• 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.

Autumn Quarter 2015


October 7
Richard A. Rosengarten, Dean and Associate Professor of Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture, kicks off our year. 

October 14
Hank Owings, 2nd-year Divinity School student and a Baha'i, brings back our popular 101/Lunch crossover series with "Baha'i 101."  "101s" are a no-pressure, no-prior-knowledge-required opportunity for students to learn from fellow students –students present a short, informal introduction to the history and main themes of a particular author or movement they’ve studied and analyzed (e.g. Islamic Law, Yogācāra, Stoicism). There’s always food, drink, laughter, and really basic questions. 

October 21

October 28
Our guest for today is Vu Tran, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts in the Department of English and the Committee on Creative Writing. Prof. Tran, who joined the UChicago faculty in 2010, has published his short fiction widely, and is the author of  the noir novel Dragonfish,from which he will be reading today.  Tran is a fiction writer whose work thus far is preoccupied with the legacy of the Vietnam War for the Vietnamese who remained in the homeland, the Vietnamese who immigrated to America, and the Americans whose lives have intersected with both; Dragonfish concerns an American police officer’s search in Las Vegas for his ex-wife, a Vietnamese refugee.  

November 4

November 11

November 18

November 25 or December 2 (TBD)

Winter 2016

January 13

January 20

January 27

February 3

February 10

February 24

March 2

March 16

Spring Quarter 2016

April 6

April 13

April 20

April 27

May 4

May 11

May 18

May 25