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Lathrop at BTFOEntering Yale Divinity School students, in line with current custom, were treated to a weeklong welcome to campus, known as “Before the Fall Orientation,” followed by Opening Convocation on September 1.  BTFO was packed with activities—both serious and playful—designed to introduce new students to YDS, to each other, and to returning students, faculty and staff.  Among the events:  panels on “Tricks of the Trade: Students’ Guide to YDS” and on “Voice and Voicelessness”; denominational breakout sessions; a tour of YDS’s new sustainable living farm; and many, many opportunities to chat over food, including appetizers on the dean’s porch. >Go to story



The YDS entering class of 2009 is the largest in recent years, with a total of 169 new students:  76 candidates for the M.A.R., 64 M.Div. students, 13 pursing the S.T.M., and 16 non-degree students, including 13 exchange students from universities in England, Germany, and Singapore.  The largest contingent of international students comes from South Korea (7).  The new class includes nine African American students, six Asian Americans, three Hispanic students, one Cuban American, and one Puerto Rican student. >Go to story



A highlight of Convocation and Reunions is always the opportunity to honor a select group of alumni who have distinguished themselves in various ways.  This year’s alumni award honorees are Bonita Grubbs ’84 M.A.R., Lux et Veritas Award; Peter Laarman ’93 M.Div, William Sloane Coffin ’56 Award for Peace and Justice; Don Saliers ’62 B.D., ’67 Ph.D., Distinction in Theological Education; and Nancy Taylor ’81 M.Div., Distinction in Congregational Ministry. 

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frontpageBy the time readers receive this issue of Notes from the Quad, we will have launched our redesigned web home page, which has a much cleaner look and is easier to navigate.  Over the course of the academic year, we will be making changes to interior pages that will result in a much more robust, user-friendly site.  In conjunction with the web upgrade, we are working on a redsigned Notes from the Quad, which is scheduled to debut in October. >Go to story



Eamon Duffy, professor of the history of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, will deliver the 2009-10 Roland Bainton Lecture at Yale Divinity School on September 15, on the topic “The Cardinal and the Archbishop: Reginald Pole, Thomas Cranmer, and the English Reformation.”  The lecture, free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Niebuhr Hall. >Go to story


The Emory University Board of Trustees has approved naming the Emory graduate school in honor of James T. Laney ’50 B.A., ’54 B.D., ’66 Ph.D., former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, who led Emory from 1977 until 1993, a time when Emory emerged as a national research university.  Laney was awarded an honorary degree from Yale in 1993.  >Go to story


Emeriti Professors James Dittes and Gaylord Noyce die two weeks apart

Two emeriti professors, James Dittes ’54 B.D., ’58 Ph.D., and Gaylord Noyce ’52 M.Div., died in August just two weeks apart.  Both lived in Hamden, CT, suffered from Parkinson’s disease, and specialized in the practical aspects of ministerial training.  Their careers at YDS overlapped for more than three decades.  Dittes was the Roger J. Squire Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology and professor emeritus of religious studies, and Noyce was professor emeritus of the practice of pastoral theology.

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Berkeley Hosts Brian McLaren

Berkeley Divinity School at Yale will welcome Brian McLaren, a nationally recognized leader in the emergent church movement, to campus on September 21.  McLaren’s visit is a reflection of the seminary’s ongoing commitment to continuing education for Episcopal clergy.   McLaren, a Lambeth Conference speaker, is author of A Generous Orthodoxy and Finding Our Way Again. McLaren will preach at worship services at 10:30, followed by a lecture at 11:15 and lunch at 12:15.  The lecture and lunch are limited to Episcopal clergy. For more information and for reservations please contact Gail.Chiasson@yale.edu



In collaboration with the Council on Middle East Studies at Yale, the Institute of Sacred Music is hosting a Sept. 1-Dec. 11 exhibition of works by women artists from the Islamic world. The exhibition, free and open to the public, can be viewed weekdays 9 am-4 pm at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, 409 Prospect St., New Haven. The exhibition, entitled Breaking the Veils and presented by the ArtReach Foundation, brings together the works of 51 women artists from countries as varied as Indonesia and Yemen in an attempt to break the stereotyping attached to women from the Islamic world.  >Go to story



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