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Dean's Forum Wednesday Lunch on Sarah Hammerschlag’s Broken Tablets

Wednesday Lunch with Professor Jane Risen | November 16, 2017

Wednesday Lunch with Dr. Aasim Padela | January 25, 2017


Wednesday Lunch with Professor William Schweiker and Dean Kristine A. Culp | May 3, 2017


Public Religious Literacy in Secondary and Post-Secondary Education


2017 Dean's Seminar in the Craft of Teaching with Alum of the Year John Corrigan

Wednesday Lunch with Tarek Alexander Hassan | April 12, 2017

Wednesday Lunch Dean’s Forum, Spring Quarter 2017 | April 5. 2017
Cynthia Gano Lindner, our Director of Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Faculty for Preaching and Pastoral Care, in discussion of her recent work, Varieties of Gifts: Multiplicity and the Well-Lived Pastoral Life (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). Responding are faculty colleagues Willemien Otten, Professor of Theology and the History of Christianity, and Christian Wedemeyer, Associate Professor of the History of Religions.

Wednesday Lunch with Donna Schaper, Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church | March 1, 2017

Autumn 2016

Wednesday Lunch with Dean Richard A. Rosengarten
Wednesday Lunch with Sumit Ray and Sara Popenhagen from the Office of Sustainability
Wednesday Lunch with author Stephanie Arnold

Spring 2016

Spring Convocation: Divinity School Diploma and Hooding Cermony

Marty Center Senior Fellow Symposium with Bettina Bergo on "The Ambiguity of Anxiety"

John Cottingham on "Transcending science: humane models of religious understanding."

Wednesday Lunch: Dean's Forum with Ryan Coyne

 Marty Center Senior Fellow Symposium with Nancy Frankenberry

Jonardon Ganeri on "Why Philosophy Must Go Global"

Peter Iver Kaufman¹s 2016 Alumnus of the Year Lecture

Spring 2016 Dean’s Craft of Teaching Seminar with Alum of the Year Peter Iver Kaufman

Public lecture by Alain de Libéra: "Will and nil: Christ’s agony in the garden"

Public lecture by Alain de Libéra: "Philosophical archeology and deconstruction"

Panel discussion from The Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion
"Navigating Normativity: Pedagogical Challenges and Opportunities"

Winter 2016


Francis Robinson, Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Visiting Professor on ""On the Building of Islamic Societies from Below Since 1800."

Identity and the Classroom | The Craft of Teaching and the Chicago Center for Teaching

Winter 2016 Dean’s Seminar in the Craft of Teaching with Meira Kensky

Martin Buber: Philosopher of Dialogue Conference | Session Two

Wednesday Lunch with David Travis

Income Inquality and Religion in the US Conference | part I

Income Inequality and Religion in the US Conference | part II

Income Inequality and Religion in the US Conference | part III

 Income Inequality and Religion in the US Conference | part IV

Income Inequality and Religion in the US Conference | part V

Wednesday Lunch: Dean¹s Forum with Kevin Hector

Autumn 2015

All the World's a Stage: The Pedagogical Challenges of World Religion | The Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion

Studying Religion in Iran | The Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion

Wednesday Lunch: Dean’s Forum with Jeffrey Stackert

Prof. Karin Krause on Using Images to Teach Religion | The Craft of Teaching 

Dean's Autumn 2015 Craft of Teaching Seminar with Trina Jones


Kashmir and the Development of Tibetan Buddhism: Lecture by Professor Matthew Kapstein presented by the University of Chicago Center in Delhi.






Divinity @125/150
A panel discussion with Martin E. Marty, Larry Greenfield, and Dan Meyer as part of a campus-wide celebration of 125 years of inquiry and impact.





