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GTU Insight: September 2015
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September 2015 

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GTU Welcomes New Students

During the past week, the GTU has welcomed new Ph.D., Th.D, and M.A. students to campus for a series of orientation gatherings prior to the beginning of coursework this month. This year's entering class features 25 new doctoral students (above), and 34 students pursuing master’s degrees, and includes students from Japan, India, Korea, Taiwan, Ethiopia, United Kingdom, and Switzerland. In a special session for international students, those new to the GTU were welcomed by a group of current students, including students from Serbia, Congo, Egypt, Brazil, and Norway. GTU President Riess Potterveld noted the diversity and passion of the entering class, which also includes the first student in the GTU’s new Hindu Studies program. The GTU also celebrates the arrival of approximately 250 new students beginning master’s programs across the eight member schools of the consortium. Welcome to the GTU!

Exploring Asian American Religious Cultures

The GTU celebrates the publication of Asian American Religious Cultures, a new two-volume encyclopedia edited by three GTU faculty members and an alum. Six years in the making, the project was spearheaded by Fumitaka Matsuoka (PSR retired), Edmond Yee (PLTS retired), Ronald Y. Nakasone (GTU Core Doctoral Faculty) and GTU alum Jonathan Lee (Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University). Dr. Nakasone notes that the encyclopedia “highlights GTU scholarship in advancing the spiritual traditions of Asian American and other peripheral communities and their spiritual cultures.” Please join these GTU authors and other contributors for a special event in which they will share their insights on the Asian American experience and celebrate the encyclopedia’s publication. The event will be held on Thursday, October 1, at 6:30 pm, in the Dinner Boardroom of the GTU’s Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley. Read more >>
GTU and Berkeley Rep: Together Again
We are pleased to announce another collaboration between the GTU, CARE, and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. On Wednesday, November 18, GTU faculty members Munir Jiwa, Naomi Seidman, and Som Pourfarzaneh will lead a panel discussion following the performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced at the Berkeley Rep. Written by novelist and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced has been described as a "combustible powder keg of identity politics,” that explores Islamophobia, the role of religious faith, and the challenges of being Muslim in post-9/11 America. The GTU hopes to make discounted group tickets available for that night’s performance. We’ll have more ticket information available soon. In the meantime, mark Wednesday, November 18, on your calendar, and email Christopher Cox to let him know you are interested in being part of “GTU Night” at the Berkeley Rep. It is an evening you won't want to miss!
Guerra Receives Fellowships
Lauren Guerra, a GTU student in Systematic and Philosophical Theology, is one of twenty recipients of a 2015 Forum for Theological Education (FTE) Fellowship for Latino/a, Asian, and First Nation doctoral students. FTE supports rising theological educators from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are committed to teaching in religion, theology, or biblical studies in North American theological schools or universities. Guerra also received a fellowship from the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI), which seeks to cultivate Latino/a Ph.D.’s for leadership positions in the academy, the church, and the world. She is currently working on her dissertation, which brings together Latino/a theology and theological aesthetics in examining the murals of Chicano Park in San Diego, as a way of facilitating dialogue about issues of borders and immigration. Guerra reflects: “I am so grateful for the support of FTE, HTI, and the GTU. Their commitment to scholars whose voices might not otherwise be heard deeply enriches the church and the academy.” Click the links to learn more about HTI or review the list of 2015 FTE Fellows. And keep your eye out for next month’s edition of the GTU's Currents magazine, which will include a feature about Lauren and her study of the colorful murals of Chicano Park.
Upcoming Events

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"The Erosion of Memory"
Works by Anne Tait. Sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education. 
September 10 - December 11, 2015
Doug Adams Gallery, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley

Welcome Reception for Students, Faculty, and Staff of Color
Hosted by GTU Student Services
Wednesday, September 16, 4:30 pm
Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Rd., Berkeley

The Gospel of the Moment
A weekend workshop with Jim Conlon, sponsored by the School for Applied Theology.
September 18-19, 2015
St. Albert Priory, 5890 Birch Court, Oakland

Sacred Seasons: Pilgrimage, Piety, and Personal Transformation
Hosted by CJS and CIS
Sunday, September 20, 1:00 pm
Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Rd., Berkeley
Please register via Facebook for this free event.  

GTU Dean's Welcome Reception
Featuring a brief program introducing new faculty and visiting scholars
Thursday, September 24, 4:30 pm (program at 5:15)
Dinner Boardroom, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley

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