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Dr. Yahya Michot Gives 'Arabian Nights' Lecture, Is Honored as Faculty Emeritus
Dr. Yahya Michot delivered an illuminating lecture on The Arabian Nights on Jan. 15, 2019, then received a standing ovation when Interim Academic Dean David D. Grafton formally welcomed him to the ranks of Faculty Emeriti. Dr. Michot's lecture traced the Arabian Nights tales from their development in the Muslim Middle East in the 9th century to their introduction, by French translation, to Europe in 1704, and beyond. He described major English translations, as well as the Nights' influence on literary, artistic and cultural trends in the Islamic world, in Europe and in the U.S. Dr. Michot also connected his lecture to one of Hartford Seminary's most famous professors, Duncan Black Macdonald, and his Arabian Nights collection, which remains in the Seminary's library. Macdonald, for whom the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations is named, taught at Hartford Seminary from 1892 until 1942. He has been credited with launching the Seminary into the area of Christian-Muslim relations, for which it has long held a leading role. "He was one of the greatest collectors of Arabian Nights in the world," Dr. Michot said. After the lecture, Dean Grafton and President Joel N. Lohr congratulated Dr. Michot on his status as Faculty Emeritus. Only three other professors -- Dr. Clifford J. Green, Dr. Wadi’ Z. Haddad, and Dr. Jane I. Smith -- hold that distinction. Congratulations to Dr. Michot! The entire lecture can be viewed here: [gallery ids="17794,17795,17796"]
Archdiocese of Hartford Invites Professor Deena Grant to Speak on Deuteronomy
Professor Deena Grant will speak to a sold-out audience on Monday, Jan. 21, about "The Love Command in Deuteronomy" at the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Hartford, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield. Professor Grant will explore some modern and ancient interpretations of the command: “You shall love the Lord with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deut 6:5) In the event of weather-related complications, registrations will reopen for a snow date of Feb. 18.
Where to Attend a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
Hartford Seminary will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We encourage everyone to find a way to celebrate the life of the civil rights icon during the long weekend that honors him. Many places of worship will hold special events, including the annual event at the 3,000-seat First Cathedral in Bloomfield on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please check your place of worship for events or peruse this list of area events compiled by the Hartford Courant.  
Professor Deena Grant to Present Lecture Series at Manchester Synagogue
Deena Grant, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, will present a lecture series at Beth Sholom B'nai Israel Synagogue in Manchester. The lectures will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 14, 21 and 28. The series is called "The Hebrew Bible in the Ancient World." For more information and to register, visit this link.  
Alum Spotlight: Newspaper Honors the Rev. Dr. Ann Van Cleef
The Rev. Dr. Ann Van Cleef, a 2015 graduate of Hartford Seminary's Doctor of Ministry program, was recently named 2018 Community Leader of the Year by the Suffolk Times, a newspaper that covers the North Fork of Long Island. The Rev. Dr. Van Cleef retired earlier this year from the Orient Congregational Church in Orient, N.Y. She had served there for more than 17 years. “When I started, I knew it was a small church," she told the Suffolk Times. "It was never my intent to make them into a big church, but just a small church that did things in an excellent way." The newspaper cited the Rev. Dr. Van Cleef's dedication to the community in making its choice. For the full story, visit this link.
President Joel N. Lohr Sees Two New Books Published
President Joel N. Lohr is the co-author of a new, third edition of a religious studies textbook and co-editor of a “festschrift” containing scholarly essays, released last summer. Both are published with university presses. Making Sense in Religious Studies: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing was published by Oxford University Press. President Lohr co-authored the book with Margot Northey, a specialist in communications and the former dean of the School of Business at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and Bradford A. Anderson, who lectures in religious studies at Dublin City University, Ireland. In a review of an earlier edition, Jennifer Goodyer remarks: “Making Sense in Religious Studies is a valuable companion to anyone embarking upon, or struggling with, a religious studies degree. The book forms part of a series of study guides designed to offer students with up-to-date, detailed information on how to navigate successfully their way through various degrees. The book is written in a clear, accessible style and breaks down the complex tasks of research and writing into manageable steps. ... Overall, Making Sense in Religious Studies is a boon for any student of religious studies.” The second book, Found in Translation: Essays on Jewish Biblical Translation in Honor of Leonard J. Greenspoon,was published by Purdue University Press. President Lohr edited the book with James W. Barker, an assistant professor of New Testament at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, and Anthony Le Donne, Associate Professor of New Testament at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Purdue University Press describes the book this way: “Found in Translation is at once a themed volume on the translation of ancient Jewish texts and a Festschrift for Leonard J. Greenspoon, the Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Professor in Jewish Civilization and professor of classical and near Eastern studies and of theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. … This volume comprises an internationally renowned group of scholars presenting a wide range of original essays on Bible translation, the influence of culture on biblical translation, Bible translations’ reciprocal influence on culture, and the translation of various Jewish texts and collections, especially the Septuagint. Volume editors have painstakingly planned Found in Translation to have the broadest scope of any current work on Jewish biblical translation to reflect Greenspoon’s broad impact on the field throughout an august career.” Congratulations President Lohr!  