  Richard A. Rosengarten on "Walls of Separation 5.0"  | October 7, 2015

  Hank Owings on "Baha'i 101" | October 14. 2015

  Vu Tran on Dragonfish |  October 28, 2015

  Rev. Alexander Sharp on Clergy for a New Drug Policy | November 4. 2015




Spring 2015

Diversifying Theological Education: A public lecture by Stephen Lewis, President of the Forum for Theological Exploration | May 14, 2015





Laurie L. Patton, 2015 Alumna of the Year

"Grandmother Language: A Chicagoan Sojourn with Women, Sanskrit and The Ethnography of Reading” 




   Conference: Characterizing Astrology in the Medieval Islamic World | May 12-14, 2015

   Keynote address by Reimund Leicht

   Robert Morrison, Astrology as Jewish Philosophy

   Godefroid de Callataÿ, “Why was Astrology so Important to the Authors of the Rasā’il Ikhwān al-Ṣafā’?

   Ahmet Tunç Şen,  “An Ottoman Shaykh al-Islam in Support of Astrology: Kemal Pashazade (d. 1534) and his Treatise on Talismans” 

Teri Gee,  “Astrology vs. Astronomy in Abu Ma‘shar’s Kitab al-Madkhal al-Kabir” 

  Richard A. Rosengarten on "The State of the Field" | May 6. 2015

  Matthew Barber on "An Endangered Religion and a Destroyed People: The Yazidi Undoing and the Attempt to Respond" | May  14, 2015 

  Olatunji Oboi Reed on "Slow Roll Chicago" and the transformative powers of cycling  | May 20, 2015   


  Dean's 2015 Craft of Teaching Seminar | Laurie L. Patton

 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”

Brook A. Ziporyn, Professor of Chinese Religion, Philosophy, and Comparative Thought on “Religion Without God: China’s Precious Spiritual Heritage.”  | April 28, 2015

Convocation: June 14, 2015





Winter 2015


  Timothy Gutmann, "Islamic Law 101" | January 14, 2015  

  Demond Drummer, "CoderSpace"  | January 21, 2015 

  Michael Pietrus, "How Being Smart Makes You Dumb: Mindset, Happiness and Our Students" | January 28, 2015

  Chad Broughton, "Boom, Bust, Exodus" | February 4, 2015

  Steven Sacks, "Angels and Exegisis: Israel and Other Secondary Powers in Rabbinic Literature" | February 11, 2015

  Dean's Forum with Profs. Anthony Yu, Wendy Doniger, and Brook Ziproyn | February 18, 2015

  Enhancing Life Project Team | February 25, 2015



   How to Choose a Textbook, or, Why I Wrote My Own: A Craft of Teaching event with Dale Walker | January 12, 2015

   Designing Assessments That Cultivate Rigorous Creativity | January 28, 2015

   Curricula and Criticism in Religious Studies: Notes from the Institutional Field with Brian Britt | February 6, 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







 Hermits and Zen: Solitary and Communal Practice in China | A public lecture by Bill Porter, aka Red Pine | January 30, 2015







  Sufi Music of India and Pakistan: Feudal Ritual to Global Challenge | A Public Lecture by Regula Qureshi | January 16, 2015

  CONFERENCE: Islam, Music, and the Divine  

      The Sublime and Music: Islam and the West   | Recitation and Discussion of Poetry  |

       Music and Sublime Across the Sufi World  |   Witnessing the Sublime: Sufi Samaa in Secular France




Paul Ricoeur: Retrospect and Prospect III (Culture)
   January 9, 2015

   Part 1   |   Part 2


  ConferenceJust War in the Midst of Combat?
  January 8, 2015




Autumn 2014


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

part one          part two         part three




  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

  Lucy K. Pick on "Pilgrimage," pilgrimage, and writing historical fiction
  October 29, 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

  Demystifying New Faculty Success with Dr. Peg Boyle Single | May 9, 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





Spring 2014

  Spring 2014 Diploma and Hooding Ceremony





Wednesday Lunch: A Dean's Forum on On Hinduism by Wendy Doniger | May 21, 2014

Public Lecture by Christoph Markschies: Origen and Paul: The Example of their Anthropologies  | May 20, 2014

Teaching Philosophy of Religions: A Conversation with Professor Brook A. Ziporyn | May 18, 2014

