Lead StoryConvocation & Reunions 2011 boosts faculty presence and adds more reunion groups

Convocation & Reunions 2011, Oct. 10-12, boasts a number of new elements that promise to make the annual alumni gathering an even more enriching experience.  The faculty presence has been boosted significantly by incorporating three faculty lectures and a faculty book signing party.  Reunion year celebrations will now include a cluster reunion for the most recent graduates from 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, and a reintroduction of a 55th year reunion gathering. And there will be a gathering for one of YDS’s student affiliate groups, the Sacramental Winers, who will celebrate their 20th anniversary.  In keeping with tradition, anchoring Convocation and Reunions will be the Beecher Lectures, to be delivered this year by Brian K. Blount, president of Union Presbyterian Seminary. Online registration officially opened on Aug. 1. >Go to story

President Levin names search committee for new dean
Yale President Richard Levin has named a nine-member committee to advise him as the search for a new dean gets under way following Dean Harold Attridge’s decision to step down next summer at the end of his second five-year term as dean.  All members of the committee are current Yale faculty members, eight of them on the YDS faculty. Heading the committee is YDS Old Testament scholar John J. Collins.  A second committee of alumni and YDS supporters will help canvass for nominees and help evaluate short-list candidates. >Go to story

Lamin Sanneh: immersed in the drama of world Christianity

Sanneh The world drama of Christian history is Lamin Sanneh’s daily bread. It’s the theme of his books. It’s etched into his own life. It’s what he sees behind daily headlines too, including horrifically tragic ones. Sanneh is the D. Willis James Professor of Missions & World Christianity at Yale Divinity School and professor of history at Yale College.  For decades he has been tracing the ways in which Christianity transforms cultures and pondering the conditions of civilizations that are moving into a post-Christian identity. >Go to story

First YDS exchange student to Chung Chi College in Hong Kong reflects on experience
In 2009-10, Yale Divinity School laid the groundwork for a new student exchange program with the Divinity School of Chung Chi College in Hong Kong.  Kimikami Miyake, who will graduate from YDS in December with a Master of Arts in Religion degree, was the first YDS student to participate in the newly established exchange program.  Here, he reflects on his experience at Chung Chi during the spring 2011 semester. >Go to story

Joseph Cumming: Christian terrorism in Norway?

In Kiev, bringing Jews and Muslims together

YDS missions gathering draws participants from around the globe

Five young scholars visit campus as Yale Divinity Library Stowe Fellows


Convocation and Reunions, Oct. 10-12
“I enjoy watching alumni as they return to YDS—perhaps for the first time in many years—and smile as they greet fellow classmates, intently study the class photos lining the hallways, and recognize friends who, perhaps, have become older and grayer over the years. It’s one of the most exhilarating weeks of the academic year as we worship in Marquand, hear thought-provoking lectures and discussions, and connect with friends, old and new.”>Read the column by Alumni Board President Jerry Henry ’80 M.Div.

Before the Fall Orientation, Aug. 23-26
Each year just before classes begin, entering students at YDS are invited to participate in the school's orientation program for new students, Before The Fall Orientation, or “BTFO”for short. Organized and run by current students, BTFO gives the entering class an introduction to life at YDS, Yale University, and New Haven. This year's BTFO will run from Aug. 23-26. >Click here for updates.

The Discourse of Voluntary Martyrdom: Ancient and Modern, Sept. 13
MossCandida Moss '02 M.A.R., '06 M.Phil., '06 M.A., '08 Ph.D., assistant professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver a lecture at YDS on Sept. 13 on the subject "The Discourse of Voluntary Martyrdom: Ancient and Modern."  This talk will both reappraise the evidence for the category of the voluntary martyr and trace the emergence of the category in modern scholarship.  The lecture will be held in Niebuhr Hall, 409 Prospect St., New Haven, 5:30-6:30 pm. >More information

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