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Meditation on Black History Month

Victor AndersonMarking the beginning of Black History Month, Victor Anderson, Oberlin Theological School Professor of Ethics and Society and professor of religious studies as well as African American and diaspora studies, preached at community worship. Anderson called the Divinity School to celebrate Black History Month within our spiritual context by remembering our past beginnings and transitions and by greeting new beginnings and transitions with excitement and affection for those dear friends we will see again. Read more >>

Vanderbilt's Dave Perkins debuts movie soundtrack

DeadlineDave Perkins, a longtime blues/rock guitarist who found his way to Vanderbilt Divinity School and graduated with a master of divinity (2003) and Ph.D. (2011), talked about his newly released soundtrack for Deadline, an independent film shot and produced in Nashville. The movie was inspired by an unsolved murder of an African American teen in rural Alabama. Dave is the associate director of the Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture program. Listen to InterVU now >>

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  In the news

The search for meaning
Chapter 16Doug Knight and Amy-Jill Levine are interviewed about their new book, The Meaning of the Bible. Read more >>

Why do Mormons baptize the dead?
Religion News ServiceKathleen Flake is quoted in an article about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' practice of baptizing the dead. Read more >>

Cell groups: Inmates and seminarians study together
Christian Century—The program the late Harmon Wray, MA'85, started at Vanderbilt Divinity School that incorporates divinity students into classes alongside prisoners is mentioned in an article about the creation of similar programs at other theological schools. Bishop Kenneth Carder, DMin'80, and the Rev. Janet Wolf, BA'70 and MDiv'88, comment on the growing importance of such programs. Read more >>

Occupy Nashville protesters may pack it up
The TennesseanD.J. Hudson and Lindsey Krinks, Occupy Nashville protesters and current Vanderbilt Divinity School students, talked about next steps of the movement as they face eviction from Legislative Plaza. Read more >>

Former Miss Indiana running in 9thDistrict
Indiana Public MediaShelli Yoder, MDiv'02, enters the Democratic primary for Indiana's 9th U.S. Congressional District. Read more >>

Jewish roots of the New Testament
Jewish Daily ForwardAmy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler of Brandeis University, co-authors of the Jewish Annotated New Testament, are interviewed about the book. Read more >>

They are also interviewed in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz: Revealing the Jewish roots of the Christian Bible. Read more >>

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Huffington Post
USA Today

Young pastor elected moderator
The Charleston Gazette—The Rev. Stephen Baldwin, MDiv'07, was recently elected as moderator of the Presbytery of West Virginia. At 29, he is the youngest person to serve in the position. Read more >>

Students, administrators discuss nondiscrimination policy
MyVUDean James Hudnut-Beumler moderated a discussion about the university's nondiscrimination policy and its application to registered student organizations. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Richard McCarty and Vice Chancellor for University Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of the University David Williams were on hand to speak and answer questions. Read more >>

Meet 2012's 20 most sexually healthy and responsible seminaries
Religious InstituteVanderbilt Divinity School has been named one of the most sexually healthy and responsible seminaries by Religious Institute, a multifaith organization dedicated to sexual health, education and justice. Read more >>

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Faculty on the road

Victor Judge
Lenten Lecture Series
Religious Questions in William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. through Lent
Christ Church Cathedral
Nashville

Stacey Floyd-Thomas
The Geddes W. Hanson Lecture
When Patience is No Longer a Virtue: Subrosa Morality in a Postmodern Era
7 p.m. April 9
Main Lounge, Mackay Campus Center
Princeton University

Juan Floyd-Thomas and Stacey Floyd-Thomas
Where We Dwell in Common: Pathways for Dialogue in the 21st Century
Assisi 2012
April 17–20
Assisi, Italy

Susan Hylen
Keynote speaker at Eastern APCE Spring Event
April 23–25
Rhodes Grove Conference Center
Chambersburg, Pa.

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Check the calendar for up-to-date event postings.

CREATURE

CreatureWinter art exhibition
Now–March 30
Gallery, Divinity School
More information

Sophie's Table: A Conversation with Our Brothers

8 a.m.–6 p.m. March 17
Divinity School

WomanPreach! Inc.
Not On My Watch! Ending Violence Against Women and Children
Register
For more information

38th Annual Antoinette Brown Lecture

Love Abyss7 p.m. March 22
Benton Chapel

Love Abyss: Preaching Desire in the 13th and 21st Centuries
Amy Hollywood, Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School

Breakfast seminar

7:30 a.m. March 27
Divinity School Reading Room

Understanding Jesus Means Understanding Judaism: Tips for Preaching and Teaching
Amy-Jill Levine

Co-sponsored by Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Jewish Federation of Nashville
R.S.V.P. by March 20
For additional information
Breakfast seminar with Amy-Jill Levine

Religion and Politics 2012 Conference

Religion and Politics 2012 ConferenceThe Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership
8 a.m.–2 p.m. March 29
Vanderbilt Student Life Center
Details and registration

Songs from the Earth

7:30–10 p.m. March 30
Divinity School Reading Room

The Divinity/GDR community, faculty and staff will enlighten and entertain with ecology-related songs.

Stations of the Cross

10:10 a.m. April 4
Benton Chapel

Students, faculty and staff, led by the Rev. Bruce Morrill, will contribute artistic representations and meditative liturgy for the 14 stations. The chapel will remain open until 2 p.m. for reflection and meditation.

Mafoi Carlisle Bogitsh Memorial Lecture

4 p.m. April 12
Room 122, Divinity School

The Sufi who practiced Hindu Devotions: The Strange Tale of Yavana Haridasa in the 16th century Bengal
Tony Stewart

 
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