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CIS Honors Fall 2015 MA Graduates

On behalf of the Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU, we are delighted to share with you that we have four more outstanding students who have completed their MA in Islamic Studies. Formal and official conferral of degrees will take place at the GTU graduation in May 2016.

Congratulations to the following students and their families:

GTU Honors 2015 Alumna of the Year: Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado

The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to announce that Dr. Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado (Michelle A. Gonzalez), Professor of Religious Studies and Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, has been named the GTU’s 2015 Alumna of the Year. Dr. Gonzalez, whose teaching specializations include Latino/a, Latin American, and Feminist Theologies as well as Afro-Caribbean Studies, received her PhD in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the GTU in 2001.

From Mosques to Museums

Sarlo Award-winner Dr. Munir Jiwa reflects on art and Muslim identity, interreligious dialogue, and the growth of the GTU’s Center for Islamic Studies

From the Fall 2015 issue of Currents

CIS News: November 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Ahmed Zildzic who has just been named Associate Professor of Islamic Culture and Civilization in the Department for Oriental Philology (Arabic, Persian, Turkish) at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. We are very grateful to Dr. Zildzic for his service to the CIS as Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, and for directing the Islamic Manuscripts Project at the GTU library (2014-2015).

CIS News: October 2015

The Center for Islamic Studies is delighted to share that CIS visiting scholar Dr. Nargis Virani; CIS lecturer, Dr. Som Pourfarzaneh; and CIS Director, Dr. Munir Jiwa, will be attending the Parliament of the Worlds Religions fostering collaborations on Muslim leadership. Oct 15-19, 2015, Salt Lake City.

Center for Swedenborgian Studies Becomes the GTU's Newest Center of Distinction

The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to welcome the Center for Swedenborgian Studies (CSS) as its newest Center of Distinction. The Center for Swedenborgian Studies offers theological education to men and women seeking to minister within the Swedenborgian Church, serves as a hub for scholarship the Swedenborgian tradition, and provides Swedenborgian theological resources for the wider church and community.

GTU Adopts New Doctoral Program Curriculum

The Graduate Theological Union has adopted a new doctoral curriculum beginning in fall 2016 that builds on the strengths of the existing program while enhancing opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship and interreligious conversation among students and faculty.

CIS News: September 2015

Center for Islamic Studies and Center for Jewish Studies are pleased to announce a joint event as part of our ongoing Madrasa-Midrasha program. We are grateful to all the speakers who will be presenting on: Sacred Seasons: Pilgrimage, Piety and Personal Transformation in Judaism and Islam.

Sunday, September 20th, 1-6pm at Easton Hall

Panel 1pm, Breakout Session 3:15pm, Music 4:45pm, Reception 5:30pm

All are welcome!


GTU Begins Search for New Dean and VP of Academic Affairs

The Graduate Theological Union is seeking candidates for a Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs to begin July 1, 2016. The Dean will work with faculty and administrative colleagues to further develop and implement a newly redesigned PhD program that will create an interactive learning environment among the world’s religious traditions. Applicants should hold the PhD (or equivalent) and be committed to the value of interreligious and interdisciplinary graduate education in theological and religious studies.


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