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The NEW Center for the Arts & Religion at the GTU

From the Fall 2016 issue of Currents, view PDF

By Elizabeth S. Peña

Picturing things, taking a view, is what makes us human; art is making sense and giving shape to that sense. It is like the religious search for God. —Gerhard Richter

From the President

CIS News for September 2016

News and Updates from the Center for Islamic Studies 

Center for Islamic Studies welcomes our new and returning students, instructors, and visiting scholars for the academic year 2016-2017. We are honored and grateful to have Dr. Kei Takahashi from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, as a visiting scholar in Islamic Studies this academic year, and are deeply grateful to our continuing scholars, Islamic Art Historian Carol Bier and Dr. Nargis Virani, who add significantly to the academic and public programs of the CIS/GTU.

NEW Doug Adams Gallery Opens at the GTU

The new Doug Adams Gallery, operated by the Center for the Arts & Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, has its grand opening on Tuesday, September 6, at 5 pm.

Insight: GTU Highlights for August 2016

The August 2016 edition of the GTU's Insight email spotlights this month's top news from the GTU. Read it here, then sign up to receive each future issue by email

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.

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