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Disrupting the Space-Time Continuum: Visioning New Futures and Alternate Realities for Social Change

DJ HudsonDJ Hudson   is a graduate of Fisk University and Vanderbilt Divinity School. While at Fisk, she studied the strategies of the Nashville students who conducted sit-ins and eventually went on to the Freedom Rides and the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).Since then, D. J. has committed herself to understanding, teaching, and learning strategic nonviolent resistance in context of 21st century social movements. During her studies at VDS, she became interested in the impact of experiences of oppression-based trauma upon activist communities, and what the tradition of pastoral care could contribute to the problems she found there. D. J. continues to pursue this issue through her lens of womanist ethics and Southern/queer traditions. She is currently a member of the Nashville Black Lives Matter chapter.

Carlin RushingCarlin Rushing  is a native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Art degree in Philosophy (honors) from Spelman College. Carlin graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School with her Master of Divinity degree and certificates from both the Carpenter Program in Religion and Sexuality and the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies in 2013. While at Spelman and Vanderbilt her work in the classroom and in the community met at the intersection of race, class gender, and sexuality.  As the Carpenter Program Assistant, she brings over eight years of innovative collegiate-level programming experience, having most recently served as the Program Coordinator for the Nashville Mobile Market. She also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at American Baptist College. 



Spirit/Place: Imagining a Creative Community of Art, Advocacy and Action is co-sponsored by: Vanderbilt Divinity School, Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality, Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture, Scarritt Bennett Center, Metro Arts, The Curb Center and The  Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions.