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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.


26: Cal Turner Program: What’s to Forgive? Election Edition 6:00 pm-7:15 pm Central. Learn more >>


1: 1:30am-12:40pm Wendland-Cook Religion and Justice Forum with Alvina Yeh. Learn more >>

1: Black history month art gallery opening with Ashley Mintz (KMSI and RACC). Learn more >>

8:  11:30AM – 12:40PM Jamal Watkins – Wendland-Cook Program Religion and Justice Public Virtual Forum. Learn more >>

9-10: Prospective Student Visit Days. Learn more >>

9: 6:00PM-7:00PM Relevant Religion: Wendland-Cook Program: Material Spiritualities: Liberating People and the Planet. Learn more >>

10: 11:30am-12pm Wednesday worship art meditation with Ashley Mintz.

12: 4:00-5:30pm Spiritual Community: Small Groups for Spiritual Formation (Amy E. Steele/Laura Todd) Reissue of Handbook and small group breakouts on Zoom (second Friday of the month)

16: How to thrive in divinity school 7pm Central. Hear four students share about how they thrive in divinity school.

17: Cal Turner Program: What’s to Forgive? Historical Trauma Edition 6:00 pm-7:15 pm Central. Learn more >>

18-19: Black Trans Prayer Book Events–Carpenter, KMSI, PTRJ, Admissions, LGBTQ Life Center, BCC, and more. Learn more >>

23: 7pm Central – Building Community at Divinity School: Student Life at VDS

What is student life like at VDS? Will you find community? How is it different from undergrad or your most recent graduate school experience? How do you do divinity school during a pandemic? Featuring leadership of the Student Government Association.

25: 4:00 p.m. Central: Bogitsh Lecture with Joerg Rieger, Ph.D. Beyond Dialogue: Revisiting Interreligious Engagement, Truth, and Power


1: 11:30am-12:40pm Wendland-Cook Public Religion and Justice Forum: Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Labor. Learn more >>

2: 7pm Central Discerning Your Vocation at VDS

How does a VDS education help you figure out what to do with your life? How does VDS provide the space to discern your call to ministry? How do coursework and your concentrations, Field Education, and community life give you insight into how to best utilize your talents and passions? Featuring students and Field Education faculty.

8: 7-8:30pm Wendland-Cook Program Webinar: Engaging Christianities and Socialisms Webinar: What have Socialism and Christianity to do with each other? With Josh Davis, Joerg Rieger, Cornel West. Learn more >>

12: 4:00-5:30pm Spiritual Community: Small Groups for Spiritual Formation (Amy E. Steele/Laura Todd) Reissue of Handbook and small group breakouts on Zoom (second Friday of the month)

16: 6-7:30pm Relevant Religion sponsored by RACC with Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Erin Law, and Sarah Potenza. Learn more >>

18: Admitted Students Virtual Open House (AVS). Learn more >>


Research Productivity Series (Spring dates)
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 (Spring dates)
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.