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Homecoming/ Reunion 2013

Honoring the past, imagining the future

Schedule October 3 - 4, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Reunion/Homecoming Kick-off Reception
Welcome and Registration
4-6 p.m.
Divinity School Tillett Lounge
Come check in and enjoy refreshments with old friends.

*We are happy to assist you, or a group of your classmates, in making dinner reservations prior to the Cole Lecture.

Cole Lecture
7 p.m.
Benton Chapel
"Art, Music and Politics in the Book of Revelation" Presented by Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University

Divinity School Alumni/ae and Friends Reception
mmediately following the Cole Lecture
Divinity School Reading Room (the former refectory)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Reunion registration
Friday, October 4, 2013
7:30–9 a.m.
Divinity School Reading Room (the former refectory)

Coffee and Doughnuts
9-10 a.m.
Divinity School Reading Room (the former refectory)
Come join current VDS/GDR students and faculty as they
gather for this Friday morning tradition at the Divinity School.

Cole Lecture

10 a.m.
Benton Chapel
“New Reflections on Gospel Traditions: the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Thomas"
Presented by Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University

VDS/GDR Talkback
11 a.m.–noon (immediately following the Cole Lecture)
Divinity School Room 122
Join us for a discussion with current faculty, VDS/GDR students and alumni/ ae on topics and questions raised from the Cole Lecture

Dean’s Luncheon and Address
Divinity School Reading Room (the former refectory)
Enjoy lunch and conversation with Emilie M. Townes, 16th dean of the Divinity School

Alumni/ae and Faculty Memorial Service
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Benton Chapel

GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Alumni/ae Al’s Pub
3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Divinity School Tillett Lounge and Courtyard 
Graduates from 2003–2013 (GOLD alumni/ae) are invited to join current VDS/ GDR students, faculty and staff for special Homecoming fellowship and good cheer!



Please register for all Homecoming/Reunion events before Thursday, September 26. 

There are two ways to register this year:

Pick up your name tag at the Homecoming/Reunion 2013 registration table located in the Divinity School Tillett Lounge from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, and from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday, October 4, in the Divinity School Reading Room (the former refectory).


 The registration fee  is $25 per person, or $35 per couple. You  may pay at the door during open registration times, 4–6 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, and 7:30–9 a.m. on Friday, October 4. You may also mail a check made out to Vanderbilt Divinity School to:

Vanderbilt Divinity School Development and Alumni Relations
PMB 407714
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-7714
*Please print Homecoming/Reunion Registration fee on memo line of check


There is a fee for parking on Thursday, October 3, until 4 p.m. at Wesley Place garage at 21st Avenue and Scarritt Place. You may also park at Terrace Place garage at 21st Avenue and Terrace Place in any non-reserved spaces on Thursday.

Parking is complimentary from Friday, October 4, through Saturday, October 5, at Wesley Place garage (spaces 52–170 before 4 p.m.; spaces 330–695 after 4 p.m.) and Terrace Place garage (non-reserved spaces).

Visitors with state-issued handicap placards may park free in any metered campus space. 


Call (615) 322-4205 or visit

Dinner Reservations
Contact Carrie Deaton at or (615) 322-4205 for assistance making dinner reservations before Thursday’s Cole Lecture. 

Make your hotel reservations early!  Vanderbilt undergraduate Reunion is the same weekend. For a list of area hotels, visit Scarritt-Bennett Center also offers rooms—call (866) 420-5486.

About the Cole Lecturer

Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She joined the Princeton faculty in 1982, shortly after receiving a MacArthur Fellowship. Perhaps best known as the author of The Gnostic Gospels, The Origin of Satan, and Adam, Eve and the Serpent, she has published widely on Gnosticism and early Christianity, and continues to pursue research interests in late antiquity. Her most recent books include Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (New York Times best seller) and Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity, co-authored with Karen King of Harvard. Her current project is entitled Revelations which will explore the New Testament Book of Revelation and other Jewish, Christian and pagan books of Revelation written around the same time.

“Embracing the possibilities of theological education” through giving back

We hope that the time you spend on campus at Homecoming/Reunion reminds you of your days as a student. Today, Divinity and Graduate Department of Religion alumni/ae are using their theological educations to make a difference around the world in prophetic ways..

Reunion is the perfect time to reaffirm your support of the Divinity School with a financial gift.  You will be providing immediate assistance to deserving students, helping them fully embrace all of the possibilities and opportunities available through  theological education.

If you have a story that  will inspire others to give, let us here about it. Visit and click on “Why I Give” to share your  story.

 Oak Leaf Society

Vanderbilt’s Oak Leaf Society honors committed Vanderbilt donors whose annual gifts serve as the foundation for university-wide excellence. We are proud to count many Divinity School alumni/ ae and friends among these important supporters.

Gifts of any amount to any area of the university given for two or more consecutive fiscal years count toward Oak Leaf Society participation. Membership is sustained as long as gifts are made to Vanderbilt every fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) without interruption. If  you have missed a fiscal year of giving to Vanderbilt, you still have the opportunity to join the Oak Leaf Society through “buying back” giving years that were missed and resuming annual giving. Years may be bought for $25 per year.

Your annual gifts have a powerful impact on Vanderbilt’s ability to meet new opportunities and emerging needs while also honoring the timeless tradition of giving to Vanderbilt.

For more information on the Oak Leaf Society, visit or call (800) 288-0028.

Vanderbilt Divinity School
PMB 407714
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN  37240-7714