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Emilie M. Townes quoted in Religion Dispatches article: From "It's Just Words" to Just Words: Speech Ethics in the Time of Trump

October 11, 2016—As a Christian pastor and professor, I make my living with words. When Donald Trump dismisses his own violent and regressive speech with the slogan “it’s just words,” as he did during last night’s depressing civic spectacle, my own concern about the deterioration of our public conversation deepens. READ MORE »


Jennifer Bailey,MDiv'14, named one of 14 People Who Are Here To Change The World!

October 11, 2016—Ashoka US’s 2016 class is tackling some of those big issues in the US — from immigration detention reform and labor rights to accessible birth control and the free and private Internet. This year's class of US Fellows joins Ashoka's global network of over 3,200 Fellows in 90 countries. Let us introduce you to 14 inspiring individuals who are bringing new paradigms and new ideas to the table. READ MORE »


Vanderbilt University faculty members Paul Lim and Norman Tolk will join two experts from the Nashville community for a discussion on the limits of free speech Oct. 10

October 6, 2016—“The Limits of Free Speech?” will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the Vanderbilt Central Library. READ MORE »


Celebration honors nine endowed chair recipients, including two members of the VDS faulty

September 29, 2016—The extraordinary academic achievements of nine Vanderbilt University faculty members who hold endowed chairs were recognized during a celebration Sept. 26 at the Student Life Center. READ MORE »


Activist, singer Monica Raye Simpson to lead Vanderbilt Divinity workshop

September 28, 2016—Monica Raye Simpson, executive director of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, will hold a public conversation and workshop at Vanderbilt Divinity School Sept. 29. READ MORE »


Professor Dave Michelson among faculty participating in Vanderbilt’s new Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies.

September 28, 2016—The program will build on the university’s existing faculty strengths and create new opportunities for students to analyze and understand an important and influential region. READ MORE »



The Christian Century: Tennessee: poster child for a broken system by Emilie M. Townes

September 27, 2016—I wish the elected officials in Tennessee would read Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemp­tion. READ MORE »


Emily Baird-Chrisohon, MDiv'14, invites strangers of differing faiths to take A Seat at the Table and leave as friends

September 22, 2016—This is A Seat at the Table, an informal interfaith conversation at which participants share with others to learn about neighbors of differing faiths. READ MORE »


2016 Vanderbilt Divinity and GDR Distinguished Alumni/ae named

September 20, 2016—A pastor and Tennessee legislator who is a civic and religious leader and a priest who has been a leader in higher education and community service are the 2016 Vanderbilt Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion Distinguished Alumni/ae Award recipients. READ MORE »



Divinity School makes list of ‘Seminaries that Change the World’

September 19, 2016—Vanderbilt Divinity School is included among a select group of seminaries and divinity schools designated “Seminaries that Change the World” for 2016–17 by The Center for Faith and Service. The center, which partners with other groups to help young people connect their passions for service and justice with their faith, is housed at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. READ MORE »


Vanderbilt Divinity School dean to reflect on troubling times

September 15, 2016—Emilie Townes will lead off Vanderbilt Divinity School’s community breakfasts for the 2016-17 school year as the featured speaker Sept. 20. Townes is dean of the Divinity School and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society. READ MORE »





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