Autism Inclusion in Religious Environments
Autism is a challenging and often misunderstood condition, affecting many aspects of a person’s social and community life. Those without much exposure to autistic people might not know how to make their religious communities places where autistic people can thrive, grow, and be loved and accepted. Amy Langston will present her research on autistic children and adults who have participated in a variety of religious settings, analyzing the specific patterns of behavior and challenges common to the autistic religious experience, and addressing solutions for how religious leaders can create spaces of inclusion and hope for autistic people. This event will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing community. About the Speaker Amy Langston is a North Carolina native. She was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at 10 years old. She holds a B.A. in religion from Meredith College and is a second-year Master of Arts student at Hartford Seminary. She is a graduate of Hartford Seminary's International Peacemaking Program. Her research interests are in the sociological and psychological dimensions of religious observance and behavior. Her research Autism Inclusion in Religious Environments was most recently presented at the Parliament of World's Religions in Toronto, Ontario. Note: Hartford Seminary is committed to providing accessibility for all. Please contact Susan Schoenberger at or 860-509-9519 at least 3 days in advance if you have questions about our accessibility or need reasonable accommodations for this event.
Lunch and Learn: Watch 'Finding Dory' in the Context of Disability and Inclusion
Join us for a Lunch and Learn as we watch the movie Finding Dory and discuss the impact of movies about disability on the disability community. Pizza will be served during the movie, which is 97 minutes long. A discussion will follow, facilitated by Hartford Seminary alumna Candace Low and interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing community. We will also explore how this movie and movies in general portray disability; what makes this movie a landmark movie in shattering stereotypes about disabilitie; what Finding Dory teaches us about acceptance and inclusion; what is collective access; what did they get wrong and what did they get right in writing this movie; and how can we increase disability representation in the media. About the Workshop Leader Candace Low is the principal of Candace Low Consulting Services, helping faith communities become inclusive to the disability community. Candace is the former Executive Director of Independence Unlimited, a non-profit providing advocacy and support services to persons with disabilities and their families in Hartford, CT. She is chair of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, UCC, Accessibility Task Force and a member of the CT statewide UCC Disabilities Ministries. Candace has been an advocate for disability rights and a trainer on disability legislation and independent living related issues for over 35 years. She has provided congregations with technical assistance on disability issues for over 35 years and worked with a variety of Christian, Islamic and Jewish congregations. Candace is a graduate of Hartford Seminary with an emphasis on spirituality and worship. She is a survivor of an acquired brain injury which caused multiple disabilities including deafness.  Candace is committed to social justice and full inclusion for everyone. Note: Hartford Seminary is committed to providing accessibility for all. Please contact Susan Schoenberger at or 860-509-9519 if you need accommodations.  
Hartford Seminary became the first seminary in America to open its doors to women in 1889.
In 1902, Hartford Seminary was a founding member of the American Association of Schools of Religious Education.
The first American center for the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations opened at Hartford Seminary in 1973.
In 1990, Hartford Seminary became the first nondenominational theological institution in North America to name a female president.
Naming a Muslim to the core faculty was a first for nondenominational theological institutions in North America in 1991.
Hartford Seminary established the first Islamic Chaplaincy Program in America in 2001.
The first chair of Shi’i Studies in North America launched at Hartford Seminary in 2015.

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