Laurence KantDateline: Engaged Mysticism and Scholarship in the Pursuit of Wisdom
Founder, The Gateway to Civic and Spiritual Renewal B.A., Tufts University, 1978 M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School, 1981 M.A., Yale University, Department of Religious Studies, 1982 Ph.D., Yale University, Department of Religious Studies, 1993 Dr. Laurence H. Kant was born and reared near Boston. He has received numerous honors and fellowships, including the Boston Greek Prize, the Rome Prize (Prix de Rome) in Classics at the American Academy in Rome, an NEH summer stipend, and several awards in Jewish Studies. He also was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. The Yale Divinity School Center for Faith and Culture recognized his course, “Thinking Theologically” as a semi-finalist recipient of their “Faith as a Way of Life Award.” He has taught at several institutions and served on the faculty of the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell, the Division of Humanities of York University (in Toronto), and Lexington Theological Seminary. This year and the past year he has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Kant is conversant in many languages, including Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, Italian, French, and German, and has lived abroad and traveled widely. An historian of religion, Dr. Kant has wide-ranging scholarly interests. His studies, publications, talks, and teaching have included spirituality and mysticism, religious symbols, New Testament and early Christianity, Jewish Studies, Hebrew Bible, world religions, inscriptions, art and archaeology, languages, ethics, violence-genocide-war-peace, theology, American religions, and film and literature. He is a member of numerous professional organizations. Dr. Kant is active in interfaith efforts with all religious groups. He believes strongly in connecting the scholarly and spiritual life. Deeply committed to Judaism and his heritage, Dr. Kant has a long history in working in Jewish-Christian relations and has devoted his career to breaking ground in this area. He is committed to reflective, public conversation about difficult ethical and spiritual issues. An example of this is the group he started, “Wisdom in the Public Square.” As Founder of The Gateway to Civic and Spiritual Renewal, Dr. Kant is creating an organization dedicated to embodying and modeling what it means for individuals and communities to cultivate wisdom and to live lives of deep and integrated knowledge and learning. The Gateway envisions itself not as an institution or organization, but as a broad-based community movement seeking to transform civic discourse, change and deepen relationships, make us aware of our interconnectedness and interdependence, discover new leadership models for civic and spiritual life, and model a new sense of community. Rooted in the great wisdom.traditions, The Gateway focuses on spiritually rooted education of the highest quality. Dr. Kant is a scholar, teacher, writer and mystic who seeks to help others learn how to learn, guide them in interpreting the world, and assist them as they create meaning and purpose in their lives.