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Haas Fund Supports Student Interreligious Research on Islam and Judaism

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund has provided the GTU a grant to support the Center for Islamic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies in their joint programming for this academic year. We are pleased to announce grants for students working on an interreligious research project related to Judaism and Islam.

Purushottama Bilimoria Delivers Dharma Endowment Lectures in Bengaluru, India

Purushottama BilimoriaProfessor Purushottama Bilimoria of the Center for Dharma Studies at the Graduate Theological Union delivered the Dharma Endowment Lectures on January 17-18, 2017, at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, the Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy, Theology and Canon Law in Bengaluru, India. His topic was “The Ethics of Personal Law in India: Religion, Minority Rights, Legal Pluralism, and Uniform Civil Code.”

GTU Community Celebrates Immigrant Contributions

More than 50 students, faculty, staff, and members of the GTU extended community gathered in front of the Le Conte building at the Graduate Theological Union for a public witness on Thursday, February 16, in support of “A Day without Immigrants,” a boycott campaign designed to highlight the contributions of immigrants in the United States. “We gathered out of a need to witness to the powerful place immigrants, past and present, have in our GTU communities, families, neighborhoods, and lives,” said organizer Corinna Guerrero, a GTU doctoral candidate and MTS online coordinator at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.

CIS News for February 2017

Congratulations and our gratitude to Carol Bier, Islamic Art Historian and CIS Visiting Scholar, for her extraordinary work on curating the exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, at the Doug Adams Gallery, Center for the Arts & Religion, GTU, January 31 to May 26, 2017.

Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences Announces Gift of $2M from Dr. Francisco J. Ayala

For Immediate Release

Berkeley, CA – January 26, 2017 - The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is pleased to announce a $2M gift from long-time professional partner Dr. Francisco J. Ayala, University Professor in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of California Irvine. In recognition of Dr. Ayala’s gift, CTNS will be renamed The Francisco J. Ayala Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

Uriah Kim Featured in "American Values, Religious Voices" Campaign

Vaules and Voices logo The GTU’s new Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Uriah Y. Kim, is among the 100 scholars of religion participating in American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters., a national bipartisan campaign that brings together scholars from diverse traditions to share insight and wisdom with U.S. political leaders.

GTU Welcomes Dr. Uriah Y. Kim as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to welcome Dr. Uriah Y. Kim as Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and John Dillenberger Professor of Biblical Studies. Dr. Kim returns to the GTU to become Dean twelve years after completing his PhD here. “I'm very happy to be going back to Holy Hill,” he said. “It's a dream come true for me to be called to serve an institution I respect and love so much.”

Register for a GTU Community Education Course in 2017

If you’re in the Bay area and would like to delve more deeply into religion and spirituality and build bridges with others who are passionate about learning, consider enrolling in a Community Education course at the GTU in the spring 2017 semester.

Each semester, the GTU provides a number of courses open to community members seeking to learn more about their own or another faith tradition. Here are just a few of the opportunities available in the spring:

"Reverberating Echoes" Opens January 31, 2017, at the Doug Adams Gallery

The Doug Adams Gallery's Spring 2017 exhibition, “Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art,” highlights the work of seven American artists of diverse interests, backgrounds, and training.  Inspired by traditional Islamic art, their works echo historic aesthetic concerns, often advancing human knowledge and understanding by experimentation with new technologies. Traditional concerns focused on the spatial dimension and the effects of light on form, the association of Arabic language and script with revelation, and patterns in the plane, exploring the nature of two-dimensional space.

Apply by December 15 to the GTU's Innovative Doctoral Program

Students seeking to begin doctoral studies at the GTU in the Fall 2017 semester have until Thursday, December 15, 2016, to apply. The GTU’s new doctoral curriculum, launched in the Fall 2016 semester, offers an innovative approach to doctoral education with extraordinary opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship and interreligious conversation.

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