Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ursula Niebuhr

Ursula Mary Niebuhr (August 3, 1907[1] – January 10, 1997) was an American academic and theologian. She was the founder and longtime head of the Department of Religion at Barnard College in New York City.
Although known as an American, she was born in Southampton, England. After graduation from the University of Oxford with double Firsts in history and theology, she became the first woman to win a fellowship to the Union Theological Seminary in New York.[2]

Last night, I watched the premiere of the upcoming documentary film, “An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story” at Union Theological Seminary. I did not know about this great woman who founded the Religion Department at Barnard College where I'm TA'ing this semester for Hussein Rashid's Islam and a Post-Colonial World course!..