Wednesday is a day of community gathering at the Divinity School. Join us!
Wednesday Lunch is a Divinity School tradition started many decades ago. Midday on Wednesdays when the quarter is in session, our student chef and lunch crew prepare a delicious vegetarian meal and serve it while guests listen to a talk, usually by a University faculty member or a community organization representative. All are welcome (you do not have to be affiliated with the Divinity School or even the University). Cost is just $5. Sign up in advance: email@example.com
October 23: Divinity School Professors Erin Galgay Walsh and Sarah Pierce Taylor in conversation about the study of gender and sexuality at the Divinity School.
October 30: Russell Johnson, PhD19 and one of our Divinity School Teaching Fellows, on "How to Win a Nobel Peace Prize."
November 6: Julie Edwards, MHA and Director, Health Promotion & Wellness for Student Health and Counseling Services, on "self-care in times of stress." Join us at this pre-Thanksgiving, pre-finals, pre-winter discussion.
November 13: Anand Venkatkrishnan joined the Divinity School faculty last July as an Assistant Professor. He will join us today to speak about his work and his teaching, and life at the Divinity School, in an informal setting.
November 20: Joseph M. Hallman is one of our 2019-2020 Martin Marty Center Senior Fellows. Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, he has written extensively on the Christology of the Fathers, especially on the question of divine suffering. His project during the Marty Seminar is a study of art and world religions, specifically the roots of iconoclasm.
Sometimes these talks focus on various aspects of religion in public life or the academic study of religion, but topics have addressed everything from halal cooking to the germ biome to birds in ancient Egypt to language loss in Siberia to empathy in rats. Sit at any table and join the conversation: the programs provide a unique opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to engage one another.
Once a quarter we offer a Dean's Forum, which invites a faculty member to discuss one of his or her recent works, with formal response from several Divinity School colleagues.
Lunch itself is a vegetarian meal (a vegan option is available by prior request) and typically includes bread, salad, a main course, dessert, and drinks. Wednesday lunches take place from 12:15 to 1:15 pm in Swift Common Room, and cost $5 at the door. Email
to reserve your space. We have a very limited number of extra spaces available for each lunch, but you are welcome to take your chances as a walk-in.