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School Notes: Yale Divinity School
March/April 2021

Gregory E. Sterling | http://divinity.yale.edu

Alumni Board president brings perspective as academic and social entrepreneur

Alisha Lola Jones ’07MDiv, assistant professor of folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana University, is the newly elected president of the YDS Alumni Board. Jones completed the certificate program of the Institute of Sacred Music during her time at YDS and is the founder of InSight Initiative, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses arts programming to serve minority communities and address pressing questions in urban America. She is the author of the recent book Flaming? The Peculiar Theopolitics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance (Oxford University Press). “It’s my pleasure to ground YDS leadership conversations in my perspective as both a professor and a social entrepreneur,” Jones said, noting the imperative to bring innovation and resourcefulness to twenty-first-century faith leadership.

Student’s exhibit explores the “beauty and pain of the Black Church”

Jathan Martin ’21MDiv is the curator of an exhibit titled I’m Buildin’ Me a Home, which was on display in the Divinity School’s Sarah Smith Gallery during fall semester and remains available online. The exhibition uses photos, text, artifacts, and oral histories to tell the story of a church tradition that has been an essential source of community, resilience, and dignity for African Americans. An in-depth interview with Martin is available in the news area of the Divinity School website.

Prolific German scholar appointed to YDS faculty

Volker Leppin, a prolific scholar from the University of Tübingen, will join the YDS faculty next year as the Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology. A leading thinker in medieval and Reformation studies, Leppin is the author of 19 monographs and editor or coeditor of 49 books, in addition to having published more than 300 scholarly articles and chapters.

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