Diversity and Inclusion

Watch this page for announcements of upcoming events and initatives in the 2023-2024 academic year.

The Divinity School and Martin Marty Center are pleased to announce a suite of programs in honor of Black History Month 2024. Please join us for an exhibition tour at the Museum of Contemporary Art, quilting and writing workshops, and luncheons with leading religious figures in Chicago. Learn more here. 

In 2023, The Divinity School was pleased to announce a new lunchtime event series in honor of Black History Month. This lunch and learn brought the following speakers to campus (below); videos are available on our YouTube page.

January 18
RL Watson, Divinity School PhD 2018 and Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at Lake Forest College.
"'I may not get there with you': King and the Long Arc." in commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

February 1
Featuring books chosen by Divinity School students regarding topics around Black religion, Black life, and Black culture.  Attendees had the opportunity to socialize over lunch and received copies of the following books:

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin 
  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor
  • Enfleshing Freedom by M. Shawn Copeland  
  • Singing in My Soul: Black Gospel Music in a Secular Age, by Jerma A. Jackson 

February 2
Eboni Marshall Turman, Assistant Professor of Theology and African American Religion, Yale Divinity School 

February 9
Larycia Hawkins, Assistant Professor, Politics and Religious Studies, Religion, Race, and Democracy Lab, University of Virginia

February 14
Braxton Shelley, MDiv 2017 (and Music Department PhD, 2017) Associate Professor of Music, of Sacred Music, and of Divinity, Yale Divinity School 

February 22
Nyle Fort, Mellon Teaching Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities; Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Columbia University 

March 2
Jeremy Williams, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University


Read about our international essay contest on race and religion. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2021 contest, Prof. Alexia Williams, will be lecturing at Swift Hall on April 25, 2022.

 2020 events -- video now available.