Marty Center's 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Martin Marty Center's 20th anniversary – and Martin Marty’s 90th birthday gathering.


Martin E. MartySaturday, February 3, 2018 | bow ties optional

University Club of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603 
directions and parking
Current students: if you need transportation, contact Linda Lyles Aldridge (room 024) by Thursday, January 25

Conference and reception are free; vegetarian dinner is $60.

Seating is limited; registration is required. Register here by Friday, January 26, 2018.

For phone registration or questions, contact Linda Lyles Aldridge at 773.702.7170 /   .

We hope you consider making a gift to support the Marty Center.


Program of Events

1pm-3pm Conference: "Interpreting Faith, Nation and Academy"

3:30-5pm Programming

  • An interview with Martin E. Marty, conducted by Gretchen Helfrich.

  • Panel: Marty Center Directors William Schweiker, Wendy Doniger and W. Clark Gilpin reflect.

5pm to 6pm Reception

6pm to 8:30pm Vegetarian dinner and program

  • Remarks by Dean Laurie Zoloth

  • Musical interlude provided by Douglas E. Anderson, MD

  • Keynote speech, "Religion and the US Empire," by Professor Sylvester Johnson, Director of Virginia Tech's Center for the Humanities and author of The FBI and Religion: Faith and National Security before and after 9/11

Sylvester JohnsonKeynote speaker Sylvester Johnson is Director of Virginia Tech’s Center for the Humanities. 

Johnson is a founding co-editor of the Journal of Africana Religions. He has authored African American Religions, 1500–2000: Colonialism, Democracy, and Freedom, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015 and a winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award, and The Myth of Ham in Nineteenth-Century American Christianity: Race, Heathens, and the People of God,” a 2004 Palgrave MacMillan publication that garnered the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book Award.

Johnson also recently co-edited, with Steven Weitzman, The FBI and Religion: Faith and National Security Before and After 9/11, which the University of California Press published in February 2017.

Johnson holds an MA and a PhD in contemporary religious thought from the Union Theological Seminary, where he also earned an MPhil in systematic theology. 

As part of our celebration, join us for Religion in the Frame – a six-day exploration of religious ideas, themes, and conflicts as depicted in films.

This six-day series runs from January 28 to February 2, 2018. After each screening, Gretchen Helfrich – a member of both the Facets Board and the Martin Center Advisory Board – will talk with a Divinity School faculty member to explore the religious content of each fllm, deepening the audience's engagement with the material. 

Martin E. Marty will be discussing Elmer Gantry to open the series on January 28th at 6pm. Please see the link above for details.


Persons with a disability who need an accomodation to attend this event, please call Sandra Peppers in advance: 773-702-8219.