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Room 117, Rockefeller Hall, 47 Francis Avenue.

Canceled: Confucian Gathering

*Please note this event has been canceled.* Six lectures and discussions about the core values of the Confucian belief. Sponsor: HDS Confucian Students. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, April 9, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Room M11, 60 Oxford Street.

Canceled: HDS Prison Education Project Meetings

*Please note this event has been canceled.* The HDS Prison Education Project (HPEP) stands in solidarity with all incarcerated people. With a fundamental belief in the dignity and redemptive nature of human beings, we protest the conditions of the carceral state and advocate for a world without prisons, jails, and cages of all kinds. Sponsor: HDS Prison Education Project. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, April 16, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Room 116, 47 Francis Avenue.

Postponed: Giles Gunn Seminar on Religion and Literature

*Please note this event has been postponed. Check back for updates.* Giles Gunn, distinguished scholar of American literature and religion, will be at Harvard to lead a seminar on religion and literature. Professor Gunn is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Global Studies and of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His earlier academic career found him at the University of Chicago, both in the Divinity School and Department of English, and at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in both Religious Studies and American Studies. He is the author of seven books, editor of 13 volumes, and has written over 200 articles and reviews. His most recent book, entitled The Pragmatist Turn: Religion, the Enlightenment, and the Formation of American Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2017), will be the focus of the discussion. HDS Professor Cornel West spoke of this book as a profound analysis of the trajectory of the major spiritual imaginaries in the shaping and molding of the… Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School, the Moses Mesoamerican Archive, and the Mahindra Center. Contact: Charlene Higbe. Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Plimpton Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street.

A Freedom School Convening: An Ode to the Marvelous

On April 22nd, 2020, we will host the convening, "A Freedom School Convening: An Ode To Surrealist Dreams and the Marvelous," which will highlight groups who are at the frontlines of Black liberation movements in the United States. This praxis-oriented convening will prompt attendees to reflect on the past and current state of Black radical thought writ large in the United States, and participate in praxis oriented, "visionary organizing” workshops that will explore and work toward alternative realities. Specifically, we will host the following: 1) a discussion on the history of Boston-based, Black radical thought and organizing, highlighting the work of the Combahee River collective, 2) an action-oriented, skill building session, and also 3) a session on the intersections of art and activism. Sponsor: Freedom School: A Seminar on Theory and Praxis for Black Studies in the United States. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 1:30 PM – 8:00 PM. 60 Oxford Street.

Canceled: William Belden Noble Lecture Series: Lecture 4

*Please note this event has been canceled.* Presented by the 2019-2020 William Belden Noble Lecturer in Residence, the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock. Dr. Warnock is Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A national voice on social justice issues such as voting rights and criminal justice, Dr. Warnock will deliver four lectures over the course of the academic year on Oct. 16, Nov. 20, March 11, and April 22. All lectures will take place at 7pm in the Memorial Church Sanctuary and are free and open to the public. Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Memorial Church Sanctuary.

Canceled: HDS Prison Education Project Meetings

*Please note this event has been canceled.* The HDS Prison Education Project (HPEP) stands in solidarity with all incarcerated people. With a fundamental belief in the dignity and redemptive nature of human beings, we protest the conditions of the carceral state and advocate for a world without prisons, jails, and cages of all kinds. Sponsor: HDS Prison Education Project. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, April 23, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Room 116, 47 Francis Avenue.

Postponed: The Obsidian Mirror: Literature and Archeology in Mexico

*Please note this event has been postponed. Check back for updates.* The spring 2020 lecture of the Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series will be delivered by author and journalist Juan Villoro. Juan Villoro is a prize-winning novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, and screenwriter whose work addresses an impressive array of topics with insight, dark humor, and irony: canonical Mexican literature; the Zapatista insurrection in Chiapas; the legacy of Mexico’s Cristero War; the intersections of popular television and fiction genres; and the social and cultural functions of spectator sports like boxing and soccer. He is one of Mexico's most prolific living authors and a world-renowned public intellectual. The lecture series comes out of a collaboration between DRCLAS, Harvard Divinity School, and the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project of Harvard University. Harvard has received invaluable support for this Inaugural Lecture from Mexico’s Ministry of Culture, through the National… 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. Thursday, April 23, 2020, 6:00 PM. Geological Lecture Hall, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 24 Oxford Street.

