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! 




Workshop with Michael Levine 

Thursday February 23 | 4:30pm | Swift Hall 106
Workshop with Michael Levine on "After the Animal: Kafka, Monstrosity, and the Graphic Novel." Michael Levine is Professor in the German, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies programs at Rutgers University. His research, on 19th and 20th century German literature, literary theory, and intellectual history, focuses on four major areas: intersections among literary, philosophical and psychoanalytic discourses; Holocaust Studies and the poetics of witnessing; the changing structure of the literary, philosophical, and operatic work in the German nineteenth century; and the legal and political legacies of Nuremberg. He is the author of several books including The Belated Witness: Literature, Testimony, and the Question of Holocaust Survival and, most recently,  Weak Messianic Power: Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida and Celan.

Public Lecture by Bettino Bergo
Tuesday, February 28 | 4:30 pm | Swift Common Room
Bettino Bergo, Professor of Philosophy, University of Montreal, will give a talk entitled "And God Created Woman." 

Sponsored by the Philosophy of Religions Workshop. 
Emmanuel Levinas wrote his « And God Created Woman » (Tractate Berakhot, 61a) between 1972 and 1973 in the shadow of “mai soixante-huit”. It follows, even stands in the shadow of his “Judaism and Revolution” (a reading of Baba Metsia 83), which appeared in 1969. The two Talmudic readings arguably share a guiding thread, although their discussions are quite different: in 1969 it is social and metaphysical alienation; in 1972, it concerns an enigmatic domain of justice situated between the universal and the particular. Thus Levinas’ clin d’oeil to Godard’s film with Bardot focuses on “a difference that does not compromise equity,” before it so much as touches on sexual difference. Perhaps predictably, we find running through the debate about God’s ‘second’ creature (viz., is the rib from which Eve is created a face, or rather a tail?), the question of alterity itself. But is this not one of those abstractions—flowing out of phenomenological formalism—that belies its lived origin in our experiences of or with actual people? Alterity and its “modalizations” would be the question that opens to that of justice in this reading, as in Levinas’ Otherwise than Being. To understand this approach I compare his Talmudic reading with Daniel Sibony’s discussion of the discovery, après coup, of Eve, Isha, by Adam, Ish.

Bettina Bergo is Professor of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal. She is the author of Levinas between Ethics and Politics and editor or co-editor of several collections, including: “I don’t see color!”: Personal and Critical Perspectives on White Privilege (Penn State Press, 2015);Trauma: Reflections on Experience and Its Other (SUNY, 2009); Levinas and Nietzsche: after the Death of a Certain God (Columbia, 2008); Levinas’s Contribution to Contemporary Thought (Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 1999). She was a Martin Marty Center Senior Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year. 


Alumnus 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).


E. Haefeli Public Lecture by  Evan Haefeli

January 10 4:30pm | Swift Common Room 

Evan Haefeli, Associate Professor of History, Texas A & M University, will give a public lecture entitled "Accidental Pluralists: Colonial America and English Religious Expansion, 1497-1662." 

Evan Haefeli has also taught at Columbia, Tufts, and Princeton Universities and the London School of Economics, where he was a Visiting Fellow. He has held fellowships from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; the NEH; the Huntington Library in San Marino, California; and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at New York Public Library. His research has ranged from the frontier between New France and New England, to early Native American history, the famous Salem witchcraft trials, obscure revolts in colonial New York, captivity narratives and the nature of book publishing in colonial America, and the politics of religious toleration in the Dutch empire, especially New Netherland. He is currently finishing a book for the University of Chicago Press on the politics of religious toleration and English overseas expansion from 1497-1688, editing a volume of essays entitled Anti-Catholicism: The Anglo-American Experience c. 1600-1850, and beginning his next book, which examines the radical origins of the English Bahamas in the seventeenth century.

Prof. Haefeli will also give a workshop presentation on January 11 12:00 noon in S200 on "The Delaware as Women? Indigneous Sources on a Colonial Discourse"



K. GerbnerPublic Lecture by Katharine Garbner

January 17 | 4:30pm | Swift Common Room 

Katharine Gerbner, Assistant Professor of History, University of Minnesota, will give a public lecture entitled "Christian Slavery: Religion, Race, and Freedom in Protestant Missions to the Caribbean."

Katharine Gerbner's research explores the religious dimensions of race, authority, and freedom in the early modern Atlantic world. She is currently working on a book project entitled “Christian Slavery: Protestant Missions and Slave Conversion in the Atlantic World, 1660-1760,” which asks why enslaved and free Africans participated in Christian rituals in the Protestant Caribbean. A second project investigates the religious and medical practices of enslaved Africans in the Caribbean, paying particular attention to obeah and how Afro-Caribbean ideas about healing, prayer, and worship influenced the construction of European categories such as religion and medicine.

Prof. Gerbner will also give a workshop presentation on January 18, 12:00 noon in S200.


Public Lecture by Claudia Rapp: "Saint Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai and its Hidden Manuscript Treasures" 

February 6 | 4:30pm | Swift 208

Professor Claudia Rapp, University of Vienna, presents a public lecture entitled "Saint Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai and its Hidden Manuscript Treasures."

Located in the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula and fortified with walls under Emperor Justinian in the sixth century, the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine is the oldest Christian monastery in continuous operation. Despite its remoteness, it has attracted monks and pilgrims from all regions of Christendom. Its art collection and library are home to unique treasures that have been preserved through the ages. Some of the manuscript evidence has only recently been unlocked with the help of digital technology. This lecture will present the current results of the Sinai Palimpsests Project and explain how they contribute to our understanding of the monastery as a cultural magnet in the middle ages.

Claudia Rapp is Professor of Byzantine Studies at the University of Vienna and the director of the Division for Byzantine Research at the Institute for Medieval Studies (Austrian ACademy of Sciences). The author of Holy Bishops in Late Antiquity: The Nature of Christian Leadership in an Age of Transition (University of California Press), Prof. Rapp was the 2015 winner of the Wittgenstein Prize, Austria's highest academic award.


Public Lecture by Esra Özyürek

February 14 | 4:30pm | Swift Lecture Hall (3rd floor)

Professor Esra Özyürek presents a public lecture entitled "Wrong Emotions for the Holocaust: Invisible Contributions of the Turkish- and Arab-Germans to the Cosmopolitan Memory Culture"

It is often assumed in Germany that Turkish- and Arab-Germans cannot or are not willing to relate to the Holocaust, the central negative foundational myth of German and European identity. Fieldwork reveals the actual complex and diverse ways working class minorities emotionally engage with the Holocaust. An analysis of the wide spectrum of emotions, including pride, fear, envy, mistrust, and withdrawal, the Holocaust triggers among different groups reveals the relational and politically contextualized nature of these reactions. By consistently being judged as wrong, amoral, and out of place, minority emotions are stripped of their political capacity to critique contemporary racialization in Germany. 
Esra Özyürek is an Associate Professor and Chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is the author of Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion and Conversion in the New Europe (2014) and Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey (2007) and the editor of The Politics of Public Memory in Turkey (2007).