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Centenary Celebration of Thomas Merton

Vanderbilt to host Thomas Merton Centenary Celebration Series of events to mark 100th birthday of influential spiritual leader NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jazz and poetry performances, a photography exhibition and workshop on contemplative leadership are all part of a Vanderbilt University centenary celebration of the legacy of Thomas Merton.   Merton, a Catholic monk, author, artist…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT


Thomas Merton and the Awful Silence

“THOMAS MERTON AND THE AWFUL SILENCE” Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 4 pm Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room G-20 Victor Judge, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Vanderbilt Divinity School   In a journal entry dated September 1, 1949, Thomas Merton wrote, “ If I am to be a saint—and there is nothing else that I can think of desiring to…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


Merton and Tao

Merton and Tao: An Experimental Theatrical Piece based on Thomas Merton’s The Way of Chuang Tzu, conceived and directed by Bill Feehley Wednesday, Dec. 2,at 6:30 pm St. Augustine’s Episcopal chapel, 200 24th Ave, S.   This piece is a creative collaboration conceived by Bill Feehely, Nashville actor, performer and retired professor from Belmont University. Richard Gershman is an…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


A Hidden Wholeness: Zen Photography of Thomas Merton

A HIDDEN WHOLENESS: THE ZENPHOTOGRAPHY OF THOMAS MERTON Exhibit open Thursday Dec. 4 at 3 pm through Feb. 26 Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room G-20   “Almost dizzying on aesthetic and intellectual levels . . . ” Steve Euvino, South Bend Tribune   A collection of thirty-five black and white images photographed at the Abbey of Gethsemane in Trappist, Kentucky…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


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

Life at Gethsemani Abbey: Poetry of Thomas Merton and Paul Quenon Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 pm 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…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


Merton’s Jazz and Memories of a Friend

MERTON’S JAZZ AND MEMORIES OF A FRIEND, BY DICK SISTO Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 pm Vanderbilt Divinity School Reading Room 124   Dick Sisto (vibraphone and talking drum) Jeremy Allen (bass). Dick Sisto is an internationally renowned vibraphonist, author of The Jazz Vibraphone Book pub. by Hal Leonard and composer of the original music for the PBS DVD…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


Workshop on Contemplative Leadership

WORKSHOP ON CONTEMPLATIVE LEADERSHIP Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9:30 am 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 leadership. Questions to be considered include: What is contemplation and how does it center one’s…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


The 38th Annual Holocaust Lecture Series

Vanderbilt Holocaust Lecture Series 2015 Gender and Genocide ALL EVENTS WILL START AT 7 PM   General description of lecture series Now in its 38th year, Vanderbilt’s annual Holocaust lecture series is the longest-running program of its kind at any university in the U.S. This year’s theme is gender and genocide. As one of our…

Posted by on October 8, 2015 in UPCOMING EVENT


Matisyahu to Headline Project Dialogue’s 25th year

Project Dialogue is a year-long, University-wide program that seeks to involve the entire Vanderbilt community in public discourse and reflection connecting classroom learning with larger societal issues. Project Dialogue also serves to increase contact between students, staff, and faculty and encourages interaction among student organizations through implementing various methods of perspective including: lectures, debates, films,…

Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Project Dialogue, UPCOMING EVENT


First Events of the Year

The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life would like to welcome back all returning students with a special greeting to our new first-year class! While we have many exciting events throughout the year, here’s a look at some of the first few. On Sunday the 24th of August, we held the annual Religious…

Posted by on August 27, 2014 in UPCOMING EVENT