September 14, 2008


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Academic Information


Important Dates and Deadlines for Fall Semester 2008


  1. No course can be added after September 24.
  2. September 17 is the last day to submit a request of Credit/No Credit form.  It is also the last day to submit a form to take a Credit/No Credit course for a grade.
  3. October 22 is the last day to drop a course.  Courses dropped after October 22 will have a grade of “F” or “NC” automatically recorded.
  4. December 19 is the official end of the term, and all work is due by that date.  Faculty may set earlier deadlines if they wish.  In exceptional circumstances, such as illness or family crisis, the instructor may grant an extension until February 9.  After February 9, all requests for further extensions must be submitted to the Professional Studies Committee


Travel Seminar to Salvador Da Bahia, Brazil, May 9-21, 2009

Professors Swancutt and Townes will be holding an information session for students interested in participating in the travel seminar to Salvador da Bahia in Brazil on Tuesday, September 30th from 12:30pm-1:20pm in the Jonathan Edwards Room.  All are welcome to attend.



An application for admission to the extended degree program must include:

1.         Your name.

2.         Address and e-mail address.

3.         Area of concentration.

4.         A statement explaining why you wish to extend a concentrated M.A.R. program.

5.         A letter of recommendation from at least one faculty member in the field in which the degree program is concentrated.


PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO GRACE CHAO, ROOM N122, SEABURY 1st floor, BY October 15, 2008. -- Emilie Townes, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs


NEW! Library Resources Available

Another new subject guide is now available, on the topic of Ethics. You can access the guide by going to (  For more news from the library, including other new reference resources, go to (


Collaborative Learning Center presents Teaching With Technology Tuesdays

( -- a series of programs for those teaching at Yale (faculty, staff and students) interested in innovative instructional activities that utilize technology. This series of programs, entitled Teaching with Technology Tuesdays will be offered on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-2:00 pm in the Bass Library, Room L101 (lower level).


Boren Fellowship for Language and Area Studies

The Institute of International Education has announced the opening of the 2009-10 NSEP Boren Fellowships for language and area studies. Information about the award is available at Also, a representative of the program will be on campus on October 22 at 4pm (55 Whitney, room 305) to talk about these awards.  The application deadline is January 29, 2009. The fellowship funds up to $24,000 for one year of study abroad, and in some cases, language study in the US.


Lectures and Events


Poynter Lecture: “God and the Role of Politics in the ’08 Election” by Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller, senior religion reporter at Newsweek magazine, will deliver a lecture at Yale “God and the Role of Politics in the ‘08 Election.”  Miller reports, writes and edits stories on spirituality and belief and writes the weekly BeliefWatch column in the Periscope section of the magazine. Miller wrote "The Politics of Jesus" cover story (10/13/2006), which examined the impact of religion in the midterm elections. She also helped launch "OnFaith," an online global conversation about religion and faith moderated by Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham and Washington Post writer Sally Quinn and co-branded with the Washington Post. For more information:

            Monday September 15 (5:00 PM)

            William L Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St, Rm 119


Initiative on Religion and Politics and Yale Forum on  Faith and Politics Lunch Series

Our group meets weekly to discuss the theo-political issues of the day from as many perspectives as you can manage in an hour.  We will spend some time getting to know each other and begin our reflections on the gender politics of the Palin nomination. And, of course, we will consider that most pressing of theo-political questions: is a pig without

lipstick still a pig? (And you thought Animal Farm was sooooo last century!)  For more information contact Melissa Mathes ( or Chris Meserole (

            Monday, September 15, 2008 (12:30PM)

            S117, Lunch will be served.


OMSC Lecture: “Living Martyrs, God Seekers, and Non-Believers: Stories from a Forty-year Journey with China”

Dr. Jean-Paul Wiest, director of research at the Beijing Center for Language and Culture and a research fellow in the Department of Religion of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Bring a light lunch. Contact: (203) 624-6672.

