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Vanderbilt University Divinity School announces the 2021 Cole Lecture

to be delivered by

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R. Marie Griffith 

John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities

Director, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

Washington University in St. Louis

Monday, October 11, 2020
7:00 p.m. CDT

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Making the World Over: Confronting Racism, Misogyny, and Xenophobia in the Religions that have Shaped Us
About the Cole Lecturer

Marie Griffith, the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, is currently the director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and the editor of the Center’s journal, Religion & Politics .

Professor Griffith obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in Political and Social Thought and her Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University. Before moving to Washington University in 2011, she served as professor of religion and director of the women and gender studies program at Princeton University and later as the John A. Bartlett Professor of New England Church History at Harvard. She is the author or editor of six books, including  God’s Daughters: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission  (1997), Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity (2004), and Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics (2017).

Griffith’s research focuses on current issues pertaining to religion and politics, including the changing profile of American evangelicals and ongoing conflicts over gender, sexuality, and marriage.

 About the Cole Lectures

Philanthropist Edmund W. Cole, president of Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad and treasurer of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, endowed the annual Cole Lecture Series in 1892 "for the defense and advocacy of the Christian religion." Cole's gift provided for the first sustained lectureship in the history of Vanderbilt University.

The lectures have been delivered by such distinguished scholars as Harry Emerson Fosdick, George Buttrick, Rudolph Bultmann, H. Richard Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Walter Brueggemann, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, James Barr, Gustavo Gutierrez, James Cone, Edward Farley, Don Beisswenger, Gene TeSelle, David Buttrick, Jim Wallis, Lamin Sanneh, Mark Noll, Randall Balmer, James Lawson, John O'Malley, R. Scott Appleby, M. Shawn Copeland and many others.
The Cole Lectures are free and open to the public.

Click here for a complete list of Cole Lectures from 1894-2015.