• Ayse Polat, PhD student in the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, participating in a “Div Majlis” (Islamic Studies Club) meeting.
  • PhD students Sean Hannan and Davey Tomlinson with Professor Dan Arnold at a Philosophy of Religions workshop

Clubs and Workshops

Clubs and workshops, organized around formal areas of academic study as well as student interests, form an important part of daily life in Swift Hall.

The Divinity Students Assocation (DSA) funds many academic clubs. In addition to the Area Clubs, devoted to the Areas of study, students are encouraged to organize other student groups according to their interests. The Council on Advanced Studies (CAS) organizes Graduate Workshops. 

Biblical Students' Association

The Biblical Students' Association provides social events for students interested in biblical studies and sponsors Bible-related field trips, occasional lectures, and lunch discussions on topics related to the study of the Hebrew Bible and/or New Testament. For more information, contact Cameron Ferguson at   or Kelli Gardner at  .

Ethics Club

The Ethics Club provides a forum for intellectual and social exchange for students and faculty interested in the study of religious ethics, ethics broadly construed, or disciplines that have moral or religious concerns. The club sponsors pub nights, receptions, and other events. The Ethics Club frequently co-sponsers events with the Theology and Religious Ethics Workshop. If you would like more information or wish to subscribe to the email list serve, please contact Sara-Jo Swiatek at 

History of Christianity Club

Each year, the History of Christianity Club sponsors one or two guest speakers and organizes one social gathering for all area faculty and students, as well as students interested in pursuing work in HC. The club also works to notify students of relevant events both on campus and in the greater Chicago area. If you would like more information about the History of Christianity Club, please email .

History of Judaism Club

The History of Judaism Club brings together students and faculty interested in an ongoing interdisciplinary dialogue on the history, culture, religion, literature, and philosophy of Judaism. For more information please visit the site of the affiliated Jewish Studies and the Hebrew Bible Workshop at http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/jst_hb/about/ or contact Erik Dreff at edreff@uchicago.edu.

History of Religions Club

The History of Religions Club is devoted to fostering an intellectual community for students interested in HR and related fields. It provides a forum for students to share their work and also sponsors workshops with scholars of interest from the University of Chicago and other institutions. For more information please contact Drew Durdin at adurdin@uchicago.edu or Emily Crews at emilydcrews@gmail.com

Islamic Studies Club

The Islamic Studies Club, also known as Majlis, works in coordination with the CAS Islamic Studies Workshop to provide a forum for graduate students from various disciplines and areas of study to share their research and insights on Islam and Muslims in a way that is not methodologically, geographically, or temporally bound.  We workshop student papers and dissertation chapters, allow students to practice presenting papers before attending academic conferences, and discuss best practices for teaching Islam in the classroom. The Islamic Studies Club also holds social activities to foster friendships and collegiality among students and scholars. For more information, email Francesca Chubb-Confer and Shaundra Lamaute at  .

Philosophy of Religions Club

The Philosophy of Religions Workshop provides a forum for students and faculty across the University and beyond to discuss their current work on a bi-weekly basis. The present year brings an intensive methodological reflection on the constitution, aims, and future of this exciting and sometimes elusive discipline, featuring leading practitioners such as Pamela Sue Anderson and Amy Hollywood. For more information and to participate, visit http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/philofreligions/ or contact Anil Mundra at contactpr@lists.uchicago.edu

Religion and Literature Club

Each quarter, the Religion and Literature Club sponsors a dinner with speaker for students and faculty. These dinners are the official social events for the R&L program, but all interested students are welcome. For more information, please contact  Matthew Creighton or Maureen Kelly, contactrl@lists.uchicago.edu

Theology Club

he Theology Club provides a forum for discussing current theological research, for building relationships between students and faculty, and for furthering the pursuit of theological study. The club partners with the Theology and Religious Ethics workshop and invites students and faculty from all areas of the Divinity School and university to participate in our discussions and dinners. To subscribe to our list serve or for more information, please contact Raúl Zegarra at   .   

Alchemy in Color

Alchemy in Color is a network created to serve and support underrepresented minority students at the Div School. Founded in the spring of 2012, Alchemy seeks to enrich the social, intellectual, and spiritual lives of students, and offers a platform for events, discussion, gatherings, and fun. While Alchemy in Color is a group dedicated to ethnic and religious minorities at the Div School, Alchemy seeks to involve as much of the Divinity School community (students, staff, faculty) as possible in its mission to help make the University of Chicago an hospitable and warm place for students to work, play, and live. Recent Alchemy events include the winter dance party co-sponsored with the DSA, a three-part dinner and discussion series, and the start of a community service initiative. For more information, please contact Nauff Zakaria, Carl Dao and Stephen A. Greencontactalchemy@lists.uchicago.edu

Becoming Allies

Founded in the fall of 2013, Becoming Allies is a group of white, heterosexual men interested in interrogating and affirming who they are as people and creating meaningful dialogue focused on ensuring that Divinity School is a welcoming home for all. The group meets regularly to discuss topics pertinent to its members with all interested individuals invited to attend.  Becoming Allies also works in conjunction with other student groups to explore ways in which we can all come together to know, support, challenge, and enjoy one another as part of unified community. For more information please contact Nathan Hardy, .