Friday, September 26, 2008 (12:30PM)

Overseas Ministries Study Center, 490 Prospect Street


Rev. Julio Rivera, from the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador.

YDS/BDS students Carson Perez, Delfin Bautista and Debbie Noonan met Father Julio while on a visit to El Salvador in May where he has been working with BDS/YDS alums, Leigh Preston, Andy Thompson and Amy Denney-Zuniga. We were inspired by his experiences of growing up as an orphan during the Salvadoran Civil War and his courageous outreach ministry to gang members in his community. Father Julio has written books on human rights as well as children's stories and articles on the Theology of Life.  For more information contact: Delfin Bautista (

363 Saint Ronan St


Liturgical Dance Workshops

For all who are inquisitive about Liturgical Dance and its meaning, relevance and relationship to worship, we are announcing the fall 2008 series of workshops.  If you have a dance background that is wonderful, but for those who do not it is not necessary to have one.  The most important element that is needed is the desire to learn to worship God with your entire body.  The entire YDS community (students, faculty, men and women) are welcomed to take part.  Please wear comfortable clothing and come with a dancing heart.  Contact:

            Monday, September 15th (6:00 – 7:15PM)

            Marquand Chapel

This Week in Marquand

Services begin at 10:30am. All are Welcome.


Jurgen Habermas Lecture

Yale University's Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics is happy to announce that Juergen Habermas, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt, will be delivering this year's prestigious Castle Lectures. This year's lecture series, entitled, The Resurgence of Religion: A Challenge to the Secular Self-Understanding of Modernity, promises to provide an incisive as well as provocative exploration of the scope and meaning of "secularization" in a contemporary world still largely influenced by enduring religious commitments. In an emerging multicultural global society, Professor Habermas will argue, the encounter with religion as a contemporary intellectual formation requires secular thought to engage in a serious reflection on its own origins.

October 6th, 7th, and 13th (4:00 – 5:30PM)

Location TBA


Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim Lecture, “Climate Change and the Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology?”

Come join the inaugural talk of the Climate Justice Speaker Series with a
discussion with the co-founders and co-directors of the Forum on Religion
and Ecology. Lunch will be served. Co-sponsored by the Yale F&ES Project on Climate Change, Environmental Justice at Yale, Climate SIG, SPIRET, Students for Urban Design Sustainability, Western Resource SIG, and Yale Student Environmental Coalition. If you or your group would like to be involved, please contact

Monday, Sept 15 (11:45AM)

Bowers Auditorium in Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St


Ministry Resource Center

MINISTRY RESOURCE CENTER invites you into the following opportunities: Resources are available to be checked out on racism, faith and politics, healing, Millenium Development Goals, St. Francis, Blessing of Animals, just to name a few.  You can find music, DVDs, small group resources, in short, everything you need to be involved in the practice of ministry in congregations and agencies.

Workshops this week students and leaders in congregations:

            Thursday, September 18 (11:00-12:00 PM)

 Thursday, Sept. 18 (12:30-1:30 PM)


Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Graduate Colloquium

Yale graduate students from a wide range of disciplines present work that engages women's studies, feminism, gender and sexuality studies, lesbian and gay studies, and queer studies. At the Colloquium, graduate students give academic talks, present syllabi, discuss pedagogy, and engage in roundtable discussions on pressing issues and questions central to the field of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, with much lively discussion to follow.  The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Working Group is a subsidiary of the Colloquium. The purpose of the Working Group is to foster interdisciplinary discussion about current issues in the field of women's, gender, and sexuality studies by bringing together graduate students and faculty at Yale who are working on topics at the intersection of their discipline and WGSS.

