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For many years students and faculty members have been wanting… a room specifically reserved for use by School of Religion students. At last this wish has come true and the Social Room is meeting a real need in the lives of those of us who are now in school.

Duke School of Religion Bulletin
February 1938

Although its look and location have changed over the years—from a basement corner of the Gray Building (with chessboard set for play) to the far reaches of New Divinity (with leather upholstery and shag carpet) in the 1970s and then back to the basement of Old Divinity where it eventually became the new Weldon Student Lounge—the “Social Room” and its successors have always been a vital part of divinity school life.

With the construction of the school’s new addition, the student lounge is once again on the move, taking up temporary residence in the Alumni Memorial Common Room for the coming year.

In addition to a complete renovation of Weldon Lounge, the divinity school’s current 53,000-sq.-ft. project includes:

  • A new suite of student life offices, including Admissions, Field Education, Financial Aid, and the Chaplain’s Office;
  • A refectory with outlets for computers, wireless internet access, and plenty of space for communal dining; and
  • A terrace off the refectory that, weather permitting, will allow outdoor eating, studying and socializing.

And you thought that chessboard was impressive.


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