Alchemy in Color
Alchemy in Color is a network seeking to serve and support underrepresented minority students at the Divinity School. Founded in the Spring of 2012, Alchemy seeks to enrich the social, intellectual, and spiritual lives of students, and offers a platform for events, discussion, gatherings, and fun. While Alchemy in Color is a group dedicated to ethnic and religious minorities at the Divinity School, Alchemy seeks to involve as much of the Divinity School community (students, staff, faculty) as possible in its mission to help make the University of Chicago an hospitable and warm place for students to work, play, and live. Recent Alchemy events include the winter dance party co-sponsored with the DSA, a three-part dinner and discussion series, and the start of a community service initiative. For more information, please contact
Leaders: Devon Crawford
Alternative Epistemologies is a student-led initiative at the University of Chicago Divinity School, that aims to provide a public space for conversations about “ways of knowing” other than the cerebral, and about how our academic work might be enriched, expanded, and deepened by engaging these “other ways of knowing.” It is inspired by the idea that we are impoverished as human beings and as scholars by our tendency to forget or devalue “ways of knowing” other than the cerebral.
It is also inspired by the conviction that just as we do very well to honor the different modes of our knowing and our selves, we must also honor the different voices in our community, seeking out those voices in particular which have been historically underrepresented or ignored in the mainstream academic conversation. These voices embody epistemologies that we lack and that we need. We thus consider openness to such epistemologies to be integral to our professional development as scholars committed to observing and analyzing the world and our place in it more precisely. Likewise we consider this openness to be integral to our wholeness as human beings and to our effectiveness as future educators, as we consider the ways in which we listen, speak and move within our communities. For more information contact
Leaders: RL Watson and Hector Varela-Rios
Buddhist Studies Club
The Buddhist Studies Club is an umbrella group that brings together faculty and students interested in the study of Buddhism from a variety of disciplines, including history of religions, philosophy of religions, and art history, among others. The Club organizes 4-6 faculty lectures each year, as well as faculty-student panels and student-only panels, in which students present their work to and receive feedback from other students. For more information, please contact . You can also subscribe to our list serve at https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/buddhist-studies.
Leaders: Bruce Winkelman and Seth Auster Rosen
Global Neighbors is a club for international students, their families, and American students who would like to get to know international students or who have interests in subject matters relating to geographical locations outside of the US. The primary aim of the club is to provide a casual space for people to develop cross-cultural relationships. We gather quarterly for meals and bi-weekly for coffee. The club also helps welcome and support international students when they first settle in the US. All are welcome! For more information, contact . You can also subscribe to our list serve at https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/global-neighbors.
The Divinity School Women’s Caucus (DSWC)
The Women’s Caucus is sponsored by the Divinity Students Association (DSA). Women’s Caucus members at large span the Divinity School’s 12 sub-fields and 4 degree programs. The vision of the Women’s Caucus is to make the Divinity School the community of choice for female scholars of religion. Goals fall into three major categories: professionalization, mentoring, and advocacy. With those goals in mind, events (weekly tea times, discussion groups, and panels) are structured, among other things, to help members feel more at home in the classroom or on the job market, build relationship with other students and to learn how to interact comfortably with faculty and administration. For more information, contact the Women’s Caucus at , or visit DSWC online at http://divschooolwomenscaucus.wordpress.com/.
Leaders: Allison Kanner
101s are a no-pressure, no-prior-knowledge-required opportunity for students to learn from our fellow students. Every other week, we gather in a circle to hear one student present a short, informal introduction to the history and main themes of a particular author or movement they’ve studied and analyzed (e.g. Foucault, Yogācāra, Julian of Norwich, al-Ghazali, Stoicism). There’s always food, drink, laughter, and really basic questions. To learn more, or to volunteer to present, contact
Leader: Russell Johnson and Danielle Delano
Folk Traditions Club
The Folk Traditions Club provides a social space for university affiliates and community members to learn and teach stories, songs, and dances from the folk traditions of the United States and its immigrants’ countries of origin. To learn more, contact (TBD)
Leader: Miriam Attia
The Phoenix Garden serves as creative space for the nurturing and development of the next wave of Womanist Scholars at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Primarily for female students who have Diasporic ties to Africa and experience socio-political intersectionality, this group seeks to present voices from the margin and resurrect voices from culture as we celebrate and promote academic excellence, cultural, community, spiritual, and social cognizance and activism. To learn more, contact (TBD)
Leader: Lori Taylor
DivOUT provides support for the LGBTQ community at the University of Chicago Divinity School. We strive toward an open and respectful dialogue between students, faculty, and staff, offering safe spaces for LGBTQ-identified people, friends, family, and allies. We host regular social events throughout the year and attend campus-wide LGBTQ functions as a group. Contact DivOUT via email at ; check us out on Facebook, or join our list-serve here: https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/sacredflame.
Leader: Shelly Tilton
Historians of the Book
Historians of the Book fosters interdisciplinary camaraderie to further professionalization and increase literacy across areas of study among historians working on the major Western monotheisms: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It holds quarterly social gatherings and provides resources for members to propose and preside over interdisciplinary panels at major professional conferences. Contact leaders at
Leader: Matthew Vanderpoel and Alex Matthews