Mondays throughout the semester (5:30PM)

William L. Harkness Hall (WLH), Room 309, 100 Wall Street

For a full listing contact Elina Bloch (


The Pastor's Study Series

The Pastor’s Study is a weekly lunchtime gathering with invited guests who represent a wide range of scholarship and ministry. The guests first participate in a 30-minute interview about their own ministry, faith applied, spiritual formation and practice, and then join in a conversation with all who have gathered.  Our first guest will be Yale Professor of New Testament and Religious Studies and author of the just-published Pedagogy of the Bible, which has been called the best-ever inside look into the teaching of the Bible for ministry. Martin puts a new emphasis on interpreting Scripture within the context of church history and theology, to make teaching the Bible more theological, more integrated into the whole theological curriculum, and more theoretical.  Lunch will be served.  RSVP:

            September 16th (12:30PM)



Initiative on Race, Gender, and Globalization at Yale

This year the IRGG will sponsor a colloquium nearing the end of the fall semester entitled Racial Formations: Thinking at the Limit.  This event will continue the conversation set forth by a graduate seminar Professor Hazel Carby is conducting this Fall on the field of racial formations, and it will be guided by an attempt to query and theorize the salience of racialization in our contemporary world. The colloquia will be composed of three panels—"Racial Formations and the Politics of Sound," "Racial Formations in a Biotechnological World," and "Racial Formations in the Age of "Terrorism.” Speakers for this event include Paul Gilroy (London School of Economics), Alondra Nelson (Yale University), Charles L. Briggs (UC Berkeley), Vron Ware (Open University), Achille Mbembe (University of Witwatersrand) , among others.

DATE: December 11th and 12th;


The IRGG is also hosting a speaker series, the details of which can be found at:

Ramadan Banquet

The Yale MSA and the Chaplain's Office present: Ramadan banquet featuring Eboo Patel, Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core and Rhodes Scholar with a Doctorate in the Sociology of Religion.  Patel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Advisory Committee.  RSVP:

            Tuesday, September 16 (6 - 8:30 PM). 

            Commons Dining Hall

Free for Students w/ meal plan

$5 for Students w/o meal plan

$15 for Faculty, Staff, Community Members, etc


Yale Swing & Blues Fall 2008 Dance Class Registration

Yale Swing & Blues classes are back for the semester! Sign up online for your choice of FIVE class series and receive a FREE YS&B T-shirt! All of our classes are open to everyone - no Yale affiliation required. However, space is limited, so register today! (


Committee on Racial Equality Meeting

The Committee on Racial Equality (CORE) will be discussing the history of CORE at YDS and possible areas of focus for this academic year. This meeting will be dialogical so your presence and voice are needed for that to be possible!  Contact: Rahiel Tesfamariam (

            Monday, September 15th (12:30-1:15PM)

JE Dining Room


Lecture: “Meat, Metaphor and Mysticism: Cooking the Books in The Doctrine of the Heart “

Vincent Gillespie is the J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language at the University of Oxford. His research considers the broad range of post-conquest writing in England, with particular interests in literary theory, religious writing, mystical language, and concepts of poetic identity in medieval and early modern writers. He also publishes on modern British drama (especially Harold Pinter).  Reception to follow.

Monday 15th September (5:30 PM)

Whitney Humanities Center, Room208.




Needed/Lost and Found:

ISO: Baby-related Furniture

My wife and I have a two year old, are expecting another baby, and are looking for some hand me downs of baby care equipment at bargain prices. Specifically we need: a little potty, a crib, a changing table, and a queen or king size bed or mattress.  Contact: Nathan Rutenbeck (



Convocation Workers Needed

We will need student workers to greet, usher, guide, serve, entertain, and generally charm all the lovely alumni who will be returning to campus during Convocation (October 13-16). If, then, you will be around New Haven any or all of those days, like wearing a sweet navy blue polo shirt, and could use a little extra cash, please reply to to express your interest, and, if possible, give an idea of your availability within those days. Thanks so much!


