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Hispanic role models integral to success of VU’s HTI scholars

November 9, 2016—Lis Valle-Ruiz, who is a fourth-year doctoral student in homiletics and liturgics, and Michael Sekuras, who is a second-year doctoral student in Hebrew Bible, are current Vanderbilt HTI fellows. READ MORE »


Dave Michelson and Choon-Leong Seow among those named to the new interdisciplinary university research council

November 7, 2016—Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has appointed faculty from all 10 colleges and schools to the inaugural Vanderbilt University Research Council. The council’s purpose is to leverage current strengths and programs, with special emphasis on facilitating research collaborations across the university and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. READ MORE »


From Billings Gazetter: Amy-Jill Levine: Understanding Jesus means also understanding Judaism

November 7, 2016—Amy-Jill Levine engaged an audience for two hours at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, drawing on her extensive knowledge of the Old and New Testaments, and her humor. She welcomed questions and spoke often with individual audience members. READ MORE »


‘Vocations in Racial Justice’ topic of community breakfast

November 2, 2016—A Vanderbilt University initiative to develop a model curriculum for social justice work will be the focus of a Divinity School community breakfast Nov. 8. The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the school’s Reading Room. READ MORE »


Commentary |Creating A Hub For Religious Fluency

November 1, 2016—The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council is working to create what is tentatively being called an Interfaith Center for Religious Literacy. The article mentions that Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, recently spoke about interfaith issues at several different venues in Kansas City. READ MORE »


James Hudnut-Beumler quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer article: Cash-strapped Archdiocese sees high-rise towers for Cathedral campus

October 28, 2016—The Archdiocese of Philadelphia envisions hundreds of new dwellings—including one for the archbishop—around its Center City cathedral. The new housing is part of an ambitious proposal to transform acres of underused land around the historic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul into an inviting enclave of high-rise buildings, verdant gardens and pedestrian walkways. READ MORE »


Rev. Becca Stevens, VDS alumna, quoted in USA Today article: From dust to dust: Natural burials could conserve land in Tennessee

October 28, 2016—A Sumner County property bordering Taylor Hollow State Natural Area will become Tennessee’s first conservation cemetery, and the final resting place for anyone who wants a natural burial void of embalming chemicals, metal caskets and concrete vaults. READ MORE »


African American religious historian to give Harrod Lecture

October 27, 2016—Dennis C. Dickerson, a Vanderbilt University history professor whose areas of expertise include African American religious history and the history of the U.S. civil rights movement, will deliver the 2016 Howard L. Harrod Lecture Nov. 10. READ MORE »



Joerg Rieger blog for the Huffington Post: Divine Power, Donald Trump, and How the 2016 Presidential Elections Challenge Common Religious Assumptions

October 19, 2016—Much has been written about whether people of faith should or should not be supporting presidential candidate Donald Trump in the upcoming election. This much is clear: Trump’s track record on topics that are typically valued by religious communities is dismal. READ MORE »



New faculty: Joerg Rieger examines theology in a social context

October 13, 2016—Joerg Rieger, who grew up in southwestern Germany, began his path to teaching at the university level when he enrolled in the Reutlingen School of Theology, affiliated with the United Methodist Church. READ MORE »


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 »



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