Diversity and Inclusion

The Divinity School is pleased to announce a new lunchtime event series in honor of Black History Month.

All events will be held in the Common Room from 12-1:30pm. Lunch will be provided (vegetarian options available).  

Students across our degree programs are warmly invited to attend. 

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
Today's lunch program will feature books chosen by Divinity School students regarding topics around Black religion, Black life, and Black culture.  Attendees will have the opportunity to socialize over lunch and receive 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.