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Vanderbilt University Divinty School and the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions present:

Art, Advocacy and Action: Immigration Reform Symposium


Art is in the service of vision, so it is not surprising that artists can help us see the world in new ways.  And artists are creators, who innovate and create new worlds, who renew our built environments, who fashion our outer landscapes as well as our inner worlds.  In this way, all art is "activist."  Some art is explicitly so.  This event seeks to draw on the activist spirit of artists to address the issue of immigration in America.  Vision, critique, possibility, love and hope: these are the elements of art that need to be the elements of any approach to immigration in our nation.  Join us as we listen to artists and the creative spirit in us, seeking to create a more hospitable, hopeful and loving world.  We will engage artists and our own creative selves as we reflect on the role of art and activism.  Events will include a screening and talk-back on Second Cooler, a film on immigration by Ellin Jimmerson, as well as music by Dave Perkins and Ashley Cleveland, and a lecture on the role of art and protest in Immigration debates.  Finally, participants will be invited to participate in a hands on workshop.

Co-sponsored by: Scarritt-Bennett Center, Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender & Sexuality, Religion and the Arts and Contemporary Culture, and the Center for Latin American Studies  

February 20 & 21, 2014 

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Location: Benton Chapel

6:00 pm Screening of the documentary “The Second Cooler”

7:30 pm Q &A with Ellin Jimmerson with reception to follow

Friday, February 21, 2014
Location: Scarritt-Bennett Center,  Laskey Great Room

8:00 am Registration and breakfast

8:50 Welcome by Scarritt-Bennett Center Executive Director, Jocelyn Briddell

8:55 am  Introduction by Vanderbilt Divinity School Dean Emilie M. Townes

9:00 am Lecture – History of Immigration:  Renata Soto, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Conexión Américas

10:15 – 11:45 am Visual Artist Jairo Prado: Migration to Metamorphosis

Noon Lunch

1:00 pm  – Contemporary Issues around Immigration Panel with Professor Viki Matson and Leigh Bonner (Nations Ministry)

2:15 pm Music of Protest workshop with Dave Perkins, Ashley Cleveland andOdessa Settles 

3:30 pm Local and National Immigration panel moderated by Ellen Armour withEllin Jimmerson, Brenda Perez (Workers Dignity) and Stephanie Teatro(TIRRC). 

4:30pm Closing Remarks by Graham Reside


Winter Clothing Drive

Marginalia and the Cal Turner Program are co-hosting a winter clothing drive for Nashville's Oasis Center and Open Table, and we are seeking your help in providing donations. If you have new or gently used scarves, gloves, hats, socks, jackets, blankets, sleeping bags, or other pertinent winter clothing, we will be accepting donations at designated locations around the university. Collection bins will be placed within the divinity school, in front of the Cal Turner office and the Marginalia poster board as well as in the Vanderbilt Medical Center. If you have any questions related to the clothing drive, or if your respective congregation or organization would like to participate, please contact Thank you for your involvement in making our clothing drive successful.

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Meeting Nashville's Needs: Establishing a Housing Trust Fund

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
5 to 6:30 p.m. with a Reception to Follow
Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt University Law School
Sponsored by: The Hyatt Fund, The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership and Law Students for Social Justice

The event was free and open to the public.  

Panelists will address the consequences of Nashville's housing shortage on all members of the Nashville community,
and describe how developing a housing trust can help alleviate problems of homelessness in our city.

 Panelists will include:

* Mary Brooks, Housing Trust Fund Project, Center for Community Change
* Jerry Maynard, Metropolitan Council of Nashville & Davidson County
* Janet Rosenberg, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee
* Mick Nelson, Tennessee Housing Development Agency
* Moderator: Dr. Claire Smrekar, Associate Professor of Public Policy & Education

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Brown Bag Lunch with Rev. Kim Bobo co-hosted by EEC 11/15/11

Rev. Kim Bobo
Founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice

Please join us on Tuesday, November 15 at Noon as EEK and  the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions present,
"Building the Faith and Labor Movement: A Conversation with Rev. Bobo"
Brown Bag Potlu

ck for Clergy, Future Clergy, and lay leaders. In VDS G-25.

Kim is the Executive Director and founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation's largest network of people of faith
engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits and conditions for workers, especially those in the lowwage
economy. She was named one of Utne Reader's '50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in 2009.
The organization supports a network of 50 religion-labor groups, 20 workers centers and five student chapters.


September 21, 2011 Taxes and Sacred Texts - A Discussion Over Lunch  

The question of taxation has received a lot of attention in our political discourse lately, as Congress and the President have sought to address our nation's growing debt. Who should pay taxes, and how much should they pay? These are questions that have vexed our politicians and preoccupied the minds of American citizens for a long time. But what do religious leaders have to say on the issue of taxation? Taxes, like death, have become constants of American life. And taxes, like death, beg for theological reflection and remark. Indeed, the question of taxation is a fundamental question of justice. The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership invites all students and interested parties to a lunch to discuss the role of faith communities and their leaders in the debate about taxation. We will be lead in our discussion by Bill Howell and Dick Williams from Tennesseans for Fair Taxation and Cliff Vaughn of


Bill Howell
Regional Organizer Middle Tenn. Office - Nashville
Tennesseans for Fair Taxation

Bill has worked with TFT since 2006, staffing our Nashville chapter, supporting education and media activities in Middle and West Tennessee, and coordinating legislative activities at the Capitol. Formerly worked as a community organizer for Tying Nashville Together (TNT), an Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) group, for two years. As the senior staff there, Bill had an array of responsibilities including program administration, organizational outreach, media coordination, long-range planning, as well as fundraising. B.A. from Dartmouth College, B.Ach. from Univ. of Tenn., and M.S. from Columbia Univ. Has also attended numerous professional development trainings including the 10-day IAF organizer training school.

