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Understanding Religion's Growing Resurgence in Higher Education

A recent article in Trusteeship (January/February 2013), the publication of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, outlined the return of religion and religious studies to many a higher education institution. The abstract for the article is below.

Marianna Farina discusses Pope Benedict XVI's resignation on KQED Forum

In a surprise announcement Monday, Pope Benedict XVI said he would resign this month after less than eight years in office. He's the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years, when Pope Gregory XII stepped down, and the first to have done so voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294.

Sr. Marianna Farina, DSPT, participating in KQED's Forum on the topic, discussed potential sucessors and the future of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and worldwide.

Statement by President Donahue on the Resignation of Benedict XVI

The resignation today of Pope Benedict XVI marks a significant departure from precedent and historical tradition in the Roman Catholic Church.

Library Recognized for Managing Robert McAfee Brown Collection

The staff of the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library recently received some public recognition by the son of Robert McAfee Brown for their work in collecting and preserving his personal library. The Letter to the Editor, printed in the New York Times, is included below.

To the Editor:

New Digital Microform Scanner Graces First Floor of Library

The next time you are in the library, take a look at the microform (microfiche and microfilm) area on the first floor. Most of the previous readers/printers have been sent to electronic recycling. The newer remaining reader/printer that was connected to a computer has been moved and can continue to be used to view and print fiche and film. The most exciting addition is our new ST ViewScan digital microform scanner, which now sits next to the GRACE terminal.

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Dean Holder to deliver Reading of the Sacred Texts lecture

Arthur HolderArthur Holder, GTU Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the John Dillenberger Professor of Christian Spirituality, will speak on Religious Experience as Sacred Text, at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library's Annual Reading of the Sacred Texts.

The Gospel of Art

by Pierre R. Berastain, Student, Harvard Divinity School; Co-Chair, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Domestic Violence Coalition; Director of Media Relations, Hispanic Black Gay Coalition

Original post: "The Gospel of Art," HuffingtonPost, December 27, 2012

2013-14 Newhall Fellows

Project Student Faculty

Introduction to Islam

Ali Ataie

Munir Jiwa

Hellenism, Judaism, and Empire

Ashley Bacchi

Deena Aranoff

Israelite House Religion

Jose Balcells

Aaron Brody

Liturgy and Music in East and West

The Berkeley-Jerusalem Fellowship at the Graduate Theological Union and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

Pardes logoThe Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies are pleased to announce the establishment of a new fellowship for students pursuing an M.A. in Jewish Studies at the GTU, with supplementary studies at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.

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