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. 



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Rustandy Global Christianity Distinguished Speaker Series

Curbside COVID-19 testing at the University of Chicago Medicine

Medical Practice in the Midst of Global Pandemic

An 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.

Typologies of Interfaith Education Symposium

Typologies of Interfaith Education Symposium

January 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.

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Marty Center Symposium on Religion and the 2020 Elections

January 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.


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. 

Doug Hoffer

My dissertation concerns the crux interpretum of Gal 3:15–17, a text whose function hinges on the interpretation of the ambiguous term diathēkē, which can refer both to unilateral, revocable dispositions of property (wills) and bilateral, immutable agreements (covenants). In contrast to ...


Harini Kumar

I am a Ph.D Candidate in Anthropology and my dissertation "Formations of Tamil Islam: Negotiations and Contestations in Contemporary South India" focuses on the lived experience of Muslims in South India, specifically Tamil Islamic traditions and practices and how the complex relation between a r...


Héctor M. Varela Rios

My goal this year can be stated simply: to complete my dissertation. Easier said than done, though. This fellowship with the Martin Marty Center (MMC), especially due to the interdisciplinary conversations with peers and faculty, will be key to accomplishing that goal. More specifically, my disse...


Izzet Coban 

My dissertation will examine complex theological-philosophical speculations concerning the concept of nonbeing, or meontology, in the Medieval Islamic World. I will explain what semantic changes the transmission of Philoponian and Neoplatonic material from Greek into Arabic produced in the ontolo...



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. 

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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