Childcare Mondays 9:15-10:30AM

Childcare sought for YDS student’s child during Monday Bible class.  My daughter Lucia will be 3 in November, and is a great, well-behaved kid. I'm looking for someone who is responsible, mature who enjoys working with kids and has some experience. References required. CPR first aid a plus. Child care can take place on YDS campus while the weather is nice, but can be switched to my home (East Rock) when it gets cold. Time would be Mondays (with possibility of Wednesdays available) 9:00/9:15-10:30. $10 per hour. Contact: (


NEW! YDS Library Jobs

The Divinity School Library has a part-time (10-15 hours/per week) student assistant positions available in the Library's Acquisitions Department. Hours can be scheduled between 9 and 4:30, Monday through Friday.  This position is responsible for searching, ordering and receiving materials for the Library.  Requirements: Average or better keyboarding skills. Facility with English essential. Reading knowledge of one or more Western European language preferred. Must be physically able to shift books and move heavy book trucks. Pays $12/hour. Interested candidates please provide a resume.

If interested, please contact Mary Ellen Barbarito ( or ((203) 432-5294).


Visiting Fellows Assistant Needed

Each year the Divinity School appoints 20-30 Visiting Fellows for one or two semesters. Visiting Fellows are normally faculty, clergy, or other qualified professionals on sabbatical leave. Many are from overseas. The Divinity School has a program to help to integrate them into the life of the school. The program includes bringing the Visiting Fellows together to meet one another, introducing them to faculty in their field, helping them find the resources they need to carry out their research, helping them become familiar with the campus and its resources, and arranging for them to present their work to the community. The Student Assistant will work with Paul Stuehrenberg, Director of the Visiting Fellows Program at Yale Divinity School, to welcome and support the Visiting Fellows. The Student Assistant will work 3-5 hours per week during the academic year. Contact: Paul Stuehrenberg (


Family Assistant/Child Care

Yale Law School professor is looking for a family assistant. Responsibilities include child-care for a well-behaved and independent 12-year-old son; running errands, including grocery shopping; cooking simple kid-friendly meals; weeding/gardening; supervising occasional home repairs; and generally assisting in running the household. 20 hours per week.  Over the last 3 years several divinity school students and spouses (Josh Evans, Julia Schoenhals, and Mark Osborne) have held the position.  The position pays $13/hour plus employer will pay both employee's and employer's portion of social security taxes. Must drive (and have good driving record), but employer will provide car. If interested, please send email to


YDS Alum in Hartford seeks to fill several part-time paid and volunteer positions


1. Spirit Club Director: Christian education in ecumenical home setting

2. Dance Team Leader/Doodle Mascot: teach Kiddancers simple dance moves, wear Doodle the Dog mascot costume while greeting children and leading Kiddancers during children's service

3. Worship Leader: lead children and parents singing energetic worship songs to accompaniment tracks (this position could grow into leading live acoustic band for adult worship in January)

4. Male, comedic actor: be comedic co-host and Gordo the nerd

5. Female actor: play all female roles: hippie idealist Samantha; make over girl Cammie; Bible Stories

6. Male actor: play extreme sports Tyler or techy Marshall (Gordo's friends); Bible Stories (Tryouts Oct 5, 9am-noon, 17 Green Briar, Glastonbury. All rehearsals Sunday mornings at 960 Main, Hartford. More info at  Email: (



1. Audio visual assistant - help Director unload Portable Church, run lights, sound, video, break-down

2. Filmmaker - create 3 minute films of our kids demonstrating how they live out the virtue

3. Actors - play the roles of Gordo's Mom, Cammie's grandfather, or Gordo's friends

4. Kiddancers - wear bright t-shirt and do simple moves to worship songs

5. Back-up singers - can be child or teenager

6. Costume and prop designer

Tryouts Oct 5, 9am-noon, 17 Green Briar, Glastonbury. All rehearsals Sunday mornings at 960 Main, Hartford. More info: (  Email (

Worship Opportunities


University Church

All are welcome to worship at the University Church in Yale! 10:30 am, Sundays, Battell Chapel (corner of College & Elm streets).

For more information: or 203-432-1128.