The DSA funds several clubs for the benefit of the student body and the Swift Hall community. There are three types of clubs:
- Identity Clubs: These clubs are organized around identities that are under-represented in the Divinity School.
- Academic Area Clubs: These are clubs organized around the Divinity School’s areas of studies. They are funded partially by DSA and partially by the Area.
- Student-Founded Clubs: These are clubs organized by students around particular interests not covered by the Academic Area Clubs or Identity Clubs.
We are always happy to have new DSA Clubs! If you have an idea for a new club please .
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 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 us .
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 ; check us out on Facebook, or join our listserv.
The vision of Ivy 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 Ivy .
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 us . You can also subscribe to our listserv.
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.
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 us .
Religion and/in Film Club
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 us .
Academic Area Clubs
The Ethics Club provides a forum for intellectual and social exchange for students and faculty interested in the study of religious ethics, ethics broadly construed, or disciplines that have moral or religious concerns. We hosts pub nights, receptions, study sessions, and other events. The Ethics Club frequently co-sponsers events with the Theology and Religious Ethics Workshop. If you would like more information or wish to subscribe to the email listserv, please contact us .
History of Judaism Club
The History of Judaism Club brings together students and faculty interested in an ongoing interdisciplinary dialogue on the history, culture, religion, literature, and philosophy of Judaism. For more information please visit the site of the affiliated Jewish Studies and the Hebrew Bible Workshop or contact us .
Islamic Studies Workshop
Leaders: and Sam Pellegrino
Philosophy of Religions Club
The Philosophy of Religions Club provides a forum where both faculty and students can present current work and receive feedback. Past speakers have included professors Arnold Davidson, Chris Gamwell, and Françoise Meltzer. The PR Club also sponsors weekly meetings for presentation, dialogue, and discussion. For more information, contact us .
Queer Studies Workshop
A workshop organized by DivOUT
Leader: Benjamin Campbell
Religions in America (RAME) Workshop
Leaders: and Joel Brown
Religion and the Human Sciences Club
For more information please contact us .
Leader: Seema Chauhan
Religion, Literature, & Visual Culture Club
Each quarter, the Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture Club sponsors workshops, social events, and speakers, providing a space to present and discuss work on the relations between literature, visual culture and religion. All students are invited to participate regardless of their field. For more information, please contact us via email.
The Theology Club provides a forum for discussing current theological research, for building relationships between students and faculty, and for furthering the pursuit of theological study. The club partners with the Theology and Religious Ethics workshop and invites students and faculty from all areas of the Divinity School and university to participate in our discussions and dinners. To subscribe to our listserv or for more information, please contact us .
Leader: Matthew Vega