Graduate Theological Union

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Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley
Other name
Graduate Theological Union
Motto Where religion meets the world
Established 1962 (1962)
Type Private
Religious affiliation
Academic affiliation
University of California, Berkeley
Chairman Harold T. Leach, Jr.
President Riess Potterveld, Ph.D.
Dean Arthur Holder, Ph.D.
Dean of Students Kathleen Kook, Ph.D.
Academic staff
Students 245[1]
Location Berkeley, California
37°52′32″N 122°15′43″W / 37.875524°N 122.262079°W / 37.875524; -122.262079Coordinates: 37°52′32″N 122°15′43″W / 37.875524°N 122.262079°W / 37.875524; -122.262079

The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is a consortium of eight independent American theological schools and eleven centers and affiliates. Seven of the theological schools are located in Berkeley, California. The GTU was founded in 1962 and is affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, with students from both institutions enjoying privileges accorded to their own students. Additionally, some of the GTU consortial schools are part of other California universities such as Santa Clara University (Jesuit School of Theology) and California Lutheran University (Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary). Most of the GTU consortial schools are located in Berkeley around the University of California, Berkeley campus, with the majority north of the campus in a neighborhood known as "Holy Hill."

History and administration[edit]

Many of the GTU's constituent seminaries were established at various locations throughout the Bay Area in the early 20th or even the late 19th centuries. Due to the foundation of the University of California, several of them relocated to Berkeley and established cooperative relationships with the University. In the wake of the formation of the World Council of Churches and the Second Vatican Council, Bay Area seminaries began negotiations to form a cooperative degree program. In 1962, agreement between the Berkeley Baptist Divinity School (now the American Baptist Seminary of the West), Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary enabled for the incorporation of the Graduate Theological Union in 1962. In 1964, the Pacific School of Religion, St. Albert's College (now the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and Starr King School for the Ministry joined the GTU consortium. In 1966, Alma College relocated to Berkeley and was renamed the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. In 1968, the Franciscan School of Theology moved to Berkeley from Santa Barbara and joined the GTU consortium, although in 2013 it merged with the University of San Diego, leaving the consortium and relocating to Oceanside, California . By 1971, the GTU was fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.[2]

In 1969, the GTU common library was established and the individual libraries of the seminaries were merged into one collection. In the 1970s, construction began on a Louis I. Kahn-designed building to house the GTU library. The main library building was completed in 1987 and was named the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library in honor of the Hewlett Foundation.[3]

Presidents and deans[edit]

Presidents of the GTU[edit]

  • John Dillenberger (1967-1971)
  • Claude Welch (1971-1982)
  • Michael Blecker, OSB (1982-1987)
  • Robert Barr (1987-1992)
  • Glenn R. Bucher (1992-1999)
  • James Donahue (2000-2012)
  • Riess Potterveld (2013–Present)

Deans of the GTU[edit]

  • Sherman E. Johnson (1962-1963)
  • John Dillenberger (1963-1971)
  • Claude Welch (1971-1987)
  • Judith Berling (1987-1996)
  • Margaret Miles (1996-2001)
  • Arthur Holder (2001–2016)

The Dean of the GTU is the chief academic officer of the institution. The dean also chairs the GTU's Council of Deans, composed of the academic deans of consortial member schools. Traditionally, the GTU's dean holds the John Dillenberger Professorship in their general field of specialization. The 5th Dean of the GTU, Margaret Miles, was John Dillenberger Professor of Historical Theology while the 6th and current dean, Arthur Holder, is John Dillenberger Professor of Christian Spirituality.

