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Events This Semester

September 17th - November 12th

"Meet the Fergusons" 
An Exhibit of Works by Samuel L. Dunson, Jr.

September 17th
Opening and Artist Reception
3:00-7:00 p.m.
Room G-20 Vanderbilt Divinity School
dunson artwork
September 23rd
"Creating Meet The Fergusons" Gallery Talk
with Samuel L. Dunson, Jr.
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Room G-20 Vanderbilt Divinity School
November 11th
Closing Gallery Talk
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Room G-20 Vanderbilt Divinity School
closing gallery talk


In an exhibition of new works to be shown at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Samuel L. Dunson, Jr. presents a unique visual commentary on the problems that have arisen in communities affected by anger and distrust. Dunson explains that Meet the Fergusons is the result of a creative engagement of the turmoil that has arisen in the past year since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson MO. These new works, states Dunson, “are not the result of an attempt to be political or controversial.” Instead, the artist considers the issues with spiritual eyes—in Dunson’s case, as an African-American Christian man and artist. Dunson wants his art to contribute to the greater discourse on human relations. Says Dunson, “I feel that my work should spark conversations.”

Samuel L. Dunson Jr. teaches studio arts at Tennessee State University. He holds an M.F.A. from Savannah School of Design. 

Gallery Hours
Monday - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
- 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.


October 9th, 6-9 PM

VDS Coffee House

coffee house

December 2nd, 3rd & 5th

Thomas Merton Centenary Celebration 


Wednesday, December 2nd
Thomas Merton & The Awful Silence (Special Lecture: Victor Judge)
4:00 p.m.
(reception to follow)
Divinity Room G-20

Wednesday, December 2nd
Merton and Tao: An Experimental Theatrical Piece Based on Thomas Merton’s “The Way of Chuang Tzu”
Directed by Bill Feehley
6:30 p.m.
St. Augustine Episcopal Chapel (200 24th Ave. S. on Vanderbilt Campus)

Thursday, December 3rd
A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton (35 photographs)
Exhibit Opening and Reception

3:00 -7:00 p.m.
Divinity Room G-20

Thursday, December 3rd
Life at Gethsemane Abbey: Poetry of Thomas Merton and Paul Quenon

Readings and Commentary by Brother Paul Quenon
7 p.m.
Divinity Reading Room

Thursday, December 3rd 
Merton’s Jazz and Memories of a Friend

Jazz concert and narrative performance by Dick Sisto (vibraphone) and Jeremy Allen (double bass).
8 p.m.
Divinity Reading Room.

Saturday, December 5th
Workshop on Contemplative Leadership

Facilitator: Kat Baker, PhD (Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions)
9:30 a.m.
Divinity Room 122
Registration required at

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Gallery Hours for the Thomas Merton Exhibit:

Thursday, Dec. 3rd - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 7th  - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 8th  - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 10th  - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

The gallery will be closed for the winter break, and will reopen Monday, Jan. 11th.
Beginning Jan. 11th, the gallery will be open during the below hours:

Monday - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Friday - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Gallery Hours for the 
Thomas Merton Exhibit:

Monday - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Friday - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.