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Diversifying Theological Education: A public lecture by Stephen Lewis, President of the Forum for Theological Exploration | May 14, 2015
Conference: Characterizing Astrology in the Medieval Islamic World | May 12-14, 2015
Godefroid de Callataÿ, “Why was Astrology so Important to the Authors of the Rasā’il Ikhwān al-Ṣafā’?”
Enrico Raffaelli. "Astrology and Religion in the 9th-century Zoroastrian Texts”
Matthew Melvin-Koushki, "Powers of One: The Mathematicalization of the Occult Sciences in the Premodern Persianate Tradition"
Gender JUST on "Queer Politics Outside the Mainstream" | April 15, 2015
Jas Elsner on "Empires of Faith" | April 29. 2015
Teaching Islamic Studies in the Liberal Arts | Lauren Osborne
Art of the Approach | Russell McCutcheon
Teaching Religious Pasts | Amy Burnett
Beyond Polarization: Strategies for Public Engagement | Martin E. Marty
Introducing Religion: A Swift Hall Colloquium | May 1, 2015
Seven members of the Divinity School faculty facilitate a richly textured conversation on the introductory course in all its complexity, taking as a starting point the notion that the academic study of religion should begin with its sources, broadly construed.
Prof. Kevin Hector, on Ernst Troeltsch, “The Absoluteness of Christianity and the History of Religions"
Prof. Sarah Hammerschlag, on Franz Kafka, “Before the Law”
Prof. Richard Rosengarten, on George Herbert, “Love (III)”
Prof. Margaret Mitchell, on the Abercius Inscription
Prof. Jas Elsner on the C6 Beth Alpha Synagogue Floor Mosaic
Prof. Wendy Doniger, on a selection of Hindu texts: cosmogonic, devotional, and political
Prof. Dan Arnold, on Huntington & Wangchen, “The Emptiness of Emptiness”
Convocation: June 14, 2015
Designing Assessments That Cultivate Rigorous Creativity | January 28, 2015
Dean's Winter 2015 Craft of Teaching Seminar with Chancellor Rebecca Chopp | February 12, 2015
Teaching the Undergraduate Research Paper | February 16, 2015
Encountering When Prophecy Fails, Encountering Cognitive Dissonance: A Forum | February 24, 2015
CONFERENCE: Islam, Music, and the Divine
Paul Ricoeur: Retrospect and Prospect III (Culture)
January 9, 2015
Conference: Just War in the Midst of Combat?
January 8, 2015
Lecture Series by Franklin Perkins: "The Problem of Evil and the Relation between Heaven and Human in Classical Chinese Philosophy"
November 11, 12, and 14, 2014
Improv Comedy with Piebenga Plumbing | November 19, 2014
Jan Deckenbach on the Hyde Park/Kenwood Hunger Progams
November 12, 2014
Ecumenism 101 with Aaron Hollander | November 5, 2014
Jack A. Gilbert on "Why Microbiomes Control Your Life"
October 22, 2014
Community Playground | October 15, 2014
South Side Projections | October 8, 2014
2014 John Nuveen Lecture by Donald York
October 16, 2014
Teaching with Fiction | November 3, 2014
Autumn 2014 Dean's Craft of Teaching Seminar
Joanne Maguire Robinson: "From Paper Syllabi to Online Learning: Expanding Course Boundaries"
October 24, 2014
Cultivating Rigorous Creativity in Your Students | October 15, 2014
Workshop on Public Speaking (Arts of Teaching Series) | October 2, 2014
Conference: Thinking with Paul Ricoeur Part II: Retrospect and Prospect (Philosophy)
October 14, 2014
Lecture: Amy Hollywood on "On the True, the Real, and Critique in the Study of Religion"
October 10, 2014
"Endings without End: When Prophecy Fails and the Rise of New Age Spirituality and Cognitive Dissonance" – Betty M. Bayer | May 15, 2014
Craft of Teaching: Demystifying Dissertation Writing and New Faculty Success with Dr. Peg Boyle Single | May 9, 2014
Craft of Teaching: Course Design Workshop with Thomas Tweed | May 5, 2014
Wednesday Lunch with Kristin Schilt and Chase Joynt: Trans* on Campus
April 30, 2014
Alumnus of the Year Lecture by Davíd Carrasco
April 24, 2014
Wednesday Lunch with Dan Laor: For God's Sake, Who is Alterman?
April 23, 2014
April 16, 2014
April 9, 2014
Marilyn McCord Adams, Rutgers University, “God: Theological Accounts and Ethical Possibilities.”
