• Mollie Stone, Assistant Director of Choral Activities at the University of Chicago, leads a special Musical Wednesday Lunch.
  • College student Kristin Lin joins Lunch Crew members and MDiv students Walter Thorne and Erika Dornfeld in meal preparation.
  • Yoon Tae Chong (MA‘12), Daniel Owings (MA), and Anne Lynch (MDiv), during a Wednesday Lunch.
  • College student Konje Machini, MA student Nick Lowe and College student/religious studies major Jason McCreery learn a South African song during a Wednesday Lunch.

Wednesday Lunch

Wednesday is a day of community gathering at the Divinity School. Join us!


meal prep imageWednesday Lunch is a Divinity School tradition started many decades ago.  At noon on Wednesdays when the quarter is in session a delicious vegetarian meal is made in the Swift Hall kitchen by our student chefs and lunch crew.  Once the three-course meal has reached dessert each week there is a talk by a faculty member or student from throughout the University, a community member from the greater Chicago area, or a guest from a wider distance.  Many times these talks focus on various aspects of religion in public life and the academic study of religion, but not always.  Sometimes there are musical performances instead of a talk.  All are welcome (you do not have to be a Divinity School student or faculty or staff to come).  Cost is just $5.  Sign up in advance at: divinitylunch@gmail.com



Lunch topics have addressed everything from the parakeets of Hyde Park to the world of male modeling to language loss in Siberia, presented over an always-delicious meal, cooked and served that day by our creative and energetic student staff. Sit at any table and join the conversation: the programs provide a unique opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to engage one another.

Special Wednesday Lunch events include the Dean's Forum, which invites a faculty member to discuss one of his or her recent works, with formal response from several Divinity School colleagues, and our quarterly Musical Offerings.

Lunch itself is a vegetarian meal (a vegan option is available by prior request) and typically includes bread, salad, a main course, dessert, and drinks. Wednesday lunches take place from 12 noon to 1:15 pm in Swift Common Room, and cost $5 at the door. Those interested in attending should reserve a lunch in advance by emailing divinitylunch@gmail.com.

Winter Quarter 2015

January 14
Islamic Law "101" with Divinity PhD student Timothy Guttman. Now in its third year, UChicago 101s offers the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics at a basic level, no prior knowledge needed or expected! Timothy Gutmann, PhD student in Islamic Studies, will present the basics of Islamic Law.
January 21
Demond Drummer, speaking.  Drummer, an MA student at the Divinity School, was the recent recipient of a Community Programs Accelerator grant for his CoderSpace project. Drummer is also a founding member of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) and a long-time member of Chicago's open government movement. He was previously an Organizing Fellow with the New Organizing Institute and a field organizer for Barack Obama's primary campaign in South Carolina. In 2013 he spearheaded the crowdfunding and launch of Englewood Codes, which teaches local teens to code; CoderSpace grew out of that project. In addition, he facilitates digital leadership trainings with block club members, parent leaders and business owners in Chicago's Englewood community.  
January 28
Our guest for today is the Student Counseling Service (SCS) liaison to the Divinity School community speaking on a topic TBA.  Michael Pietrus, Psy.D is a licensed clinical psychologist at the University of Chicago Student Counseling Service with a primary focus in psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation.  His work is based in an existential/phenomenological model and is informed by interpersonal, constructivist and systems theory. He also coordinates the ADHD assessment protocol at SCS with additional interests in motivation, innovation, and the intersection of technology and psychology as well as social justice and multicultural issues. See more at  http://counseling.uchicago.edu/
February 4 
Chad Broughton 
on "Boom, Bust, Exodus." Dr. Broughton is a senior lecturer in Public Policy Studies in the College. He is the author of Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities,  a ground-level look at the rapid transition to a globalized economy, from the perspective of those whose lives it has most deeply affected. The book is based on several years of fieldwork in the U.S. and Mexico and is told through interwoven stories of people, places, and policies. 
February 11
February 18
Dean's Forum on the new edition (University of Chicago Press, 2014) of The Journey To The West by Anthony C. Yu, Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, with responses from Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of History of Religions, and Brook A. Ziporyn, Professor of Chinese Religion, Philosophy, and Comparative Thought. 
Yu's translation of The Journey To the West, initially published in 1983, introduced English-speaking audiences to the classic Chinese novel in its entirety for the first time. Written in the sixteenth century, The Journey To the West tells the story of the fourteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Xuanzang, one of China's most famous religious heroes, and his three supernatural disciples, in search of Buddhist scriptures.
February 25
The Enhancing Life Project team will speak on this three-year grant project funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The project will draw together 35 international scholars to address the profound expansion of human power through technology, as well as advances in genetics, ecology, and other fields that impact both the vulnerability and the enhancement of life. William Schweiker, the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics, will be joined by his two colleagues from Bochum University in Germany: Coleader Günter Thomas and Project Coordinator Markus Höfner.
March 4

Spring Quarter 2015

April 8

April 15

April 22

April 28

May 6
Richard A. Rosengarten, Associate Professor of Religion and Literature and Director of MA Studies; on "What is the state of the field?" Professor Rosengarten's lunch talk will focus on the state of the field of Religious Studies in regards to the American Academy of Arts and Science's 2013 report on the state of the Humanities and in  comparison with the 1998 AAR survey.

May 13

May 20

May 27: Annual end-of-year BBQ.