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The Puritans: A Transatlantic History

Shedding critical new light on the diverse forms of Puritan belief and practice in England, Scotland, and New England, David Hall, Bartlett Professor of New England Church History Emeritus, provides a multifaceted account of a cultural movement that judged the Protestant reforms of Elizabeth's reign to be unfinished. Hall's vivid and wide-ranging narrative describes the movement's deeply ambiguous triumph under Oliver Cromwell, its political demise with the Restoration of the English monarchy in 1660, and its perilous migration across the Atlantic to establish a "perfect reformation" in the New World. This book is a sweeping transatlantic history of Puritanism from its emergence out of the religious tumult of Elizabethan England to its founding role in the story of America. Sponsor: The Harvard Coop. Contact: hbooks@bncollege.com. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. The Harvard Coop 1400 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge.

Erosion: A Conversation of Undoing

Join best-selling author and HDS writer-in-residence Terry Tempest Williams (author of Refuge) and nationally syndicated environmental radio show Living on Earth for a discussion for Williams’ new book, Erosion: Essays of Undoing. Williams' fierce, spirited, and magnificent essays are a howl in the desert. She sizes up the continuing assaults on America's public lands and the erosion of our commitment to the open space of democracy. She asks: "How do we find the strength to not look away from all that is breaking our hearts?" We know the elements of erosion: wind, water, and time.They have shaped the spectacular physical landscape of our nation. Here, Williams bravely and brilliantly explores the many forms of erosion we face: of democracy, science, compassion, and trust. She examines the dire cultural and environmental implications of the gutting of Bear Ears National Monument—sacred lands to Native Peoples of the American Southwest; of the undermining of the Endangered Species Act; of the relentless… Sponsor: Living on Earth, The Cambridge Public Library, Harvard Center for the Environment, Harvard Divinity School, Center for the Study of World Religions, UMass Boston School for the Environment, and UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School. Contact: jfeinstein@loe.org. Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge.

Spiritual Capital: Islamic Education and Social Change in a Zanzibari Madrasa

As part of the Islam in Africa Lecture Series, Caitlyn Bolton of the City University of New York will present the talk "Spiritual Capital: Islamic Education and Social Change in a Zanzibari Madrasa." This event is free and open to the public. The full lecture series schedule can be found online. Islam in Africa Lecture Series: Critical Perspectives on the Development and Dynamics of Islam in Africa Islam in Africa has become an important and increasingly vibrant sub-field in Islamic Studies, attracting numerous extremely talented students who are conducting fine studies that have great impact in all fields in the humanities and social sciences. Dozens of books are published yearly including through major university presses, and so the goal of Critical Perspectives in the Development and Dynamics of Islam in Africa lecture series is to provide a platform for the discussion of cutting edge research in the field of Islam in Africa and to tap into the best of such new work for Africanists and Islamicists… Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School, Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, Center for African Studies, Hutchins Center, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Department of African and African American Studies. Contact: Jennifer Conforti. Friday, January 31, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Room 117, Rockefeller Hall, 47 Francis Ave. For more info visit scholar.harvard.edu.

Forms of Grief

This talk will meditate on the forms that grief can take, in the work of Zoe Leonard, Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz, and John Constable. Kate Zambreno is the author of several acclaimed books, including Screen Tests, Heroines, and Green Girl. She has recently published a collection of talks and essays, Appendix Project, in the shadow of Book of Mutter, her meditation on grief. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, VQR, and elsewhere. A novel, Drifts, is forthcoming in May 2020. She teaches in the writing programs at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College. Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: CSWR, 617.495.4476. Monday, February 3, 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.

HDS Film Festival

The HDS Film Festival takes place February 5-7 with film screenings followed by short discussions. Wednesday, February 5: 3:30-5 pm - Short films by Nina Kotyantz, MTS '10 5-6 pm - Reception 6:30-9 pm - Screening of True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality. Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School and the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment for Christian Studies. Contact: Leslie MacPherson. Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 3:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.

HDS Film Festival

The HDS Film Festival takes place February 5-7 with film screenings followed by short discussions. Thursday, February 6: 3-5:30 pm - 93Queen 6-8 pm - The Feeling of Being Watched. Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School and the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment for Christian Studies. Contact: Leslie MacPherson. Thursday, February 6, 2020, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.