Cliff Vaughn
Managing Editor and Media Producer

Raised on a farm in Alabama, Cliff has a doctorate in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University, a master's in communications from Auburn University and a bachelor's in history from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He produces, writes, directs and edits's documentaries, including the award-winning "Beneath the Skin," "Sacred Texts, Social Duty," and "Different Books, Common Word," which aired on more than 130 ABC-TV stations. He is also an adjunct professor in media studes at Belmont University.

April 13, 2011 A New Look at an Old Problem: Your Professional Role in Responding to Interpersonal Violence 4/13/11

Please join the Cal Turner Fellows for an interactive discussion about the role of professionals addressing Interpersonal Violence within and outside of the workplace.

As Cal Turner Fellows, we collaborate with students from other graduate disciplines to examine a complex social issue and the unique tools that each profession may contribute to addressing that issue. We believe that professionals in business, medicine, law, nursing, education, and divinity have distinct and varied opportunities for leadership in the prevention of and response to power-based interpersonal violence.

Refreshments will be served. 

Michael Goldberg

March 22, 2011 Luncheon with Michael Goldberg

Join us at noon a s we “Raise Spirits Over Lunch”, focusing on some of the case narratives in his recently-published book, Raising Spirits:  Stories of Suffering and Comfort at Death’s Door, Dr. Goldberg will explore with participants what meaning the end of life bears for the rest of life.  For example, human beings are hard-wired for hope:  it can’t be given or taken away - but it can be rightly or wrongly placed.

March 22, 2011 Public lecture “What Good Do ‘Good Professionals’ Do?”  with Michael Goldberg

In The Doctor’s Dilemma, George Bernard Shaw wrote, “All professions are conspiracies against the laity.”  Traditionally, however, society viewed the members of the so-called “learned professions” – law, medicine, and ministry - as contributing to the common good, a common good whose realization was unattainable and unsustainable without their participation.

But what happens when society changes, and with it, its notion of who counts as a “professional”? What are the corresponding changes in society’s moral expectations of professionals?  What good do professionals do then?

Michael Goldberg, PhD, is a nationally-acclaimed writer and speaker.  He has held two university chairs in Jewish Studies, worked with the international strategic management consulting firm of McKinsey & Company, and served as a professional ethicist with the Georgia Supreme Court as well as on various hospital ethics committees.
 Dr. Goldberg is the author of several books, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation.  He has spoken before a variety of medical, legal, business, academic, and popular audiences on issues pertaining to ethics and religion.
Michael Goldberg completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy at Yale, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  After receiving rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, he was awarded his doctoral degree in systematic theology and philosophy of religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.   
As one of the originators of “narrative theology and ethics,” Goldberg became interested in diverse stories linking the human to the divine. His ongoing interest in “theology-in-practice” led him to hospital and hospice chaplaincy.  Within that setting, he frequently discovered just how much spiritual care his patients and their families provided him. Based on his first-hand chaplaincy experience, Goldberg’s most recent book, Raising Spirits:  Stories of Suffering and Comfort at Death’s Door,  not only speaks of matters pertaining to illness and dying, but more broadly, to life itself.

March 18, 2011 The Church's Role in a Struggling Community

The economic downtown has affected many congregations across the country.  In response to economic hardship, Grace Methodist Church in Cape Coral Florida is seeking to be a source of economic development and empowerment for its members and in its community.  Grace Church understands this as part of the gospel's demand.  It feels called to help people in its community overcome the challenges that come with economic hardship, including addiction, depression, anxiety, and abuse.   The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership invites you to share your experience and knowledge with Grace's leaders by joining a round table with several concerned clergy, business people, and experts in community and economic development. As we explore answers to the question of the Church’s role in economic development in conversation with Grace Church's Pastors, Wes Olds and Jorge Acevedo, we hope to deepen our understanding of how the church be the gospel in a world beset with economic challenges.  You are also invited to a lecture series at 3pm on Thursday, 3/17, on the topic of the Church’s role in a struggling community.

January 31, 2011 Faculty Dinner with guest Lynn Stout
February 1, 2011 Student Lunch with Lynn Stout

The CTP co-hosted, along with the Law School, a visit by Lynn Stout, the Paul Hastings Professor of Corporate and Securities Law. 20 Law and Divinity Students along with the Director of the CTP, Graham Reside, spent about an hour discussing her work, her new book and questions on the students minds.

Professor Lynn A. Stout is the Paul Hastings Professor of Corporate and Securities Law at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.  Professor Stout is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of corporate governance, securities regulation, financial derivatives, law and economics, and moral behavior.  She is the author of numerous articles and books on these topics and lectures widely.  Her most recent book is Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People (Princeton University Press, 2011).

Professor Stout also serves as an Independent Trustee and as Chair of the Governance Committee for the Eaton Vance family of mutual funds; as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program; and as a Research Fellow for the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research.  She has also served as Principal Investigator for the UCLA-Sloan Foundation Research Program on Business Organizations; as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association; as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Law and Economics; and as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Business Associations.  Professor Stout has also taught at Harvard Law School, NYU Law School, Georgetown University Law School, and the George Washington University National Law Center, and served as a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.   She holds a B.A. summa cum laude and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a J.D. from the Yale Law School.

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