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Religion and literature scholar Peter Hawkins returns to ISM, YDS

Peter Hawkins will return to Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, effective July 1, 2008, as professor of religion and literature at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. A popular professor at YDS and ISM for 24 years, Hawkins is acknowledged as a leading scholar in the field of religion and literature. He is currently on the faculty of Boston University.

At BU he has directed the Luce Program in Scripture and the Literary Arts, which has staged conferences, lectures, workshops, and literary readings, and sponsored visiting scholars and writers.

Peter HawkinsHawkins earned an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from Yale. After receiving his doctorate, he began teaching at Yale Divinity School and was subsequently appointed to the faculty of ISM.

His work has long centered on Dante, most recently in Dante: A Brief History (2006); Dante's Testaments: Essays on Scriptural Imagination (1999) which was the winner of a 2001 AAR Book Prize; and The Poets' Dante: Twentieth-Century Reflections, ed. with Rachel Jacoff (2001). In addition, Hawkins has two other recent co-edited volumes: Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs (2006, with Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg) and St. Paul's Letters to the Romans in the Middle Ages (2007, with William Campbell and Brenda Deen Schildgen). ). Many alumni may be familiar with his four-volume series Listening for God: Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith done with Paula Carlson. He has also published books on twentieth-century fiction, utopia, and the language of ineffability. His essays have dealt with such topics as memory and memorials, the NAMES Project Quilt, televangelism, and scriptural interpretation.

While at YDS and ISM, Hawkins was regarded as one of the most popular professors on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. In 2006 Boston University awarded him a Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching - the most prestigious university-wide award for teaching at BU. Long before there was any thought of his returning to Yale, the YDS faculty arranged for Hawkins to give the 2007 Lyman Beecher lectures in preaching, which will be delivered during Convocation and Reunions in the fall.

The recipient of fellowships from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation, Hawkins has also been a Starr Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Bogliasco Fellow at the Centro Studi Ligure, Bogliasco (Italy). He received a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. for his book Listening for God.

Hawkins will begin teaching at Yale again in fall 2008 following his final year as director of the Luce Program at BU.

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