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Expand your understanding of the ways religion shapes the world with lectures, interviews, and reflections from Harvard Divinity School.

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Expand your understanding of the ways religion shapes the world with lectures, interviews, and reflections from Harvard Divinity School.

    2020 Convocation: George and Jesus: Policing an Insurrection of Hope

    2020 Convocation: George and Jesus: Policing an Insurrection of Hope

    Cornell William Brooks, Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership at HDS and Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at Harvard Kennedy School, virtually delivered the 205th Convocation address at Harvard Divinity School.

    Brooks's address was entitled "George and Jesus: Policing an Insurrection of Hope."

    Full transcript here: https://hds.harvard.edu/news/2020/08/27/convocation-2020-george-and-jesus-policing-insurrection-hope

    • 38 min
    Gathering Historias: Wendy Estrada

    Gathering Historias: Wendy Estrada

    Gathering Historias, an initiative of the Arnold Arboretum, envisions an outdoor landscape that fully includes and connects the stories of our expanding Latino communities. Developed by Steven Fisher, a master’s degree candidate at the Harvard Divinity School, this project recognizes that the diverse voices of Latino communities can contribute to our cultural narratives of the environment.

    In this recording we hear from Wendy Estrada who has lived throughout Latin America. Now living in Brookline, Mass., with her family, Wendy remembers some of her favorite sounds she experienced in her former home in Panama City.

    You can read the English and Spanish transcript of this recording, and listen to others, on the Gathering Historias project site: https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/visit/gathering-historias/. You can read a story about the project for more information: https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/gathering-historias-reveals-deep-rooted-connections-to-nature-and-community/

    • 3 min
    Religion for a New Generation

    Religion for a New Generation

    Casper ter Kuile, MDiv '16, MPP '16, and Angie Thurston, MDiv '16, map and convene the Millennial leaders of spiritual communities at the forefront of religious change. From CrossFit to dinner churchers, Muslim small groups, and maker spaces, their work illuminates the rapidly shifting generational patterns in American religious life today.

    Full transcript here: https://hds.harvard.edu/news/2020/04/02/video-religion-new-generation

    Learn more about Harvard Divinity School and its mission to illuminate, engage, and serve at https://hds.harvard.edu/.

    • 55 min
    Noon Service hosted by the HDS Episcopal/Anglican Fellowship

    Noon Service hosted by the HDS Episcopal/Anglican Fellowship

    This week, the HDS Episcopal/Anglican Fellowship is offering a podcast version of Noon Service on the topic “Mary’s YES, our YES!” Celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation with Anne Stetson MDiv II, Jonathan Robert Smith MDiv II, Joris Bürmann, MDiv II, Carolyn Beard MDiv I, and The Rev. Dr. Regina L. Walton, Counselor to Episcopal/Anglican Students. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license number A-715440.

    • 23 min
    Vedanta for the 21st Century

    Vedanta for the 21st Century

    Three Hindu monastics visiting Harvard Divinity School this year spoke on March 11, 2020, on the great tradition of the Upanisads and Vedanta, and why this wisdom is relevant in today’s global society.

    Featuring: Swami Sarvapriyananda (Ramakrishna Mission); Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya (Chinmaya Mission); Sadhak Akshar–Guru: Mahant Swami Maharaj (BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha).

    Moderated by Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, Harvard Divinity School. The discussant was Anantanand Rambachan, Professor of Religion, Saint Olaf College.

    Made possible by support from the Nagral Fund.

    Full transcript here: https://hds.harvard.edu/news/2020/03/19/video-vedanta-21st-century

    Learn more about Harvard Divinity School and its mission to illuminate, engage, and serve at https://hds.harvard.edu/.

    • 2 hrs 4 min
    The Intelligence Revolution and the New Attention Economy: An Ethical Singularity

    The Intelligence Revolution and the New Attention Economy: An Ethical Singularity

    Considerable attention has been directed to the possibility of a technological singularity when artificial intelligences “wake up” and start acting in their own self-interest. Long before then, however, humanity will confront an ethical singularity—a point at which the evaluation of values systems acquires infinite value. The computational factories and intelligence-gathering infrastructure of the global attention economy have begun to function as karmic engines, perfecting values-reinforcing feedback loops that are transforming everything from the dynamics of social interaction to geopolitics.

    Drawing on Buddhist resources, this talk made the case that our prospects of realizing more humane global futures depends on changing how we are present and developing both capacities for and commitments to compassionate ethical creativity.

    Peter D. Hershock is director of the Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books on Buddhism, most recently "Philosophies of Place: An Intercultural Conversation" (edited, 2019). His current project, initiated as a 2017-18 Fellow of the Berggruen Institute in China, is a monograph on The Intelligence Revolution: The Challenges of Humane Presence in an Era of Artificial Agents and Smart Services—a reflection on the personal and societal impacts of the attention economy and artificial intelligence.

    Video and full transcript here: https://cswr.hds.harvard.edu/news/2020/02/19/intelligence-revolution-and-new-attention-economy-ethical-singularity

    Learn more about Harvard Divinity School and its mission to illuminate, engage, and serve at https://hds.harvard.edu/.

    • 1 hr 4 min

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