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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.

Women & Religion at GTU

by Flora A. Keshgegian

Recently, the GTU’s Women’s Studies in Religion program held a special event celebrating more than four decades of excellence and achievement. In honor of Women’s History Month, WSR hosted a discussion featuring professors Margaret McManus (ABSW), Kathryn Poethig  (GTU ’97), Boyung Lee (PSR), and moderator Flora Keshgegian (GTU). Offering recollections from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, the panelists stitched together a lively “herstory” and shared hopes for the future of women’s studies at the GTU.

 

Alum of the Year: Uriah Kim

by Doug Davidson

When Uriah Kim first visited the Graduate Theological Union as a prospective doctoral student in the spring of 1998, he sensed immediately that it was a special place, pulsing with the vitality of serious intellectual and spiritual discovery. “I remember meeting with GTU students and alumni on Holy Hill, and I could immediately sense the energy. The GTU is a place that stimulates your mind, your spirit—everything.”

Why We Need To Be Interreligious

by Arthur Holder

At its February 2014 meeting, the GTU Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution that affirms the interreligious nature of the Graduate Theological Union and opens the way for other religious traditions to join the Protestant, Catholic, Unitarian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Muslim communities already represented here. The statement highlighted the representation of the world’s diverse religious traditions as essential to the GTU’s nature and integral to its mission. It went on to encourage the GTU President to work to “expand and foster representation of the world’s great religious traditions” by seeking out new candidates for consideration as program units, affiliates, and centers for inclusion in the GTU.

 

PLTS Student Chosen for Summer Ethics Program at Auschwitz

Erin Armstrong, a second-year Master of Divinity student at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, is one of twelve seminary and divinity students chosen to participate in a summer program sponsored by Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). Armstrong will participate in a two-week program designed for future clergy that includes travel to New York, Poland, and Germany.

GTU and Dharma Civilization Foundation Announce Partnership

The Graduate Theological Union and the Dharma Civilization Foundation have agreed to enter into a multi-phase partnership with the goal of establishing a Center for Dharma Studies within the GTU. The first two courses in Dharma studies will be offered in the fall semester of 2014.

Center for Islamic Studies Welcomes Dr. Mohamad Som Pourfarzaneh as Associate Director of Public Programs

March 18, 2014, Berkeley, CA – The Center for Islamic Studies (CIS) at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Mohamad Som Pourfarzaneh as its Associate Director of Public Programs and Lecturer in Islamic Studies.  Dr. Pourfarzaneh will be working with Director Dr. Munir Jiwa to develop and direct the Center’s public and academic programs in Islamic Studies, as well as offering classes on Islam in the West, Islam and Media, and Islamophobia.

Munir Jiwa, selected as Advisory Board Member for FotoFest 2014 Biennale

The FotoFest 2014 Biennial, the 15th International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art, is March 15 - April 27, 2014. FotoFest's own exhibitions for the 2014 Biennial will focus on Contemporary Arab Video, Photography and Multi Media art. The Biennial will showcase 48 contemporary Arab artists using photography and related visual media to address a broad range of aesthetic and cultural values impacting Arab culture. 

 

CIS visiting scholar, Carol Bier, to lecture at the Museum of Art and History

The Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU is pleased to announce that visiting scholar, Carol Bier, will be giving the annual lecture at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, California on February 15, 2014 from 1:00pm-2:00pm.  
 
The lecture is titled:
 
Symmetry, Asymmetry, and Symmetry-Breaking in Oriental Carpets

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