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"Ontology, Scale, and Time: Inferring the Origins of Andean Religion and its Practice," the annual Howard L. Harrod lecture by professor Tom Dillehay, was held in the Divinity School art room on April 20, 2009.
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"How Many Ultimate Realities Are There?: Religious Diversity and the Trinity," the annual Mafoi Carlisle Bogitsh lecture by Professor John Thatamanil, was held in Benton Chapel on March 10, 2009.
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"Environmental and Gender Justice - Linked Paths to Social Justice," an Ecology and Spirituality public lecture by Srilatha Batliwala (co-sponsored by the Commons and the Global Feminisms Collaborative of the Center for Ethics), was held on April 23, 2008.
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SPRING 2008 TRL EVENTS
"Rituals and Institutions," a Templeton Research Lecture featuring Dan Sperber, was held at the Vanderbilt Law School on Thursday, April 10, 2008.
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"Beliefs and Values," a Templeton Research Lecture featuring Dan Sperber, was held at the Vanderbilt Law School on Tuesday, April 8, 2008.
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"Asking the Right Questions," a Templeton Research Lecture featuring Dan Sperber, was held in the Moore Room at the Vanderbilt Law School on Monday, April 7, 2008.
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"God in Country Music Videos," a God in Music City event co-sponsored by the CSRC and the Divinity School, was held on April 2, 2008.
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"Navigating Pathways and Perspectives of Patient Care," a Religion and Genomics conference, took place on April 3 to 4, 2008.
"Methodological Aspirations," featuring Joe Fanning and Larry Churchill, was held on Thursday, April 3.
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Religion and Genetics Public Lecture with Ruth Schwartz Cowan, "Heredity and Hope: Intersections of Genetics and Faith in the Clinic," April 2, 2008.
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Healing Ecology: A New Spiritual Perspective on the Challenge of Consumerism, a CSRC Howard Harrod Lecture featuring David Loy, Besl Family Professor of Ethics, Religion and Society at Xavier University, was held on March 18, 2008 in Benton Chapel. Link to video:
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"Tryin' to Get Home: An Evening of Sacred Blues," a God in Music City concert featuring such artists as Dave Perkins, Ashley Cleveland, and Kevin Max, was held on February 21, 2008 at the Nashville Downtown Presbyterian Church.
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"Music, Religion and the South: Notes from the Field," the Mafoi Carlisle Bogitsh Seminar on Religion and Culture featuring Music, Religion and the South Director and Professor of Homiletics John McClure, was held on February 12, 2008.
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"Serve God, Save the Planet," an Ecology and Spirituality lecture featuring James Sleeth, was held on Wednesday, February 6, 2008.
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Reverend James M. Lawson, Distinguished Visiting University Professor and CSRC Fellow, spoke on December 4th, 2007 at the Vanderbilt "Visions of Change" event. Link to video.

Religious Environmentalism: Promises and Challenges, a lecture by Roger S. Gottlieb of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was given on November 17, 2007. Link to video.

Religion and Politics in Tennessee: A Report from the Field, took place on October 30, 2007, in Divinity G-27. Researchers in the CSRC Religion and Politics project presented on their summer field work. Link to podcast.

Dr. Volney Gay, Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, has recently produced a film, Neuroscience and Religion, through the sponsorship of the Metanexus Institute. Select a format to view the film:
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View an archived video of Douglas Hicks' lecture "Moral Agency of the Poor and the Well-Connected: Framing an Agenda for Addressing Global Poverty," given on Wednesday, October 17, for the Conference on Religion and Economy: A Focus on Poverty.
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View an archived video of Rebecca Blank's lecture "The Role of Government and the Role of the Market: Is there a Religious View?" a talk given on Tuesday, October 16 for the Conference on Religion and Economy: A Focus on Poverty .
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Consciousness, Free Will, and God: The final 2006-2007 Templeton Research Lecture by Christof Koch, Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology at the California Institute of Technology, was given May 4, 2007 in Flynn Auditorium.
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Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr. gave the University Seminar in Religion and Culture on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 in Benton Chapel. His lecture was titled "Moving Ourselves from Unknown Peril to Noble Vision." Lawson was the Distinguished Visiting University Professor and a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture. He spoke to the New York Times in October 2006 about his time at Vanderbilt.
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The Politics of Faith in America: On March 27, 2007, Ray Suarez gave the 2007 CSRC Spring Lecture on Religion and Culture and the 2007 Vanderbilt University Divinity School Howard L. Harrod lecture. Suarez has been a Senior Correspondent on The NewsHour since 1999. His latest book, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America was published in August 2006. The lecture was held at 7 p.m. in Benton Chapel.
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The Problem of Consciousness in Philosophy, Religion and Science: The 2006-2007 Templeton Research Lectures featured Christof Koch, Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology at the California Institute of Technology. Professor Koch's March 19 lecture was titled "The Problem of Consciousness in Philosophy, Religion and Science." Link to podcasts of first and second lectures.

