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GDR News

Greetings from the GDR Chair

Virginia Burrus

It is a pleasure indeed to address you from the page of our first e-Newsletter! We hope that this publication will provide a vehicle for sharing news several times a year about the exciting things that are happening in the diasporic community of Drew's Graduate Division of Religion--not least the lives and careers of our alumni and alumnae.

GDR Scholarship Fund

Did you know that Drew Theological School is committed to providing all Ph.D. students in the Graduate Division of Religion with full tuition fellowships? Such support enables us to attract the very best and brightest students interested in becoming the next generation of seminary professors and scholars of religion. Our ability to meet this need is made possible, in large measure, by the generous philanthropic support of our alumni and friends. Make a gift today and help us continue giving the gift of an exceptional graduate education to our students.

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Report from the Center for Christianities in Global Contexts

The Center for Christianities in Global Contexts supports research, reflection, and engagement of Christianity in its vastly diverse expressions around the globe. Shaping our mission is the conviction that there is an urgent need to better understand the forces of both globalization and pluralism that shape Christianity today. Now in its fifth year, the Center is abuzz with activity. (more)


Alumni News & Notes

  GDR Students Awarded HRC Summit Institute Fellowship for Studies in Queer Theology

Queer scholarship and queer theory are becoming burgeoning sites of academic creativity, and Drew University's Graduate Division of Religion (GDR) is at the forefront of this work. (more)

  GDR Students Participate in Sixteenth Annual Patristics Conference at Oxford

In early August, the two of us along with Dr. Virginia Burrus traveled to Oxford University, where we joined other scholars in conversation about late ancient Christianity. Since its inception in 1951, the International Patristics Conference, which meets every four years, has provided opportunities for scholars to present their work to a critical, but sympathetic audience. (more)

  Otto Maduro

Our own Otto Maduro 2012 President of the American Academy of Religion! (more)

  Summer in the Keys of Scholarship, Identity, and Community
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My first year of doctoral work ended in fairly typical fashion. A deluge of papers and readings made the last month of courses exciting, nail-biting, and very rewarding... My summer had officially begun in a key of scholarship. (more)



New Faculty

Meet new GDR faculty. (more)

Tipple-Vosburgh 2011

Each year, the Tipple-Vosburgh Lectures feature distinguished scholars and theologians who energize the shared community of the Drew Theological School and the Graduate Division of Religion (GDR). (more)

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TTC XI: Divinanimality: Creaturely Theology

Drew's Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium began in 2001. The formula was simple but effective: settle on a topic that pushes the envelope of contemporary theological discourse; invite a dozen or so scholars associated with that topic to Drew; seat them around a table with Drew faculty who pursue related research; and discuss pre-circulated papers in a public forum with opportunities for audience participation. (more)


New York City Walking Tour Becomes Annual Part of GDR Orientation

Each year incoming students to Drew University's Graduate Division of Religion (GDR) conclude orientation week with a walking tour of New York City. Now in its third year, this tour is an annual reminder that scholars attend not only to scholarly methodology--but to simple, human truth. (more)

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Upcoming Events


Nouwen Lecture

The Henri J. M. Nouwen Lecture in Classical Christian Spirituality: Featuring Enuma Okoro


Morton Lecture

Nelle K. Morton Lecture and the Women's & Gender Studies Visiting Scholar: Featuring Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas


Korean Caucus Lecture

Featuring Dr. Joonki Kin


Inaugural Bard Thompson Lecture

Hymns Making Sense: Learning from Charles Wesley


An Evening of Shalom

Newark, NJ
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Hispanic Lecture in Religion and Theology

Featuring Mayra Rivera


Holy Land Trip

Professors Herbert Huffmon and Carl Savage invite you to join us in a 12-day visit/study course under the auspices of the Jerusalem Institute for Biblical Exploration.


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