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The Song Within Thinking Outwardly

Video: The Song Within Thinking Outwardly: Navajo Thought and Poetry

March 7, 2019

In Navajo worldview, thought creates the world, which is then spoken into being. This process places sacred value on the power of language. Sherwin Bitsui’s poetry attempts to connect Diné thought to a changed world by translating the present through an encoding rooted in his culture and language. In this excerpt from his talk at Harvard Divinity School, he offered insight into how Navajo thought and language can inform a poetics, thus opening possibilities for poetry.

Sherwin Bitsui is the author of three collections of poetry: Dissolve, Flood Song, and ...

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Professor Cornell Brooks

Video: Faith and Faustian Bargains: Compromise, Complicity, and Courage in Leadership

February 27, 2019

Race and religion are among the best predictors of how Americans choose a president. Race and religion are also bases for political compromises that call into question our moral credibility on issues ranging from voting rights to police brutality.

Cornell Brooks and Todne Thomas discuss how we demonstrate courage when we...

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Terry Tempest Williams

A Lifetime of Caring

February 22, 2019
The Los Angeles Times announced February 21 that one of its prestigious book prizes will be presented to HDS Writer-in-Residence Terry Tempest Williams.
Spiritual but not Religious

Video: The Future of "Spiritual, But Not Religious"

April 13, 2018

“I am spiritual but not religious.” We have all heard this phrase. But, where did this expression come from? What does it mean today? And what may it mean tomorrow? This panel explores these questions, clarify surrounding scholarship, and forwards the conversation. Panelists include Charles M. Stang, Robert C. Fuller, Linda A. Mercadante, and Jeffrey Kripal.... Read more about Video: The Future of "Spiritual, But Not Religious"

Arvo Pärt's White Light panel

Video: Arvo Pärt's White Light: A Panel and Performance

March 26, 2018

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world today. His style is often characterized as a “mystic” or “holy” minimalism, inspired in part by Gregorian chant. This panel explores the religious dimensions of Pärt’s music and how it has been received, performed, and adapted for various vocal and instrumental ensembles.... Read more about Video: Arvo Pärt's White Light: A Panel and Performance

Robin Coste Lewis, poet laureate of Los Angeles

Boarding the Voyage: The Archive as Altar, Research as Ritual--An Evening with Robin Coste Lewis

November 20, 2017

Robin Coste Lewis, National Book Award winner and poet laureate of Los Angeles, will give a talk and reading at the inaugural event in the Poetry, Philosophy, and Religion series at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. Her lecture, titled "Boarding the Voyage: The Archive as Altar, Research as Ritual," will explore how research and literary efforts toward social change can transform from scholarly engagement into acts of communal devotion. More particularly, it will explore how excavations of race, gender, and desire—and the writing those findings...

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