Student Life

All Hallows' Eve Dessert and Coffee House

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 8:30pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room

The Office of Student Life and the Divinity School Women's Center will hold an All Hallows' Eve Dessert and Coffee House for Divinity School students, faculty, and staff. There will be an opportunity for people to share  stories of their favorite saints and the "saints" in their own lives before attending the Duke Chapel's All Hallows' Eve Service at 10:30 p.m.

Warm beverages will be served. Participants are asked to bring a dessert.

Screening of "The Final Gift" Documentary about Loss, Forgiveness, and Restorative Justice

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm
0014 Westbrook Building
Cari Willis,, (336) 905-5441

PriMEDD (Prison Ministry Enlivening Duke Divinity) will hold a public screening of "The Final Gift," a 2012 documentary following the seven-year journey of Therese Bartholomew and her family to come to terms with the murder of her brother in Greenville, S.C., including her emotional meeting in a correctional facility with the man who killed him.

Bartholomew, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., will be present to participate in a discussion and answer questions after the film.

The film addresses universal ideas of forgiveness and redemption, as well as the larger societal issues such as how do you make peace with crime, support the victims, and restore the offenders. The documentary shows the impact of violence on a family and one survivor’s path to peace and healing.

A free pizza dinner will be provided at 5:15 p.m. in 0015 Westbrook, followed by the showing of the film at 6 p.m. in 0014 Westbrook.

Bartholomew is the author of a memoir, "Coffee Shop God,"  and the first filmmaker in more than two decades to have brought cameras into a South Carolina prison.





"Manos Unidas" Meeting on "Detention Centers and Our Faith" with Viridiana Martinez

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 12:30pm
Elizabeth Murray (

Manos Unidas, a student group at Duke Divinity School, will hold a lunch discussion about the reality of detention centers and the immigration system in the United States. The speaker at the event, "Detention Centers and Our Faith," will be Viridiana Martinez of the NC DREAM Team, an organization of undocumented immigrant youth and allies dedicated to creating a sustainable, community-led immigrant rights movement in North Carolina.

Martinez purposely got detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, infiltrated a detention center, and started to organize immigrants who were believed to have been wrongfully detained.

Register for the event

"Say What?!...About Race" Open Forum

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room
Office of Student and Community Life (

Members of the Duke Divinity School student community represented by students Sara Bayles, D'Najah Pendergrass, Josiah Brock, and Allen Stanton are sponsoring an open forum about race and race related issues in formal and informal conversations at the school. The purpose of the meeting titled "Say What?!...About Race" is to create an open dialogue.

Divinity School professors Eboni Marshall Turman, J. Kameron Carter, Willie Jennings, William Turner, Curtis Freeman, and Mary McClintock Fulkerson will help facilitate and participate in the meeting. Pizza will be served.

Register by Oct. 22 at noon.

"Remembering the LGBTQA Saints" Exhibit Reception

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Divinity School Student Lounge (00 Level Gray Building) and Divinity Bookshop hallway
Lynda Berg ( and Sarah Wilcox (

Sacred Worth and New Creation Arts student groups at Duke Divinity School will host an opening reception of an exhibit, "Remembering the LGBTQA Saints," highlighting those who exhibit organizers say have moved the church and helpfully complicated simple categories and boundaries. The exhibit will be on display from Oct. 21 to Nov. 23.

Refreshments will be served at the reception for Divinity School students, faculty, and staff.

“What Every Pastor Needs to Know: Mass Incarceration and Re-Entry, and Prison Studies at Duke Divinity"

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm
0012 Westbrook Building

Prison Ministry Enlivening Duke Divinity (PriMEDD), a student group at Duke Divinity School, will sponsor a panel discussion on “What Every Pastor Needs to Know: Mass Incarceration and Re-entry, and Prison Studies at Duke Divinity School.”

The panelists will be Douglas Campbell, associate professor of New Testament at the school; Ian Stickland, director of Project TURN; and Sarah Jobe, chaplain at the Raleigh Correctional Center for Women.

Dessert will be provided.

Black Seminarians Union Brown-Bag Lunch

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 12:25pm
0015 Westbrook Building
D'Najah Pendergrass (

The Black Seminarians Union, a student group at Duke Divinity School, will hold its monthly brown-bag lunch. All students are welcome.

"Step into the Story of Scripture: 'The Voice' and the New Testament" with David Capes

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 12:30pm
0015 Westbrook Building
Office of Student and Community Life

The Office of Student and Community Life and the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor a public lecture on a new Bible translation, The Voice, which has been published by Thomas Nelson, Inc., the world’s largest Christian publisher.

The lecture will be presented by David B. Capes, Thomas Nelson Research Professor in the Department of Theology at Houston Baptist University and lead scholar on the new translation. He will introduce the new translation and address issues of changing culture, biblical illiteracy, and Bible translation.

Lauren Winner, associate professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School, was one of the contributors to this translation.

Free pizza will be served to the first 50 attendees. Space will be limited.

Black Seminarians Union Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: How to Think and Write Theologically

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 12:25pm
110 Gray
D'Najah Pendergrass (

The Black Seminarians Union, a student group  at Duke Divinity School, will sponsor a brown-bag lunch discussion on "How to Think and Write Theologically" open to any interested students. The presenters will be Judith Heyhoe, director of the Center for Theological Writing, and Willie Jennings, associate professor of theology and black church studies, both from the Divinity School.

New Creation Arts and the Divinity Women's Center Sponsors Visit to Nasher

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 2:30pm
Meet in Student Lounge
Sarah Wilcox (

The New Creation Arts group and the Divinity Women's Center at Duke Divinity School are hosting a free trip for students to the Nasher Museum of Art to see "Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art," an exhibit of Muslim art collected from the late Doris Duke's home and also to view other multi-artist installations.

Students are asked to meet in the student lounge to be transported by bus and may stay at the museum as long as they wish.