Events

    2022 Oct 14

    William Belden Noble Lecture Series: John Green

    7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School, Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge

    New York Times bestselling Author John Green will be the first speaker in the 2022-23 William Belden Noble Lectures. Green is author of "The Fault in Our Stars," "Turtles All the Way Down," and "The Anthropocene Reviewed," among others. He is also widely-known video blogger, podcaster, and philanthropist. The title of his lecture is "How the World Ends."

    The lecture is the first of four this academic year. The four-part series will take a plunge into the moral and ethical questions surrounding the global climate crisis and the role of religious institutions, organization and...

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    2022 Oct 03

    Leading Toward Justice: Intersections of Religion, Ethics, and Government

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    The Leading Toward Justice webinar series features panel discussions spotlighting alumni impact in the world and the ways alumni leverage their HDS training while working in secular or public professions. This session will discuss the critical importance of ethical practices and religious literacy in government and public service fields.

    Moderated by Susan O. Hayward, MDiv ’07, Associate Director for the Religious Literacy and the Professions Initiative (RLPI) at Harvard Divinity School

    Panelists:
    • Gary Burrill, MDiv ’91: Parliamentary Member, Nova...

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    2022 Sep 23

    Bhakti: A Practice of the Heart

    Fri Sep 23 (All day) to Thu Dec 15 (All day)

    Location: 

    Crossings Gallery, Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Decompress and nourish your creative spirit with Bhākti: A Practice of the Heart. Brighton artist Deborah Johnson curates an interactive installation featuring mixed-media, portrait paintings, and visual affirmations in a lush living room. As a queer South-Asian artist and mental health professional, Johnson connects her personal ancestry and spirituality to create a place of comfort and sanctuary for all. Drop by to reflect in a journal, view the art, gather with friends, or engage with the community altar!

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    2022 Feb 15

    Safe, Sacred, Free: Queer Movements and Religious Spaces

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard—Online

    Heather R. White, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Gender and Queer Studies and 2021-22 Women's Studies in Religion Program Research Associate, will deliver the lecture, "Safe, Sacred, Free: Queer Movements and Religious Spaces."

    Learn more about and register for this virtual event.

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    2022 Feb 10

    Peril to Democracy: Racism and Nationalism in America

    5:00pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    The after effects of the January 6 insurrection continue to reverberate across America. Since that fateful and disturbing day, pushbacks against the teaching of race in America, abortion rollbacks, and Covid denialism have swept across the country. What has been the role of evangelical Christianity in fueling these issues?

    Professor Anthea Butler's lecture will explore the historical antecedents of Evangelical beliefs and political action leading up to today’s troubling times, and the prospects for the future of religion, peace and political action in America.

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    2021 Nov 29

    The Climate of Community

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    This conversation is part of the series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now." The featured speaker for this community tea ceremony is Brian Kirbis of Theasophie.

    Tea Master Brian Kirbis, who will open each of our sessions with a tea pouring to set a tone of well-being and attention, will take us through a formal tea ceremony. As a global community online, we will be able to sit and sip in collective silence to contemplate all we have heard and taken into our minds during these sessions....

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    2021 Nov 22

    The Climate of the Future

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    This conversation is part of the series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now." The featured speaker is novelist Kim Stanley Robinson.

    Kim Stanley Robinson’s thriller The Ministry for the Future (2020) is science fiction that reads as hard-edged journalism. With short chapters and a myriad of characters, Robinson creates a kaleidoscope of perspectives on a global climate collapse coming in 2025. Bill McKibben writes “In Kim Stanley Robinson’s anti-dystopian novel, climate change...

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    2021 Nov 13

    Harvard Dance Center Showing: Initiation – In Love Solidarity

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Dance Center—Online or in-person

    Initiation – In Love Solidarity is a choreographic narrative exploring the embodiment of the Middle Passage, and the resilience and evolving identities of women in the African diaspora. A film component of the work was created at historic sites in New England related to the transatlantic slave trade and emancipation. The imagery of the cowrie shell is present throughout, chosen as an emblem of the transformative identity of the Black female body.

    Saturday, November 13, 4pm & 7pm: ...

