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2020-21 Calendar of events

Calendar of events

Save the dates for the following VDS events. More information will be emailed/posted as they develop. If you have events open to the VDS community or beyond, send them to Sophia, director of communications.

If you missed the Convocation service from September 11, view the order of worship and full service on the Convocation page.

If you missed past webinars, view them here.

Scroll down to learn about library and writing offerings.

Faith and Money Series: Money Talks, Money Walks is a 12-week virtual learning space for Vanderbilt professional degree students, sponsored by the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership. Fridays, 10:30am-12PM, Central time. Contact Laine Walters Young with CTP for more information, or view this lineup to RSVP.


18: Trouble the Water: Conversations to Disrupt Racism film and discussion, Part III: Identity. 2-3PM. Register here.

18: Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership: Financial Frugality for Justice and Liberation. 10:30-12 noon Central. Lean financial living is a great way to be able to tithe, redistribute, and give back. We’ll talk about some tips and reasons for doing so financially. Register here.

21: September 21, 11:30-12:30pm CST Wendland-Cook Religion and Justice Forum (occurs monthly) with Shelby Bottom Duo. Join here.

25: Trouble the Water: Conversations to Disrupt Racism film and discussion, Part IV: Intersectionality and disruption. 2-3PM. Register here.

25:Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership: Abundance and Ethical Economics. 10:30-12 noon Central. How do we think ethically and hopefully about financial resources? Likely Dr. Jeorg Rieger of the Wendland-Cook Program for Religion and Justice will lead this session. Register here.

26: Cal Turner Program presents a Fall Compassion Retreat: The Fierce Heart: Showing Up (and Resting) in Compassion in Times of Crisis. 10AM-4PM. Register here.

27: Cal Turner Program presents: Community Conversations on Policing with Christophe Ringer. Register here.

29: 6pm Central. Vanderbilt Divinity School Relevant Religion Series and the Carpenter Religion, Gender, and Sexuality presents, A New Spiritual Contract: Individual Healing for Collective Transformation with Dr. Dayanara Marte. Register here.


2: Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership: Money Stories and Lessons Learned. 10:30-12 noon Central. Money stories, attitudes, and habits learned from our families, often simultaneously bring up feelings of shame, guilt, pride and gratitude. How do we cope, and strive to do better? Register here.

6: Public Policy and the Black Church: The Urgency of Now | Session 2. Learn more.

6: Experience VDS: What is Div School for? 7pm CT. Learn more.

7: Noon, Central. Cal Turner Program presents: Sister Helen Prejean of Dead Man Walkin Speaking about her memoir, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey. (Released in paperback August 2020, Penguin Random House). Register here.

13: Joint M.Div. recruitment with AADS 6-8pm Central. Register here.

14: Noon, Central. Cal Turner Program presents: Rev. Sharon Risher, author of For Such a Time as This: Hope and Forgiveness After the Charleston Massacre (2019, Chalice Books). Register here.

15: Cole Lecture: Eddie Glaude. 6pm Central. Register here.

15-16: Prospective Student Visit Days

20: Public Policy and the Black Church: The Urgency of Now | Session 3. Learn more.

20: Experience VDS: Which degree program is for me? 7pm Central

21: Noon, Central. Cal Turner Program presents: Dr. Christophe Ringer, author of the forthcoming Necropolitics and the Religious Crisis of U.S. Mass Incarceration (November 2020, Lexington Books). Register here.

22: Dirtifying ecology, economy, and religion: Why matter matters. 2pm, Central. Learn more.

23: “Reimagining Whiteness as an Ethical Emergency”  Part One of a two-part workshop led by Courtney Ariel, 1:00 pm-4:30 Central. Hosted by the Cal-Turner Program

26: Intersex and Faith film screening at 7pm Central. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Megan DeFranza, Lianne Simone, Marissa Adams, and Arlene B. Baratz MD. Register here.

27: Relevant Religion: Hosted by the Kelly Miller Smith Institute 6-7:30pm Central

28: Kelly Miller Smith Institute Symposium. 9-5pm Central

29: Spiritual Directors Open House. 6:00-7:30pm, Central. Register here.

30:  “Reimagining Whiteness as an Ethical Emergency”  Part Two of a two-part workshop led by Courtney Ariel, 1:00 pm-4:30


2: Wendland-Cook Weekly Forum with Workers Dignity.11:30-12:30pm Central. Register here.

5: Harrod Lecture with Laurel Schneider. 7:00 pm CDT

5-6: Cultivate Social Justice Leadership at VDS: A Virtual Event for Prospective Students. Learn more.


Fall workshop sessions with Keegan Osinski and Michael Sekuras Muñoz

Wednesday September 16 2pm: Thesis Statements & Outlines
Keegan and Michael will offer tips for constructing robust thesis statements and cohesive outlines for academic papers. Great for a refresher or if you’re not sure how to start.

Wednesday September 23 2pm: Exegesis & Close Reading
Michael and Keegan will walk you through exegeting a biblical passage as well as talk about different methods for close reading of texts.

Wednesday September 30 2pm: Politics & Practice of Citation
Michael and Keegan will discuss some of the issues around who gets cited and who doesn’t, why good citation practices are important, and how you can cite responsibly.

The Vanderbilt Libraries are pleased to announce two exciting new virtual workshop series: Research Productivity and Digital Literacies.  All workshops will take place via Zoom. No registration is required.

Research Productivity Series
To be productive, researchers must identify relevant research, sift through and organize it to suit their scholarly purposes, and present it effectively to others. Researchers are apt to get stuck at any of these steps. This workshop series aims to give attendees concise, engaging, and practical guidance for finding, understanding, applying, and sharing research. More information here.

Digital Literacies Series
Both media and scholarly outputs are shared in increasingly open, diverse ways. The increasing production and consumption of digital media, necessitates an understanding of the cultural logics of information sharing ecologies, of the processes and rationales for digital output creation, and of our own ethical responsibilities in sharing those outputs. These types of digital literacies are critically important for life-long learners, engaged citizens, and critical consumers of open scholarship. More information here.