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Religious Studies

New analysis suggests lepers may not have been pariahs in Jesus’ time

Jan. 10, 2019—New insights into how disease and impurity were viewed in first-century Jewish society suggests scholars may need to reevaluate how they interpret Jesus' interaction with people affected by leprosy.

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Beverly Asbury, ‘conscience’ of Vanderbilt University, dies

Aug. 31, 2018—The Rev. Beverly A. Asbury, who worked tirelessly as Vanderbilt's first chaplain to eliminate racial- and religious-based hatred and to promote inclusion and respect for others, has died.

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Alum’s research on Byzantine architecture paired with Divinity student project

Apr. 11, 2018—Jelena Bogdanović, a leading historian of medieval art and architecture at Iowa State University, will discuss "The Canopy and the Byzantine Church" April 14 at the Divinity School.

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Lim to discuss impact of Reformation on social justice struggles

Feb. 16, 2018—Associate Professor of the History of Christianity Paul Lim will discuss the significance of the Reformation on struggles over human rights and equality in 2018 when he delivers the Bogitsh Lecture at Vanderbilt Divinity School Feb. 22.

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South African prison life: The importance of religion to inmates and ex-offenders

Nov. 9, 2017—Many incarcerated South Africans find religion in prison, found undergraduate Zoe Psakis.

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New research on the ancient Mediterranean among workshop topics

Oct. 16, 2017—Researchers from a variety of institutions who study the Late Antiquity will be on campus Oct. 19-20 for a consortium in which Vanderbilt faculty across many academic disciplines will participate.

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Experts to explore the ways of being Muslim across diverse environments

Sep. 3, 2017—Specialists on Islam will come together Sept. 7-9 at Sarratt Student Center to discuss the historical and contemporary facets of being Muslim in a wide variety of locales and language communities.

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A conversation with Valerie Hotchkiss, university librarian

Oct. 10, 2016—Learn more about Valerie Hotchkiss, who became Vanderbilt’s university librarian Aug. 1. She serves as the executive administrator of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library as well as a professor of religious studies in the College of Arts and Science.

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2016 Vanderbilt Divinity and GDR Distinguished Alumni/ae named

Sep. 19, 2016—A pastor who is a civic leader and a priest who has been a leader in higher education have been named the 2016 Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion Distinguished Alumni/ae.

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Kudos: Read about faculty and student awards, appointments and achievements

Aug. 31, 2016—Read about the latest faculty and student awards, appointments and achievements.

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Pastoral care scholar who made history at VU Divinity School dies

Jul. 19, 2016—A memorial service is scheduled Aug. 7 at Glendale Baptist Church for Peggy Ann Brainerd Way, a pioneering diversity advocate in higher education who taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

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Photos from the Arab Spring to support cross-cultural discussions at Vanderbilt

Mar. 3, 2016—The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to announce a recent gift from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation of two photographs by Shirin Neshat, which are intended to spark cross-cultural dialogue about international issues and religious and political divides and to facilitate collaboration between academic departments at the university and the gallery.

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