Canceled: Confucian Gathering

*Please note this event has been canceled.* Six lectures and discussions about the core values of the Confucian belief. Sponsor: HDS Confucian Students. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, April 23, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Room M11, 60 Oxford Street.

Canceled: HDS Prison Education Project Meetings

*Please note this event has been canceled.* The HDS Prison Education Project (HPEP) stands in solidarity with all incarcerated people. With a fundamental belief in the dignity and redemptive nature of human beings, we protest the conditions of the carceral state and advocate for a world without prisons, jails, and cages of all kinds. Sponsor: HDS Prison Education Project. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, April 30, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Room 116, 47 Francis Avenue.

Canceled: Confucian Gathering

*Please note this event has been canceled.* Six lectures and discussions about the core values of the Confucian belief. Sponsor: HDS Confucian Students. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, May 7, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Room M11, 60 Oxford Street.

Multireligious Commencement Service

Family and friends are welcome to this special service for HDS graduating students. Tickets are not required. The faculty speaker will be announced at a later date.  The service will be streamed live via the HDS website. The Commencement Reception follows on the HDS Campus Green. Refreshments will be served for graduating students and their families and for HDS faculty and staff. Tickets are not required. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplain and Religious and Spiritual Life. Contact: rsl@hds.harvard.edu. Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM. Memorial Church, One Harvard Yard.

2020 Commencement Reception

Following the Multireligious Commencement Service and class photo, refreshments will be served for graduating students and their families, and for HDS faculty and staff. All are welcome to attend; tickets are not required. Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School. Contact: HDS Dean's Office. Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. TBD.

Postponed: 2020 Commencement Morning Exercises

*Please note this event has been postponed. An online ceremony will be held. Check back for details.* President Lawrence Bacow will confer degrees at the 9:45 am Morning Exercises. All degree candidates must wear academic regalia (cap and gown) to the Commencement Morning Exercises. The Morning Exercises, which convene in the outdoor Tercentenary Theatre, are attended by approximately 32,000 degree candidates, family members, faculty, alumni, and guests. Because of limited seating capacity, this is a ticketed event, and those without a ticket will not be admitted. Information for families and guests attending the Morning Exercises Each graduating student will receive two tickets for guests which will grant entry to both the Morning Exercises and the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association in the afternoon. Guests will need to retain their tickets for the duration of the day. The gates to enter Tercentenary Theatre will open at 6:45 am on Commencement morning. Parents and guests of… Sponsor: President and Fellows of Harvard College. Thursday, May 28, 2020, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard Yard.

2020 Commencement Diploma Awarding Ceremony

The Harvard Divinity School Diploma Awarding Ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm, following the Morning Exercises. Graduates will be seated in alphabetical order and by degree program. The student speaker will be announced at a later date. Dress for the ceremony is academic robe, headgear, and hood. Seating for guests is open, and tickets are not required. Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School. Contact: Registrar's Office, 617.495.5760. Thursday, May 28, 2020, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM. TBD.

2020 Commencement Luncheon

The Commencement Luncheon is held from 1:30 to 3 pm. Tickets are required for the Commencement Luncheon. Please be sure to pick up your luncheon before 3 pm on Commencement Day. The luncheon ordering website will be open from mid-April to Friday, May 15, 2020, 5 pm. Every graduating student will receive one complimentary luncheon selection for themselves via a separate website. The link will be emailed to the graduating student in April/May. Please pick up your pre-ordered lunch tickets from the Registrar's Office (for students and guests) or the Dean's Office on the fourth floor of Divinity Hall (if you are a member of the faculty or staff) by Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Should you prefer to have lunch at a restaurant in Harvard Square or Cambridge, please make your reservations as early as possible! Every restaurant in the vicinity of Harvard Square will be completely booked with long lines on that day. Read more about restaurants in Harvard Square. Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School. Contact: HDS Dean's Office. Thursday, May 28, 2020, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. TBD.

2020 Commencement Tea

Faculty, fellows, staff, graduating students, and their families are invited to attend the Commencement Tea at the Center for the Study of World Religions, hosted by Charles Stang, Professor of Early Christian Thought and director of the CSWR, and the CSWR staff. Tickets are not required. Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: Ariella Ruth Golderg. Thursday, May 28, 2020, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.