"Endings without End: When Prophecy Fails and the Rise of New Age Spirituality and Cognitive Dissonance" – Betty M. Bayer  | May 15, 2014

Wednesday Lunch with Amanda Woodward: "Infants' Grasp of the Social World" | May 14, 2014

Rival Memories: The Interminable Szenesz-Kasztner Controversy – A public lecture by Dan Laor | May 12, 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 LaorFor God's Sake, Who is Alterman? 
 April 23, 2014


 Public Lecture by Sahar Khamis
 A Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative event
 April 18, 2014



Wednesday Lunch with Dietrich & Andrea Mattson-McGaffey: Edible Alchemy 
April 16, 2014

 Wednesday Lunch with Dawn Xiana Moon and Michi TrotaGatekeeping and Geek Culture
  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.” 

     John Hare, Yale Divinity School, “Divine Command: Religion and Morality.
     Aristotle Papanikolaou, Fordham University, “Trinity, Virtue and Violence” 
     Mayra Rivera Rivera, Harvard University, “Emptying God: The Ethics of Theology in Merleau-Ponty’s Work.” 
     William Schweiker, University of Chicago, "God and the Common Good"
     David Tracy, University of Chicago, “God as Infinite: Ethical Implications.”
                                                                             Michael Welker, Heidelberg University, "God and the Ascent of Life"


Winter 2014

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HHHHeartLogo.pngHarmony 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. 

 From Secularism and the Citizen in the Middle East and South Asia 
 A Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative event
​ February 28, 2014
         Metin Heper, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey: "Some Notes on Secularism in Turkey"
         Peter van der Veer, Max Planck Institute: "Keeping the Muslims Out”

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.


Restoring Touch
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

Screen%20Shot%202014-02-18%20at%204.49.38%20PM.pngDean'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

Please visit the Pines' Maimonides page for available AV content.

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. 

Defining Religion and Civilization in Imam Bayezidof’s Refutuation of Islam
January 15, 2014

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.






bond%20chapel%20group.JPGWednesday 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.

Fall 2013

FishbaneScrnSht.pngMichael Fishbane on the Stages of Life and its Tasks according to Jewish Ethics and Religion
December 11, 2013

Michael Fishbane, the Nathan Cummings Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Studies in the Divinity School and the College at UChicago, discussed how Jewish sources from antiquity through the early modern period describe the construction of stages of life and set different ethical and spiritual tasks for each one. 



Professor William Schweiker sharing his thoughts on a recent Harris Poll regarding Americans' belief in God and other trends in religion in the U.S. over the decades on WBEZ's "Morning Shift" with host Tony Serabia 



Wednesday Lunch with Mollie Stone: “Songs of Struggle” 
November 20, 2013

A Wednesday Lunch at the University of Chicago Divinity School with guest Mollie Stone: “Songs of Struggle: The Powerful Use of Black South African Choral Music to Create Social and Political Change.” Stone is a conductor with the Chicago Children’s Choir, currently pursuing her doctorate in choral conducting at Northwestern University. While serving as the graduate associate for the Amherst College music department in 2001, she received a grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation to create a DVD on black South African choral music. She has since received another grant to study how South Africans are using choral music in the struggle against HIV. Wednesday Lunch is a lunchtime presentation series of the Divinity School.


The Dark Energy Survey and the Mystery of the Accelerating Universe

November 13, 2013

Wednesday Lunch at the Divinity School featuring Joshua Frieman, Director of the Dark Energy Survey and Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago.


deans2012.jpgDean's Quarterly Craft of Teaching Seminar with Professor Nelson Tebbe

November 8, 2013

Divinity School alumnus Nelson Tebbe (PhD, Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, 2006), Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School.  Prof. Tebbe's scholarship focuses on the relationship between religious traditions and constitutional law, both in the United States and abroad, and is a regular commentator in the media on religious freedom. 


