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 as well.
October 4 TBA
October 11: Will Gossin, Senior Associate Director, Social Entrepreneurship and Social Venture Funding Programs at Chicago Booth, speaking. Will Gossin leads the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program and Social Venture Funding programming at SEI, including the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge. He advises and trains teams of students and faculty from across the university in mixed-method research, leadership, and design-thinking to maximize the social impact of their work.
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