HDS Film Festival

The HDS Film Festival takes place February 5-7 with film screenings followed by short discussions. Friday, February 7: 1:30-4 pm - Gay Chorus Deep South 4:30-7 pm - Honeyland (nominated for two Academy Awards). Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School and the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment for Christian Studies. Contact: Leslie MacPherson. Friday, February 7, 2020, 1:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Room 119, 60 Oxford Street.

Is Religious Freedom Under Attack and Does It Mater?

HDS Dean David N. Hempton is a social historian and prize-winning author with interests in religion and political culture, secularization and religion, identity and conflict. The event is free, but RSVPs are requested. Seating is limited to first-come, first-served. Sponsor: Christian Center of Park City. Contact: admin@ccofpc.org. Saturday, February 8, 2020, 6:30 PM. Christian Center of Park City, 1283 Deer Valley Dr. Park City, Utah. For more info visit app.etapestry.com.

Becoming the Beloved Community in the Midst of Domestic Terror

This event is part of a year-long series titled Theological Bioethics Within Marginalized Communities. This lecture is a womanist critique of a longstanding racist campaign of domestic terror in the United States. It will investigate the intersectionality of racism, in particular the racist acts condoned by religious communities and by the health care system. It will give special attention to the 40-year Syphilis Study at Tuskegee conducted by the United States Public Health Service. The Rev. Dr. Joan R. Harrell is a womanist practical theologian and journalist committed to social justice. Her scholarship investigates the intersectionality of racism, sexism, xenophobia, religion, politics, media and public health inequities in marginalized communities. She is a Journalism Lecturer and the inaugural Diversity Coordinator for the Auburn University School of Communication and Journalism and Associate Pastor at the historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Al. Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: CSWR, 617.495.4476. Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.

The Intelligence Revolution and the New Attention Economy: An Ethical Singularity

Considerable attention has been directed to the possibility of a technological singularity when artificial intelligences “wake up” and start acting in their own self-interest. Long before then, however, humanity will confront an ethical singularity—a point at which the evaluation of values systems acquires infinite value. The computational factories and intelligence-gathering infrastructure of the global attention economy have begun to function as karmic engines, perfecting values-reinforcing feedback loops that are transforming everything from the dynamics of social interaction to geopolitics. Drawing on Buddhist resources, this talk will make the case that our prospects of realizing more humane global futures depends on changing how we are present and developing both capacities-for and commitments-to compassionate ethical creativity. Peter D. Hershock is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books on Buddhism,… Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: CSWR, 617.495.4476. Thursday, February 13, 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.

Climate Grief Support Group

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, February 13, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Room 117, Rockefeller Hall, 47 Francis Avenue.

The Young Catholic: Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism, 1836-1911

Monica L. Mercado (Colgate University), Visiting Assistant Professor of North American Religions, will give the lecture, “The Young Catholic: Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism, 1836-1911.". Sponsor: Women's Studies in Religion Program. Contact: Tracy Wall. Thursday, February 20, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Room 119, 60 Oxford Street.

Women Islamic leaders in West Africa

As part of the Islam in Africa Lecture Series, Joseph Hill of the University of Alberta will present the talk "Women Islamic leaders in West Africa." This event is free and open to the public. The full lecture series schedule can be found online. Islam in Africa Lecture Series: Critical Perspectives on the Development and Dynamics of Islam in Africa Islam in Africa has become an important and increasingly vibrant sub-field in Islamic Studies, attracting numerous extremely talented students who are conducting fine studies that have great impact in all fields in the humanities and social sciences. Dozens of books are published yearly including through major university presses, and so the goal of Critical Perspectives in the Development and Dynamics of Islam in Africa lecture series is to provide a platform for the discussion of cutting edge research in the field of Islam in Africa and to tap into the best of such new work for Africanists and Islamicists at all schools at Harvard. Every academic year,… Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School, Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, Center for African Studies, Hutchins Center, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Department of African and African American Studies. Contact: Jennifer Conforti. Friday, February 21, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Room 117, Rockefeller Hall, 47 Francis Ave. For more info visit scholar.harvard.edu.

