Wednesday Lunch

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

 Wednesday 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  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. 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: divinitylunch@gmail.com

meal prep imageMany times these talks focus on various aspects of religion in public life or the academic study of religion, but topics have addressed everything from the parakeets of Hyde Park to the world of male modeling to language loss in Siberia.  Sit at any table and join the conversation: the programs provide a unique opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to engage one another.

Once a quarter we offer a 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.

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. Email to reserve your space.

Autumn 2016

September 28
Dean Richard A. Rosengarten kicks off our 2016-2017 Lunch season.

October 5
Sumit Ray
and representatives from the Office of Sustainability, speaking. The Office of Sustainability works with campus and community partners to enhance a culture of sustainability using a data-driven, yet relationship-based approach that strives  to connect students, faculty and staff into a cohesive University-wide network. Their philosophy: to achieve balance between environmental, social and economic sustainability in all decisions.  

October 12: No Lunch today (Yom Kippur).

October 19
Stephanie Arnold, speaking. Ms. Arnold, a television producer, suffered a rare but often fatal condition called an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) during the birth of her second child. She died on the operating table. Her multi-award-winning, best-selling book on her experience, 37 Seconds, tells her story. She serves on the board of directors for the AFE Foundation, speaks on patient advocacy and served as the face for the legislative campaign When Seconds Count (ASA) and also for the mother’s day LifeSource program, helping to educate about blood donation. In addition she raises money for research and education into the leading cause of maternal death in the world. She will speak with us about her experiences before – during – and after death.

October 26
Maudlyne Ihejirika, and Angelina Ihejirika, speaking. The Ihejirikas are the authors of Escape from Nigeria: A Memoir of Faith, Love and War, detailing Angelina's escape–with her six children– in 1969 from the Nigerian Biafran war. Her daughter, Maudlyn, is an award-winning Sun-Times journalist. Escape from Nigeria is Angelina's story, based on recorded oral history, historical records, and interviews with the surviving Chicagoans who believed they could make a difference in the lives of an African family they had never met. Read more here.

November 2

November 9 
Ruth Coffman, Executive Director, Health Lab, speaking. Coffman comes to Urban Labs from the Cook County Sheriff's Office, where she started and led the Office's first Research Department. As Research Director she built analytical and data capacity within the Sheriff's Office, provided strategic direction, and led evaluations of programs and internal operations. Previously, Coffman worked in a research capacity in a variety of organizations, including the Center for Global Development, and also interned in the Social Office at the White House. She holds two MAs, one in Public Policy from UChicago Harris and another from the Divinity School.

November 16
Jane L. Risen, speaking. Risen is Associate Professor of Behavioral Science and William Ladany Faculty Scholar at Chicago Booth. She conducts research in the areas of judgment and decision making, intuitive belief formation, magical thinking, stereotyping and prejudice, and managing emotion.

November 23


Winter 2017

January 11

January 18

January 25
Dr. Aasim Padela
Director of the Initiative on Islam and Medicine and a faculty member with the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, speaking. Dr. Padela is Associate Professor of Medicine in the sections of Emergency Medicine and General Internal Medicine.

February 1
Dean's Forum

February 8
Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, speaking. Prof. Jonsson is Associate Professor of British History, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science and Director of the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

February 15

February 22

March 1

Spring 2017

April 5
Dean's Forum

April 12
Tarek Alexander Hassan, Associate Professor of Finance and Economics, speaking.  Hassan joined Chicago Booth as an Assistant Professor of Finance after earning his PhD from Harvard University in 2009. He studies international finance, economic history, and macroeconomics.

April 19
Stephen Rings, speaking. Associate Professor of Music, Rings research focuses on transformational theory, phenomenology, popular music, and voice. And Bob Dylan.

April 26

May 3

May 10

May 17

May 24