Valerie J. Hoffman, Professor and Head, Department of Religion at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present the Winter Dean’s Seminar in the Craft of Teaching: "Teaching Islam in Secular Academia: Challenges and Controversies."
Our Wednesday Lunch series is open to all! Join us at our next gathering, January 24, with Tabitha Isner, an MDiv/MPP alumna running for Congress in Alabama.
The Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion – our program of pedagogical development for graduate students – will offer a session with Tracy Weiner of the Chicago Writing Program on February 9 (note date change).  
Coming up: public lectures by Christopher Allison, Philippa Koch, Sonia Hazard, and Kathryn Gin Lum. 
Prof. Lucy K. Pick has been elected to serve as a member of the Council of the Medieval Academy of America. The Council serves as the governing board of the Academy, the largest organization in the United States promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies.
Open Space, our weekly community gathering for conversation, reflection, and fellowship, takes What directs you back home?  as the theme for the Quarter.   
Across the University seventeen faculty members recently received named professorships or were appointed distinguished service professors, including our own Dwight N. Hopkins and James T. Robinson. 
Dean of Students Josh Feigelson, and his "Ask Big Questions" initiative, profiled in O Magazine's January issue. 
The papers of Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941-2013), the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics in the Divinity School, Political Science, and the Committee on International Relations, are now open to researchers.
What role does religion play in the lives of entertainers, politicians and others in the public eye? What’s shaped their faith?