How Not to Study Afro-Cuban Religion

November 6, 2013

Wednesday Lunch at the Divinity School with Stephan Palmié , Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College and Department Chair. Palmié conducts ethnographic and historical research on Afro-Caribbean cultures, with an emphasis on Afro-Cuban religious formations and their relations to the history and cultures of a wider Atlantic world.




East West West East: The Literary Lives of an Egyptian Novelist 

November 1, 2013

A lecture by Gamal al Ghitany, a renowned Egyptian author, whose short stories and novels have helped shape currents in Arabic fiction over the past four decades. Translation by Mohamed Wajdi Ben Hammed, PhD student of Literature at the University of Notre Dame. 

For a translation of the lecture, please click here.





Daniel P. SulmasyMedicine as a Spiritual Discipline: Lessons from Fred
October 31, 2013

"Medicine as a Spiritual Discipline: Lessons from Fred," a public lecture by Daniel P. Sulmasy.  Sulmasy, Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and the Divinity School and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics in the Department of Medicine, delivers the 2013 John S. Nuveen Lecture at the University of Chicago Divinity School.


Dean’s Forum on “Sarah Osborn’s World” by Catherine A. Brekus
October 31, 2013

A Dean’s Forum “Wednesday Lunch” on Professor Catherine A. Brekus’s recent book, Sarah Osborn’s World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America. The Dean’s Forum series invites Divinity School faculty to engage in conversation in a public forum. 





 Between Heaven and Earth: Birds of Ancient Egypt

October 30, 2013

Wednesday Lunch at the Divinity School with guest speaker Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer, a PhD Candidate in Egyptology and the curator of the "Between Heaven and Earth: Birds of Ancient Egypt" exhibit recently at the Oriental Institute.



Thinking with Paul Ricoeur: Ethics

October 27, 2013

This is the first in a series of occasional sessions at the University of Chicago Divinity School to commemorate the centenary of Paul Ricoeur’s birth. To attempt to capture something of his unique intellectual spirit, the sessions aim to think with Ricoeur toward an enhanced understanding of religion via the themes of ethics, philosophy, and culture.




Would You Buy This Book? Academic Publishing and the Research Library

October 23, 2013

Wednesday Lunch at the Divinity School with Anne Knafl, Bibliographer for Religion and Philosophy at The University of Chicago Library.



The Engaged Mind - Just War Against Terror (plenary session)

The Engaged Mind - Just War Against Terror (panel session) 

October  17-18, 2013

 From the fourth of a four-conference series reflection on themes drawn from the work of Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941-2013).





Truck Farm Chicago

October 16, 2013

Wednesday lunch at the Divinity School. Truck Farm is a mini-farm planted in the back of a biodiesel-fueled pickup truck, used to connect kids to food and health. With Tim Magner, rookie farmer and cocreater/codirector of Truck Farm.


introtoreligion.jpgApproaches to the Introductory Course in Religious Studies

October 9, 2013

Led by Professors Lucy Pick, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity, and Richard Rosengarten,  Associate Professor of Religion and Literature.  The "Introduction to Religious Studies" course is a cornerstone of most Religious Studies majors, but a review of any syllabus collection will show that there are numerous ways to approach it.  Listen to Professors Rosengarten and Pick discuss the syllabi they created for "RLST 10100: Introduction to Religious Studies" at the College at the University of Chicago.  They discuss how they organized their courses and why, what they included and what they left out, and what worked and what didn't.  

Spring 2013


Divinity School Convocation and Hooding Ceremony

June 15, 2013

The University of Chicago Divinity School's Diploma, Hooding, and Awards Ceremony at the 515th Convocation. 



“Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls and Why Were They Forgotten?” A Lecture by Rachel Elior
May 19, 2013

Rachel Elior is John and Golda Cohen Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Jewish Mystical Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Israel Studies Professor for Spring Quarter 2013 at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is teaching a course at UChicago, “Major Issues in the Study of Jewish Mysticism: Between Kabbalah and Hasidism.” Professor Elior is the fourth visiting faculty member at the Divinity School’s Religion and Culture in the Twenty-first Century: Perspectives from Israel program, made possible through the generous support of the Israel Studies Project of the Jewish Federation of Chicago.

