Welcome to a new school year, friends!
Welcome to a new school year, friends!
Follow our blogs on Medium and here. If you have content you'd like to submit for the weekly digest, please email Sophia by Thursday, end of day.
For the most up-to-date information about campus protocols, please visit the Graduate and Professional Students section of the VU Return to Campus site.
Beginning August 10, daily symptom monitoring is required for all individuals authorized to return to campus. It is our shared duty to act responsibly and it is the individual’s responsibility to comply. Use the VandySafe app for daily self-monitoring. 
Students taking classes in person are required to stay in Nashville until the Thanksgiving break. Any student with an urgent need to travel must get approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs before making any plans. If approved to travel, per current VU policy, the student will be required to stay away from campus for 14 days after returning to Nashville.
Learn more about COVID-19 Testing & Recovery for faculty, staff and postdocs, which includes a periodic on-campus testing program.
To read more about helpful links to help you navigate the upcoming academic year in the midst of the pandemic, visit this landing page for VDS.
For those on campus this fall, the General Library Building (GLB), which houses the Divinity and Central Libraries, will begin allowing card-swipe access for only Vanderbilt students, staff, and faculty (including Visiting Scholars and emeriti) beginning the first day of classes (8/24). Owing to the university strictures on dedensification, the library has been asked to limit access to students and faculty who will be on campus this semester. As it currently stands, hours for Central/Divinity will be:
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

(Hours vary for other campus libraries but will be posted on their respective websites.)
For students and faculty working remotely, the VU libraries will continue to provide our Pick-Up-Program (PUP), and enable those unable to remain on campus this semester to still have access to our collection. Pick up locations for material will continue to be exterior and proximate to Central/Divinity. Faculty and students working on campus will also be able to use this service.
The Vanderbilt Libraries are pleased to announce two exciting new virtual workshop series: Research Productivity and Digital Literacies.  All workshops will take place via Zoom. No registration is required.
Research Productivity Series

To be productive, researchers must identify relevant research, sift through and organize it to suit their scholarly purposes, and present it effectively to others. Researchers are apt to get stuck at any of these steps. This workshop series aims to give attendees concise, engaging, and practical guidance for finding, understanding, applying, and sharing research. More information  http://tiny.cc/researchproductivity
Digital Literacies Series 

Both media and scholarly outputs are shared in increasingly open, diverse ways. The increasing production and consumption of digital media, necessitates an understanding of the cultural logics of information sharing ecologies, of the processes and rationales for digital output creation, and of our own ethical responsibilities in sharing those outputs. These types of digital literacies are critically important for life-long learners, engaged citizens, and critical consumers of open scholarship. More information http://tiny.cc/digitallit

VDS Community Announcements

Connect online throughout the week!

Monday Coffee (half) Hour 

Just the break we need with new coffee hour coordinators, colleagues, and BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug)! Dates and times will be scheduled, soon.

Learn more about worship and spiritual gatherings (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), here.

Questions about community life and worship may be directed to:

Amy E. Steele, PhD
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Community Life
Tel: 615.343.5749
45th annual (Virtual) Antoinette Brown Lecture: 

White Supremacy and the Legacy of Faith
delivered by The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas
September 10, 2020

, 6:00 pm CDT 

The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas was named Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology at Union in September 2017. She was named the Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology in November 2019. She also serves as the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and Theologian in Residence at Trinity Church Wall Street.
New Ministry + Arts podcast just dropped!
The VDS student art collective (Poiesis) is embarking on a journey and they're inviting you to come along!
Their podcast, Ministry of the Arts drops about every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month during the semester.
For their first episode they sit down with recent VDS graduate, Karla Felecia Scaife for a meaningful conversation about BREATH. Learn more, here and find the podcast on iTunes.

Additional Community Announcements

If you're a researcher at Vanderbilt and you're interested in learning about IT resources available to you and your colleagues please consider joining the info sessions on Sept. 18. Reigster here.
2020 Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest :Sept. 4-7, 2020, 6pm-11pm
A grassroots endeavor to connect Black Femmes throughout the African diaspora through the medium of film. A film festival that is quite possibly too future for its own good.

Save the Dates

Save the dates for the following VDS events. More information will be emailed/posted as they develop. If you have events open to the VDS community, send them to Sophia, director of communications, by Thursday, end of day.
Because of technical difficultties last week, Convocation has been rescheduled to Friday, September 11 at 3:30pm. For the order of worship, visit the Convocation page (where the embedded video will also be available).
9/2: Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice webinar: Spirit on the Ground: Stories and Strategies for Faith and Labor. 11AM Central. 
9/4:Trouble the Water: Conversations to Disrupt Racism film and discussion, Part I: Why us? Why now? 2-3PM. Register here.
9/8: Cal Turner Program presents: “Society in Conflict: Public Health and Education”12:30-2PM. Register here.
9/9: Cal Turner Program presents: Robert Jones, White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity 7PM-8:30PM. Register here.
9/11: Trouble the Water: Conversations to Disrupt Racism film and discussion, Part II: Whiteness. 2-3PM. Register here.
9/18: Trouble the Water: Conversations to Disrupt Racism film and discussion, Part III: Identity. 2-3PM. Register here.
9/25: Trouble the Water: Conversations to Disrupt Racism film and discussion, Part IV: Intersectionality and disruption. 2-3PM. Register here.
9/26: Cal Turner Program presents a Fall Compassion Retreat: The Fierce Heart: Showing Up (and Resting) in Compassion in Times of Crisis. 10AM-4PM. Register here.
9/27: Cal Turner Program presents: Community Conversations on Policing with Christophe Ringer. Registration information coming soon.
October: Publishing in Color virtual conference. If you're interested in attending, but are unable to becuase of financial considerations, email Sophia.

What's keeping you engaged?

We're collecting stories of what life has been amidstt this pandemic. Did you find a practice or discipline you'll continue after this time of physical distancing? Learn something you'd like to share with the communitty? Funny, inspirational, contemplative, challenging. We'd love to hear it.
If you have something to share, begin by visiting this form. No stories will be shared without your consent.

Jobs, Internships, Events

  • Visit the VDS job page here.
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