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Graduate Theological Union Receives Two Major Grants Totaling $575,000 in Support of The Center for Jewish Studies

For Immediate Release

Contact: Christopher Cox, 510/649-2531, ccox@gtu.edu

September 11, 2014, Berkeley, CA – The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to announce that its Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies has been awarded a five-year grant of $500,000 from the San Francisco-based Koret Foundation and a three-year grant of $75,000 from the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture.

GTU Welcomes Dr. Kathryn Barush as Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion

The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to welcome Dr. Kathryn Barush as Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion. This faculty position is supported by the Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr., Endowment in Art History and Religion for the benefit of both the GTU and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, where Dr. Barush will hold a courtesy appointment.

Dr. Riess Potterveld Elected President of the Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, CA - The Board of Trustees of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) has announced the election of Riess Potterveld as the next president of the GTU. Dr. Potterveld, who has served as the GTU’s acting president since July 1, 2013, was elected by the unanimous vote of attending board members at a meeting on June 20, 2014.

2014 GTU Graduates

On May 8, fifty-four graduates were honored at the GTU's 2014 commencement ceremony at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary's Chapel of the Cross in Berkeley, California. Thirty-seven graduates received the Master of Arts degree, three the Master of Arts with a concentration in Biblical Languages, and fourteen the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

At the Crossroads: Interpreting the Sacred at the GTU

Faculty address by Dr. Marion Grau, Associate Professor of Theology, Church Divinity School of the Pacific 

GTU Commencement, May 8, 2014 

Embracing the Strange(r): How the GTU Prepares Us for Today's World

Remarks by graduate Courtney Bruntz, Ph.D., Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion

GTU Commencement, May 8, 2014 

Strange...

Gotta say: I'm feeling a little bit strange right now. It’s great to finally be done, but yet it’s strange.

Strange...That which is strange is unusual, curious, odd, peculiar, funny, or something that just makes us go 'huh.'

GTU Celebrates 2014 Commencement

On May 8, fifty-four graduates were honored at the Graduate Theological Union’s 2014 commencement ceremony, held at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary's Chapel of the Cross in Berkeley, California. Thirty-seven graduates received the Master of Arts degree, three the Master of Arts with a concentration in Biblical Languages, and fourteen the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Each of these students completed their programs in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014. 

GTU Alum John Holt Named 2014 Guggenheim Fellow

GTU alumnus John Holt (M.A., 73) has been awarded a Fellowship by the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The Fellowship will support Holt’s research on Buddhist/Muslim tensions in Sri Lanka and Burma.

This year’s Guggenheim Fellowships, announced in April, were awarded to a diverse group of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists. Honorees were chosen from among nearly 3,000 applicants. Holt is one of only three 2014 Guggenheim Fellows whose projects are in the field of religion.

Creative Leadership in Islamic Studies

CIS Graduates Are Expanding the Conversation--and Impacting Their Communities

by Doug Davidson

When the GTU celebrates commencement in May 2014, four extraordinary students will be their Master of Arts degrees in the field of Islamic Studies. In many ways, these four scholar-practitioners, among the first graduates of this new master’s program at the GTU’s Center for Islamic Studies, exemplify the diversity of background, academic interests, and professional trajectories that make the GTU unique in the field of interreligious education.

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