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Leah Penniman, Black Kreyol farmer and food justice activist

Leading the Fight for Food Justice

September 18, 2019

“We always begin by thanking our ancestors,” said Leah Penniman, a Black Kreyol farmer and food justice activist, at the start of her September 17 talk, “Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice,” hosted by the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School (HDS).

Tales of Sweetgrass and Trees

Video: Tales of Sweetgrass and Trees: Robin Wall Kimmerer and Richard Powers in Conversation with Terry Tempest Williams

March 26, 2019

Scientist Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of the prize-winning Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, and Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Richard Powers, author of The Overstory, join Harvard Divinity School writer-in-residence Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place and The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, in conversation....

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Damaris Parsitau, WSRP '19

Damaris Parsitau: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality in Africa

March 14, 2019

Residents at the CSWR are scholars deeply committed to the study of religion. Below, we spoke with Damaris Parsitau, WSRP '19, on her research in religion, gender, and sexuality in Africa.

CSWR: How has being a CSWR resident affected your HDS experience?

DP: I have enjoyed the sense of community and collegiality within the larger HDS community of scholars. As a result, I have learned and unlearnt a great deal of stuff. I have also been challenged by a community of diverse world class scholars and researchers who generously...

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Glenn Wallis

Video: The Case Against Buddhism

March 11, 2019

Presented as a rational, scientific, and practical religion, modern Buddhism appears to have all the answers. Even the secular forms of mindfulness promise ever-increasing practitioners that Buddhist meditation will provide the solutions to all their mental, emotional, and spiritual issues. But is there a problem with all of this?

In his new book, A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real, scholar Glenn Wallis argues that there is, and that Buddhism as we know it "must be ruined." On March 11, 2019, Wallis was in conversation with HDS professor...

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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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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.