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GTU Insight: November 2015
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November 2015 

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GTU Announces Alum of the Year

Michelle Gonzalez MaldonadoThe 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!
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Double Your Impact on Giving Tuesday 

Giving TuesdayWe 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--or support the campaign by using the social media and email “share” buttons on the GTU Giving Tuesday page to spread the word and encourage others to give. All gifts to the GTU Giving Tuesday campaign support exemplary student scholars and future community leaders studying in the GTU's academically rigorous, interreligious context. And remember: your gift today will have double the impact!
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Read Currents Online
Our Fall Issue of Currents magazine just went in the mail—but you can read it online now! In our lead article, GTU Dean Arthur Holder explores the innovative changes coming to the GTU doctoral program beginning next fall (more on that below). Currents Fall 2015The cover image highlights the work of GTU doctoral candidate Lauren Guerra, who is exploring theological themes of hope and resistance in the public murals in San Diego’s Chicano Park. In addition, you’ll find articles celebrating Dr Judith Berling by GTU alums Emily Wu and Sophia Park; a profile of Munir Jiwa, director of our Center for Islamic Studies and winner of this year's Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award; and a celebration of the GTU’s new Center for Swedenborgian Studies. View a PDF of the whole issue, or check out the table of contents.

Join Us for the GTU Grad Fair


You are invited to the GTU's Annual Graduate Fair on Sunday, November 8th from 2:00 - 4:30 pm. Learn more about the GTU and its programs through faculty and student panels and discuss program options with Admissions staff. All interested in the Master of Arts programs at the GTU or its member schools are encouraged to attend. Click here for more details--and we'll see you this Sunday!
Discover the GTU's New Doctoral Curriculum
Visit our website to learn much more about the exciting changes in the GTU's doctoral program. Beginning in the fall of 2016, students entering the doctoral program can choose from among more than 30 areas of concentration grouped into four interdisciplinary departments. We've just updated the website with new pages for each department and concentration. Find out more about how our new doctoral curriculum builds on the strengths of the existing program while enhancing opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship and interreligious conversation.

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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: Click on the individual stories, or access the full issue.
Upcoming Events

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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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