Upcoming Events

The Divinity School sponsors a variety of programs throughout the academic year, including conferences, our weekly Wednesday Lunch series, and lectures by visiting scholars. For more events information, see our online calendar, or sign up for our weekly events email. Join the conversation! 



Philosophy of Religions Workshop: Noreen Khawaja on "Philosophy, Theory, History"

Wednesday April 5 | 4:30pm | Swift Common Room 

N KhawajaNoreen Khawaja, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University, on  "Philosophy, Theory, History."
Noreen Khawaja specializes in 19th and 20th century European intellectual history, and particularly on the shifting status of religious ideas in late modern Western philosophy and culture. Her research examines the collapse of metaphysics both historically and philosophically. She looks at this issue in relation to secularity, the retrieval of theological traditions, and the rise of critical discourses on religion. Her book on existentialism, The Religion of Existence: Asceticism in Philosophy from Kierkegaard to Sartre was published with the University of Chicago Press in 2016. A newer project looks at the emergence of authenticity as a cultural and aesthetic ideal from the early Surrealists to the present day.



Religion and Literature Workshop: Vivian Liska on "German Jewish Thought and its Afterlife: A Tenuous Legacy.”

Tuesday March 28 | 4:30pm | Swift 106

V LiskaVivian Liska is Professor of German literature and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Her research focuses on modernist literature, German-Jewish literature and thought, and literary theory. She is the editor of the De Gruyter book series “Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts,” of the Yearbook of the Association of European-Jewish Literature, of the comparative literature journal arcadia and of numerous books, among them the two volume ICLA publication Modernism and What does the Veil Know? In 2011 she has been awarded the Cross of Honor of the Republic of Austria for Science and the Arts. Vivian Liska is the author of several monographs, among them  Die Nacht der Hymnen (on Paul Celan), ‘Die Moderne – ein Weib’ (on Turn of the Century German women novelists),  Das schelmische Erhabene (on Else Lasker-Schüler), Giorgio Agambens Leerer Messianismus (translated into Hebrew as אגמבן 'ורג'יוג  של הריקה המשיחיות)When Kafka Says We (translated into German as Fremde GemeinschaftDeutsch-jüdische Literatur der Moderne and soon in Hebrew translation with Hakobbutz Hameuchad.) Her most recent book: German-Jewish Thought and its Afterlife: A Tenuous Legacy (2017).

Prof. Liska will speak about her book, focusing on the Kafka chapter. Abstract: References to the law pervade Kafka’s writings, but their meaning remains elusive. It is precisely because it is uncertain whether the law in Kafka’s work is to be understood in juridical, religious, literary, or more generally ontological terms that it has elicited numerous and often contradictory interpretations that shed light on the relationship between these different realms. The lecture will explore how this indeterminacy and its effects have inspired important debates between modernist thinkers from Scholem and Benjamin to Jacques Derrida and Giorgio Agamben. The talk will focus on the relationship between law and narrative and its correlation with Jewish approaches to the interaction between Halacha and Aggadah.

J Elsner

Classicisms Lecture: “Classicism and the Transmission of Antiquity”

Thursday, April 6 | 5pm | Cochrane-Woods Art Center, 5540 S. Greenwood Avenue, room 157

Jas' Elsner, Visiting Professor of Art and Religion, will will discuss the ways artworks were viewed in their original context and how they relate to other forms of cultural, social, and spiritual practice.

This event is part of a series of gallery talks and lectures related to the Smart Museum of Art special exhibition, Classicisms.

More information: http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1193/gallery-talk-jas-elsner/


J CorriganAlumnus of the Year 2017 Lecture and Reception
Thursday, April 21 | 4:30pm | Swift Lecture Hall
John Corrigan (PhD'82), the Divinity School's 2017 Alumnus of the Year, will deliver a lecture entitled "Religion, Emotion, and History."
Corrigan, the author or editor of numerous books, is the Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of History at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Read more about Prof. Corrigan and the Alumnus of the Year award
A reception will follow (Swift Common Room, 1st floor).