School of Divinity


School of Divinity events from 2019.

The Bible in Crime Fiction and Drama: Day Conference

10am, Tuesday 8 January 2019. Keynote Speaker Professor Liam McIlvanney, University of Otago and author of 'The Quaker', winner of the Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2018.

Want to become a teacher of religious studies?

Letter blocks spelling out the word teach, with books in the background
Talk with Q&A about the University of Aberdeen's PGDE Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies, 29 January 2019

Book launch: 'In your loving is your knowing'

Co-sponsored by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, independent Scottish publisher Birlinn will launch a collection of Elizabeth Templeton's talks and articles: 4pm Wednesday 6 February 2019, Martin Hall, New College.

Postgraduate virtual open week

Three Divinity students working online in the study pod, as seen from above
The School of Divinity will host an online information session for prospective postgraduate students, 2.30-3.30pm Wednesday 13 March 2019, as part of the University’s virtual open week.

A Conversation on Contested Jerusalem

The holy city Jerusalem
Illustrated interview with Professor Jolyon Mitchell and Norwegian peacebuilder Dr Trond Bakkevig, 5.15pm Thursday 14 March 2019, Martin Hall, New College

School heat: 3 Minute Thesis

Winners of Edinburgh University's 3MT final on 22 June 2018
PhD students! Sharpen your presentation skills. Present your research on one slide in three minutes. Win £50 in vouchers! 20 March, 2.30pm, Martin Hall.

Book launch: The Prodigal Son in English and American Literature

Dr Alison Jack in the School Office, Divinity
Please join us for the launch of Dr Alison Jack’s latest book, Wednesday 27 March 2019, 5-7pm, Martin Hall, New College

New College Ball 2019

Cropped image of young woman in red dress and man in suit both raising glasses to the caamera
Tickets are on sale for the annual New College Ball, Tuesday 2 April. Book by 18 March 2019!

Fourth Annual New College Postgraduate Colloquium

View of New College from Princes Street
The one-day event for postgraduate students in the School of Divinity will be held 9am-5pm Thursday 2 May 2019, Martin Hall.

Gunning Lecture Series: 2 Lectures, followed by a lunch-time discussion

Philosophy & Religion courses
5pm, 7 & 8 May. Speaker: Peter Adamson, Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. On 9 May at 1pm there will be a discussion on these lectures, followed by tea/coffee and snacks. Location: Martin Hall, New College.

Westminster, Confessions and the Church Day Conference

10am, Wednesday 8 May, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LX

CPD event for Scottish School teachers: Understanding religious conversion through story

Hindoo Ghat on the Ganges below Benares, Charles Ramus Forrest, Plate 12 ©British Library
New resources for teaching Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism. Saturday 1 June 2019, 10am-4.30pm, Martin Hall, School of Divinity

The Political Lives of Saints

13 June 2019, New College, Edinburgh. This event co-sponsored by the Christian-Muslim Studies Network and the Centre for the Study of World Christianity.

Who is my Neighbour? A Summer School on Christian Engagement with Muslims

18 - 21 June 2019, New College, Edinburgh. This event is hosted by the Christian-Muslim Studies Network

Discovery Day for RMPS Highers pupils, 19 June 2019

Wednesday 19 June 2019, 10am-2.45pm, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LX

Discovery Day for RMPS Highers pupils, 20 June 2019

Group of students talking next to bicycles.
Thursday 20 June 2019, 10am-2.45pm, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LX

Art, Conflict, and Remembering: the murals of the Bogside Artists

The Rioter mural - a gray painting on a building showing a rioter with a wire mesh shield facing an armoured car
Exhibition, 21 August-3 September 2019, School of Divinity, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh

Gratitude: Love, Power, and Indebtedness

Man in silhouette against sunset with arms raised as if in thanks or prayer
Second workshop in our Gratitude series, 28-30 August 2019. Venue: Yale Divinity School, New Haven

New short courses for Church people

Diverse congregation praying
The School of Divinity is piloting two new courses for Church people, lay or ordained.

The Spirit of Populism: Political Theologies in Polarized Times

Blurred crowd of pedestrians on wide zebra crossing
Conference, 2-3 September 2019, School of Divinity, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh

Welcome Week 2019

The School of Divinity looks forward to meeting new students, 9-13 September 2019, after International Student Orientation on Sunday 8 September 2019.

Introduction to the Main Principles of Buddhism

Drupon Khen Rinpoche will give an introduction to the main principles of Buddhism, Tuesday 24 September 2019, 1-2pm, Rainy Hall, New College, Mound Place. ***All welcome***

New College Away Day 2019

Dunblane Cathedral through the trees, with river in the foreground
All students, staff and their families are welcome to join us for our trip to Dunblane, Saturday 28 September 2019.

Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2019

New College will be open to the public Sunday 29 September 2019, 11am-3pm, for Edinburgh Doors Open Day.

Cunningham Lectures: 'Theology as Political: The Weight, the Yearning, the Urgency of Life'

1, 2 and 3 October 2019, 5.10pm, New College: Shawn Copeland, Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College.

Study Skills and Wellbeing Day

Support for Success: Study Skills and Wellbeing Day for New College undergraduates, Wednesday 16 October 2019, 2-5pm.

Speaking across the divide

Book covers for Noemie Lopian's book, The Long Night and Derek Niemann's book, A Nazi in the Family
Noemie Lopian, daughter of Holocaust survivors and Derek Niemann, grandson of an SS officer, share their stories. Tuesday 12 November 2019, 5.30pm, Project Room, 50 George Square.

Postgraduate Open Day 13 November 2019

Thinking of joining us next year to study for a taught or research postgraduate programme? Come and see us!

Dartmouth Gunning Lecture: "Lived Islam: Colloquial Religion in a Cosmopolitan Tradition"

New College photographed from Princes Street Gardens
5.10pm, 14 November, Martin Hall, New College. Professor Kevin Reinhart, Dartmouth College, USA will give this lecture

Thanksgiving dinner and ceilidh

The words Happy Thanksgiving with drawings of acorn sprigs
28 November 2019, 6pm, Rainy Hall

Magnificat sketches and fine art meditations

28 November-3 December 2019, The Sanctuary, New College

Winter Graduation 2019

Inside McEwan Hall looking down on graduation ceremony photographed from high gallery
Friday 29 November 2019, 11am, McEwan Hall. New College Graduation Tea, 3-4.30pm, Rainy Hall.

Book launch: Religion and Relationships in Ragged Schools

Monday 2 December 2019, 4-6pm, Martin Hall

Inaugural Lecture: Professor Mark Harris, Chair in Natural Science and Theology

Dr Mark Harris in the Martin Hall at New College
'Natural Selection at New College,' 5.15pm, 4 December 2019, Playfair Library, Old College

New College Christmas Lunch and Carol Service

On red background a white line drawing of a Christmas tree tooped by a shining star
Friday 6 December. Lunch 1pm, Rainy Hall, followed by the Carol Service, 5.15pm.