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GTU Presence at AAR/SBL 2013

As in past years, the GTU will be well represented at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature and not just in attendance.

At AAR, 19 faculty, 35 alumni, and 10 students will present, preside, and respond in 82 different sessions. At SBL, 5 faculty, 16 alumni, and 4 students will participate in 32 sessions. We could be a conference in ourselves.

If you haven't decided which sessions to attend, use our guides below which highlight the GTU's presence. We are grateful to Beth Anderson who compiled these lists.

GTU Reception at AAR/SBL Annual Meetings

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 7:00pm

Uriah KimAlumni, faculty, and students are invited to join us as we celebrate and also honor our Alum of the Year, Uriah Kim (Ph.D. ‘04) during the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.

Maryland Ballroom, Salon F, Renaissance Harborplace, 202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore

Being Latin@ and a Scholar

by Sandra Chavez

I look at my life and realize how incredible it is to find myself at the GTU in Berkeley. I am an American citizen, born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, but my abuelita (grandmother) is quick to remind me, “Mexican comes before American.  You are Mexican-American and do not forget it.”

Student Addresses America's History on Constitution Day

Randi Wren, M.A. student in Jewish Studies, addressed an intimate crowd on Monday, September 16, in the student lounge. Her Constitution Day talk stemmed from her thesis research on the theology behind the founding of America.

Here are some notable points from her talk, "The Founding Fathers and the Constitution: United by Belief in the Tenets of the Bible":

Doctoral Student Forum with President Riess Potterveld

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Meet with President Riess Potterveld for a chance to ask questions and voice concerns about current developments at the GTU. Courtesy of the Student Advisory Committee.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Dinner Board Room, GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Doctoral students only. Not open to the public.

Student Stoneking New Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation

Kristin Gill StonekingThe Fellowship of Reconciliation, the oldest interfaith peace and justice organization in North America, has selected Rev. Kristin Gill Stoneking as it's 24th Executive Director. Stoneking is a Ph.D. student in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on interreligious studies and nonviolence education. She is also ordained in the United Methodist Church.

Conjuring the Perfect Exorcism – Alumna and Student Advise on Horror Flick

The Conjuring movie posterWhen it comes to horror films, a dash of holy water, a priest waving a cross, and some unintelligible Latin usually provide enough legitimacy to make the most demonic possessions believable to the general population. But when brothers Chad and Carey Hayes set to writing their most recent screenplay, they wanted an accurate portrayal more than dramatic. Diana Walsh-Pasulka (M.A.

Voter Registration

Schools in most states and the District of Columbia must make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to their students. This voter registration requirement was included in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. In essence, if a Title IV (Federal Student Aid) participating school is located in a state that requires voter registration prior to election day and/or does not allow the ability to register at the time of voting, then the school must make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to its federal student aid eligible students.

Green Tea Conversation: MIGRANT WOMEN WORKERS IN HONG KONG AND CATHOLIC ETHICAL RESPONSE

Friday, May 10, 2013 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join in a Green Tea Conversation with Mee-Yin Mary Yuen on "Migrant Women Workers in Hong Kong and Catholic Ethical Response."

Mee-Yin Mary Yuen, from Hong Kong, China, is currently a PhD student in IDS area with focus on Christian social ethics, Chinese Confucian ethics, and Asian theology. She taught Catholic social ethics in several religious institutions in Hong Kong. She worked in the Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese before and has engaged in the social justice ministry at local and Asian levels for many years.  

Fulbright Scholar Sajjad presents at ACSIS

On April 5, Waqas Sajjad, Fulbright Scholar and GTU Ph.D. student in Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion, presented his paper entitled  “Christians and Muslim Minorities in Pakistan - The Missing Discourse” at the 30th Annual Meeting of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS) at Seton Hall University.

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