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Cohen Hall Hosts Exhibit on “Syriac: Preserving an Endangered World Culture”

For nearly two thousand years, Christians across the Middle East and Asia have shared a common heritage through the Syriac language (a dialect of Aramaic) and culture. Syriac texts are one of the largest surviving bodies of literature from the period, including more than 20,000 manuscripts and fragments related to theology, philosophy, commerce, science, and…

Posted by on February 9, 2018 in Divinity School, Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, News, Student/Alumni, VRC


Divinity School Features Gallery Talk with Nashville Artist Omari Booker and Paul Polycarpou on February 8

An exhibition by Nashville studio artist Omari Booker, whose works include themes of social justice and Nashville’s changing neighborhoods, will be on display at Vanderbilt Divinity School throughout the month of February. “In My Lifetime: An African American Perspective” is located in the Divinity School’s Art Room, G-20. The exhibition will be open weekdays—with the exception of Tuesdays—from…

Posted by on February 6, 2018 in Divinity School, Events, HART, Lectures, Nashville Arts, News, Student/Alumni, VRC


‘Cultures in Clay’ Exhibit at Divinity Library Showcases 4,000-year-old Writing System

The importance of clay as a medium of culture in what many call the “cradle of civilization” some 4,000 years ago is the focus of a new exhibit at Vanderbilt Divinity Library. Among the highlights of “Cultures in Clay: The Shaping of Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations” are clay tablets with cuneiform—a wedge-shaped writing system used…

Posted by on December 14, 2017 in Divinity School, HART, News, Student/Alumni, VRC


Betsey Robinson Moderates October 20 Workshop Session on the Western Delta in Late Antiquity

The hinterland of Alexandria was the setting for some of the earliest and most important monastic settlements in late antique Egypt. It is this area that produced the famous “sayings of the desert fathers,” and it is in this area, above all, that Christian pilgrims from the Roman Empire encountered Egyptian monasticism. This is the…

Posted by on October 19, 2017 in Conferences, Divinity School, Events, HART, Lectures, News, VRC


Stephen Davis to Deliver Keynote Lecture at Interdisciplinary Workshop on Late Antiquity October 19-20

Stephen J. Davis, professor of religious studies and Near Eastern languages and civilization at Yale University, will deliver the keynote lecture, “The Archaeology of Early Christian Monasticism: Evidentiary Problems and Criteria” on Thursday, October 19, at 4:10 pm in Cohen Hall 203 followed by a reception.  Davis will open ReLACS 2017, an interdisciplinary workshop on…

Posted by on October 17, 2017 in Conferences, Divinity School, Events, HART, Lectures, News, Vanderbilt University, VRC


“Invictus” Art Exhibition Celebrates African Americans’ Pursuit of Freedom and Will to Survive

An art exhibition inspired by a Vanderbilt undergraduate’s course work in African American history is currently on display at Vanderbilt Divinity School through Friday, February 24. The Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture program presents “Invictus: Twenty Works Celebrating African Americans’ Pursuit of Freedom and Will to Survive” in the Divinity School’s art gallery,…

Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Divinity School, Events, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC


“American Epic” Print Exhibition Opens September 22 at Divinity School

American Epic, an exhibition by Clarksville artist and master printmaker Jesse Shaw, will open at Vanderbilt Divinity School on Thursday, September 22, with a reception from 4 to 6 pm in room G-20, including a gallery talk by the artist at 5 pm. Shaw works primarily in relief prints carved from linoleum blocks. His work…

Posted by on September 20, 2016 in Divinity School, Events, HART, VRC


Vanderbilt Libraries to Host “Cultural Heritage at Scale” Symposium June 2-3

Understanding the opportunities and challenges related to building sustainable national-scale digital humanities projects is one of the goals of a free symposium at the Vanderbilt University Central Library on June 2 and 3. “Cultural Heritage at Scale” is co-sponsored by Vanderbilt Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. …

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Divinity School, Events, HART, Technology, VRC

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Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture: A Review

The intersection between religion and the arts in today’s seemingly secular society has shifted dramatically from its pedagogical past, and Vanderbilt Divinity School seeks to explore this through their grant-funded program “Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture.” As a result of this initiative, an exhibition recently opened titled Meet the Fergusons, a series of…

Posted by on October 12, 2015 in Divinity School, Events, HART, VRC

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