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GTU Insight: August 2016
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August 2016 

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Art by Sylvia Ludins at the GTU

A selection of paintings from Sylvia Ludins (1909-1965), whose work was last exhibited 70 years ago, is on display at the GTU Library through the end of August. Ludins, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, was an activist and artist in New York City in the 1930s and 40s, before moving to California after World War 2. Her early work features vivid images reflecting the flight of refugees, poverty, and her own Jewish heritage. Last week, Berkeleyside published a great article describing how a Craigslist ad led to the recovery of about 300 lost paintings, most by Ludins. Discover more about the artist by watching this short video (featuring her nephew, Jon Katz), or visiting the website dedicated to her work. Then come see her artwork on display throughout August at the GTU! 


GTU Remembers Fr. Michael Morris, O.P.
The GTU and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) mourn the loss of Fr. Michael Morris, O.P., who died at his residence at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Berkeley on July 15 after battling colon cancer. Father Michael was Professor of Religion and the Arts at DSPT and a member of the GTU's core doctoral faculty. He also served as Director of the Santa Fe Institute in Berkeley, and was well-known for his essays on religious art that were featured on the back cover of Magnificat magazine. His death is a tremendous loss to the DSPT and GTU communities. The GTU will celebrate the life of Father Michael Morris with a memorial service and reception at the GTU Library on the afternoon of Friday, September 23, as well as an exhibition this fall featuring art from the collection of the Santa Fe Institute. Check the GTU Website for updates, and learn more about the life and work of Father Michael by visiting his DSPT faculty page or reading the funeral homily by Fr. Peter John Cameron.

GTU Featured on the Cover of In Trust

The Summer 2016 issue of In Trust magazine features a lead article exploring how "the GTU's multiple centers of learning give it the resources to face an interfaith future." In "The View from Holy Hill," author Karen Stiller suggests that the GTU's diversity and decentralized structure bring both unique governing challenges and unparalleled opportunities for interreligious dialogue and collaboration. In Trust is a membership publication designed for leaders of theological institutions, but our colleagues at the In Trust Center have agreed to make the online article accessible to friends of the GTU for a limited time. Read it here, then watch for the GTU on the cover of Rolling Stone next year! 

BJRT Honors Holder and Berling
The Berkeley Journal for Religion and Theology, a peer-reviewed academic publication founded and overseen by doctoral students at the GTU, has released a special issue honoring long-time GTU Deans Arthur Holder and Judith Berling for their monumental contributions to academic life here at the GTU. You can download this special issue on "Religion, Spirituality, and Theology Across Cultures," which features contributions from a wide range of GTU alumni, faculty, administrators, and current students. If you're among the many who have been deeply influenced by the lives and work of Judith Berling and Arthur Holder, you can honor these scholars and promote the kind of theological education they pioneered by making a gift to the GTU's Berling-Holder Fund for Interreligious Education. Also, we're delighted to have a familiar face serving as our interim dean this fall as we await the arrival of Dr. Uriah Kim, who begins as the GTU's Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs in January 2017.

Celebrating Naomi Seidman's New Book
We're pleased to announce the publication of Naomi Seidman's new book, The Marriage Plot Or, How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with Literature (Stanford University Press). Anita Norich calls The Marriage Plot "a foundational work for anyone interested in Jewish literary and cultural studies, in questions about gender and translation, and in how Jews 'fell in love with love' in the mid-19th century." Naomi Seidman will be speaking about her new book on August 21 at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, and at the GTU on October 13. Seidman is Koret Professor of Jewish Culture at the GTU and former director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies. Click here to read more about The Marriage Plot or to order your own copy.

Upcoming Events

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Crossing Realities: Shin Buddhism and Globalization 
A free day-long symposium in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Scholars discuss the dynamic forces of globalization and the implications for Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.
Friday, August 19, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Institute of Buddhist Studies, 2140 Durant Ave, Berkeley 

Starr King Symposium: Our Songs Know Who We Are
Fifth Annual SKSM Symposium featuring Dr. Ysaye Barnwell
Tuesday, August 30, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., Oakland

The Hermitage of Landscape: Works by Nicholas Coley
The Center for the Arts and Religion (CARe) celebrates the reopening of the Doug Adams Gallery in its new location with an exhibition by Nicholas Coley.
Exhibition: August 30 - December 9
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 6, 5:00 pm
 
CARe's Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 LeConte Ave, Berkeley

Shanti: A Journey of Peace
A spectacular musical event fusing Indian music and dance with Western choral and orchestral music. Proceeds benefit the GTU's Center for Dharma Studies.
Saturday, October 1, 3:00 pm
Oakland Mormon Temple, 4780 Lincoln Ave, Oakland

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