Announcement

Richard Wheeler with the Dalai Lama

Richard Warren Wheeler, Former CSWR Advisory Board Member and Chairman, 1929-2020

April 20, 2020

Richard Warren Wheeler,

February 8, 1929-April 20, 2020

CSWR Advisory Board Member and Chairman, 1974-1989

The CSWR celebrates the life and contributions of longtime Advisory Board member Richard Warren Wheeler who died April 20, 2020 at the age of 91. Rick was a friend of CSWR and longtime Advisory Board Member. His family has contributed the following information.  

Richard Warren Wheeler, 91, longtime Concord resident, died at his home on April 20, 2020, surrounded by family. Both his long, accomplished career 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.
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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CSWR members at the Sri-Lakshimi Temple

CSWR Visits the Sri-Lakshmi Temple

May 22, 2017

The academic year is nearly over, and some residents have already moved out, on their way to new projects and studies, but on Saturday, May 20, eight of us - Seth Powell, Sara Klingenstein, Preston Hollis, Manasicha Akepiyapornchai, Melissa Lago, Melissa Coles and her mother Betsy, in town for graduation, and myself - went on a short pilgrimage out to the Sri-Lakshmi Temple in Ashland, MA. This temple, now more than 25 years old, is built in the traditional south Indian style, and the familiar rituals one would find done in a temple in south India are performed regularly here. It is a...

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Religion, Ecology, and Our Planetary Future

Religion, Ecology, and Our Planetary Future

August 29, 2016

Conference Dates: October 14-16, 2016

The Center is pleased to announce that this conference marks the twentieth anniversary of the Religions of the World and Ecology Conference series and subsequent book series, and advances the work of understanding and transforming the discourse of religions and ecology for the 21st century. The conference will take place on October 14-16, 2016.... Read more about Religion, Ecology, and Our Planetary Future

Colloquia and Reading Groups for the 2016-17 Academic Year

Colloquia and Reading Groups for the 2016-17 Academic Year

August 29, 2016

The Center is happy to announce three colloquia and reading groups for the 2016-17 academic year. These are open only to Harvard faculty and doctoral students, or by special permission from the conveners.

Comparative Studies Colloquium

This colloquium has met for four years. It brings together faculty, doctoral students, visiting scholars, and select Masters students. Most participants are at Harvard, but scholars from neighboring institutions also are welcome. The colloquium is dedicated to comparative study broadly conceived,...

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