In this Issue...
GTU Announces Alum of the Year
The Graduate Theological Union celebrates its 2015 Alumna of the Year, Dr. Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado
(Michelle A. Gonzalez), Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Dr. Gonzalez, whose teaching specializations include Latino/a, Latin American, and Feminist Theologies as well as Afro-Caribbean Studies, received her PhD in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the GTU in 2001. In her latest book, A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas: Bridging the Liberation Theology and Religious Studies Divide
(NYU Press, 2014), Gonzalez contends that a continuing emphasis on the critical justice concerns posed by liberation theologians decades ago requires that theologians “radically reconceptualize the theological task” and write in ways that connect with the religious realities and daily struggles of everyday people around the world. Dr. Gonzalez will be honored at the GTU Reception at the Annual Meeting of SBL/AAR
in Atlanta on Saturday, November 21. Congratulations to our 2015 Alum of the Year, Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado!
Double Your Impact on Giving Tuesday
We are excited to announce the launching of the 2015 GTU Giving Tuesday campaign! Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media—and it’s a tremendous opportunity for first-time donors to support the good work of the GTU. Thanks to the generosity of the GTU Board of Trustees, we are able to offer a $5,000 Matching Gift Challenge that will double any gift you make toward the GTU’s Giving Tuesday campaign until we meet our $5,000 goal. Giving Tuesday is on December 1, but you can make your gift today
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Don't miss the latest edition of Crossroads,
the GTU's online collaboration with The Interfaith Observer.
Each month, Crossroads
features several brief articles spotlighting our work at the GTU--and also provides access to The Interfaith Observer
's exploration of interreligious efforts around the globe. In this issue, you'll read:
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50 Years of Catholic-Jewish Relations: The Gains & Challenges
Sponsored by CJS and DSPT
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 12:30 pm
GTU Dinner Board Room. 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley
2015 GTU Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7:00 pm
Dr. William O’Neill (JST-SCU) speaks on “A Terrible Beauty: Reimagining Human Rights.”
PSR Chapel, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley
GTU Graduate Fair for Prospective Students
Sunday, November 8, 2015, 2:00 pm
GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley
Deep Caring & Social Change: Tending to Souls Who Suffer
SKSM event featuring Charles Garfield
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:00 pm
Berkeley Fellowship of UU, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
New Perspectives on Early Lay Dominicans
Speech by Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP
Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 pm
DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley
GTU Night at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre
"Disgraced" followed by a GTU discussion panel
Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 pm
Berkeley Rep, Roda Theater, 2015 Addison Street, Berkeley
GTU Reception at AAR-SBL
Saturday, November 21
Savannah Ballroom A, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
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