Archive 2015-2017

Autumn 2015


Empires of Faith
October 2-3, 2015




Martin Buber: Philosopher of Dialogue
October 18-19





Winter Quarter 2016

Income Inequality and Religion in the U.S.
February 24, 2-6:30pm.

This multidisciplinary symposium brings together leading scholars who will share their research and engage in conversation about the role of religon in addressing rising income inequality—an issue that impacts millions of people. Four faculty members from different schools of the University and a fifth from Northwestern will offer brief remarks about income inequality based on their research and then engage in a roundtable discussion about the role of religion moderated by Prof. Dwight Hopkins (University of Chicago Divinity School). The presenters include Professors Evelyn Brodkin (University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration), Paola Sapienza (Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management), William Schweiker (University of Chicago Divinity School), Amir Sufi (University of Chicago Booth School of Business), and Luigi Zingales (University of Chicago Booth School of Business). The symposium will close with time for audience members to ask questions. A reception will follow.

For more information, please visit the symposium's website:

East Asia Lecture Series
February 25, 4:30pm.

Dr. Peter Gregory on "Bridging the Gap: Zongmi’s Strategies for Reconciling Textual Study and Meditative Practice"

Peter N. Gregory recently retired from the faculty at Smith College, where he had been the Jill Ker Conway Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies since 1999. After receiving his doctorate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1981, he taught in the Program for the Study of Religion at the University of Illinois for fifteen years. He has also served as the President and Executive Director of the Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Human Values since 1984, and in that capacity he has directed two publication series with the University of Hawaii Press: “Studies in East Asian Buddhism” and “Classics in East Asian Buddhism.” His research has focused on medieval Chinese Buddhism, especially the Chan and Huayan traditions during the Tang and Song dynasties, on which he has written or edited seven books, including Tsung-mi and the Sinification of Buddhism (1991). He is currently completing a translation and study of a ninth-century Chinese Buddhist text on the historical and doctrinal origins of the Chan tradition.

Dying in South Asia (Annual South Asia Graduate Student Conference)
March 3-4, 2016

Spring Quarter 2016

Shi'i Studies Group Symposium: “The Acquisition and Transmission of Knowledge: The Role of Shiʿi Institutions of Learning in the Spread and Defense of a Tradition”
April 1-2, 2016    

Heidegger in the '30s
April 5, 2016

Marty Center Senior Fellow Symposium
Nancy Frankenberry on "Believing Scientists in America: Trials and Tribulations of Theistic Evolution"
April 6, 2016

Divinity School Graduate Student Conference: "Religion and Movement"
April 15-16, 2016

Islam and Regimes of Evidence
April 28-30, 2016

Sites of South Asian Studies
April 28-30, 2016

Marty Center Senior Fellow Symposium
Bettina Bergo on "The Ambiguity of Anxiety: The Philosophical History of a Concept"
May 10, 2016

African Religions in the Americas
May 20-22. 2016

Autumn Quarter, 2016


Dying a Christian Death in the 21st Century | October 14 (Part I)





Theology, Religion, and the Death of God | October 17-18





Irreverence and the Sacred: Critical Studies in the History of Religion

A Conference to Honor Bruce Lincoln | November 4-6




Spring 2017


Beyond the Book: March 1

Foucault and Religion : March 10-11

Reading Other Peoples' Texts: March 13-14