Council of Presidents and Council of Deans[edit]

Council of Presidents[edit]

  • Riess Potterveld (GTU)
  • Paul M. Martin (ABSW)
  • W. Mark Richardson (CDSP)
  • Peter Rogers, OP (DSPT)
  • Michael E. Engh, SJ (JST)
  • Chris Kimball (PLTS)
  • David Vásquez-Levy (PSR)
  • James L. McDonald (SFTS)
  • Rosemary Bray McNatt (SKSM)

Council of Deans[edit]

  • Arthur Holder (GTU)
  • LeAnn Snow Flesher (ABSW)
  • Ruth Meyers (CDSP)
  • Christopher Renz, OP (DSPT)
  • Thomas Massaro, SJ (JST)
  • Alicia Vargas (PLTS)
  • Bernard Schlager (PSR)
  • Jana Childers (SFTS)
  • Gabriela Lettini (SKSM)

Member seminaries and research centers[edit]

Consortial seminaries[edit]

Affiliated research centers[edit]


Religious traditions represented within the Graduate Theological Union include Protestantism, Catholicism, Unitarian Universalist, Eastern Orthodox Traditions, Judaism, Islam, Buddhist, and Hinduism. Curricula amongst the schools includes the arts, biblical studies, cultural and historical studies, ethics, social theory, spirituality, interreligious and interdisciplinary studies, in addition to subjects in systematic and philosophical theology. GTU offers M.A. in cooperation with member seminaries and Doctor of Theology degrees as well as the Ph.D program in cooperation with the University of California at Berkeley. GTU consortial seminaries variously offer M.Th., M.Div, Doctor of Ministry, S.T.B., S.T.L., and S.T.D. degrees.

The GTU also offers certificates in specialized studies including the following:

  • Asian and Oceanic Cultures and Faith Traditions
  • Black Church/Africana Religious Studies
  • Hindu Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Orthodox Christian Studies
  • Buddhist Chaplaincy
  • Women's Studies in Religion

All degree seeking students at GTU may take any classes offered at the University of California, Berkeley, and have access and borrowing privileges at the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University libraries. Only Ph.D. students have unrestricted access to registering for UCB classes (subject to approval of course instructors); Th.D. and M.A. students can only take a maximum of 1 class per semester. Ph.D. students taking courses at UCB are able to obtain Cal 1 Cards, which can be loaded with funds for photocopying or for other purposes. Cross-registration opportunities are also available for GTU students at Dominican University of California, Holy Names University, and Mills College.

Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology[edit]

The GTU houses its own in-house academic journal, the Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology. [5] The journal is managed by current doctoral students, although peer-reviewers include members of the consortial doctoral faculty. It publishes many of the lectures occurring throughout the year around the consortium, as well as several original articles and book reviews. Occasionally, special issues are commissioned to celebrate important milestones in the life of the GTU. The journal welcomes submissions from scholars from and outside of the GTU, and publishes one regular issue a year. All issues are available free online.

American Academy of Religion[edit]

GTU faculty, alumni, and students have been active in the American Academy of Religion by directing or leading sections, groups, and in other capacities. Several members of the GTU community have served as presidents of the Academy.

  • John Dillenberger (1987-1988)
  • Judith Berling (1991-1992)
  • Margaret R. Miles (1997-1998)
  • Laurie Zoloth (2013-2014)

Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology[edit]

GTU faculty and alumni have been recipients of the prestigious Henry Luce Fellowship, which is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation and administered by the Association of Theological Schools. In the following list, institutions listed indicate the affiliation of the recipient at the time of award.[6]

  • Margaret R. Miles (Harvard Divinity School): "Religion and Values in Contemporary North American Popular Film." (1994-1995)
  • J. Rebecca Lyman (CDSP): "From Error to Disease: Shifting IMages of Theological Dissent and Authority in Ancient Christian Communities" (1996-1997)
  • Judith Berling (GTU): "Entering Other Worlds: Theological Learning and Non-Christian Religions" (2001-2002)
  • Lizette Larson-Miller (CDSP): "Holy Ground: Discerning Sacred Space in Public Places" (2002-2003)
  • Philip L. Wickeri (SFTS): "Reconstructing Christianity in China: K. H. Ting and the Chinese Church" (2005-2006)
  • Jerome Baggett (JST): "Sense of the Faithful: An End and Beginning of American Catholicism" (2006-2007)
  • Mia M. Mochizuki (JST/GTU): "The Netherlandish Print Abroad, 1543-1639: Art, Religion and Economics in the Early Modern World" (2009-2010)
  • Sandra M. Schneiders (JST): "Risen Jesus, Cosmic Christ: Biblical Spirituality in the Gospel of John" (2011-2012)