Buddhist Studies Club

The Buddhist Studies Club is an umbrella group that brings together students and faculty interested in the study of Buddhism from a variety of disciplines, including history of religions, philosophy of religions, and art history, among others. The club organizes 2-3 faculty lectures each year, faculty-student panels, student-only panels, in which students present their work to and receive feedback from other students, and social events. For more information, please contact Kelly Meister at  ;  you can also subscribe to our list serve at https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/buddhist-studies

Global Neighbors

Global Neighbors is a club for international students, their families, and American students who would like to get to know international students or who have interests in subject matters relating to geographical locations outside of the US. The primary aim of the club is to provide a casual space for people to develop cross-cultural relationships. We gather quarterly for meals and host an ice cream social at the end of the school year. The club also helps welcome and support international students when they first settle in the US. All are welcome! For more information, contact Elsa Marty or Jetsun Depelanque; contact-global-neighbors@lists.uchicago.edu.

Greening the Div School

Greening the Divinity School is a group that aims to improve the environmental sustainability of our community, our events, and Swift Hall. Through social norming and facilitating environmentally sound choice-making within Swift and in the everyday lives of our community members we seek to both act as responsible citizens of the earth and set an example for other campus entities to follow. We are a collaborative group that welcomes input from faculty, staff, and students. To learn more, email Sunil Yadav and Sarah Beck at greendivinityschool@gmail.com.


The Sacred Flame

The Sacred Flame provides support for the LGBTQ community at the University of Chicago Divinity School. We strive toward an open and respectful dialogue between students, faculty, and staff, offering safe spaces for LGBTQ-identified people, friends, family, and allies. We host regular social events throughout the year and attend campus-wide LGBTQ functions as a group. Sacred Flame via email at contact-sacredflame@lists.uchicago.edu; check us out on Facebook, or join our list-serve here: https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/sacredflame.


The Divinity School Women’s Caucus (DSWC)

The vision of the Women’s Caucus is to make the Div School the community of choice for female scholars of religion. Its goals fall into three major categories: professionalization, mentoring, and advocacy. With those goals in mind, our events (weekly tea times, discussion groups, and panels) are structured, among other things, to help our members feel more at home in the classroom or on the job market, build relationship with other students, and learn how to interact comfortably with faculty and administration. For more information, contact contactdswc@lists.uchicago.edu, or visit DSWC online at http://divschoolwomenscaucus.wordpress.com/. 


UChicago 101s

101s are a no-pressure, no-prior-knowledge-required opportunity for students to learn from our fellow students. Every other week, we gather in a circle to hear one student present a short, informal introduction to the history and main themes of a particular author or movement they’ve studied and analyzed (e.g. Foucault, Yogācāra, Julian of Norwich, al-Ghazali, Stoicism). There’s always food, drink, laughter, and really basic questions. To learn more, or to volunteer to present, contact Russell Johnson at [ ].

The Council on Advanced Studies sponsors many interdisciplinary graduate research workshops, designed to bring together faculty and graduate students from the University of Chicago and the wider Chicago area to create scholarly dialogue, to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration, and to foster exchange of ideas. The main emphasis of these workshops is the presentation of graduate student dissertation work in progress. For more information and a complete list of CAS Workshops, visit the CAS page. 

CAS Workshops convened by Divinity School faculty:

Contemporary European Philosophy

Early Christian Studies

Global Christianities

Hebrew Bible

Islamic Studies

Jewish Studies

Religions in America

Religion and the Human Sciences


We believe in the life of the body as well as the life of the mind.

Divinity School students participate in a range of intramural sports through the University's Intramural Sport Program. Last year, the Div School competed in coed and men’s flag football, co-ed volleyball, co-ed and men’s basketball, coed indoor and outdoor soccer, and coed ultimate Frisbee. These teams are both competitive and fun—a difficult balance in intramural sports—exemplified by our volleyball team, the Exorcists, our perennial finalist ultimate Frisbee team, and our flag football team, the Div School Devils.

Most academic years see a Faculty-Student sports competition or two, including softball, basketball, and bowling.