Victor Judge, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Vanderbilt Divinity School
When four members of a Polish family displaced by the effects of the Second World War arrive in rural Georgia to begin their new lives, they encounter yet another manifestation of the systemic evil that has deemed them “the other.” Published in 1954 in The Sewanee Review, Flannery O’Connor’s short story “The Displaced Person” may be read as a contemporary Passion Play in which the themes of xenophobia or ‘othering,’ Jim Crowism, Cold War rivalry, and nationalism collide. We shall discover the relevance of these themes sixty-five years after O’Connor composed “The Displaced Person” as we examine her portrait of the immigrant family and the failure to fulfill the Scriptural mandate of hospitality to the refugee.
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room 124
Friday, March 22
Dinner & Lecture, 6:00-8:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 Discussion & Film Viewing
9:00 am-1:30 pm Light breakfast and lunch served
Free and open to all; registration required.
Upon registration, you will receive a PDF file of the story to read before the event.