Flora Lamson Hewlett Library

The Graduate Theological Union maintains the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, the largest theological library west of the Rockies, and one of the largest theological libraries in the world, with around 509,000 volumes.[7] It has a branch in San Anselmo, housed in the former library of the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Its material acquisitions are coordinated with the University of California Berkeley and Stanford University libraries. Borrowing privileges are available for all three institutions. Furthermore, GTU students are privy to borrowing from the University of Texas, Austin libraries as part of the RCLP agreement between University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and UT-Austin. In addition, GTU and UCB students can access the rare and special collections in both institutions' libraries. Altogether, GTU students have ready access to more than 20 million volumes of resources, more than any theological institution in the world.


The National Research Council (NRC) has released a comprehensive assessment of doctoral programs in the United States.[8]

In one independent compilation based on the NRC’s "regression-based" rankings, the GTU appears at No. 22 overall.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

Art and religion[edit]

Biblical studies[edit]

Christian spirituality[edit]

Cultural and historical studies of religions[edit]

Ethics and Social Theory[edit]



Interdisciplinary Studies[edit]

Liturgical studies[edit]

Psychology and religion[edit]

Systematic and Philosophical Theology[edit]


Notable graduates of GTU member schools[edit]

American Baptist Seminary of the West[edit]

Church Divinity School of the Pacific[edit]

Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology[edit]

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University[edit]

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary[edit]

  • Marva J. Dawn (Th.M.), internationally renowned Evangelical writer and speaker
  • George E. Tinker (M.Div.), Clifford Baldridge Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at Iliff School of Theology

Pacific School of Religion[edit]

  • Bishop Wilbur Choy (M.Div.), first Asian American Bishop in the United Methodist Church.
  • Dorothy Donnelly (Th.D. 1973). A Roman Catholic nun, she was the first full-time female professor of theology at the Jesuit School of Theology. [36]
  • Bishop Yvette Flunder, (M.Div.), founder of the City of Refugee and Chair of the San Francisco Inter-religious Coalition on AIDS
  • Rev. John Kemper (D.Min.), Provincial Superior of the US Province of the Society of Saint-Sulpice.
  • Hon. Victoria Kolakowski, (M.Div.), Alameda County Superior Court judge; first openly transgender trial judge in the United States.
  • Rt. Rev. Christopher Lowson (S.T.M., 1976), the 72nd Bishop of Lincoln.[37]
  • Robert John Russell (M.Div.), Ian Barbour Professor of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.
  • Traci C. West (M.Div.), James W. Pearsall Professor of Christian Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School
  • Thomas V. Wolfe (M.Div.), President of Iliff School of Theology

San Francisco Theological Seminary[edit]

Starr King School for the Ministry[edit]

  • The Rev. Robert Fulghum, author of eight best-selling books of non-fiction, including All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten and It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It


The GTU's 7th and current president is Riess W. Potterveld, who previously was president at the Pacific School of Religion and Lancaster Theological Seminary.

The GTU's 6th and current dean is Arthur Holder, who previously served as Academic Dean at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. One of his predecessors was Judith Berling, who is professor of Chinese religions at the GTU and was president of the American Academy of Religion in 1990.

The GTU draws its consortial faculty from its constituent seminaries and centers. Although faculty members are employed at their respective seminaries and centers, they commit to supervising doctoral and masters students, as well as occasionally teaching GTU-wide courses. Thus, the GTU arguably possesses the largest faculty in religious and theological studies in the world, with more than 50 members.

