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Areas of Interest
Explore our growing areas of research and engagement below.
Religion in Chicago
The Marty Center researches and collaborates with religious communities around Chicago.
The Martin Marty Center is using audiovisual storytelling and other digital media to advance religious studies pedagogy and expand the reach of Divinity School scholarship.
Why This Text Matters
In this signature video series, produced in partnership with the Undergraduate Religious Studies Program at the University of Chicago, experts at the Divinity School introduce classic texts that are important in the study of religion.
Featuring weekly articles by students, faculty, and other scholars, our digital magazine explores how viewing the world through the lens of religion can help us make sense of developments in politics, art, business, and other fields.
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Sightings on Summer Hiatus
Enjoy a curated reading list until we return for Autumn Quarter in September 2023.
Modi, Biden, and the Surprising Links Between Multiculturalism and Islamophobia
Support for Hindu nationalism is widespread in the western diaspora, which both ends of the American political spectrum enable, in their own ways.
Sightings and Sorrows of Religion
While religion should motivate efforts to alleviate hatred and dehumanization, it often finds itself wrapped up in these social evils.
Redefining Redlining on Chicago's Southside
The tulips in Amanda Williams' art installation enact for residents who live in or pass through the area that tenacious double effect of urban redlining: the mark of the past is never entirely erased.
The Prophetic and the Pragmatic in Cornel West
Using the language of prophecy and vocation to describe West’s campaign raises some interesting questions—not only about West but about what it means to be prophetic.
We provide academic resources and professional training for Divinity School students, preparing the scholars of the future for careers within and outside of the academy.