The PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING of RELIGION

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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News & Events Spotlight

Emma Anderson

Religions in the Americas Lecture by Emma Anderson

Emma Anderson, University of Ottawa will lecture on "The First Philosophes: The Unrecognized Impact ...More Info

Christopher White

Religions in the Americas Lecture by Christopher White

Christopher White, Vassar College, to lecture on Tues. Nov. 12: "Higher Dimensions, Fantastic Scienc...More Info

Pamela Klassen

Religions in the Americas Lecture by Pamela Klassen

Pamela Klassen, University of Toronto, to lecture on Tues. Nov. 5: "Recognizing Religion and Siting ...More Info

Calendar

Nov 21

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

Dec 2

David Ridge - "Two Coherent Stories in Numbers 16" More Info

Dec 4

Lecture by Matthias Lehmann More Info

MARTY CENTER CONFERENCES & EVENTS

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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Paride Stortini

Junior Fellow

2019

I am honored and thrilled at becoming a Martin Marty Fellow in the academic year 2019-2020. I am looking forward to sharing my research there, learn from my peers, and being challenged to present those aspects of my research that make it valuable for a broad...

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Regina Schwartz

A moving documentary, "Shakespeare in Prison," explores the dynamics of performances of Shakespeare's plays by inmates. Among the interviews it presents was one, with a prisoner in solitary confinement, that has haunted Regina Schwartz for years: he said that in Shak...

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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...

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Meet the Fellows

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.

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