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GTU Insight: June 2015
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June 2015 

In this Issue...


Video of GTU Commencement

If you missed the GTU commencement ceremonies in May--or if you'd like to relive them--we're happy to provide a video replay of the entire ceremony. You can view it by clicking here. In addition to the honoring of our 44 graduates, you'll hear the faculty address by Sr. Marianne Farsina CSC (DSPT), remarks by graduate Dr. José Balcells (PhD, Biblical Studies), and a harp performance by Dr. Katy Valentine (PhD, Biblical Studies). Special thanks to PLTS and California Lutheran University for providing the live stream of the video.

Rita Sherma Explores Hindu Dharma 

Dr. Rita Sherma, director of the GTU’s new Hindu Studies Initiative, has written an article for the latest edition of India Currents, a monthly publication devoted to the exploration of the heritage and culture of India as it exists in the United States. In “What is Hindu Dharma?” Sherma celebrates the “diversity of thought, richness of spiritual practices, and freedom of theological choice” within the Hindu tradition, but notes that there are no Hindu theological schools in the United States, and little to no study of theology in Hindu studies programs at U.S. universities. “Hindu theology itself—the study of sacred texts, teachings, transformative practices, and the writings of Hindu theologians (mahacharyas) in order to seek the insights that powerfully engage the human condition—is conspicuous by its absence.” Read the full article for more on how the GTU is stepping up to fill this gap.
Naomi Seidman of CJS: "A Leading Light"
Earlier this spring, the Graduate Theological Union honored Dr. Naomi Seidman for twenty years of teaching at the GTU. As Koret Professor of Jewish Culture and director of the GTU’s Richard Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS), Seidman has been instrumental in establishing CJS as a vital hub of Jewish life in the Bay area, and a premier location for the academic study of Jewish society and culture. Click here to read a recent profile of Dr. Seidman in J Weekly, in which author Dan Schifrin celebrates Seidman for her work as “a leading light” in the areas of Jewish culture, literature, and translation studies.




Crossroads is a collaborative effort between the GTU and The Interfaith Observer. Each month, Crossroads features several brief online articles spotlighting our work at the GTU--and also provides access to the regular monthly content of The Interfaith Observer, which highlights interreligious efforts around the globe.

In the latest issue, you'll read of the interreligious topics in the work of our 2015 graduates, learn about a historic collection of sacred art recently donated to the GTU, and find articles spotlighting new directions in Hindu Studies and Interreligious Studies at the GTU. Click on the topics that interest you most, or access the full issue here.
Upcoming Events

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Mining the Collection:
Finding Meaning in the Mess

works by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang
June 9-August 28
Opening Reception with music from the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: Tuesday, June 9, 5:00-7:00 pm   
Artists' Talk: Tuesday, August 25, 5:00-7:00 pm
Doug Adams Gallery, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley 

Biennial Meeting of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies
Hosted by The Institute of Buddhist Studies
August 7-9
Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley    

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