Earthquake in Haiti: YDS engages the tragic aftermath

Sam and Chris in HatiYDS students, alumni and faculty are responding in myriad ways to the ongoing human tragedy resulting from the earthquake in Haiti. Students like Leslie Brown ’10 M.Div. are taking a leadership role on the broader Yale campus by coordinating fundraising and educational efforts. Sam Owen ’12 M.Div. and Chris Corwin ’12 M.Div flew to Port-au-Prince in the aftermath of the quake to lend a hand. Others are offering their personal gifts. Jazz drummer Justin Haaheim ’10 M.Div. performed at a packed Woolsey Hall benefit concert for quake victims. Dean Harold W. Attridge appeared in a local newspaper, putting in biblical perspective Pat Robertson’s claim that Haiti is suffering divine punishment. Outside New Haven, YDS alumni are playing key roles in the relief work. Arthur Keys, founder and head of International Relief and Development, has overseen the shipment of nearly $7 million in medical aid. >Go to story

YDS surveys students about international experience and aspirations

Twenty-two years of employment in the U.S. Foreign Service, international recruitment, the Peace Corps, missions trips, and language immersion programs. These are only a few examples of the types of overseas experiences Yale Divinity School students possess prior to matriculation, according to a recently completed student body survey focused on the international aspects of education at YDS.  The survey was commissioned by a committee of faculty and administrators appointed by Dean Harold Attridge to assess the Divinity School’s current international programming and potential future needs. >Go to story

Emilie TownesEmilie Townes delivers MLK Day keynote at Tuskegee
Emilie Townes, associate dean of academic affairs and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School, delivered the keynote address at Alabama’s Tuskegee University on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 18, declaring,  “If we can hold on to proclaiming truth when it gets buried in political and religious cat fights and mud-wrestling contests, I think we will be able to bring together the justice making and peace King lived and worked for." >Go to story

Spectrum 2010: an historic issue
SpectrumDid you know that the erstwhile mothballed “back buildings” on the Quad have returned to service?  Or that Professor John J. Collins in June received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from University College, Dublin, his alma mater? Or that the Institute of Sacred Music has created a new fellows program designed to expand ISM’s global reach?  These are just a few of the news bits to be found in Spectrum 2010, YDS’s alumni magazine, which is being delivered to alumni mailboxes in February.  Be on the lookout for it, as this will be an historic issue, marking the last print edition of the magazine before it transitions into an all-electronic publication in 2011.

Yale Bible Study expands
The Yale Bible Study series has expanded to include additional content such as resources for lay leaders of study sessions, recommended supplementary reading materials, and instructions for creating Bible study notebooks.  Visit the Bible Study series here.


Parks-King Lecture
HigginbothamEvelyn Brooks Higginbotham, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and chair of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, will give the 2009-2010 Parks-King lecture on the topic Patriotism and the Dilemma of the Black Prophetic Voice.  Her writings span diverse fields—African American religious history, women's history, civil rights, constructions of racial and gender identity, electoral politics, and the intersection of theory and history. One of her most cited and reprinted articles is “African American Women’s History and the Metalanguage of Race,” winner of the best article prize of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians in 1993.  The lecture will be held Feb. 23 in Niebuhr Hall, 5:30-6:30 pm, on the YDS campus.  A reception will follow the lecture in the Sarah Smith Gallery.  The lecture will be webcast live at the YDS Live Webcast page.

Troeger music and poetry
Poet and hymnist Thomas Troeger, the J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication at Yale, will read from his poetry, perform music for flute and keyboard, and lead hymn singing on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 pm in Marquand Chapel, 409 Prospect St., New Haven.  He has written eighteen books in the fields of preaching, poetry, hymnody, and worship and is a frequent contributor to journals dedicated to these topics. His work appears in the hymnals of most denominations and is frequently set as choral anthems.   >Go to story

Summer Term 2010
Visit the web site for Summer Term 2010 at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle for a complete list of courses being offered during three one-week sessions, June 7-11, 14-18, 21-25.  A number of courses will be taught by senior Yale faculty, including Harold Attridge, Teresa Berger, Bruce Gordon, Peter Hawkins, Denys Turner, and Robert Wilson.  For the first time, there is an option for online registration and payment. >Go to Summerterm

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