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Community Breakfast Spring 2015

April 2, 2015

Vanderbilt Divinity School Reading Room

7:30 a.m.

Victor Anderson

Oberlin Theological School Professor of Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Divinity School


Graham Reside

Executive Director, Cal Turner Program in Moral Leadership for the Professions
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Divinity School


Vanderbilt Divinity School and Vanderbilt University Graduate Department of Religion Students

Faith and Politics: Collective Violence and Globalization in South Africa

William James once wrote in “The Moral Equivalent of War” (1910) that "History is a bath of blood." When violence is mapped onto groups and governments, it is called "collective Violence." This subject has been discussed primarily in the venues of political science and social sciences. However, religious studies, ethics, and political theology have equally made contributions to the study of collective violence as they interact with contemporary social theory and global studies. Collective violence can be spontaneous, premeditated or carefully planned. It may result from war or unequal distribution of resources for human needs. It varies in agents: institutional, systems, multinational corporations, non-governmental organization, policing, religion, among many imaginable others. It may take a number of forms from warfare, genocide, state terrorism, mass incarceration, and more. We analyze the ethics of violence in terms of its collective expression rather than in terms of individual responsibility. During this Community Breakfast, these students will share some of these stories and the impact it had on their lives during their travel to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Please RSVP to 615-936-8453
Cost: General Registration - $10, Student Registration - Free