GTU Insight: May 2015
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May 2015 

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CTNS Announces $1.3 Million Donation

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) has received $1.3 million in new funding from the John Templeton Foundation to support and enhance its programming. Robert RussellThe support will facilitate the transition of CTNS into an internal Program Unit of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). The GTU will provide CTNS with a permanent institutional foundation, allowing the Center to expand and enhance international science and religion programs. As a program of the GTU, CTNS will give the GTU world recognition as a stellar leader in the international and interfaith field of science and religion. CTNS Founder and Director, Dr. Robert John Russell, reports, “This remarkably generous support from the Templeton Foundation opens up a whole spectrum of future possibilities for CTNS on the horizons of research, education, and public service in science and religion.” 

Join the GTU at Berkeley Rep for Head of Passes 

Head of PassesThe GTU, along with CARE and the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, invite you to join us for a panel discussion following the May 14, 2015, performance of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Head of Passes, a play by MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney that is based in part on the Book of Job. The discussion, which will occur in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s cafe following the performance, will include Dr. LeAnn Snow Flesher and Dr. James Grandison III of GTU/ABSW, and Dr. Jonathan Sheehan of University of California, Berkeley. GTU community members can save 20-50% on tickets to this poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation. Click here for additional details and ordering information. Hope to see you at Berkeley Rep on May 14!

Read Bamerkaz Online 

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union is pleased to present the Spring 2015 edition of its newsletter, Bamerkaz. To download a copy of the latest edition, featuring articles by CJS faculty and students, click here.

Guerrero Featured in WomenBiblicalScholars 

Corinna GuerreroWomenBiblicalScholars just published an interview with Corinna Guerrero, a PhD candidate in Biblical Studies at the GTU. Guerrero, who earned her MA in Biblical Languages from the GTU/JST and serves as adjunct professor of biblical studies at ABSW, recently accepted a full-time one-year contract as a lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara University. She is one of several GTU-related contributors to Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, & Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay, a collection of 45 essays to be published in August by White Cloud Press. Guerrero’s current research focuses on the intersection of expressions of violence in the Bible, trauma studies, and minority criticism: “I tell my students I am committed to reading the parts of the Bible that people might read past or look away from.” Read the full interview with this insightful GTU scholar here.

We are delighted to introduce Crossroads, a new collaborative effort between the GTU and The Interfaith Observer. As an added feature in each edition of this Insight email, you'll now have access to Crossroads, a monthly online journal spotlighting interfaith work both here at the GTU and throughout the world. Each month, Crossroads will feature several brief articles about efforts here at the GTU, with special attention to our interreligious work. In addition, Crossroads will also grant the GTU community access to the regular monthly content of The Interfaith Observer, which highlights interreligious work around the globe.

In this premier edition of Crossroads, you'll find: Click on the articles that interest you most, or on the Crossroads banner to access the full monthly issue. We hope you'll enjoy this new collaborative effort from the GTU and The Interfaith Observer!
Upcoming Events

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Art by Christel Dillbohner and Danae Mattes.
Artists reception: April 30, 6:00-8:00 pm
Exhibition: April 30 - August 15
GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA

Aesthetics and Politics of Exhibitions: Museums, Muslims, Memory
A CARE brown bag lunch, featuring CIS director Dr. Munir Jiwa..
Friday, May 1, 12:00 pm
Doug Adams Gallery, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
Jews in Contemporary Poland: Their Attitudes Towards Assimilation, Religion, and the Holocaust
A lecture by Dr. Sebastian Rejak, author of Jewish Identities in Poland and America. Cosponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies 
Tuesday, May 5,  12:00 - 1:00pm
180 Doe Library, U.C. Berkeley Campus

Graduate Theological Union Commencement
Please join us for the commencement ceremony for all graduating GTU students.
Thursday, May 7, 4:00 pm
Pacific Lutheran Theological, Seminary Chapel of the Cross, 2770 Marin Avenue, Berkeley

Head of Passes Plus Panel Discussion at the Berkeley Rep  
See article above for more information.
Thursday May 14, 8:00 pm
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley

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