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GTU Insight: January 2016
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January 2016 

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GTU Challenges Islamophobia

On December 17, the GTU and its member schools and academic centers joined neighboring Zaytuna College and other local partners in taking a bold stand against religious intolerance and anti-Muslim bigotry. Organized by the Ignite Institute at PSR, “In Solidarity Against Islamophobia” included an interreligious panel discussion in the PSR chapel featuring numerous members of the GTU community, a multi-faith prayer vigil and community walk around Holy Hill, and a closing program at Zaytuna College. GTU President Riess Potterveld read a solidarity statement that condemned “the bigotry and hate-mongering vilifying and marginalizing our Muslim colleagues, leaders, and their communities here in the United States and around the world.” The event was featured in several local and national news stories, and a collection of photos from the interfaith vigil (including the two here) appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. You can read the full GTU statement, check out Ignite's event page for additional coverage, or view a video of the evening event at Zaytuna College. The GTU's ongoing efforts to combat Islamophobia continue this month with a week-long public engagement course co-taught by CIS Director Dr. Munir Jiwa and Dr. Hatem Bazian of UC Berkeley’s Islamophobia Research Documentation Project.
Celebrating the Center for Dharma Studies
The GTU had much to celebrate in 2015, but perhaps the biggest news came last month with the establishment of The Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies. The GTU’s newest academic center will focus on leading edge multi-disciplinary, graduate research and teaching in Hindu Studies and Dharma Studies. Donors Mira and Ajay Shingal (shown), whose $4.4 million dollar donation endowed the center, chose the GTU for their historic gift because the school “incorporates both deep scholarship and interest in the practice of religion.” The Shingals believe the GTU's Center for Dharma Studies will help meet the need for accredited scholars who “can speak about Hinduism with authority in this country" and will enhance the GTU's multi-religious environment. Read more>>

CARE Invites Grant Applications
The GTU's Center for Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) is pleased to offer grants of up to $2,000 to support projects focused on religion and the arts. Examples of possible fundable projects would include travel to a conference to present a paper or to conduct research, financial assistance with an art workshop, or fees related to a theatrical performance. Awardees will be required to provide a short presentation as part of CARE’s “brown bag lunch series,” which occurs on the first Friday of each month. The application process is open to anyone, although priority is given to GTU students, faculty, and staff. Completed applications must be submitted electronically to CARE by Monday, March 14. You can find out more details, learn about the work of past grant recipients, and download the grant application here.
CJS and CIS Expand Madrasa-Midrasha Programming
The GTU has received a grant of $35,000 from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund to support Madrasa-Midrasha: Interreligious Education Programming during 2016. Madrasa-Midrasha is a collaborative effort between the GTU's Center for Islamic Studies (CIS) and its Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS). Madrasa-Midrasha offers students, faculty, and community members opportunities to explore the richness, diversities, and commonalities of Islamic and Jewish traditions, and promotes dialogue about contemporary issues experienced by both communities. Dedicated to building bridges between academia and the wider community, Madrasa-Midrasha emphasizes public programming around topics like “Media Representations of Jews and Muslims,” “Kosher and Halal,” and “Thinking about Gaza.”  Read more here, and stay tuned to the GTU events calendar for details about upcoming public programs. 

Upcoming Events

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Love, Art and Devotion: Sacred Objects, Sacred Moments and Ars Mystica
Featured art in the GTU Library
through February 19
2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley

10 Years of MASC Event: Paris Climate Talks
Featuring SKSM alum Christine Boyle 
Monday, January 11, 6:00 pm 
Starr King School for the Ministry 2441 LeConte Ave, Berkeley

From Ashes: Works by Colette Walker
Art and Religion student Colette Walker offers this exhibition of encaustic paintings and photographs.
Exhibition January 12-22; Reception Jan 12, 5pm
CARE's Doug Adams Gallery, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley

King and Faith Lectures in San Francisco
Faculty from ABSW and SFTS are among the featured speakers. 
January 15-18
See schedule and locations

Homebrewed Christianity: Interview and Panel
Tripp Fuller brings his popular podcast to the GTU for a live recording with GTU guests. Limited space, reserve free tickets here
Thursday, February 4, 8:00 pm
Dennis Refectory at CDSP, 2451 Ridge Rd, Berkeley 

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