Current faculty[edit]

  • Deena Aranoff, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at the GTU's Center for Jewish Studies.
  • Jerome Baggett, Professor of Religion and Society at the Jesuit School of Theology.
  • David Balch, Professor of New Testament at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • Kathryn Barush, Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion at the GTU and Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
  • Hatem Bazian, co-founder, senior faculty, and Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College. He is also a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Bazian is also a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California and adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley.
  • Judith Berling, Professor of Chinese and Comparative Religions. She was the 4th Academic Dean of the GTU and former President of the American Academy of Religion. She is core faculty in the departments of Cultural and Historical Studies of Religions; and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Aaron Brody, Robert and Kathryn Riddell Associate Professor of Bible and Archaeology at Pacific School of Theology and participating faculty at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Kevin F. Burke, SJ, Associate Professor of Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology. A student of Roger Haight, SJ, his scholarship focuses on Christology, spirituality, and the theology of Ignacio Ellacuria. He is core faculty member in both Systematic and Philosophical Theology; and Christian Spirituality departments.
  • Ronald D. Burris, Professor of Church History at American Baptist Seminary of the West.
  • Thomas Cattoi, Dwan Family Professor in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue and Associate Professor of Christology at the Jesuit School of Theology. A student of Francis X. Clooney, his research focuses on patristics and Christian-Buddhist dialogue. He is core faculty member in three departments: Christian Spirituality, Interreligious Studies, and Systematic and Philosophical Theology.
  • Jana Childers, Dean and Professor of Speech-Communications and Homiletics at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
  • Peter Yuichi Clark, Professor of Pastoral Care at American Baptist Seminary of the West and Director of Spiritual Care Services at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
  • Michael Dodds, OP, Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.
  • Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé, Professor of Cultural Studies and Islamic Studies, and Dean of the Faculty at Starr King School for the Ministry. He is core faculty member in the department of interdisciplinary studies.
  • Eduardo C. Fernandez, SJ, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ministry at Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. HIs research focuses on Latina/o theology, social justice, religion and culture, as well as missiology. He was the recipient of the Virgilio Elizondo Award, given by the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States.
  • LeAnn Snow Flesher, Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament at the American Baptist Seminary of the West.
  • Barbara Green, OP, Professor of Biblical Studies at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.
  • George E. Griener, SJ, Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology. At the University of Tübingen, he studied under Cardinal Walter Kasper.
  • Arthur Holder, Academic Dean and Dillenberger Professor of Christian Spirituality at the GTU.
  • Munir Jiwa, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Founding Director of the Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU.
  • Jay E. Johnson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at the Pacific School of Religion
  • John Klentos, Spanos Associate Professor of Orthodox Theology at the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute.
  • Boyung Lee, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Education and Spiritual Formation at the Pacific School of Religion. She was a student of Thomas H. Groome of Boston College, and directs the Asian-Pacific Islanders Initiative and Changemakers Fellowship Programs at PSR.
  • Gabriella Lettini, Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Professor of Theological Ethics and Academic Dean at Starr King School for the Ministry. She was a student of James Hal Cone.
  • Elizabeth Liebert, Professor of Spiritual Life at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was formerly the dean of the seminary, and the first Roman Catholic to serve as an academic dean at a Presbyterian seminary.
  • Gregory Love, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at San Francisco Theological Seminary
  • Thomas Massaro, SJ, Dean of Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and Professor of Moral Theology. His interests focus on Catholic social ethics as it pertains to economic justice, sociology of religion, and the history of Christian political thought.
  • Mary E. McGann, Adjunct Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies at the Jesuit School of Theology.
  • Ruth Meyers, Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics and Academic Dean at Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
  • Ronald Y. Nakasone, Professor of Buddhist Art and Culture
  • James A. Noel, Eugene Farlough Professor of African American Christianity and Professor of American Religion at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
  • Christopher Ocker, Professor of History at the San Francisco Theological Seminary and affiliated faculty of the history department of the University of California at Berkeley
  • William O'Neill, SJ, Associate Professor of Social Ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology
  • Eugene E. Park, Dornsife Professor of New Testament at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
  • Sangyil Sam Park, Associate Professor of Preaching at American Baptist Seminary of the West.
  • Richard Payne, Dean and Professor of Buddhist Studies at the Institute for Buddhist Studies.
  • Ted Peters, Lutheran theologian and the Distinguished Research Professor of Systematic Theology at GTU and at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Editor of the Journal of Theology and Science
  • Anselm Ramelow, OP, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
  • Robert John Russell, Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.
  • Rossitza Schroeder, Associate Professor of Arts and Religion at the Pacific School of Religion.
  • Naomi Seidman, Koret Foundation Professor of Jewish Culture and Director of the Richard Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the GTU.
  • Imam Zaid Shakir, Served in the United States Air Force; served as an interfaith council Chaplain at Yale University, currently chairman of the board, co-founder, and senior faculty member at Zaytuna College
  • Augustine Thompson, OP, Professor of History at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.
  • Annette Weissenrieder, Associate Professor of New Testament at the San Francisco Theological Seminary
  • Seigen Haruo Yamaoka, H. E. Kosho Ohtani Professor of Shin Buddhist Studies at the Institute for Buddhist Studies.
  • Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, President, co-founder, and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College. Also, an advisor to Stanford University’s Program in Islamic Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union
  • Devin Phillip Zuber, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Literature, and Swedenborgian Studies at the GTU's Center for Swedenborgian Studies.

