From Grounds to Gifts: The Divinity Students Association (DSA) and the Religion Collection

This exhibit celebrates a gift of $1000 donated by the Divinity Students Association (DSA) to the Library for the purchase of new titles in Religion. The funds were used primarily to purchase patron requests from Divinity students. The books featured in this exhibit represent the eleven areas of study in the Divinity School. They were selected by Anne K. Knafl, Bibliographer for Religion and Philosophy, who chose works that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the academic study of Religion, especially as it has been and continues to be practiced and taught at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Student reading in front of Swift Hall

University of Chicago Photographic Archive, (apf2-08072), Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library. Undated

The DSA receives the bulk of its funding from the student run and operated café, Grounds of Being. The Divinity School coffee shop opened in the 1960s in the basement of Swift Hall. It is perhaps best known for its t-shirts, which read “Where God Drinks Coffee.” Included in the exhibit are two coffee shop t-shirts, one a “special edition” design on loan from the Special Collection Research Center and the other donated by Grounds of Being.

The exhibit is located on the Fourth Floor of Regenstein Library and will run until April 1st, 2013.

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