• 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 or New Testament. For more information, contact Cameron Ferguson cferguson@uchicago.edu or Kelli Gardner kelligardner@gmail.com.

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 works in tandem and complements the Religion and Ethics Workshop. If you wish to subscribe to the email list serve, please write to Michael LeChevallier at mike.lechevallier@gmail.com or Daniel Strand at dstrand@uchicago.edu.

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 Bethany Lowery at blowery@uchicago.edu.

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, meets almost every week in order to workshop student papers and dissertation chapters, allow students to practice presenting papers before attending academic conferences, and foster an esprit de corps amongst students and faculty engaged in the study of Islam. The Club’s vision is to provide a forum for graduate students from various disciplines and areas of study to share what they know about Islam and Muslims in a way that is not methodologically, geographically, or temporally bound. In addition to student presentations, we also discuss best practices for teaching Islam in the classroom, whether by reading articles related to pedagogy or inviting Islamicists to share their experiences teaching. Lastly, the Islamic Studies Club occasionally holds social activities to foster friendships and collegiality amongst students and scholars. For more information, contact Nadia Khan at nadia.inji@gmail.com, Timothy Gutmann at timothy.gutmann@gmail.com, or Lauren Osborne at osbornel@uchicago.edu; you can also visit Majlis online at http://divinitymajlis.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/majlis/

Philosophy of Religions Club

The Philosophy of Religions Club provides a forum where both faculty and students can present current work and receive feedback. Past speakers have included professors Arnold Davidson, Chris Gamwell, and Francois Meltzer. The PR Club also sponsors weekly meetings for presentation, dialogue, and discussion. For more information, contact Davey Tomlinson at dtomlinson@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 Alison Davis at atyner.davis@gmail.com.

Theology Club

The 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 Workshop and invites students and faculty from all areas of the Divinity School and university to participate in our discussions and dinners. For more information, please contact Bryce Rich at berich@uchicago.edu or Evan Kuehn at evan.f.kuehn@gmail.com; you can also subscribe to our list serve here: https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/theology-workshop

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 R.L. Watson at rlwatson@uchciago.edu or Elijah Zehyoue at ezehyoue@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 as well as working 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 Eddie Vogel at Edward.r.vogel@gmail.com.

Buddhist Studies Club

The Buddhist Studies Club is an umbrella group that brings together faculty and students 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 4-6 faculty lectures each year, as well as faculty-student panels and student-only panels, in which students present their work to and receive feedback from other students. For more information, please contact Justin Henry at jwhenry@uchicago.edu or Alex Hsu at hsua@uchicago.edu; you can also subscribe to our list serve at https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/buddhist-studies.

 

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 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 Women’s Caucus is sponsored by the Divinity Student’s Association (DSA). Its members at large span the Div School’s 12 subfields and 4 degree programs. 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 the Women’s Caucus at divschoolwomenscaucus@gmail.com, or visit DSWC online at http://divschoolwomenscaucus.wordpress.com/. 

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 http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/workshops/.

CAS Workshops convened by Divinity School faculty:

Contemporary European Philosophy

Early Christian Studies

Hebrew Bible

Islamic Studies (new in 2013!)

Jewish Studies

Race and Religion: Thought, Practice & Meaning

Religion and Ethics

Religions in American Culture

Theology