University of Chicago Divinity School scholar joins two other women newly appointed as senior faculty at YDS

xKathryn Tanner '79 B.A., '85 Ph.D., the Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School, joined the Yale Divinity School faculty as professor of systematic theology, effective July 1.  A proponent of “constructive theology,” Tanner’s research focuses on how Christian thought might be brought to bear on contemporary issues of theological concern using social, cultural and feminist theory.  Harold Attridge, the Rev. Henry L. Slack Dean of Yale Divinity School, said Tanner’s appointment brings to a close what he termed “a very successful year of recruiting new senior faculty,” noting that the hiring of Tanner and two other women theologians in 2009-10 is particularly fitting at a time when YDS is formally celebrating eight decades of women on campus.  Tanner’s hiring follows the appointments of Mary Clark Moschella, a professor of pastoral theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, and Jennifer Herdt, an ethicist at the University of Notre Dame.  >Go to story

Yale Divinity School delegation takes part in U.S.-Muslim relations conference in Egypt
One year after President Obama’s now-famous Cairo speech calling for better relations between the United States and the Muslim world, representatives from Yale joined with people from over 45 countries to address the issue during a June 16-18 conference at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt.  Yale Divinity School was one of a dozen co-sponsors of the gathering, “Initiatives in Education, Science and Culture: Toward Enhanced U.S.-Muslim Countries Collaboration.” Representatives of both the Obama administration and Arab League spoke at the conference. >Go to story

YDS creates first endowed scholarship aimed at Catholic students
NouwenA scholarship in honor of the late Henri Nouwen, who taught at Yale Divinity School for a decade beginning in 1971, has been established through a gift of $300,000 from a University benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous. The Henri Nouwen Scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving YDS student, with preference given to Roman Catholics—the first such scholarship to be created at YDS.  For most of the past two decades, Roman Catholics have represented the second-largest denominational grouping at YDS, after Episcopalians. >Go to story

Eight YDS students named 2010 Fellows by Fund for Theological Education
Eight Yale Divinity School students are being recognized as young leaders with exceptional gifts for ministry by the Fund for Theological Education, which has named the students to its 2010 class of fellows.  According to a June 9 announcement from FTE, YDS students recognized for demonstrating exceptional gifts for ministry include two current students and six students who will enter YDS in the fall. >Go to story

Alums running for national office—help us identify them
It is not unusual for YDS graduates to enter public service, in some cases national elective office.  For example, well-known former Senators John Danforth and Gary Hart are both YDS alums, as are current U.S. Representatives Lois Capps and David Price.  With national elections upcoming this November, we are seeking out alums who are running for seats in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives.  We know of two:  Rebekah Davis in Nebraska and Chris Coons in Delaware.  But we need your help in identifying others.  If you are aware of any, please send details to divinity.alumni@yale.edu with the subject line “Office Seekers.”

Two Class of ‘07 graduates win Annual Fund drawing

YDS library’s Nanking Massacre Project central to new film

Two weeks of exploration of faiths and cultures at Summer Institute

YDS commitment to inclusivity put in writing

Recent grad on mission to support Ugandan children

Web enhancements mean no August issue of Notes from the Quad
YDS in undertaking a significant upgrade to its web site aimed at incorporating a content management system that will allow for greatly enhanced and streamlined web management capabilities.  This will result in more timely treatment of web content and a more consistent look to the YDS web pages.  Work on this project will preclude publication of an August issue of Notes from the Quad, which will resume normal monthly publication in September. >Go to story

ArrowRegister for Convocation and Reunions 2010


Women’s Reunion
FarleyIn recognition of eight decades of women at Yale Divinity School, a number of special events are planned for Convocation and Reunions 2010 aimed at celebrating the contributions of women to life on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle—Honoring the Past, Challenging the Future: Celebrating Eight Decades of Women at Yale Divinity School.   Among the activities will be an opening event with Professor Emerita Margaret Farley, a panel about YDS women, special worship services, a community meal, and a musical presentation hosted by the Institute of Sacred Music. >Go to Story

Before The Fall Orientation, or “BTFO” for short, is YDS's annual new student orientation program. This year, BTFO will run from Monday, Aug. 23 to Friday, Aug. 27. During BTFO, new, “prelapsarian” students will be introduced to life at YDS, Yale University, and New Haven, and will be given the tools and information they need to succeed at YDS.  Coordinators of this year’s BTFO are Joshua Rodriguez ’12 M.Div. and Alex Peterson ’12 M.Div.

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