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Hartford Seminary announces its new name

 Hartford Seminary with voting signs
Chion Wolf
Hartford Seminary with voting signs

Hartford Seminary announced Wednesday that it is changing its name to Hartford International University for Religion and Peace.

The school said its new name reflects its focus on peace, dialogue among religions, and conflict resolution.

School leaders said the name change was prompted in part by potential Muslim and Jewish students who were avoiding the school because they assumed an institution called a seminary would train only Christian clergy.

The school said “international university” more accurately reflects the programs it offers.

The institution's logo is changing as well. The new design is a stylized dove that resembles colorful origami.

Matt Dwyer is a producer for Where We Live and a reporter and midday host for Connecticut Public's news department.