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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 Merton, this workshop will explore the perspectives and practices of contemplative leaders. Questions to be considered include: What is contemplation and how does it center…

Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Events, News

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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 Jazz Vibraphone Book pub. Hal Leonard and composer of the original music for the PBS DVD biographical film of Thomas Merton’s life by Morgan Atkinson….

Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Events, News

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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 training as a novice under Thomas Merton. Originally from West Virginia, Paul has retained a love for hills, fields and woodlands. His poetry continues Merton’s…

Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Events, News

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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” is a collection of thirty five black and white images photographed at the Abbey of Gethsemane in Trappist, Kentucky by poet/monk/writer Thomas Merton. The collection…

Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Events, News

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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 Nashville actor, performer and retired Belmont professor, and Richard Gershman, an accomplished Los Angeles television director and Chairperson of the Department of Film at Watkins…

Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Events, News

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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 nothing else that I can think of desiring to be–it seems that I must get there by writing books in a Trappist monastery. If I…

Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Events, News


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 considered the highest holy festival for those who follow some of the various Pagan/Earth-Centered religious traditions of the modern day. During this time Wiccans, Druids,…

Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Events, News


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 will be visiting the capital and will be the first Pope to speak to a joint session of Congress. To watch this historic event, Project…

Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Events, News


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 internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. He has lectured on hundreds of college…

Posted by on September 4, 2015 in Events, News,

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 event consisting of a guided meditation workshop and a discussion. We invited experienced meditation teacher Lisa Ernst from One Dharma Nashville to help lead the…

Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Events, News