Pamela Sue Anderson, Oxford University, “Ethical Reflection and the Concept of "God:" On Sense-Making”
Joshua Daniel, University of Chicago, "An Edwardsian Theoretical Aesthetics of Recognition"
Michael Fishbane, University of Chicago, "Plumblines in the Vastness. Measures without Measure.”
Harmony Hope and Healing
March 5, 2014
This program’s invited musical guests were members of Harmony Hope & Healing. "HHH" is an organization that provides creative, therapeutic, and educational music programs offering emotional and spiritual support to homeless and under-served women, children and men in the Chicago area.
Yiddish Literature in the Sanatorium
February 26, 2014
Part of our Wednesday Lunch series, Sunny Yudkoff, Lecturer in Yiddish Language, discusses a cohort of tubercular writers who wrote and recuperated together under the auspices of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society of Denver, Colorado, from the 1910s to 1930s. She explains how the variables of philanthropy, illness and literary expression came to mediate the lively literary scene of the sanatorium and the careers of its patient-writers.
A Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative event
February 28, 2014
The Future of Creation: Linking Ecology and Evolution
February 19, 2014
Gayle Woloschak on "The Future of Creation: Linking Ecology and Evolution." Professor Woloschak is the associate director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science. A molecular biologist and professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and an active leader in the Orthodox Church, Dr. Woloschak is deeply devoted to the religion-science dialogue and to the partnership of theologians and scientists in addressing critical issues in society. She is the author of hundreds of scientific articles and three books on the Orthodox faith, including Challenge Questions on Orthodoxy and Beauty and Unity in Creation.
Turning the Page: Graphic Novels as Art Objects
February 12, 2014
“Turning the Page: Graphic Novels as Art Objects”: After touring their books throughout the Midwest last year, the Sun Bros are prepared to release their next full-length graphic novel, “Monkey Fist.” Join Wesley Sun (MDiv’08, writer, and Director of Field Education and Community Engagement at the University of Chicago Divinity School) and Brad Sun (writer and illustrator) as they discuss the ways in which their books communicate as art objects.
The World's First Data-Storage System?
February 5, 2014
Christopher E. Woods, Associate Professor of Sumerology and Editor of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies at The Oriental Institute, speaking. Prof. Woods will discuss research on clay balls or envelopes from Mesopotamia that were used for record-keeping about 200 years before writing was invented -- possibly the world's first data storage system.
January 29, 2014
Sliman Bensmaia, Assistant Professor in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy: "Restoring touch with a prosthetic hand through a brain interface." Professor Besmaia studies the neural basis of the sense of touch, research that could lead to a direct interface with the brain that could someday allow those who have lost limbs to, not only manipulate objects, but also to be able to touch and feel again.
Teaching the Bible with Technology
January 28, 2014
This workshop focuses on teaching the Bible—its texts, languages, and history—with technology, covering a range of approaches from online resources to online teaching. Presentations and discussions with two recent Bible program alumnae: Anne Knafl, Bibliographer for Religion and Philosophy at the University of Chicago Library, and Annette Huizenga, Assistant Professor of New Testament at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. A program of the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion; cosponsored by the Hebrew Bible and the Early Christian Studies Workshops
Dean's Forum: Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism
January 22, 2014
A Dean's Forum on Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions by Christian K. Wedemeyer, Associate Professor of the History of Religions. Jeffrey Stackert, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, and Brook A. Ziporyn, Professor of Chinese Religion, Philosophy, and Comparative Thought, responding.
Pines' Maimonides: The History of the Translation and Interpretation of ‘The Guide of the Perplexed
January 19, 2014
Authority in the Classroom
January 16, 2014
Sarah Hammerschlag, Assistant Professor of Religion and Literature, leads a discussion about the role of authority in the classroom, the various ways in which a teacher might construct it, and how to negotiate our role as teacher within different classrooms and academic settings. A Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion event; presented by the Religion and Literature Club.
A Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative public lecture by Monica M. Ringer, Visiting Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History at Amherst College French religious studies.
Wednesday Lunch at the Divinity School with David Woodhouse, FAIA, and special guests
January 15, 2014
David Woodhouse, FAIA, of David Woodhouse Architects, speaking. Mr. Woodhouse founded his firm in 1987; recognized as the American Institute of Architect (AIA) Chicago's Firm of the Year in 2007, it also recently won a national competition to design the Daniel Burnham Memorial in Chicago. His projects have earned numerous design awards from the AIA and the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois and have been published frequently in design periodicals. Mr. Woodhouse and DWA were recognized -- in the "Divine Detail" category -- by AIA Chicago for their work on the Bond Chapel renovation.