Envisioning Inclusion for 200 Years
Faces of Divinity tells the story of Harvard Divinity School since its founding in 1816. It brings together student experience, faculty work, and University initiatives to uncover the roots of the school we have become in the twenty-first century: a multireligious, multidisciplinary center of academic excellence, religious scholarship, and service to the community and wider world. The exhibit explores the development of Harvard Divinity School through a series of themes, including: theology and ethics, history, and Unitarian and Universalist traditions, as well as Jewish, Asian, Islamic, African American, and women’s religious studies, ministry training, preaching, and social justice. Faces of Divinity includes twenty-one exhibits of photographs, poetry, paintings, and audiovisual materials situated throughout three of the Divinity School’s buildings.
The images and captions here are a small sample from the Faces of Divinity exhibit. The exhibit section is noted at the beginning of each caption. Additional information about these images, and many more, can be seen on the HDS campus until May 2017. The full exhibit was curated by Ann Braude, Senior Lecturer on American Religious History and director of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at HDS; graduate research assistants Christopher Allison, Katie Bandera, Eva Payne, and Thomas Whittaker; and Tracy Wall, WSRP coordinator. It was designed by Justin Lee and edited by Kathryn Dodgson.
Theology and Ethics. The Social Museum was founded in 1903 by Francis Greenwood Peabody, Dean of the Divinity School and Preacher to the University. Peabody commissioned photographers to go to sites of social unrest, “to collect the social experience of the world. . . . ” The collection’s 6,000 photographs, maps, and charts became the core of ethics instruction for Divinity School and Harvard College students, used to turn their gaze to a world in need and inspire action. Photos: Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum © President and Fellows of Harvard College.
Immigration (left): This photograph documents a European immigrant’s moment of happiness after hearing that his order for deportation had been revoked
Aging (right): Before Social Security and Medicare, crushing poverty and inadequate health care were the norm for lower-class elders. This couple was given meals and a small room at the New York City Home for the Aged and Infirm. Here, they are depicted taking their daily exercise.