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William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
Yale Divinity School Launches The William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Scholarship Fund
Yale Divinity School has initiated an endowed scholarship fund in honor of the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr., the prominent anti-war and civil rights activist who was university chaplain from 1958-75.
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Ethicist Margaret Farley Hailed as Mentor by Friends, Colleagues & Students
More than 200 colleagues, former students and friends of Margaret Farley gathered at Yale Divinity School April 15-16, 2005 for a conference in honor of Farley's life and three decades of work in the theological trenches as a professor of Christian ethics at YDS.
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Margaret Farley
The Divinity School has established the Margaret A. Farley Chair in Christian Social Ethics in tribute to her.

Kristen Leslie
Kristen Leslie in Center of National Debate Over Religion at Air Force Academy
Last summer Prof. Kristen Leslie led a team of six YDS students during a practicum at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Now, the Divinity team's observations have prompted a national debate about religious culture at the Academy. >Go to Story

Adela Collins Delivers Presidential Address at New England Region of the Society of Biblical Literature Meeting

Adela CollinsAdela Yarbro Collins (pictured left), the Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, delivered the presidential address at the April 22 meeting of the New England Region of the Society of Biblical Literature in Newton, MA. Entitled Apocalypticism and New Testament Theology, her talk concluded with, “Theological warrants should never be used to justify historical claims....Theological interpretations that avoid contradicting the results of historical study, however, are likely to be more persuasive than those that do.”
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Places are still available for persons enrolling in Summer Term 2005 at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. It is recommended that persons who have not registered by May 25 make e-mail or telephone contact before mailing in an application form. >Go to Website
Dean Harold Attridge's CNN Talk on The Da Vinci Code Now Available on YDS Website

Dean Harold Attridge has given a number of talks over the past year on Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code. On April 20, CNN aired a four-minute interview with the Dean. The video clip and transcript of the interview are now available on the YDS web site.
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Sharon E. WatkinsThe Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, a 1984 graduate of YDS, has been endorsed by the General Board of the Christian Church to serve as general minister and president of the 770,000-member denomination.
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The Very Rev. Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, visited the campus on April 20 as a guest lecturer and preacher at Berkeley Divinity School's community Eucharist.
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American lyric tenor James Taylor has been appointed Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Voice at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music.

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Delois Brown-Daniels, M.Div. '80, Receives Anton Boisen Professional Service Award

Professor Lamin Sanneh in Library and Limelight
Professor Lamin Sanneh has been on sabbatical at the Library of Congress during the 2004-05 academic year. Still, the oft-quoted authority on world Christianity is very much in public view. On March 15 Sanneh delivered a talk entitled Religious Faultlines in West Africa at the high-powered Council on Foreign Relations. And on April 20 he appeared on PBS's nationally broadcast NewsHour with Jim Lehrer to discuss some of the challenges Pope Benedict XVI faces within the American Catholic Church and in the developing world.
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Financial Aid for Students

Annual gifts to the Yale Divinity School Annual Fund are directed to the School's most valuable asset—the students. In 2004-05 YDS was able to provide partial scholarships to 60 students, and the goal for 2005-06 is 65 students.

Make a gift of financial aid to the Annual Fund online:Donate To the Alumni Fund

Notes from the Quad, May 2005


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