Black Muslim in Activism in South Africa

As part of the Islam in Africa Lecture Series, Rhea Rahman of Brooklyn College will present the talk "Black Muslim in Activism in South Africa." This event is free and open to the public. The full lecture series schedule can be found online. Islam in Africa Lecture Series: Critical Perspectives on the Development and Dynamics of Islam in Africa Islam in Africa has become an important and increasingly vibrant sub-field in Islamic Studies, attracting numerous extremely talented students who are conducting fine studies that have great impact in all fields in the humanities and social sciences. Dozens of books are published yearly including through major university presses, and so the goal of Critical Perspectives in the Development and Dynamics of Islam in Africa lecture series is to provide a platform for the discussion of cutting edge research in the field of Islam in Africa and to tap into the best of such new work for Africanists and Islamicists at all schools at Harvard. Every academic year, the… Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School, Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, Center for African Studies, Hutchins Center, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Department of African and African American Studies. Contact: Jennifer Conforti. Friday, March 6, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Room 117, Rockefeller Hall, 47 Francis Ave. For more info visit scholar.harvard.edu.

Vedanta for the 21st Century

Featuring: Swami Sarvapriyananda (Ramakrishna Mission) Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya (Chinmaya Mission) Sadhak Akshar–Guru: Mahant Swami Maharaj (BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha) Moderator: Francis X. Clooney, S.J. Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, Harvard Divinity School Discussant: Anantanand Rambachan, Professor of Religion, Saint Olaf College Musical performance by the Harvard Undergraduate South Asian Music Association. The three Hindu monastics visiting Harvard Divinity School this year will present on the great tradition of the Upanisads and Vedanta, and why this wisdom is relevant in today’s global society.  Refreshments will be served directly following the program.  Kindly RSVP via the online form. Made possible by support from the Nagral Fund. Sponsor: Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Development and External Relations, and Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. Contact: academicaffairs@hds.harvard.edu. Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Harvard Divinity School, 60 Oxford Street, Room 119.

William Belden Noble Lecture Series: Lecture 3

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, March 11, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Memorial Church Sanctuary.

Hidden Histories: Faith as a Site of Black Lesbian Activism

Monique Moultrie (Georgia State University), Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Hebrew Bible, will give the lecture, “Hidden Histories: Faith as a Site of Black Lesbian Activism.". Sponsor: Women's Studies in Religion Program. Contact: Tracy Wall. Thursday, March 12, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Room 119, 60 Oxford Street.

Climate Grief Support Group

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, March 12, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Room 117, Rockefeller Hall, 47 Francis Avenue.

Beloved King: A Queer Biblical Musical

Beloved King is a faithfully adapted Biblical musical that happens to be gay AF. The show follows the young shepherd David as he is thrust from rural fields into the royal court. After his sudden rise to prominence, David finds himself the object of affection of both the heir to the throne, idealistic Prince Jonathan, and his father, the domineering King Saul, forcing him to re-navigate his relationship to love and power as he tries to follow the path laid out for him by a mysterious entity called God. Beloved King is the Master’s Thesis of Harvard Divinity School Ministry Fellow and playwright, Jade Sylvan. This is the first-ever staged reading of Beloved King, complete with all songs and a live band. The evening will be a full show and first look at this brand-new musical, as well as a fundraiser for the future of Beloved King, a wholly independent production. Ticket prices are tiered so you can pay what you want to support the project. Proceeds will go directly toward the future of Beloved King. The… Sponsor: student-initiated. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, March 12, 2020, 7:30 PM – 10:15 PM. Oberon, 2 Arrow Street.

Religion for a New Generation

Casper ter Kuile, MDiv '16, MPP '16, and Angie Thurston, MDiv '16, map and convene the Millennial leaders of spiritual communities at the forefront of religious change. From CrossFit to dinner churchers, Muslim small groups, and maker spaces, their work illuminates the rapidly shifting generational patterns in American religious life today. Please register at hds.harvard.edu/nyc by March 16. Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School. Contact: derevents@hds.harvard.edu, 617.495.1778. Thursday, March 26, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:15 PM. The Harvard Club of New York City, 35 W 44th St. New York, N.Y. For more info visit hds.harvard.edu.

RCPI Spring Conference

The Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative Spring Conference will take place April 2-3, 2020. Sponsor: Religious Literacy Project. Contact: Religious Literacy Project. Thursday, April 2, 2020 – Friday, April 3, 2020. Room 119, 60 Oxford Street. For more info visit rlp.hds.harvard.edu.

Climate Grief Support Group

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 – 7:00 PM. Room 117, Rockefeller Hall, 47 Francis Avenue.

William Belden Noble Lecture Series: Lecture 4

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.