Project Dialogue is a co-sponsorship based program based in the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life created to promote conversations on issues that affect our campus community.

If you would like to have Project Dialogue co-sponsor your event, whether it’s in the idea phase or is all set to go, fill out the Anchor Link form and let’s work together! Click here.

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Workshop on Contemplative Leadership

When: Saturday, December 5 at 9:30am Where: Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room 122 Facilitator: Kat Baker, PhD, Associate Director, Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions. Using the wisdom of Thomas... Read More

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Merton’s Jazz and Memories of a Friend, by Dick Sisto

When: Thursday, December 3 at 7:00pm Where: Vanderbilt Divinity School, Reading Room 124 Disck Sisto (vibraphone and talking drum) Jeremy Allen (Bass). Dick Sisto is an internationally renowned vibraphonist, author of The... Read More

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Life at Gethsemani Abbey: Poetry of Thomas Merton and Paul Quenon

When: Friday, December 4 at 7:00pm Where: Vanderbilt Divinity School Reading Room 124 Brother Paul Quenon has been a monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani for 57 years. He received his initial... Read More

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A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton

When: December 4 - February 4, 2016 Where: Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room G-20 Observed as “Almost dizzying on aesthetic and intellectual levels” by Steve Euvino of the South Bend Tribune, “A Hidden Wholeness”... Read More

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Merton and Tao: An Experimental Theatrical Piece based on Thomas Merton’s The Way of Chuang Tzu

When: Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30pm Where: St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel, 200 24th Avenue S. Conceived and directed by Bill Feehley,”Merton and Tao” is a piece of creative collaboration between Feehley, a... Read More

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Thomas Merton and the Awful Silence

When: Wednesday, December 2 at 4:00pm Where: Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room G-20 In a journal entry dated September 1st, 1949, Thomas Merton wrote, “If I am to be a saint–and there is... Read More


Samhain Night: Remembering Our Ancestors

While many will soon be celebrating the secular festivities of Halloween by dressing up in costumes and eating candy on the evening of Saturday, October 31. Samhain, pronounced “Sow-when,” is... Read More


US Papal Visit Viewing Party

Project Dialogue is excited that Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, is coming to the United States and making history at the same time. The Holy Father... Read More


Dr. Jackson Katz

Project Dialogue is excited to welcome Dr. Jackson Katz to campus. Dr. Katz is one of America’s leading anti-sexist male activists. An educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist, he is... Read More

Zen Garden Workshop

Project Dialogue was proud to collaborate with the Vanderbilt Buddhist Community to host a Meditation Workshop at the Zen Garden on Tuesday, April 7th at 5pm. This was a one hour... Read More

Project Dialogue: 2013-2014

“Dialogue and education for peace can help free our hearts from the impulse toward intolerance and the rejection of others.”

-Daisaku Ikeda

Project Dialogue is dedicated to creating opportunities for students, staff and faculty to engage in public discourse and dialogue in effort to foster a transformative experience.  By connecting classroom learning with larger societal issues, Project Dialogue seeks to generate reasonable debate in the hopes of finding common ground.