Conference archive

Please browse our archive of past conferences and other special events.

2012-2013 Academic Year


Presidential Commission on Bioethics.jpgPresidential Commission on Bioethics 

This two-day meeting at the University brought together the nation's leaders in science, medicine, ethics, engineering and law.




Randal Jenks.jpgPublic Events at Divinity with Randal Jelks
October 2012

Randal Jelks, University of Kansas, joined us for events around his recent book, Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography, the first  full-length biography of Dr. Benjamin Mays. Mays, AM 1925, PhD 1935, famously remembered as Martin Luther King Jr's mentor and the president of Morehouse College from 1940 to 1967




/TheologicalReflectionandLimitsofPolitics_1.jpgTheological Reflection and the Limits of Politics
October 4-5, 2012
The third of four conferences in the series "The Engaged Mind," reflecting on themes drawn from the work of Jean Bethke Elshtain. The series was underwritten by the McDonald Agape Foundation.




Archetype and Adaptation: Passover Haggadot from the Stephen P. Durchslag Collection
Spring 2012
An exhibition, a lecture series, and a Wednesday Luncheon, all on the theme of haggadot.



MedecineandReligion.JPGResponding to the Call of the Sick: Religious Traditions and Health Professions Today
May 23 - 25, 2012
Inaugural National Conference on Medicine and Religion



BeforeAuthority_0.jpgBefore Authority: Renegotiating Power and Religion
May 11-12, 2012






OnTheEdgeofGlory.jpgOn the Edge of Glory: Making Disciples in a "Secular" Age
Friday, April 13th, 2012
The Eighth Annual Divinity School Ministry Conference






TheMatterofIsraeliteReligion_0.jpgThe Matter of Israelite Religion
This four-part lecture series in 2011-12 highlighted material finds relevant to, and theoretical advances in, the study of ancient Israelite religion, with implications for biblical literature and ideas.






TrialsofDesire.jpgThe Trials of Desire and the Possibility of Faith
Yale University, 22-24 March 2012
Cosponsored by the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago Divinity School



The State of American Jewish Belief Revisited
At the Edge of a Crisis or at a New Threshold?

Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cosponsored by the University of Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School, in collaboration with Spertus.

Eriugena&Creation.jpgEriugena and Creation
November 9-12, 2011




DemocracyonTrial.jpgDemocracy on Trial: Religion, Civil Society, and Democratic Theory
Part II of the Engaged Mind conference series 

October 13-14, 2011



BlackReligions&Spiritualities.jpgInternational Association of Black Religions and Spiritualities 2011 Meeting
May 22 to May 28, 2011





WritingReligion.jpgWriting Religion: Representation, Difference, and Authority in American Culture
Conference to honor W. Clark Gilpin, Margaret E. Burton Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Christianity and Theology in the Divinity School

May 19-20, 2011




Theological Reflection & The Pursuit of Ideals
May 8-10, 2011

LeftRightBetween.jpg2011 Ministry Conference: 
Ministry: Left, Right, and In-Between

April 15, 2011
Exploring the question: How do we engage in authentic ministry in the context of a polarizing political climate? 
Email for questions
The Seventh Annual Student Ministry Conference



Irish & Jewish Identities: Links & Parallels Conference
February 22, 2011
Cosponsored by the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies; please see their website for more details. 

PhilosophicalTheology.jpgThe Future of Philosophical Theology: Conversations in Honor of Franklin I. Gamwell
Conference to honor Franklin I. Gamwell, Shailer Mathews Distinguished Service Professor of Religious Ethics, the Philosophy of Religions, and Theology
February 4, 2011 



Spiritual Exercises: From Antiquity to the Present
January 27-8, 2011

TheoryandMethod.jpgComparing Religions: On Theory and Method
A Conference in honor of Martin Riesebrodt, Professor of the Sociology of Religion

January 14, 2011




Politics as a Moral Question: A Conference on Process Philosophy and Political Theory 

Oct 14-16, 2010
Sponsored by the Martin E. Marty Center of the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, in coordination with the Center for Process Studies in Claremont, CA, this conference is designed to be a discussion between political thinkers who work within the tradition of process philosophy and thinkers who pursue political theory within other philosophical contexts. This is a working conference. Nonparticipants may sit in as observers. For more information, email Matt Petrusek at

AugustinianMoment.jpgThe Augustinian Moment: Reflection at the Limits of Selfhood
May 26, 2010 





HindusinIndiaandAmerica.jpgHindus in India and America: Hinduizing America; Globalizing India
May 17-19, 2010





WorshipinCrisis.jpgWorship in Crisis
The Sixth Annual Divinity School Ministry Conference
April 23, 2010



