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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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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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Professor Eduardo Kohn

Video: Anthropology as Cosmic Diplomacy: Toward an Ecological Ethics for the Anthropocene

November 15, 2017

"Forests think." Eduardo Kohn, author of the book How Forests Think, discusses a kind of thinking, which he calls “sylvan," that is manifested by tropical forests and those that live with them. This mode of thought can provide an ethical orientation in these times of planetary human-driven ecological devastation that some call the “Anthropocene."... Read more about Video: Anthropology as Cosmic Diplomacy: Toward an Ecological Ethics for the Anthropocene

Secularization and Religious Innovation

Video: Secularization and Religious Innovation in the North Atlantic World

November 8, 2017

David Hempton—HDS Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, and John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity—discusses his recent publication, Secularization and Religious Innovation in the North Atlantic World. Heather Curtis (Tufts) and Jon H. Roberts (BU) served as respondents.... Read more about Video: Secularization and Religious Innovation in the North Atlantic World

Professor Mark Jordan

Video: Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas

November 6, 2017

Mark D. Jordan, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Christian Thought (HDS) and Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), discusses his recent publication, Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas. James Keenan, S.J. (BC) and David Decosimo (BU) serve as respondents.... Read more about Video: Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas