with David Wood

Centennial Professor
of Philosophy,
Vanderbilt University

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Thinking Out
of the Lunchbox

Fall 2012

September 5 2012
“Coming Back to Life:  One Man’s Story of Wrongful Conviction”
Ndume Olatushani and Anne-Marie Moyes in conversation with Lisa Guenther

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Ndume Olatushani

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Lisa Guenther, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt

Ndume Olatushani was wrongly convicted of capital murder in 1985.  After spending 20 years on Tennessee's death row, his death sentence was overturned and he was resentenced to life imprisonment.   Though no longer facing execution, Ndume was still at risk of spending the remainder of his life behind bars. Fortunately, his dedicated attorneys believed strongly in his innocence and never gave up their fight to free him. Finally, in December of 2011, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals overturned his conviction in response to mounting evidence of his innocence.  On June 1, 2012, Ndume walked out of the Memphis County Jail, a free man.

Anne-Marie Moyes met Ndume in 1992 while working for an organization dedicated to abolishing the death penalty. She soon became his strongest advocate. She helped to recruit a large law firm to take his case pro bono, raised public awareness of his cause, and conducted a two-year-long investigation of his case that uncovered powerful new evidence of his innocence.  She graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 2002 and currently works as an attorney with the Federal Public Defender's Office in Nashville.  She and Ndume were married in July of this year, shortly after his release.

October 3 2012
“Occupy: The Myth and the Movement”

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Dana Nelson (Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English, political theorist, and author of Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People)



November 7 2012
“Visions of the Future"

Michael Bess
Chancellor’s Professor of History at Vanderbilt

Mike Vandenbergh, Professor of Law and Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence at Vanderbilt



Samar Ali
International Director of Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development

On the day after the election three illustrious Nashvillians will step back to discuss what the future holds for us. Michael Bess is a historian with a special focus on how  technology may dramatically change our lives. Mike Vandenbergh is an environmental lawyer concerned about climate change. Samar Ali is a Tennessee native and Vanderbilt alum, recently appointed International Director of Governor Bill Haslam’s Department of Economic and Community Development.


December 5, 2012

Urban Farming: Nashville’s Local Food Movement
with Beth Conklin and Jason Adkins

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Local food initiatives that view urban farming as a path toward a healthier community will be the focus of "Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box: Conversations with a philosophical flavor with David Wood" on Dec. 5. Each (Lunch) Box talk, which begins at 11:30 a.m., is hosted by David Wood, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt and founder of the series.

Beth Conklin is associate professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt and department chair. Her research areas include anthropology of the body, health and healing, and ecology. She is in conversation with Jason Adkins, environmental project coordinator for the Center for Social Justice at Trevecca Nazarene University