with David Wood

Centennial Professor
of Philosophy,
Vanderbilt University

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Thinking Out
of the Lunchbox

Fall 2009

December 9, 2009
“Voices From Our America”
Ifeoma C.K. Nwankwo
Associate Professor of English

Dr. Nwankwo will share new insights and information gained through the work of her Voices from Our America project. As a contribution to the realization of the robustly democratic America envisioned and called for by humanists such as Langston Hughes, Frederick Douglass, and John Blassingame, The Voices from Our America™ project uncovers previously inaudible, silenced, or neglected American voices to facilitate cross-cultural and cross-generational conversation and to make these exchanges a fundamental part of K-12, collegiate, graduate, and community education in the U.S. and Panama. It does so by generating novel methods and venues by and through which students, faculty, community members, and institutional stakeholders can work collaboratively to advance local and hemispheric knowledge, connectedness, and cooperation.

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November 4, 2009
“A People’s Past Continues to Be Living History”
Reverend James Lawson
Distinguished University Professor

The Reverend James Lawson’s career in ministry and nonviolent activism began at Vanderbilt Divinity School, from which he was famously expelled in 1960 for his activism in desegregating the lunch counters of downtown Nashville.

Before becoming a leader in the civil rights movement, Reverend Lawson studied Gandhi’s teachings in India with a depth of understanding that would lead Martin Luther King, Jr., to deem Reverend Lawson “the leading nonviolence theorist in the world."

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October 7, 2009
“Air and Dreams”
Marilyn Murphy
Professor of Art
Artists continue to find inspiration in the thoughts of French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, whose books Air and Dreams and The Poetics of Space encourage different ways of finding mystery in the everyday world.

But is Bachelard's work from the mid-twentieth century influential? Or has he simply recognized important metaphors that have been present in art since the Surrealists started to mine their dream worlds in the 1920s?

The lecture will include the work of several contemporary Nashville artists with national reputations that, in part, relate to Bachelard’s work.

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