Harvard Divinity School


Matthew L. Potts

Matthew L. Potts, Associate Professor of Religion and Literature and of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School, is interested in how "Jesus Is King", Kanye West's new album, "plays with a tension in Christianity between the high and the low, the sacred and the mundane."


Swartz Hall Renovations Involve Reducing Chemical Presence in Building

Scientific research from Harvard’s Healthier Building Materials Academy is being used to reduce chemical presence in the building formerly known as Andover Hall, according to a blog post from the Divinity School Director of Operations Ralph DeFlorio.


Divinity School Sustainable Building

Swartz Hall, located at the Harvard Divinity School, is undergoing serious renovations with the goal to create a more sustainable building. The construction project will upgrade the building's electrical, plumbing, and climate control systems.


Paulsell Announces ‘Pilgrimage’ Theme for Memorial Church

Paulsell said in an interview that the concept of pilgrimage seemed well suited in characterizing the church’s leadership transition. She said that she considers pilgrimages to be “transformative” since they enable people to think about themselves and their relationships.


Harvard Divinity School Adapts to Swartz Hall Renovation

The building is undergoing its first renovation since 1911. To adapt to temporarily losing access to the large, historic building, the Divinity School moved several administrative offices, classrooms, and other spaces to 60 Oxford St., a five minute walk from Swartz Hall.


Professor Anne Monius, ‘Authentic’ and ‘Incredible’ Mentor and Religious Scholar, Dies at Age 54

Students and colleagues say Monius, who died on Aug. 3 at the age of 54, was an extraordinary teacher who closely mentored her students while conducting groundbreaking research.


Memorial Church Minister Jonathan Walton to Leave Harvard for Wake Forest Deanship

Jonathan L. Walton, the Minister of Memorial Church and a professor at Harvard Divinity School, will leave the University at the end of this academic year to serve as the next dean of Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Walton announced Sunday.


In New Letter, Harvard Divinity School Students Join Calls to Review Prof. Ragab Tenure Denial

A group of Harvard Divinity School students have joined undergraduates in criticizng the school's decision to deny Associate Professor Ahmed Ragab tenure in a letter to University President Lawrence S. Bacow, University Provost Alan M. Garber ’76, and Divinity School Dean David N. Hempton this week.


Hundreds Call on Harvard to Review Prof. Ragab Tenure Denial

Hundreds of Harvard students and alumni have signed a letter criticizing Harvard Divinity School’s decision not to grant tenure to Ahmed Ragab, who they say is the first Muslim faculty member at the school to come up for tenure.


Div School Tree

A century-old tree at the Divinity School was cut down last week after months of debate.


Harvard Divinity School to Continue With Tree Removal Despite Tree-Cutting Moratorium

The Harvard Divinity School announced Tuesday it will continue with plans to remove the red oak tree in front of the Andover Theological Library, despite objections from some Divinity School students and Cambridge City Council’s one-year moratorium on cutting down trees.


New Assessment Recommends Removing Century-Old Tree at Harvard Divinity School

Arborists have said that a century-old oak tree at Harvard Divinity School should be removed, the University announced Thursday evening.


Freshman-Curated Exhibition Explores Relationship Between Slavery and Christianity

Students in a freshman seminar taught by Divinity School Professor Catherine A. Brekus ’85 curated an exhibit at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library exploring the intersection of slavery and Christianity. The exhibit will be on display until March 15.


Yoke of Bondage Exhibit

Curated by Professor Catherine Brekus's Freshman Seminar 43D: Christianity and Slavery in America, the Yoke of Bondage exhibit opened at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library December 5th.


Scheduled Century-Old Oak Tree Felling Pits Students Against Harvard Divinity School

Divinity School enrollee Jesse Bercowetz, who said he identifies as a pagan, said he believes the tree is like an elder family member. Cutting it down is an act of murder. “I question an architectural team and administration who cannot figure out another solution,” he said.


HDS Tree

Administrators plan to fell a century-old red oak tree on the Divinity School's campus as part of planned renovations to Andover Hall. Some students are outraged.


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