GTU Insight: April 2015
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April 2015 

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This Friday: Classical Indian Dance and Singh Lecture

Join us at the Doug Adam Gallery on Friday afternoon, April 10, for the GTU's 2015 Surjit Singh Lecture on Comparative Religious Thought and Culture, preceded by an Indian classical dance performance. Indian Dance This special event is sponsored by the GTU's new Hindu Studies Initiative, with the support of CARE and the Dharma Civilization Project. The event begins with a 2:00 pm reception, followed at 2:30 by a performance by classical Indian dance artist Rina Mehta, who has performed nationally and internationally both as a soloist and with the Chitresh Das Dance Company. Then, at 3:00 pm, our 2015 Singh Lecture on Comparative Religious Thought and Culture will be presented by Dr. Anantanand Rambachan, professor of religion at Saint Olaf College in Minnesota. Dr. Rambachan's talk will focus on the interreligious friendship between M.K. Gandhi and Charles Freer Andrews, a Church of England priest, missionary to India, and social reformer. Be sure to join us at the Doug Adams Gallery (1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley) this Friday afternoon for this special event! 

GTU Alum Judith Bishop Receives AAR Teaching Award

The American Academy of Religion's Teaching and Learning Committee has announced GTU alumna Judith L. Bishop as the recipient of its 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award. Bishop graduated with her PhD in History from the GTU in 2004, and is currently an associate professor of women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Mills College in Oakland. Dr. Bishop will make remarks and engage questions and answers during a Special Topics Forum at this year's AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Congratulations to Dr. Judith Bishop!

New Application Deadlines for GTU MA Program

The GTU has announced new application deadlines for the Common Master of Arts programs. Beginning in April 2015, the GTU will offer both priority and final application deadlines each semester, allowing prospective students more time to apply. Students seeking to enroll in fall 2015 now have until July 1 to to submit all materials. Prospective students are still encouraged to submit applications by the priority deadlines (February 1 for fall enrollment; October 1 for spring) to receive full consideration for institutional grants. Financial aid may be more limited after the priority deadline. For more information, contact the GTU admissions office by email or phone (510-649-2456).

GTU Alum Wins Fulbright

Victoria MontroseVictoria Montrose (Pinto) graduated from the GTU with an MA in Buddhist Studies in 2011. Currently enrolled in the doctoral program at USC’s Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, Tori recently received a Fulbright Award that will enable her to do twelve months of field research at Tokyo University in Japan. The GTU congratulates Victoria Montrose for this prestigious accomplishment! Click here to read a brief interview with Tori in USC's CJRC News. 
Upcoming Events

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Singh Lecture and Indian Classical Dance Performance
Friday, April 10, 2:00 pm reception, 2:30 dance performance, 3:00 lecture. See above for details.
Doug Adams Gallery, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley 

Thinking Through De-Colonization: Un-Reforming Islam and Contesting Eurocentric Epistemic Structures
Monday, April 13, 7:00 pm
PSR Tolson lecture by Dr. Hatem Bazian. Cosponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies.
Badé Museum, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley 

Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam
Tuesday, April 14, 12:00 pm
Lecture by Dr. Todd Lawson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. Cosponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies.
Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley.

Green Tea Conversation on Interreligious Dialogue
Thursday, April 16, 12:00 pm
Dr. Moses Punumaka shares reflections on two recent conferences addressing interreligious dialogue. Sponsored by the Asia Project. 
Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

BlackLivesMatter: Theological and Spiritual Resources for Direct Action
Saturday, April 18, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Featuring Alicia Garza, Rev. Traci Blackmon, and Rev. Michael McBride (PICO). Cosponsored by ABSW, PSR, the Center for Social and Spiritual Transformation, CLGS, and WSR.
ABSW Chapel, 2509 Hillegass Ave., Berkeley
Sixth Annual International Conference on the Study of Islamophobia
Thursday, April 23 - Sunday, April 26
Hosted by the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley, and the GTU's Center for Islamic Studies
UC Berkeley Law School

“Sing – now! – to God!" Miriam and Moses
Monday, April 27, 9:00 am
Avivah Zornberg lectures on the history of Miriam and Moses. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies.
Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley

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