PropheticInterpreter.jpgThe Prophetic Interpreter: 
Preaching and Teaching from Scriptural Traditions in Pluralistic Worlds
A Border Crossing Conference
February 19, 2010



PublicandPrivate.jpgPublic and Private: Feminism, Marriage and Family in Political Thought and Contemporary Life
Part of the Engaged Mind conference series
February 25-26, 2010




DeconstructingDialogue.jpgDeconstructing Dialogue:
New Perspectives on Religious Encounters: Ancient, Medieval and Modern

January 21-23, 2010





ChangingMinds.jpgChanging Minds
A Border Crossing Conference 

September 25, 2009




Fifth Annual Ministry Conference: 
From the Ends of the Earth: Christianity and the 21st Century

May 1-2, 2009

CulturingTheologies.jpgCulturing Theologies, Theologizing Cultures: Exploring the Worlds of Religion
April 22–23, 2009



RedefiningEngagement.jpgResisting Mission: Redefining Engagement
A Border Crossing Event
January 23, 2009





Schleiermacher.jpgSchleiermacher, the Study of Religion, and the Future of Theology: A Transatlantic Dialogue
The Divinity School, University of Chicago
(Wednesday October 29 to Friday October 31)
The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion
(Saturday November 1 to Monday November 3)


Authority and Intimacy: Forming Whole Persons for the Classroom and the Congregation
A Border Crossing Event
Friday, September 26, 2008

Fourth Annual Divinity School Ministry Conference: From Dust to Steel: Human Being as Creature and Creator
April 18, 2008

AugustineConversations.jpgAugustine: Theological and Philosophical Conversations: Conference in Honor of Professor David Tracy
May 4-6, 2008 (save the date)
More info to come.



MusicExperience.gifBorder Crossing event: Music in American Religious Experience
Friday, January 25, 2008, Swift Lecture Hall


Conference in Honor of Professor Martin E. Marty
Feb. 5-6, 2008 (save the date)

MourningandReligion.gifMourning and Religion
Oct. 26-27, Swift Lecture Hall




AdvocacyClassroom.gifBorder Crossing event: Advocacy in the Pulpit and in the Classroom
Sept. 19, Swift Lecture Hall



Through a Glass Darkly: The Church and Popular Culture in the Media Age
May 4, 2007

ModernitysOther.gifModernity's Other: Studies on Jewish Women
February 12-13, 2007





TheSelf.gifThe Self
January 26-27, 2007




PhysicsPhilosophyPhysiology.gifPhysics, Philosophy, Physiology: Three Paths, One Spirited Product
January 26, 2007





MirceaEliade.gifHermeneutics in History: Mircea Eliade, Joachim Wach, and the Science of Religions
November 3 November 4, 2006


WithoutNature.gifWithout Nature? A New Condition for Theology
October 14-15, 2005 (closed working group)
October 26-28, 2006 (public conference)




India.gifIndia: Implementing Pluralism and Democracy
November 11 November 13, 2005


BlackWomanist.jpgBlack Theology and Womanist Theology in Dialogue: Which Way Forward for the Church and the Academy?
October 31 November 4, 2005

CommemoratingDead.jpgCommemorating the Dead: Texts and Artifacts in Context 
May 22-24, 2005


Religion and the Democratic Prospect
May 12-13, 2005

EthicsClub.jpg2005 Ethics Club Lecture Series — Politics, Virtue, and Theology: Limits and Horizons
April 14, 2005 (and subsequent Thursdays)





ContemporaryBody.jpgFearfully and Wonderfully Made: Contemporary Reflections on the Body
April 8, 2005, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Swift Hall





Religion and the Democratic Prospect Book Discussion
February 10–11, 2005
Jeffrey Stout, Democracy and Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2004).

Religion and the Democratic Prospect
May 6-7, 2004

Religion and the Democratic Prospect Book Discussion
February 12–13, 2004
W.A.R. Shadid, ed., Religious Freedom and the Neutrality of the State: The Position of Islam in the European Union(Peeters, 2002).

The Poetic Imagination and Mysticism: The Poetry and Scholarship of Gershom Scholem 
February 1-2, 2004

Religion and the Democratic Prospect 
November 6-7, 2003

HumanityBeforeGod.jpgHumanity before God: Contemporary Faces of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Ethics
The 2003 D. R. Sharpe Lectures on Social Ethics
October 21-23, 2003


WomenAmerican.jpgWomen and American Religion: Reimagining the Past
October 8-10, 2003





Pew Forum Conference on Theology, Morality, and Public Life
February 26-27, 2003