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GTU Board Endorses New Initiatives for Expansion, Affirms Commitment to Robust Degree Programs and Research Library

October 30, 2014, Berkeley, CA — At its meeting on October 29, 2014, the Board of Trustees of the Graduate Theological Union reviewed a series of recommendations from a consulting firm regarding the school’s current and future programming. The board has announced several key decisions that will strengthen the GTU’s status as a premier center for the study of the world’s major religious traditions.

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.

Doctoral Students Participate in Asian Theological Summer Institute

Three GTU doctoral students traveled to Philadelphia this week to participate in the 10th annual Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI), held at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia from May 31 – June 4, 2016.

GTU Students Present at Interdisciplinary Conference in Japan

GTU doctoral students Daekyung Jung, Therese Bjørnaas, and Henry Kuo presented at the 5th Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion, and Philosophy (ACERP) in Kobe, Japan, this spring.

Watch "Learning as Collaborative Conversation" Live, May 25-26

Watch the live video stream of our two-day symposium celebrating the scholarship of Dr. Judith Berling and her 29 years of service as a faculty member and administrator with the GTU. Use the links below to view each session:

2016 GTU Graduates

On May 12, fifty-seven graduates were honored at the GTU's 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary's Chapel of the Cross in Berkeley, California. Graduates are listed below by degree and include their thesis title, area of study or school of affiliation, committee members, and thesis abstract; language specialization is noted for MABL graduates in lieu of thesis information.

Naomi Seidman Is Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced that Dr. Naomi Seidman, Koret Professor of Jewish Culture at the Graduate Theological Union, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2016. Dr. Seidman is among a diverse group of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists selected to receive the prestigious award this year; Fellows for 2016 were chosen from a field of nearly 3,000 applicants.

CIS News March 2016

Congratulations to CIS Visiting Scholar Carol Bier, who served as a consultant for an exhibition on "Symmetry and Islamic Art" at the Hawaii State Library in Honolulu, curated by staff at Doris Duke's home at Shangri La, now a museum of Islamic art. Carol will present public programs in March at both institutions. 

 

CIS News April 2016

CIS is delighted to be a partner in the upcoming 7th annual international Islamophobia conference, as part of the Islamophobia Documentation and Research Project, directed by Dr. Hatem Bazian at the Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley. This year’s theme is, Islamophobia: Has a Tipping Point Been Reached? held April 22-23 at Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley. For further details, please see: www.irdproject.com

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