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. Join us this quarter for lunches on topics including ancient data storage systems, divine details in architecture, and making sense of Tantric Buddhism. 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: email@example.com
Ecumenical religious services are held at Bond Chapel on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. They draw on the contributions of students, staff, faculty, and religious leaders from around Chicago and are coordinated by current MDiv students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Quarter, 2014
David Woodhouse, FAIA, of David Woodhouse Architects, speaking. Mr. Woodhouse founded his firm in 1987; recognized as the American Institute of Architect (AIA) Chicago's Firm of the Year in 2007, it also recently won a national competition to design the Daniel Burnham Memorial in Chicago. His projects have earned numerous design awards from the AIA and the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois and have been published frequently in design periodicals.
Mr. Woodhouse and DWA were recognized -- in the "Divine Detail" category -- by AIA Chicago for their work on the Bond Chapel renovation. At this lunch we will have the opportunity to view the award and to thank not only the architects but many of the project members as well. We will also hear from Mr. Woodhouse on a topic TBA. Please join us!
A Dean's Forum on Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions by Christian K. Wedemeyer, Associate Professor of the History of Religions. Jeffrey Stackert, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, and Brook A. Ziporyn, Professor of Chinese Religion, Philosophy, and Comparative Thought, responding.
Sliman Bensmaia, Assistant Professor in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy: "Restoring touch with a prosthetic hand through a brain interface." Professor Besmaia studies the neural basis of the sense of touch, research that could lead to a direct interface with the brain that could someday allow those who have lost limbs to, not only manipulate objects, but also to be able to touch and feel again.
Christopher E. Woods, Associate Professor of Sumerology and Editor "Journal of Near Eastern Studies" at The Oriental Institute, title TBA. Prof. Woods will discuss research on clay balls or envelopes from Mesopotamia that were used for record-keeping about 200 years before writing was invented -- possibly the world's first data storage system.
Gayle Woloschak, speaking. Professor Woloschak is the associate director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science. A molecular biologist and professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and an active leader in the Orthodox Church, Dr. Woloschak is deeply devoted to the religion-science dialogue and to the partnership of theologians and scientists in addressing critical issues in society. She is the author of hundreds of scientific articles and three books on the Orthodox faith, including Challenge Questions on Orthodoxy and Beauty and Unity in Creation.
Sunny Yudkoff, Lecturer in Yiddish Language, topic TBA. Sunny Yudkoff teaches Yiddish language and culture to students at all levels. Previously, she has taught Yiddish and Hebrew at Harvard University, where she is currently completing her dissertation entitled, “‘Let it Be Consumption!’: Modern Jewish Writing and the Literary Capital of Tuberculosis.” This dissertation, situated at the methodological intersection of Comparative Literature and the History of Medicine, recuperates tuberculosis as a mediator of Jewish literary history.
Quarterly Musical Offering.
All are welcome to join a brief worship service held Wednesdays in Bond Chapel at 11:30 am. The service is co-sponsored by the Divinity School and Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and planned by a student-led worship committee. Students, faculty, and staff serve as preachers. These Wednesday services offer hospitable space and a welcoming community in which to pause, reflect, wonder, and pray.
The students who plan services meet regularly to talk about their goals as a worshiping community. You are welcome to add your voice to our planning committee, so that we may continue to provide a worship experience that connects with the needs of our community.
For more information about Wednesday worship, please contact student coordinators Megham Freytag ( ) and George Arceneaux ( ).