CSRC Fellow Reverend James M. Lawson spoke at the Vanderbilt Peabody College 2007 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. His lecture was entitled "Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?" Link to podcast. He also participated in a panel on the 1961 Freedom Riders in Alabama (podcast) and Nashville (podcast) challenging students to fight for today's civil rights issues.

CSRC Fellow Reverend James M. Lawson featured in the NPT video "NPT Snapshot: A Conversation with James Lawson."
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CSRC co-sponsored Slavoj Zizek, of the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), who gave a lecture titled "A Theology Between Fear and Trembling: On Why Only Atheists Can Believe." It was held on November 3, 2007 in Stevenson Center Lecture Hall. Link to podcast.

John McCarthy, part of the CSRC group Scales and Hierarchies: Implications for Science and Religion, presented "Reading and Writing in the Age of Consumerism" on November 1, 2006 as part of the Thinking Out of the Lunch Box Series held at the Nashville Public Library. McCarthy is the director of the Max Kade Center for European and German studies. Link to podcast.

Building Toward a Sustainable Future: An Evening with William McDonough, architect, environmentalist, capitalist, designer, teacher and visionary. The lecture was held on September 26, 2007 in Benton Chapel. Visit the Tennessee Fund for Sustainability. Link to podcast.
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CSRC University Seminar: A Report from the Field. On Thursday, September 21, 2006, in Buttrick Hall, the CSRC Religion and Politics Project's Summer Fieldworkers presented their research findings. This Seminar is funded in part by a gift from the family of Mafoi Bogitsh. Link to Podcast.

Sexual Wisdom in John Updike: Volney Gay, CSRC Director, resumed the popular series Think Out of the (Lunch) Box on the topic of novelist John Updike's use of sexual wisdom in the portrayal of some of his characters. The lecture, which was free and open to the public, was held on September 6, 2006 at the Nashville Public Library. Link to podcast.

"A Time for Reflection, A Roundtable Discussion":The discussion featured Vanderbilt Faculty Rebecca Brown, Beth Conklin, Kate Daniels, Gregg Horowitz, Doug Knight, James Lawson, Richard McGregor, Bill Partridge, Jack Sasson, David Wood and others, and was held on September 11, 2006 in Flynn Auditorium at the Law School. Link to podcast.

Robert Wuthnow, Director of the Center for the Study of Religion (CSR) at Princeton University, gave the 2006 CSRC Spring Lecture in Religion and Culture on the subject "In America, All Religions are True: Implications of the New Pluralism for Democracy," on March 23, 2006 in Benton Chapel. Robert Wuthnow was featured in the Vanderbilt Register. Link to podcast.

Rodney Stark presented the second of four 2005-2006 Templeton Research Lectures, "Subsidized Religions: 6000 Years of Negligence and Laxity," on February 28, 2006 in the Vanderbilt Student Life Center. Complete details about these lectures and the CSRC's Templeton Project can be found on our TRL website.
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Can Our Best Values Betray Us? Vanderbilt faculty and 300 members of the community discussed this question as part of the Think Out of the Lunch Box Series co-sponsored by the Nashville Public Library and Vanderbilt University. CSRC fellows Charles Scott (Religion and Politics) and David Wood (Ecology and Spirituality) participated in the discussion. Link to podcast.

Rev. Edward A. Malloy, Douglas Knight, John McCarthy, Lenn Goodman, Senta V. Greene, and Wallace LeStourgeon participated in a panel discussion on Science and Religion, "Critical Inquiry and Religious Belief: Science, Religion, and the Mission of Higher Education" (pdf) on Thursday, October 27, 2005, in 123 Buttrick Hall. The panel addressed the current wars over evolution in the periodic press prompted by advocates of "intelligent design." Link to podcast.

Volney Gay, CSRC Director, participated in a Panel Discussion on the Scopes Trial on the opening night of the LA Theatre Works production of "The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial" on October 19, 2005 at the Curb Event Center on Belmont Campus. Gay reflects on Intelligent Design Theory: "80 Years after the Monkey Trial: Why It Still Matters." Link to podcast.

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