• Panelist in an informal roundtable discussion on “Victimhood, Sexual Misconduct, Disclosure, and Power,” Women’s Caucus, Society of Christian Ethics (Portland, OR), Jan 5-7, 2018


  • “Celebrating Asian North American in Theological Education,” Old South Church (Boston, MA), Nov 17


Dr. Kao with panelists James Lee, Faustino Cruz, Boyung Lee, Frank Yamada, and Jeffrey Kuan (moderator)


  • “Pump the Brakes Before It’s Too Late: An Ethical, Theological Discussion of our Rampant Consumerist Culture,” The Colwell Endowed Lecture & Alumni/ae Reunion Brunch, Claremont School of Theology, Oct 21, with Professor Joe Bowersox of Williamette University



  • I was the featured guest on Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast, (we taped on Sep 29), http://asianamericapodcast.com/.



Dr. Kao with panelists David Yoo, Miyoung Hammer, and Kevin Doi (moderator)





  • “Theological Education in the 21st Century” (with Jeffrey Kuan), Taiwanese American Religious Study Association (TARSA), Feb 11



  • “Uncomfortable Conversations: Talking About Race,” 2015 Intervarsity Christian Fellowship West Coast Faculty Conference, Catalina Island, Aug 2-7


  • “Sharing My Story,” Women seminarians gathering of the North American Pacific/Asian Disciples (NAPAD), Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Claremont, CA, Jun 4




  • “Feminist Theology: Four Perspectives,” CST in LA, La Plaza United Methodist Church & Los Angeles United Methodist Museum of Social Justice; with Monica A. Coleman, Najeeba Syeed, Rosemary Radford Ruether

Pictured left to right: Jeffrey Kuan, Thea Leticia Raceli, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Grace Yia-Hei Kao, Monica A. Coleman, Najeeba Syeed




  • “Women and Violence in the Bible: Victims, Complicitors, and Aggressors,” Symposium: Violence Against Women, Feminist Agenda Network, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA, Oct 12


  •  “Eating Mercifully: Christian Responses to Factory Farming,”Eating Mercifully class co-sponsor with the Humane Society of the U.S., The Center for Jain Studies, and Seminarians for Social Justice at CST, Apr 23




  • “The Complexities of Asian American Christian Identity in the 21st Century,” Good Neighbors Church (n.b., the English language ministry of Covenant UMC), Pomona, CA, May 6


  • “A Christian Perspective on Patriotism,” keynote panelist, National Student Conference,”A More Perfect Union,” Claremont Lincoln University, Apr 19-21


Dr. Kao with CST/CGU students at PANAAWTM 2012

  • Convener/Facilitator, “Feminist Theologies: Past, Present, and Future,” Featuring Karen Jo Torjesen, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Gina Messina-Dysert, Zayn Kassam, and Sheila Briggs, Feb 7





  • “Approaching Graduate School Strategically,” Nurturing the Next Generation of  Scholars Workshop, Fund for Theological Education (FTE) and Western Commission for the Study of Religion (Whittier, CA), Mar 26


  • “Rethinking Military Intervention in Libya: Humanitarian Intervention or Imperialism?” Organizer of and participant in the first Claremont School of Theology faculty-student soirée with Santiago Slabodsky, Yi Shen Ma, and Timothy Murphy, Mar 24


AA Equipping Symposium_2


  • “LGBTQI Inclusion at CST: What Steps Have Been Taken and What More Can We Do?” Claremont School of Theology faculty soirée convener with Dennis MacDonald, Oct 14


Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM (2010)

  • “The Future of Theological Education,” invited panelist, Claremont School of Theology Alumni/ae and Friends Day, May 3





  • “Work-Life Policies & Strategies: My Experiences with the System,” panelist, Organization of Women Faculty, Virginia Tech, Oct 13


  • “Sorority Girl or College Feminist: Must One Choose?” Through Feminist Eyes series, VT Women’s Center and Women’s Studies, Sep 10


  • Obama-Democratic National Committee Watch Party volunteer organizer, Montgomery County, VA, Aug 28

Dr. Kao and her husband host a DNC watch party at their home

  • “Translating the Gospel Imperative, ‘Love Your Neighbor,’ Into Public Policy,” 15-week Adult Forum class, Blacksburg Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), Aug 24-Dec 14


  • “Interfaith Service for Prayer and Remembrance,” War Memorial Chapel; I was one of two invited speakers (with Pastor Alex Evans) for a closed, interfaith service for the families of those who were either killed or injured during the shootings on campus one year earlier, Apr 16

  Virginia Tech: We Remember



  • “Teaching about 9/11,” Teaching American History Grant, invited presentation (with Brian Britt) to 70+ Roanoke (VA) K-12 public school teachers of history, Sep 6



  • “The Connection Between Animal Welfare and Abortion & Why You Should Care,” keynote presentation, American Academy of University WomenVA/WVA State Convention (Winchester, VA), Apr 23



  • “Law and Conscience,” Cooper House (BPC Campus Ministry at VT), May 5
  • “A Frank Talk About Sex,” Cooper House (BPC Campus Ministry at VT), Jan 26


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From PhD comics, originally published 10/31/2012

Originally published at PhD comics on 10/31/2012