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    2021 Nov 08

    The Climate of Resistance

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    This conversation is part of the series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now." The featured speakers are Chloe Aridjis, award-winning novelist, Sea Monsters (2020) and organizer for Writers Rebel, and Wanjira Mathai, Regional Director for Africa at the World Resources Institute.

    Activists Aridjis and Mathai are powerful, fierce, compassionate leaders in the global environmental movement. A writer and an organizer, they are also the daughters of iconic conservation heroes: Homero Aridjis,...

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    2021 Oct 25

    The Climate of Grief

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    This conversation is part of the series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now." The featured speaker is poet Victoria Chang.

    Victoria Chang writes in her New York Times Notable Book of 2020, Obit, “I always knew that grief was something I could smell. But I didn’t know that it’s not actually a noun but a verb. That it moves.” After the deaths of her parents, she refused to write elegies; instead, Chang wrote poetic obituaries of the beautiful, broken world that surrounds her (many see them...

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    2021 Oct 18

    The Climate of Compassion for All Beings

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    This conversation is part of the series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now." The featured speaker is Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at Harvard Divinity School.

    We are not the only species that lives and loves and grieves on this planet. Janet Gyatso will focus on the phenomenology of being not just among humans but with all other sentient beings. How we can cultivate the capacity to have such experiences, in ways...

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    2021 Jun 19

    In the Groves

    5:30pm to 7:30pm

    Location: 

    Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Immerse yourself in the deep beauty of trees in this story and music journey through the Arboretum. Led by Oracle award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, this unfolding performance of ancient tales and songs from cultures around the world takes place in a variety of groves—birch, cherry, and evergreen—at some of the Arboretum’s loveliest spots.

    This event is free, but registration is required and limited. Not designed for children under 12, and dogs are not allowed. COVID guidelines will be followed.

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    2021 May 06

    Book Talk: Faith in Numbers: Religion, Sectarianism, and Democracy

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center—Online

    A seminar with Michael Hoffman, assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, on his new book Faith in Numbers: Religion, Sectarianism, and Democracy from Oxford University Press.

    Why does religion sometimes increase support for democracy and sometimes do just the opposite? Faith in Numbers presents a theory of religion, group interest, and democracy. Focusing on communal religion, it demonstrates that the effect of communal prayer on support for democracy depends on the interests of the religious group in question. For members of...

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    2021 Apr 08

    Stories of Women from Jaina Island Maya Figurines

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—Online

    Maya female ceramic figurines from the island of Jaina in Campeche, Mexico, produced in the Late Classic Period (600–900 CE) are admired for their lifelike, poignant, and sometimes amusing characteristics. Long assumed to be elite women or moon goddesses, these figurines reveal a complexity of Maya social life, especially for women, that is rarely seen in other painted ceramics or monumental sculpture. They also offer insights into the culture of Jaina Island, including disturbing enslavement practices.

    Mary Miller will discuss various interpretations of Jaina figurines—...

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    2021 Feb 02

    Making Meaning in 2021 at the Crossroads of Business and Capitalism, Ethics, Faith, and Justice

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    Speakers:

    • John P. Brown, MBA '74, MDiv '88, Practitioner in Residence in Religion, Business Ethics, and the Economic Order, Harvard Divinity School
    • Katherine Collins, MTS '11, Head of Sustainable Investing, Putnam Investments
    • Karim Hutson, MBA '03, MTS '08, Founder & Managing Member, Genesis Companies
    • Al-Husein Madhany, MTS '01, Head of Global People Operations, Moveworks.ai

    This event will be recorded. Closed captioning will be provided, and persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations...

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    2021 Feb 01

    Psychedelics: The Ancient Religion with No Name?

    5:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    The most influential religious historian of the 20th century, Huston Smith, once referred to it as the "best-kept secret" in history. Did the ancient Greeks use drugs to find God? And did the earliest Christians inherit the same secret tradition? A profound knowledge of visionary plants, herbs, and fungi passed from one generation to the next, ever since the Stone Age? Join us for a discussion between CSWR Director Charles Stang and Brian Muraresku about his new book, The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name, a groundbreaking dive into the role of psychedelics...

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    2020 Dec 14

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

    5:00pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Please join us as Francis X. Clooney, S.J., HDS Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, 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. 

    This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

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