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Cole Lectures to examine unorthodox religious practices in the borderlands

Oct. 23, 2017—Daisy L. Machado will examine what lived religion looks like in the borderlands, including unorthodox practices, when she delivers the Divinity School's Cole Lectures Oct. 26-27 at Benton Chapel.

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Interfaith activist Ingrid Mattson to deliver 2016 Cole Lectures

Oct. 3, 2016—Ingrid Mattson, a prominent Islamic studies scholar and Muslim religious leader, is the 2016 Cole Lecturer at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

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Vanderbilt Divinity School 2015 Cole Lectures delivered by Nikky Finney 10.9.2015

Oct. 9, 2015—Friday, October 9, 2015 in Benton Chapel A Young Black Woman Shimmy & Shakes a Flagpole and Finally Brings the Confederate Flag Down After One Hundred Years: Thoughts on Climbing, Not Waiting on the Calvary, Faith, and Manners, in the Contemporary South Poet Nikky Finney helped start the Affrilachian Writers group when she was a...

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Vanderbilt Divinity School 2015 Cole Lectures delivered by Nikky Finney 10.8.2015

Oct. 8, 2015—Thursday, October 8, 2015 in Benton Chapel A Young Black Woman Shimmy & Shakes a Flagpole and Finally Brings the Confederate Flag Down After One Hundred Years: Thoughts on Climbing, Not Waiting on the Calvary, Faith, and Manners, in the Contemporary South Poet Nikky Finney helped start the Affrilachian Writers group when she was a...

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Poet Nikky Finney to deliver 2015 Cole Lectures

Sep. 28, 2015—An acclaimed poet who came of age in the South during the turmoil and unrest of 1960s and '70s civil rights struggles will deliver the 2015 Cole Lectures at Benton Chapel Oct. 8 and 9.

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Community theologian Tex Sample to deliver 2014 Cole Lectures

Sep. 26, 2014—The 2014 Cole Lecturer at Vanderbilt Divinity School is Tex Sample, an author and Methodist minister noted for his social justice work.

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Elaine Pagels: “Art, Music and Politics in the Book of Revelation”

Oct. 3, 2013—Watch video of religious historian Elaine Pagels, author of Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation, delivering the Vanderbilt Divinity School’s 2013 Cole Lecture at Benton Chapel. Read more.

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Elaine Pagels: “New Reflections on Gospel Traditions: The Gospel of John and The Gospel of Thomas”

Oct. 3, 2013—Watch religious historian Elaine Pagels, author of Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation, delivering the Vanderbilt Divinity School’s 2013 Cole Lecture at Benton Chapel. Read more.

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Renowned Book of Revelation scholar to deliver Cole Lectures

Sep. 26, 2013—Elaine Pagels, author of "Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation," will deliver the 2013 Cole Lectures at Benton Chapel Oct. 3 and 4.

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Cole Lecture Part 1: Race, Religion and the American Project

Oct. 31, 2012—Watch video of Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and the Graduate Chair of Religion, University of Pennsylvania, for the second Cole Lecture when she expands on the way different communities have used the founders and their documents to open up religious and civic opportunities for all. The presentation is part of the Divinity School’s...

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Cole Lecture Part 2: The Religious Right and the Quest to Reframe American History

Oct. 31, 2012—Watch video of Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and the Graduate Chair of Religion, University of Pennsylvania, as she discusses the implications of the reconstuctionist, revisionist history that permeates many conservative and fundamentalist Christian churches and political action organizations. The presentation is part of the Divinity School’s 2012 Cole Lectures. Since the election...

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Role of religion in national politics focus of 2012 Cole Lectures

Oct. 16, 2012—Anthea Butler, a noted scholar on religion and politics who is a regular contributor to national media programs, will deliver the 2012 Cole Lectures at Vanderbilt University Divinity School’s Benton Chapel.

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