Martin Marty Center for the public understanding of religion

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. 

LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION ABOUT THE CENTER

MARTY CENTER CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Gary Mason

An Evening with Gary Mason

Insights from a long war and a fragile peace.  learn more
Liz Bucar

An Evening with Liz Bucar

Insights from a long war and a fragile peace. 

Public Scholarship on Religion

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Kristin Du Mez

An Evening with Kristin Du Mez

Insights from a long war and a fragile peace. 

Gender, religion, and politics in recent American history.

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Curbside COVID-19 testing at the University of Chicago Medicine

Medical Practice in the Midst of Global Pandemic

Insights from a long war and a fragile peace. 

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.

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Rebecca Davis

An Evening with Rebecca Davis

Insights from a long war and a fragile peace. 

Religious conversions that changed American politics. 

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Nature and Theology

Conference March 30-31 

The Theology of Nature and the Nature of Theology Conference 

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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. 

Alex Matthews

2021-2022 Junior Fellow

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Alexandra Hoffman

2021-2022 Junior Fellow

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Alice Yeh

2021-2022 Junior Fellow

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Allison Kanner-Botan

2021-2022 Junior Fellow

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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. 

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

students at lecture

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

The Biggest Questions Podcast

The Biggest Questions

The Biggest Questions Podcast is a new project sponsored by the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion.

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