Rethinking “Dead” Language Instruction: Ancient Languages and Modern Language Pedagogy
May 10, 2013

Led by Alex Lee, an advanced PhD student in the Department of Classics, University of Chicago. During his several years of teaching Latin and Greek at the university, he has developed a passion for language pedagogy. He is very interested in language acquisition theory and has experience with alternative methods of language instruction. Co-sponsored by the Department of Classics. 

A Public Lecture by Yoram Bilu: “Moroccan Jews and the Shaping of Israel’s Sacred Geography”
May 2, 2013

Yoram Bilu was Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2012. He served as a professor of psychology and sociology and anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem until his retirement last year. Focusing on Israeli society and Jewish traditional culture, his research interests include the anthropology of religion, culture and mental health, the sanctification of space in Israel, and Maghrebi Jewish culture. Bilu served as the chair of the department of psychology (1992-94) and the head of the Authority for Doctoral Students, both at the Hebrew University, and as the president of the Israeli Anthropological Association (1989-91). He has been a visiting professor at several American universities, including the University of California, San Diego, Brandeis University, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. His most recent book is “The Saints’ Impresarios: Dreamers, Healers, and Holy Men in Israel’s Urban Periphery.” 

Spring Craft of Teaching Seminar with Michael Kinnamon
May 2, 2013

The Spring Dean’s Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion seminar. Led by the 2013 Divinity School alumnus of the year, Prof. Michael Kinnamon (AM 1976, Ph.D. 1980), presently Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. Prof. Kinnamon introduces and discusses a course he has designed and taught, the decisions that went into its design, and some of its outcomes.


Renewing Rememberance: Twenty Years of Studying Christian Spirituality

March 20, 2013

The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a panel discussion at the University of Chicago. Moderator: Ann W. Astell Panelists: Douglas Burton-Christie, Gilberto Cavazos-González, Lisa Dahill, Bo Karen Lee, Bernard McGinn, Timothy Hessel-Robinson, Sandra Schneiders, and Philip Sheldrake


Winter 2013

Dean's Quarterly Craft of Teaching Seminar with Jonathan Z. Smith

February 27, 2013

Led by Prof. Jonathan Z. Smith, Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of the Humanities, Associate Faculty in the Divinity School, and author of a collection of essays on pedagogy entitled On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith (edited by Christopher Lehrich; Oxford UP, 2012).  Prof. Smith discusses his approach to pedagogy especially in relation to the Introduction to Religious Studies course that he taught in the College. 

Pedagogy and Embodiment: The Theology Workshop

February 14, 2013

The Theology Workshop welcomed Kristine Culp, Associate Professor of Theology and Dean of Disciples Divinity House; Jeffrey Stackert, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible; and Cynthia Lindner, Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Faculty for Preaching and Pastoral Care, to reflect on their own experiences and best practices for creating classroom cultures and environments that intentionally honor the body as a constitutive part of being human. The panelists wrestled with such questions as: How can teachers use their own embodied presence in the classroom—and the embodied presences of their students—to deepen and inflect learning? What kinds of pedagogical practices work to unveil and dismantle oppressions in the classroom that silence or privilege certain embodied experiences? How can existing structures with which bodies may be at odds—physical space, institutional culture—be shifted, challenged, or named in order to create an academic space where bodies are not something to be overcome or managed, but to be received with hospitality as essential parts of human life and even scholarly inquiry?

Spring 2012

HoodingCeremony.pngDivinity School Diploma and Hooding Ceremony

June 9, 2012

Margaret M. Mitchell, dean of the Divinity School, offers opening remarks, followed by welcoming comments from Teresa Owens, dean of students at the Divinity School. According to tradition, graduating students receive their diplomas and Ph.D. recipients are hooded by faculty members of the Divinity School. At the end of the ceremony, Professor Wendy Doniger receives the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.


