Summer Term 2011 open for registration

Summer TermSummer Term 2011 on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle is now officially open for registration, featuring 27 outstanding courses—including Late Medieval Mystics with Denys Turner; Feminist/Womanist Theology with Melissa Matthes;  The Bible through Art and Artifact with Julie Faith Parker; and Preaching from the Lectionary with David Bartlett and Robert Wilson.  Partnering with YDS in the initiative are the Institute of Sacred Music and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

Again this year, provisions have been made for  online registration, but reservations can also be made by phone. Summer Term will run over three consecutive sessions, June 6-10, 13-17, and 20-24.  More about Summer Term, including descriptions of all courses,  enrollment fees, housing and meals, and registration information, is available on the Summer Term web site.  

Jan Hagens, assistant to the dean for continuing education, said, “The outcome of nine months of planning and preparation is, I think, an ideal scenario for genuine learning: world-famous teachers eager to share their expertise and try out new ideas in the classroom; a rich selection of topics and classes; the high standards and reputation of Yale Divinity School; the infrastructure of a great university; the cultural riches of a New England town; and summer...

“I can't wait to actually have all the participants here, to meet the students, to see them build community and discover--or rediscover--all that
YDS has to offer."

Most courses run over five days, in either morning or afternoon sessions.  But in addition to five-day courses, two special workshops that run for two days each are being offered, catering to people who want to take a course but who cannot spend five days on campus.  One workshop is a “theological sampler” exploring recent developments in theology, taught by Harold Attridge, Margaret Farley, and other YDS-related faculty. The other, taught by Martha Highsmith, lecturer in church administration and deputy Secretary of Yale University, offers an opportunity for church leaders to reflect on the integration of theology and practice in tough times, including ways to manage and talk about money in a time of tight budgets.

For the first time this year, dormitory rooms in Yale College will be available in addition to other housing options.

"Having been brought in as the new assistant to the dean for continuing education, my first charge was to help coordinate the 2011 Summer Term,” remarked Hagens.  “It has been a splendid opportunity to get to know the YDS faculty.  Working with the professors and with other staff members quickly confirmed that I had come to a top-quality institution: people were well-organized, decisive, and dedicated.”

Posted: 04/04/2011