The Martin 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.
MARTY CENTER CONFERENCES & EVENTS
Medical Practice in the Midst of Global PandemicAn Enhancing Life Research Laboratory
The Enhancing Life Research Laboratory, a pilot program partially funded by the Marty Center, will give 12 physicians from around the world skills and tools to navigate orientational distress.LEARN MORE
Typologies of Interfaith Education SymposiumJanuary 11-21, 2021
The Martin Marty Center is excited to host this symposium in collaboration with Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), Chicago. It will consist of an opening plenary, led jointly by David Nirenberg, Dean of the University of Chicago Divinity School, and Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, followed by four interactive panels on relevant themes related to interfaith education.Learn More
Marty Center Symposium on Religion and the 2020 ElectionsJanuary 11-21, 2021
This Marty Center symposium will address how religion shapes American politics--and vice-versa--in the midst of political polarization, economic crisis, and social upheaval.LEARN MORE
Sightings reports and comments on the role of religion in current events; contributors are from our faculty, the academy – and the world.
Extremism and Defense of Democracy
If we focus on policing acceptable political ideas via the state, we…
Fahrenheit 451 Redux: Free Thinking in the Present?
Enough with champions of the right and the left, the book burners and…
SEMINARS & FELLOWSHIPS
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.
The Biggest Questions Podcast
The Biggest Questions Podcast is a new project sponsored by the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion.