Workshop at YDS pivotal to upcoming U.S.-Muslim conference in Egypt

IsmailOne year ago this June, President Barack Obama laid out a new vision for the relationship between the United States and Muslims the world over. Now Yale Divinity School is playing a direct role as influential leaders take up the Obama challenge and explore ways to turn vision into reality.  From February 21-23, YDS hosted a planning workshop for prominent scholars, policy makers, activists, and public figures from throughout the US and Middle East. The goal of the workshop was to develop a common format and agenda for a major international conference in Egypt June 16-18. Named "A New Beginning: US-Muslim Relations", the conference will be held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, and is intended to build on President Obama's historic speech last year.  Over two days of keynote speeches, plenary sessions and breakout working groups, the workshop at Yale went a long way towards meeting its mandate. >Go to story

Notre Dame scholar fills senior ethics position

HerdtJennifer Herdt, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, will join Yale Divinity School July 1 as professor of Christian Ethics, filling the senior faculty position that was vacated when Margaret Farley retired in 2007.
Herdt's primary interests are in the history of moral thought since the 17th century, classical and contemporary virtue ethics, and contemporary Protestant social ethics and political theology.  Her most recent book is Putting on Virtue:  The Legacy of the Splendid Vices (Chicago: 2008). >Go to story

YDS grads fully on board with email
Ninety-eight percent of YDS alums now use email, and 79 percent check their email at least a few times a day.   This was just one of the many findings from the fall 2009 survey of YDS alumni, the first survey of alumni in nearly a decade.  A total of 1,247 alumni responded to the survey out of 6,374 alumni on record, resulting in approximately a 20 percent return.  A large majority, 82 percent, said that being involved with YDS is “very important” or “somewhat important.” >Go to story

All School conference
ConferenceThis year’s All School Conference, a tradition that began a decade ago with encouragement from the late feminist theologian Letty Russell, featured several “swappings”—a book swap, a recipe swap, a joke swap, and at the end of the week a community pot luck where food was swapped.  The overall theme of this year’s Feb. 22-26 celebration was “Identity,” and specific days were set aside to talk about spirituality, love and sex, academics, humor, and food. >Go to story

Dean Attridge heads west for Spring Swing
Dean Harold Attridge will visit alumni in Houston, Austin, Seattle, and Los Angeles during a March 9-19 swing through the West.  While in Houston, Attridge will deliver an address on recent interactions between the church and secular world, and in Los Angeles he will speak on the environment in the context of sacred traditions.  The visit to Seattle will include a sermon at Plymouth United Church of Christ. >Go to story

YCFC publishes Common Word book
CWThe Yale Center for Faith and Culture has published proceedings of the historic 2008 Yale Common Word conference that brought together some 150 participants, including Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders from 38 nations   The book includes the original Common Word letter and the formal response drafted by Yale scholars and published in the New York Times.   Annotated with commentary by the authors, it gives fresh insight into how and why the documents were created. >Go to story

William Sloane Coffin Jr. tapes sought
For a project honoring the work of William Sloan Coffin Jr. ’49 B.A., ’56 B.D., who served as chaplain of Yale University from 1958-75, audio and video tapes of Coffin are being collected.  Persons who have tapes are asked to be in touch with the YDS Office of External Relations at 203-432-5358.


Convocation and Reunions 2010
Sean FreyneConvocation and Reunions week, Oct. 11-14, is fast approaching.  The Class of 1960 will celebrate their 50th and, the Class of 1985, their 25th.  Cluster reunion gatherings will be held for the classes of 1964-66, 1979-81, and 1999-2001.  The Beecher Lectures will be delivered by Mary Catherine Hilkert of Notre Dame, a specialist in contemporary systematic theology and author of Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination.  The Shafer Lecturer will be Sean Freyne (pictured above), professor emeritus at Trinity College, Dublin, an expert in Galilee in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, the historical Jesus, the gospels, and aspects of early Jewish and early Christian history and development. Another highlight will be celebration of the history of women at YDS.

Environmental (Dis)locations Conference
BullardRobert Bullard, founding director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University and a leading thinker-activist in the field of environmental justice, will deliver the opening address at the Environmental (Dis)Locations conference scheduled for April 8-10.  Professor Bullard has served as an expert witness and testified in dozens of civil rights and environmental justice lawsuits and hearings, and in 2008 Newsweek named him one of thirteen “Environmental Leaders of the Century.”  The conference, will be held at three locations—YDS, the St. Thomas More Chapel & Center, and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies—and will bring together activists in the fields of environmental justice and climate change. >Go to story

Summer Term 2010
Registration for Summer Term 2010 has officially opened, and online registrations are being accepted through the Summer Term web site.  Courses are offered over three one-week sessions, June 7-11, 14-18, 21-25.  Among the YDS senior faculty teaching courses are Harold Attridge, Teresa Berger, Bruce Gordon, Peter Hawkins, Denys Turner, and Robert Wilson.  > Go to Summer Term

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