Thursday, May 25, 2006
Happy birthday, Waldo! HDS names a chair for you.
As Jane Greer and I reported this morning for uuworld.org, Harvard Divinity School and the UUA announced today that HDS has created a new professorship of divinity in Unitarian Universalist and liberal religious studies — and named it after the sage of Concord. Today also happens to be Ralph Waldo Emerson's 203rd birthday — and the 181st anniversary of the formation of the American Unitarian Association, one of the UUA's predecessors — so it's a propitious development all around.
Serious verbiage can be found not only at uuworld.org but also at the HDS website and at UUA.org. Here, however, we must immediately begin speculating about potential candidates for the professorship, which could be filled as early as fall 2007. Will it go to an English professor noted for historical research like David Robinson, Cynthia Grant Tucker, or Andrew Delbanco? Will it go to a historian like Dean Grodzins? Are theologians Thandeka, Paul Rasor, and Rebecca Parker likely candidates? Who else belongs on the short list?
Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 25 May 2006 at 8:46 PM