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The Divinity School

Announcements 2014-2015

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Divinity School
University of Chicago
1025 E. 58th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Telephone: 773-702-8200

A Message from the Dean

The University of Chicago Divinity School is a tough-minded, sprawling, rigorous and dynamic conversation about what religion is and why understanding it is so vitally important. At the Divinity School, we believe serious inquiry into the subject of religion requires a university context where all ideas are subject to uncompromising standards of argument and evidence.

Located in the heart of campus, the Div School is the graduate professional school for the academic study of religion at the University of Chicago, founded in 1890. The dominant ethos of the school -- toward the cultivation of new knowledge through research -- imbues both the Ph.D. and masters programs (M.A., M.Div., A.M.R.S.), which are taught by the same faculty. Many Divinity School faculty hold appointments in other departments or schools of the University, and we have a large cohort of associated faculty whose primary appointments range from the Medical and Law Schools to History, Classics and Anthropology. Divinity School students in turn take coursework throughout the University and encounter students from a range of departments in the over 100 courses offered by the Divinity School each year in the academic study of religion, across eleven areas of study: Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, Bible, History of Christianity, History of Judaism, History of Religions, Islamic Studies, Philosophy of Religions, Religion and Literature, Religions in America, Religious Ethics and Theology.

Our faculty and students engage in advanced research in pursuit of new knowledge about the human phenomenon of religion, as viewed from the broadest possible range of perspectives. We train students for all kinds of roles which require thinking and speaking about religion -- in general and specific religious communities, in traditions, texts, rituals, and other realities -- in a manner that is deeply informed, rigorously critical, and honestly engaged.

Our conversation takes place both through research and teaching in Swift Hall and also through a constellation of extracurricular offerings, such as student-organized workshops, public lectures, our student-run coffeeshop (“where God drinks coffee”), and even Divinity Student Association “4-to-8” socials. It takes place in the major scholarly journals History of Religions and Journal of Religion and in programs of the Martin Marty Center, which promotes scholarly engagement with the wider public. And it takes place every week when we meet in community gathering at Wednesday Lunch, a tradition of conviviality smack in the middle of the week, a weekly chance to enter the conversation from yet another angle.

Come join the conversation.

Margaret M. Mitchell

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In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to programs on the basis of individual merit. The University, therefore, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, veteran status, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, parental status, ancestry, source of income, credit history, housing status, order of protection status, actual or perceived association with such a person, and does not discriminate against members of other protected classes under the law.

The University official responsible for coordinating the University’s adherence to its non-discrimination policy and the related laws and regulations is Ingrid Gould, Interim Affirmative Action Officer, 504 & ADA Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for the University. She can be reached via email at and by telephone at 773.702.0287. 

The Title IX Coordinator for Students is Belinda Cortez Vazquez, Associate Dean of Students in the University for Student Affairs. She can be reached via email at and by telephone at 773.702.9710.

Related federal, state and local laws and regulations include Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

The information in these Announcements is correct as of August 1, 2014.  It is subject to change.