Martin Buber and Martin Heidegger in Dialogue

May 16, 2012

Paul Mendes-Flohr's major research interests include modern Jewish intellectual history, modern Jewish philosophy and religious thought, philosophy of religion, German intellectual history, and the history and sociology of intellectuals. He serves as editor-in-chief of the 22-volume German edition of the collected works of Martin Buber, sponsored by the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Heinrich Heine Universität, Dusseldorf. He has recently published (in Hebrew) "Progress and Its Discontents" and (with Jehuda Reinharz) "The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History." Mendes-Flohr is the editor of a series on German-Jewish literature and cultural history for the University of Chicago Press. He is currently completing a biography of Martin Buber to be published by Yale.


Spring Craft of Teaching Seminar with Anne Taves

May 3, 2012

Led by Ann Taves (AM'79, PhD'83, History of Christianity), the Virgil Cordano, OFM, Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Divinity School's Alumna of the Year for 2012. Prof. Taves teaches courses that focus specifically on Catholic history and practice as well as courses that examine Catholic history and practice alongside other traditions. Her undergraduate courses are structured around questions in the study of religion that can be addressed from the perspectives of both the humanities and the sciences, e.g., How and to what extent do religious or spiritual practices transform people? What happens to a tradition when it is transmitted from one cultural context to another? How do people know or decide if an event or experience should be attributed to a supernatural source? 

Fall 2012

RenewingRememberance.pngArchaic Mark": A Remarkable Manuscript Treasure or a Modern-Day Counterfeit?

November 7, 2012

The Library Society presents Divinity School Dean Margaret M. Mitchell explaining the remarkable story of "Archaic Mark," one of the biblical manuscripts in the University of Chicago's Goodspeed Manuscript Collection, and the team efforts required to determine once and for all whether this miniature codex is a valuable fourteenth-century manuscript of the Gospel According to Mark—or a clever modern counterfeit.



Craft of Teaching Seminar with Rebecca Raphael

October 26, 2012

Led by Divinity School alumna Rebecca Raphael (PhD'97), Associate Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities at Texas State University--San Marcos. Prof. Raphael discussed her NEH grant project on the study of religion in humanistic curricula and engaged in conversation on her design and teaching of two recent courses. 


The Modernist Historicist of the Black Church

October 11, 2012

In the first full-length biography of Benjamin Mays (1894--1984), Randal Maurice Jelks chronicled the life of the man Martin Luther King Jr. called his "spiritual and intellectual father." Dean of the Howard University School of Religion, president of Morehouse College, and mentor to influential black leaders, Mays had a profound impact on the education of the leadership of the black church and of a generation of activists, policymakers, and educators. Jelks argued that Mays's ability to connect the message of Christianity with the responsibility to challenge injustice prepared the black church for its pivotal role in the civil rights movement. 






Winter 2012


Winter Craft of Teaching Seminar with M. Cooper Harriss

January 30, 2012

M. Cooper Harriss (PhD'11, Religion and Literature), is Instructor and Visiting Professor of Race and Religion, Department of Religion and Culture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia). Harriss offers courses in American and African American religious traditions, religion and modernity, and religion and literature. His teaching and research interests include the concept of race in Western and American intellectual history, the religious and theological valences of the concept of irony, the intersections of religious thought and practice with American cultural production, and the impact of preachers and preaching upon American literature. 

Autumn 2011

The Question of the Unconditioned-God

November 3, 2011

A public lecture by Jean-Luc Marion to inaugurate the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Chair in Catholic Studies.




Spring 2011

Alumnus Of The Year Address By Ted Peters: "Can We Enhance The Imago Dei?"

Reflections on the Problem of the “Black Church”
Professor Curtis J. Evans delivers this May 31, 2011 lecture as part of the New Directions in African Diaspora Studies Series at Boston College.


Alumnus of the Year Lecture by Robert Franklin, Jr.


Alumnus of the Year lecture by Roger Ellwood


Alumnus of the Year lecture by Emilie Townes

Videos from the conference Augustine: Theological and Philosophical Conversations 
Conference honoring David Tracy, the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies
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Alumnus of the Year lecture by John C. Holt