Thursday, September 22nd from 1:30-3 pm
Sperry Room, Andover Hall, Harvard Divinity School, 42 Francis Ave.
Moderator: Anurima Bhargava, Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard Kennedy School and Fellow, Open Society Foundation
Greg McGonigle: The Reverend Greg McGonigle is a Unitarian Universalist minister and the University Chaplain at Tufts University. He earned an AB from Brown University in Religious Studies focused on South Asian religions and an MDiv from Harvard focused on American religious history and interfaith relations. He has served in ministry at the Boston Living Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the UU Church of Davis, California, the University of California at Davis, and Oberlin College. He is an Affiliated Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church, a field education supervisor for Harvard Divinity School, and a member of the Harvard Board of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life and of the Yale Humanist Community Advisory Board. He is past president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains.
Janet Penn: Janet Penn is the Founder of Youth LEAD (Youth Leaders Engaging Across Differences), and was their Executive Director for over a decade. She is currently a Senior Fellow at CIRCLE (The Center for Inter-religious and Communal Leadership Education), a joint program of Hebrew College and Andover-Newton Theological School, and is writing A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Youth-Led Interfaith Encounter.
Brendan Randall: Brendan Randall is Senior Consultant, Campus Engagements at Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based nonprofit that works with colleges and universities across the nation to promote interfaith cooperation as a social norm. A recovering lawyer and former Senior Research Associate with the Pluralism Project, Brendan has an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and is pursuing an Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Brendan also is a former high school history teacher and thanks his students for sparking his interest in religious diversity and interfaith cooperation (as well as teaching him how to play cricket).
Neelima Shukla-Bhatt: Dr. Neelima Shukla-Bhatt is program director and associate professor of South Asian studies at Wellesley College. She has a B.A. and M.A. from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India) and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Harvard. She is part of the teaching team for the HarvardX online course “World Religions Through Their Scriptures,” where she leads the Hinduism section.