Former faculty[edit]

Distinguished Lectures and Awards[edit]

Distinguished Faculty Lecture[edit]

Since 1976, GTU faculty annually nominates a consortial faculty member that embodies the scholarly standards, teaching excellence, and interdisciplinary and ecumenical ethos, all of which are represented in the GTU. Nominations are first considered by the Council of Deans, comprising the academic deans of all GTU seminaries.[45]

  • 1976: Massey H. Shepherd (CDSP)
  • 1977: Bernard Loomer, (GTU)
  • 1978: Michael J. Buckley, SJ (JST)
  • 1979: Karen Lebacqz (PSR)
  • 1980: Kenan B. Osborne, OFM (FST)
  • 1981: Robert J. Goeser (PLTS)
  • 1982: Claude Welch (GTU)
  • 1983: Robert McAfee Brown (PSR)
  • 1984: William R. Herzog (SFTS)
  • 1985: Benjamin A. Reist (SFTS)
  • 1986: Clare Benedicks Fischer (SKSM)
  • 1987: Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM (JST)
  • 1988: Daniel C. Matt (CJS, GTU)
  • 1989: John R. Donahue, SJ (JST)
  • 1990: Ted Peters (PLTS)
  • 1991: Durwood Foster (PSR)
  • 1992: Antoinette Wire (SFTS)
  • 1993: Mary Ann Donovan, SC (JST)
  • 1994: John Hilary Martin, OP (DSPT)
  • 1995: John Coleman, SJ (JST)
  • 1996: J. Rebecca Lyman (CDSP)
  • 1997: Eldon Ernst (ABSW)
  • 1998: Martha Ellen Stortz (PLTS)
  • 1999: Archie Smith (PSR)
  • 2000: Judith Berling (GTU)
  • 2001: Robert J. Russell (CTNS, GTU)
  • 2002: Alejandro Garcia-Rivera (JST)
  • 2003: Lewis S. Mudge (SFTS)
  • 2004: Barbara Green (DSPT)
  • 2005: Gina Hens-Piazza (JST)
  • 2006: L. William Countryman (CDSP)
  • 2007: Richard Gula, SS (FST)
  • 2008: Fumitaka Matsuoka (PSR)
  • 2009: Philip L. Wickeri (SFTS)
  • 2010: Arthur Holder (GTU)
  • 2011: Mary Ann Tolbert (PSR)
  • 2012: James Noel (SFTS)
  • 2013: William Short, OFM (FST)
  • 2014: Christopher Ocker (SFTS)
  • 2015: William O'Neill (JST)

Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award[edit]

The Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award was funded by a gift from the Sarlo Foundation and is given annually to a member of the core doctoral faculty whose teaching and mentoring of doctoral students embodies the values of interreligious dialogue and interdisciplinary approach to teaching. A monetary award is accompanied with this award, along with an announcement at the GTU Commencement.

