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
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 Miriam Attia ( ).
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 . Current leaders are Zach Ralston and Dan Yingst .
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 Leader: David Cohen ( ) and Jessica Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 Paride Storini ( ).
Islamic Studies Club
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 Françoise Meltzer. The PR Club also sponsors weekly meetings for presentation, dialogue, and discussion. For more information, contact
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
Alchemy in Color
Alchemy in Color is a network seeking to serve and support underrepresented minority students at the Divinity 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 Divinity 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
Alternative Epistemologies is a student-led initiative inspired by the idea we are impoverished as human beings and scholars by our tendency to forget or devalue ways of knowing other than the cerebral. We hope to provide a public space for conversations about “other ways of knowing,” as well as how discursive knowing and articulating might be enriched, expanded, deepened and illuminated by other ways of knowing. More information at http://alternative-epistemologies.tumblr.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
. You can also subscribe to our list serve at https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/buddhist-studies. or email Adam Miller (
) and Bruce Winkelman (
DivOut 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.
The Divinity School Women’s Caucus (DSWC)
The Women’s Caucus is sponsored by the Divinity Students Association (DSA). Women's Caucus members at large span the Divinity School’s 12 sub-fields and 4 degree programs. The vision of the Women’s Caucus is to make the Divinity School the community of choice for female scholars of religion. Goals fall into three major categories: professionalization, mentoring, and advocacy. With those goals in mind, events (weekly tea times, discussion groups, and panels) are structured, among other things, to help members feel more at home in the classroom or on the job market, build relationship with other students and to learn how to interact comfortably with faculty and administration. For more information, contact the Women’s Caucus at , or visit DSWC online at http://divschooolwomenscaucus.wordpress.com/.
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. This club is currently on hiatus.
Historians of the Book
Historians of the Book fosters interdisciplinary camaraderie to further professionalization and increase literacy across areas of study among historians working on the major Western monotheisms: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It holds quarterly social gatherings and provides resources for members to propose and preside over interdisciplinary panels at major professional conferences. Contact leaders at
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
Folk Traditions Club
The Folk Traditions Club provides a social space for university affiliates and community members to learn and teach stories, songs, and dances from the folk traditions of the United States and its immigrants' countries of origin. Leader: Miriam Attia
Novel Explorations of Religious Discourse Society (NERDS)
The Phoenix Garden serves as creative space for the nurturing and development of the next wave of Womanist Scholars at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Primarily for female students who have Diasporic ties to Africa and experience socio-political intersectionality, this group seeks to present voices from the margin and resurrect voices from culture as we celebrate and promote academic excellence, cultural, community, spiritual, and social cognizance and activism. To learn more, contact (TBD)
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
- Late Antiquity and Byzantium
- Medieval Studies Workshop
- Religions in America
- Religion and the Human Sciences
- Theology and Religious Ethics Workshop
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.