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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Our speaker for the opening Wednesday Lunch of the academic year will be Margaret M. Mitchell, Dean of the Divinity School and the Shailer Mathews Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, speaking on "Teaching Religion and the First Amendment: The Case of the Hobby Lobby Bible Curriculum."
Michael W. Phillips Jr., speaking. Phillips is the founder of South Side Projections, a nonprofit organization presenting (alternative) film to Chicago's south side.
MICROBES! Jack A. Gilbert, Environmental Microbiologist with Argonne National Laboratory and Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, speaking on "The Microbiome Revolution: Why microbes control your life!".
"Ecumenism 101" with Aaron Hollander
Division among Christians is as old as Christianity, but from the early Church to the present day there have been sustained attempts to find understanding and reconciliation. Aaron Hollander will present a brief, casual, no-prior-knowledge-required introduction to the history and theories of Christian ecumenism, that is, the striving for unity among Christian churches.
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!
Aaron Hollander is a PhD Candidate in Theology at the Divinity School, writing a dissertation on holiness as an ecumenical problem. Before coming to Chicago, he studied religion and environmental studies at Swarthmore College, and completed a master's degree in ecumenics at Trinity College, Dublin (and just think, after today you’ll know what on earth "ecumenics" is!). At Chicago, he has been a coordinator of sundry Theology and Craft of Teaching workshops, a bassoonist in the UChicago Symphony, and an enthusiastic devourer of Wednesday Lunches.
Jan Deckenbach, Pantry Coordinator for the Hyde Park Kenwood Hunger Programs, will be our guest today.
If you are able, please bring a personal hygiene products (for instance soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste) to donate. The Hunger Programs are increasingly taking the opportunity to distribute such products.
November 19: Musical Offering.
Spring Quarter 2015
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 27: Annual end-of-year BBQ.