  • 2003: Judith Berling (GTU)
  • 2004: Fumitaka Matsuoka (PSR)
  • 2005: Clare Fischer (SKSM)
  • 2006: Doug Adams (PSR)
  • 2007: Gina Hens-Piazza (JST)
  • 2008: Jerome P. Baggett (JST)
  • 2009: Lewis Rambo (SFTS)
  • 2010: Alejandro Garcia-Rivera (JST)
  • 2011: Ron Nakasone (IBS)
  • 2012: Boyung Lee (PSR)
  • 2013: Mia Mochizuki (GTU/JST)
  • 2014: William O'Neill (JST)
  • 2015: Munir Jiwa (GTU)

Reading of the Sacred Texts Lectures[edit]

Sponsored by the Friends of the GTU's Library, the annual lecture invites a speaker connected with a "sacred text" in the broadest sense of the term. Speakers are invited to reflect on the concept in a public lecture held every Spring.

  • 1993: John Pairman Brown (GTU, Visiting Scholar)
  • 1994: Barbara Oliver (actress)
  • 1995: Robert W. Funk (CDSP)
  • 1996: Ronald Nakasone (PSR)
  • 1997: Huston Smith (UC-Berkeley)
  • 1998: Margaret R. Miles (GTU)
  • 1999: Jerald C. Brauer (University of Chicago)
  • 2000: Nora Marks and Richard Dauenhauer (poets)
  • 2001: Snjezana Veljacic-Akpinar (Dharma Realm Buddhist University)
  • 2002: Luise Schottroff (PSR/GTU)
  • 2003: Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco)
  • 2004: Hon. John T. Noonan (US Circuit Judge, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • 2005: Choan-Seng Song (PSR)
  • 2006: Mia Mochizuki (JST/GTU)
  • 2007: Luis Valdez (playwright, writer)
  • 2008: Clifford Cranna (San Francisco Opera)
  • 2009: Nargis Virani (New School University)
  • 2010: Robert Alter (UC-Berkeley)
  • 2011: John P. Meier (University of Notre Dame)
  • 2012: Jonathan L. Reed (University of La Verne)
  • 2013: Arthur Holder (GTU)
  • 2014: Ted Peters and Robert John Russell (CTNS/GTU)
  • 2015: Ven. Thepo Rinpoche (Tibetan Association of Northern California)

Surjit Singh Lecture in Comparative Religious Thought and Culture[edit]

  • 1991: Surjit Singh (SFTS)
  • 1992: Howard Eilberg-Schwartz (Stanford University)
  • 1993: Huston Smith (Syracuse University)
  • 1994: Wendy Doniger (University of Chicago)
  • 1995: John Cobb (Claremont School of Theology)
  • 1996: Judith Berling (GTU)
  • 1997: Seyyed Hossein Nasr (George Washington University)
  • 1998: Veer Bhadra Mishra (Banaras Hindu University)
  • 1999: Diana Eck (Harvard University)
  • 2000: Pandit Chitresh Das (Chhandam School of Kathak Dance)
  • 2001: Nancy Scheper-Hughes (UC-Berkeley)
  • 2002: Zhuo Xinping (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
  • 2003: S. Nomanul Haq (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 2004: Joanna Williams (UC-Berkeley)
  • 2005: Felix Wilfred (University of Madras)
  • 2006: Laurel Kendall (American Museum of Natural History)
  • 2008: Omid Safi (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)
  • 2009: Shibley Telhami (University of Maryland, College Park)
  • 2010: Anri Morimoto (International Christian University, Japan)
  • 2011: Kate McCarthy (California State University - Chico)
  • 2012: Robert Bellah (UC-Berkeley)
  • 2013: Jennifer Howe Peace (Andover Newton Theological Seminary)
  • 2015: Anantanand Rambachan (St. Olaf College)


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