Wednesday is a day of community gathering at the Divinity School. Join us!
Wednesday Lunch is a Divinity School tradition started many decades ago. At noon on Wednesdays when the quarter is in session a delicious vegetarian meal is made in the Swift Hall kitchen by our student chefs and lunch crew. Once the three-course meal has reached dessert there is a talk – by a University faculty member, a representative of a community organization, an author, or a guest from further afield. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 noon 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.
October 4: Laurie Zoloth, Dean and Margaret E. Burton Professor of Religion, will open the 2017-2018 Wednesday Lunch year.
October 11: Matthew Epperson, Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, on the Smart Decarceration Initiative. The Initiative aims to build societal capacity to reduce incarceration rates in ways that are effective, sustainable and socially just. Matthew Epperson is a leading expert in studying a national trend towards reducing the time that people who are imprisoned serve. The movement, called decarceration, tries to replace incarceration with other choices. He is the coeditor of Smart Decarceration: Achieving Criminal Justice Transformation in the 21st Century.
Smart Decarceration Initiative's second national conference, Tools and Tactics: Promising Solutions to Advance the Era of Smart Decarceration, will be held on November 2-4, 2017, at the University of Chicago.
October 18: Public art on the UChicago Campus: A Nonwalking Tour. Public art on campus is a fascinating, spontaneous experience, with some sculptures boldly claiming open spaces and others tucked unexpectedly between buildings. UChicagoArts offers a one-hour tour covering a small sample of the stunning works that have helped shape UChicago's intellectual and cultural life for decades. But today, you can take a modified version of the tour – over Lunch! Cassandra Dunn and Nika Levando from UChicagoArts will join us.
Jeanne Bishop, prominent advocate for gun violence prevention, abolition of the death penalty, exoneration of the innocent and the role of faith in the debate over executions, speaking. Ms BIshop defends the indigent as a Public Defender in the Office of the Cook County (IL) Public Defender and is the author ofChange of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer. (Westminster John Knox Press 2015)
January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23