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Hey everyone! Sorry for the break in posts! We’ve had a few amazing events on campus that have kept us pretty tied up here at HDS Admissions.

Last Wednesday we hosted Theological Education Day (TED), an open house for prospective students. Maybe I saw you there? I got the chance to have lunch with some prospective students and hear about the things that are driving you all to apply to HDS. If you were not able to attend, no worries! You can find video coverage of the 2017 event on our webpage.


A brisk fall morning at DivEx. Photo credit goes to Sarah Guzy, our very own Assistant Director of Admissions.

We also hosted our annual Diversity and Explorations Program (DivEx) last Tuesday-Thursday and welcomed a new DivEx cohort to campus! At our closing DivEx dinner, Professor Davíd Carrasco gave a beautiful lecture on conviviencia in Mexican culture and Day of the Dead Celebrations, which included sharing some notes that visitors to the Peabody Museum had left at the recent Day of the Dead exhibit. It was a great example of the breadth and depth of the kinds of work that our faculty engage in here at HDS.

Last week, the Religious Literacy Project at HDS and Shared Studios hosted a Portal on campus that allowed students to connect with refugees around the world. Students, faculty, staff, and community members got the chance to FaceTime with refugees, listen to their stories, and engage in meaningful dialogue with people who they might otherwise never get a chance to meet.


Beautiful fall streets to usher in the Thanksgiving holiday. Photo credit goes to Mikaela Allen.

This weekend, the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature is having its annual meeting in Boston. Many current students are going to panels hosted by top scholars from around the world. HDS is also holding a reception for students, alums, and faculty members during the meeting; many of us are excited for the chance to connect with scholars whose work we’ve been reading in our classes.

Now, classes are in full swing and we’re all very excited for Thanksgiving Break. We only have a week of classes left after we return—it’s hard to believe that my first semester is already almost over!


K.C. McConnell