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In 2013, Professors Arthur Kleinman and Davíd Carrasco co-created “Quests for Wisdom: Religious, Moral, and Aesthetic Experiences in the Art of Living.” “Maybe the human predicament is not about survival or how do we survive, but it’s that we always survive — we endure anything and everything,” said Kleinman (pictured) in Harvard Hall.

Pain, joy, and wisdom

Interdisciplinary course goes deep to look for answers to difficult, fundamental questions

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A page from Peter Kuper’s 2003 graphic adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” Kuper said Kafka’s writing allowed him to “really demonstrate ways of storytelling that only could be done in comics.” The text on this page, said Kuper, corresponds with the visuals that follow Gregor Samsa as he climbs the walls in cockroach form.

Comic genius

Talk to focus on art form and its place in academic collections

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“It is the absence of divinity that dehumanizes nature,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson told a crowd at the Memorial Church during her lecture "The Divine."

Sacred words

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson delivers Noble Lecture

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Jacob Olupona, professor of indigenous African religions at Harvard Divinity School and professor of African and African-American studies in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, recently sat down for an interview about his lifelong research on indigenous African religions. "The success of Christianity and Islam on the African continent in the last 100 years has been extraordinary, but it has been, unfortunately, at the expense of African indigenous religions," said Olupona.

The spirituality of Africa

Though larger religions have made big inroads, traditional belief systems, which are based on openness and adaptation, endure

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To be with someone in death is a beautiful, profound, and almost biblical experience, said Annette Nicolas, a Boston Theological Institute student enrolled in a hospital chaplaincy course at Harvard Divinity School. “I feel blessed to be in that position, and to also study spiritual caregiving at HDS.”

The last companions

Divinity School program helps teach chaplains how to befriend and comfort the sick and the dying

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