Nov 21

Orietta Ombrosi - "Sarah Kofman, a Feminine Deconstruction of ...


Orietta Ombrosi, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Sapienza University of Rome and Joyce Z. Greenberg Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will deliver a public lecture about her research on French philosopher Sarah Kofman. A reception will follow. For information, please contact the Greenberg Center at

Date: November 21, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Nov 26

Open Space


A unique opportunity for conversation, reflection, and fellowship around the things that enliven us, weigh on our hearts and minds, and give our work here meaning. All are welcome to come hear from diverse members of the community, to be opened and heartened by music or a reflective silence that points us beyond ourselves, and to wrestle (sometimes ritually) with the tensions we — as people who come from many places and traditions — see in our lives and in our world.

Date: November 26, 2019
Time: 12:30 PM

Dec 2

David Ridge - "Two Coherent Stories in Numbers 16"


PhD student in the Divinity School, David Ridge, will present his work at the Hebrew Bible Workshop. For information, contact workshop coordinator, Justin Moses, at

Date: December 2, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Dec 4

Lecture by Matthias Lehmann


Details TBD

Date: December 4, 2019
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Dec 5

Vincent Lloyd: Diversity and Inclusion speaker series


Vincent Lloyd of Villanova University will present at a Brown Bag Lunch as part of our Diversity and Inclusion speaker series, which focuses on issues of race and gender in the study of religion. Event will be held in Swift Common Room (1st floor).

Date: December 5, 2019
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Dec 5

Theology/Ethics Workshops present Vincent Lloyd


The Theology and Religious Ethics Workshops present Vincent Lloyd, Associate Professor, Villanova University.

Prof. Lloyd works on philosophy of religion, religion and politics, and race. He was previously a faculty member at Syracuse University and Georgia State University.

With Joshua Dubler, he ecently completed a book manuscript on religion and mass incarceration - Break Every Yoke: Religion, Justice, and the Abolition of Prisons - exploring the way that shifting understandings of justice and law (in politics, religious communities, and inside prisons) authorized exponential prison growth in the United States. He co-edits the journal Political Theology, and edits the American Academy of Religion's Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion book series, published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Lloyd says, "These days I'm thinking about dignity, following up on my book Black Natural Law. I'm trying to use legal history, Black studies, performance theory, and religion to explore what we might learn about the concept of dignity from the Black American experience."

Date: December 5, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM

Dec 10

Lecture by Natalie Carnes


Lecture by Natalie Carnes, Baylor University. Details TBD

Tuesday December 10, 4:30pm, Swift Common Room

Date: December 10, 2019
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Jan 7

Admissions deadline


Deadline for applications:  PhD Program: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 MA | M.Div Programs: January 7 (Priority)

Jan 14

Public lecture by Thomas Borchert


Today's lecture by Thomas Borchert of The University of Vermont is the third in a series, The Jun Zhou Lectures in Theravada Buddhism.

The Divinity School is pleased to offer a series of six lectures on various topics in Theravada Buddhism during the 2019-2020 academic year.

This series of six lectures on Theravada Buddhism is supported through a generous gift by Mr. Jun Zhou.


Tuesday, October 22

Justin McDaniel, Professor of Religious Studies, The University of Pennsylvania

Monday, November 4

Alicia Turner, York College

Monday, January 14,

Thomas Borchert, University of Vermont

Monday, February 17

Kate Crosby, King's College London

Monday, April 13

Pyi Phyo Kyaw, King's College London

Monday, May 11

Aleix Ruiz Falques, Shan State Buddhist University, Myanmar

Need an accommodation to attend a Divinity School event? Please contact Suzanne Riggle in advance at 773-702-8219.

Date: January 14, 2020
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Jan 15

Wednesday Lunch with Sarah Pierce Taylor


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

Wednesday Lunch is a Divinity School tradition. Our student chefs and crew prepare a delicious vegetarian meal – from scratch – and serve it while guests listen to a talk, usually by a University faculty member or a community organization representative. All are welcome, and the cost is just $5. Sit at any table and enjoy conversation with students, staff, faculty, and community members.

WHEN: Noon to about 1:15pm.

WHERE: Swift Hall Common Room, 1st floor

HOW: Sign up in advance: We have a very limited number of walk-in spots available.


January 15: Sarah Pierce Taylor joined the Divinity School faculty last July as an Assistant Professor. She will join us today to speak about her work and his teaching, and life at the Divinity School, in an informal setting.

Date: January 15, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM