The Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion builds on a longstanding conviction of the Divinity School that the best and most innovative scholarship in religion arises from sustained dialogue with the world beyond the academy.  It contributes to this dialogue by offering scholarly perspectives on the religious questions facing the wider public, while encouraging faculty and students to situate their scholarly questions within a broader cultural frame of reference. 


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Buddhist lectures

The Jun Zhou Lectures on Theravada Buddhism

The Divinity School is pleased to offer a series of six lectures on various topics in Theravada Budd...More Info

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Religions in the Americas Lecture Series

The Marty Center's Religions in the Americas lecture series will bring leading scholars in the field...More Info

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New Faculty

We're delighted to announce three new faculty members who represent a wide range of expertise in the...More Info


Oct 21

Lecture by Jennifer Graber: Marty Center Series on Religions in the Americas More Info

Oct 22

Open Space More Info

Oct 22

Lecture by Justin McDaniel: Series on Theravada Buddhism More Info


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Religions in the Americas

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The Marty Center's Religions in the Americas lecture series will bring leading scholars in the field to focus on critical topics and key debates, using a variety of methodological approaches


Rabbinic Judaism and its Contexts


This conference will celebrate a new generation of scholarship, dedicated to historical, comparative and critical readings of the rabbis and their texts.


Meet the Marty Center Fellows

Our Marty Center Fellows situate their research within a broader cultural frame of reference, bringing their perspectives to religious questions facing the wider public. 

Jiangyang Dong

Jiangyang Dong

I am a Professor of the Study of Christianity in the Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciencesin Beijing, China.

I am on a sabbatical year leave from my home institution and want to use it to make progress i...


Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim

My dissertation addresses a long-standing inarticulacy within modern medicine about its malaise and its good. I locate the problem in its dominant but reductive image of the human person, which tends to regard ethical and religious values in terms solely of their instrumental importance. Drawing ...


Mark Lambert

Mark Lambert

In my dissertation, I ask: What is the hermeneutical relationship between illness and theological symbols? Or more importantly: What is the unique, explanatory purchase of theological symbols vis-à-vis the experience of illness and what—if any—ethical demands does that experience of illness prese...


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Yiftach Ofek

My dissertation project, “The ‘New Jew’ of Zionist Historiography”, explores the views of three of the most influential historians of the Jewish people in the twentieth century – Yitzhak Baer, Yehezkel Kaufmann, and Gershom Scholem – on human nature, and the desired character ideal for the ‘New J...


Meet the Fellows


Seminar and fellowship programs are oriented towards the intersection of religion and public life, and encourage faculty and students to put their scholarly questions into a broader cultural frame. 

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The Brauer Seminar encourages interdisciplinary research and teaching, with a new topic (and instructors) annually. 

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Our annual yearlong Marty Center seminar puts together junior and senior scholars for a unique interdisciplinary experience.