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Graduation Honorees

GTF Graduation (73)

Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies

In recognition of the outstanding contribution to biblical studies made by Krister Stendahl, late Dean of Harvard Divinity School and Bishop of Stockholm, and in appreciation for his early involvement and enthusiastic interest in the work and mission of this institution’s commitment to religious pluralism, the Graduate Theological Foundation has established the Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies.

The 2017 Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies was awarded to the Rev. Prof. Hugh Page, Ph.D., D.Min., in recognition of his outstanding contributions to biblical research through his prolific scholarly writings and in celebration of his published work in Hebrew poetry.

The Rev. Canon Hugh R. Page, Jr. is Professor of Theology and Africana Studies; and Vice President, Associate Provost, and Dean of the First Year of Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a BA degree with a major in History from Hampton University; MDiv and STM degrees from General Theological Seminary in New York; a DMin in Applied Ministries from the Graduate Theological Foundation (Mishawaka, IN); and MA and PhD degrees in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. His particular research interests include early Hebrew poetry; theories of myth; the cultural content, and ethnological criticism of, ancient Near Eastern texts; Africana biblical interpretation; poetry as medium for theological expression; the use of religious traditions and sacred texts in identity construction within the Black community; and the role of mysticism and esotericism in Anglican and Africana spiritualities.

His sole-authored works include Israel’s Poetry of Resistance: Africana Perspectives on Early Hebrew Verse (Fortress, 2013); Exodus (Bible Reading Fellowship – Peoples Bible Commentary Series, 2006); and The Myth of Cosmic Rebellion: A Study of its Reflexes in Ugaritic and Biblical Literature (Brill, 1996). He is also general editor of The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora (Augsburg Fortress, 2010); one of the co-editors for both the Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament and Apocrypha (Fortress, 2014) and Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: “There is a Mystery” … (Brill, 2014); and editor of Exploring New Paradigms in Biblical and Cognate Studies (Mellen Biblical Press, 1996). He is also a Research Associate of Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University.


GTF Graduation (75)Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa

In recognition of her years of service to the Graduate Theological Foundation as Professor of Sacred Music and Graduate Music Advisor, and in honor of her life-long work in Sacred Music and Music Education, the Graduate Theological Foundation  awarded Dr. Vivian Robles Dettbarn-Slaughter the Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa.

Dr. Vivian Robles Dettbarn-Slaughter was active in music ministry during a span of 30 years.  She is now Professor of Sacred Music, Graduate Music Advisor, and Fellow of the Graduate Theological Foundation. She began her musical education in classical voice and collaborative piano at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master’s degree in music education with a voice emphasis from the Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and a Doctor of Sacred Music degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation. She also studied in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Memphis, Tennessee, with a major in vocal performance and a minor in music history.

Dr. Dettbarn-Slaughter was on the faculty at the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio, for fifteen years. During that time, she taught applied voice, piano, and music history, and was a recipient of the Elizabeth Gupta Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Fine Arts. Prior to that, she was on the faculty of the music department at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, where she taught applied voice, music history, honors courses, opera workshop and musical theatre for eleven years (music department chair for six years). While earning her Master’s degree, Dr. Dettbarn-Slaughter taught courses at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where she was assistant director of the Appalachian Chorale. While pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Memphis, she worked for the university Opera Theatre as a vocal coach, and taught applied music and music history.

Dr. Dettbarn-Slaughter was the Director of Music Ministries, organist and bell choir director at the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse, and organist and youth music director at the First Presbyterian Church in Adrian, MI. She also served Catholic, Adventist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Hindu congregations in California, Tennessee and North Carolina in various roles as soprano soloist, assistant choral director, organist and pianist. She has performed as a singer, chamber musician and pianist with orchestras and opera companies in the U.S., and has performed in recital in the U.S., Canada and Europe. She has also sung as an Artist-in-Residence with the Toledo Opera in Ohio.

She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Academic Advising Association, The National Association of Schools of Music, the College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and Sigma Alpha Iota National Women’s Music Fraternity. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, and is the owner and vocal instructor at Lake Arts Studio. Dr. Dettbarn-Slaughter is the author of The Vocalist’s Toolbox, A Portable Workshop for Singers, and her choral music is published by Alliance Publications, Inc.

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