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Joerg Rieger's Capitalocene

September 8, 2022—Rieger takes a new look at the things that cause unease and discomfort in our time, leading to the growing destruction and death of people and the planet. Only when these causes are understood, he argues, can real alternatives be developed. READ MORE »

With an eye on midterm elections, 2022 Kelly Miller Smith Symposium to focus on voting

September 7, 2022—The third annual Kelly Miller Smith Symposium will discuss equal access to and full participation in the electoral process. This year’s featured speaker is Valerie Jarrett, CEO of the Barack Obama Foundation and former senior advisor to President Barack Obama. READ MORE »

'Encouraging': What the latest Hillsong scandal says about the #ChurchToo movement

September 2, 2022—Emily Joy Allison (MDiv '22) and Ellen Armour, associate professor of Feminist Theology and director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality are featured in this USA Today piece about the #ChurchToo movement and recent sexual misconduct in the Christian church. READ MORE »

'You can't think yourself out of racism' Black religion scholars call for conversion

August 26, 2021—Recently an assistant professor of African studies at a Catholic university was preparing to oversee a doctoral student's oral examination when she heard from the theology department, in which she serves as a student adviser and teaches cross-listed courses. The professor was told, two weeks before the exam, that a comparative theologian would sit in on the examination with her. The exam did not go smoothly because of the clearly differing expectations of the two examiners. The episode disturbed the professor, who is Black: "There was a reluctance to see me as a peer," she said, "and a hesitation about my qualifications as a scholar of religion." READ MORE »

Friendly City Books Releases Mississippi Native Thomas Richardson’s Debut Full-Length Poetry Collection How to Read

May 4, 2021—Poet Thomas Richardson’s first full-length collection How to Read was released by independent press Friendly City Books today. The book received praise from poets C. T. Salazar, the winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters’ 2020 Poetry Award, and Jacqueline Allen Trimble, the winner of the 2017 Balcones Poetry Prize, among others. Friendly City Books is hosting two launch events with the author for How to Read. On Thursday, May 6, Richardson will appear for a book reading and signing at Munson and Brothers Trading Post in Columbus at 5:30 p.m. This event will be held outdoors and masks are encouraged. A virtual event with Richardson is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. Central Time on Zoom. The author will be available for virtual events, as well as in-person readings and signings in the Southeast region, during Summer 2021. READ MORE »

The Bible With and Without Jesus | Podcast

March 29, 2021—In this episode, we discuss the book The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently with co-authors Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler. READ MORE »

Rev. James Lawson joins fellow scholars, historians and activists for Vanderbilt symposium on racial equity

March 29, 2021—Prominent scholars, journalists, historians and activists gathered virtually for a daylong symposium discussing the fight for equity. “Racial Justice, Freedom and Activism in Nashville and Beyond: Then and Now” was hosted by Vanderbilt University on March 26. READ MORE »

Vanderbilt professor’s book explores Jews’ and Christians’ differing interpretations of the same biblical texts

March 26, 2021—People of different religious traditions interpret the Bible differently, but what did those passages originally mean? In her latest book, The Bible With and Without Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine explores this and how those different traditions sometimes weaponized Scripture against each other. READ MORE »

Being Asian American means living in a country that treats you as a perpetual foreigner. That has to change

March 26, 2021—We know this is who this country is, and who we are to it: the perpetual foreigner. And we will not be able to heal until we begin to acknowledge American civilization is made up of shredded pieces of the lives of vulnerable people. READ MORE »

Vanderbilt Divinity School awarded LEED certification following renovation and addition

March 26, 2021—Vanderbilt Divinity School has received a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its renovation and addition project that was completed in 2020. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, offering a framework for healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. READ MORE »

Poet Thomas Richardson’s first full-length collection How to Read will be released by independent press Friendly City Books on May 4

March 26, 2021—How To Read the ambitious testament Mississippi needs.”—C.T. Salazar, Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking READ MORE »

Pastor Dawn Bennett speaks out against the Tennessee bill to ban transgender athletes

March 26, 2021—Pastor Dawn Bennetts receives hate mail and threats after speaking out against the Tennessee bill to ban transgender athletes. READ MORE »

Cornel West, Victor Anderson to discuss ‘Race, Faith and American Democracy’ Feb. 5

February 3, 2021—Prominent scholars Cornel West and Victor Anderson will participate in a virtual event, “Race, Faith and American Democracy: A Conversation,” on Friday, Feb. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. CT as part of Vanderbilt University’s celebration of Black History Month. READ MORE »

Ash Wednesday: Different look, same message

February 3, 2021—Ash Wednesday, as with many other things right now, will have a different look at many Catholic parishes across the United States this year. READ MORE »

A Holy Baptism of Fire & Blood’ Review: The Civil War’s Biblical Violence

February 3, 2021—What prompted so many ordinary Americans to march to war? A belief in a sacred cause. Review in Wall Street Journal of Prof. James Byrd's most recent publication. READ MORE »

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