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Krista Tippett to speak for CSS

Posted by on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 in Chaplain's Speaker Series, News.

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of all faiths, no faith, and every background to join the conversation.” Krista came to Vanderbilt to speak for the Chaplain’s Speaker Series on Tuesday, September 29th at 7pm in Benton Chapel.

Vanderbilt students, staff, faculty, and the Nashville community turned out to hear Tippett speak in large numbers. Having heard her voice, her warmth, and innovative interview style, folks were eager to hear her views on faith after interviewing some of the largest names around the world. Speaking from her own personal experience, and coupled with the words of intellectual and faith giants from around the world, Tippett brought the audience in immediately and captivated the listener. Speaking for extra time, the audience was full of questions for the Q&A portion of the event.

Krista grew up in Oklahoma, the granddaughter of a Southern Baptist preacher. She studied history at Brown University and went to Bonn, West Germany in 1983 on a Fulbright Scholarship to study politics in Cold War Europe. In her 20s, she ended up in divided Berlin for most of the 1980s, first as The New York Times stringer and a freelance correspondent for Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, the BBC, and Die Zeit. She later became a special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany.

Krista left Berlin in 1988, the year before the Wall fell. She lived in Spain, England, and Scotland for a time, then pursued a M.Div. from Yale. When she graduated in 1994, she saw a black hole where intelligent coverage of religion should be. As she conducted a far-flung oral history project for the Benedictines of St. John’s Abbey (pdf) in Collegeville, Minnesota, she began to imagine radio conversations about the spiritual and intellectual content of faith that could open imaginations and enrich public life.

In 2007, Krista published her first book, Speaking of Faith. It is a memoir of religion in our time, including her move from geopolitical engagement to theology and the cumulative wisdom of her interviews these past years. Her book, Einstein’s God, illustrates some of the important ways the program and her vision have continued to evolve.

Krista’s two children are at the center of her life. She also loves cooking for her children and their friends, radio plays, beautiful writing, great science fiction, cross country skiing, and hot yoga.

To watch a video of her presentation, click here.