Nashville: A Pandemic Observed, March 15

Images move us. Photographs can often capture the lived reality of our world in ways that come to define our collective memory and they do so in a way that is both religious and political. Vanderbilt Divinity School invites you to a virtual event that brings together community artists, theologians and researchers to explore the artistic practice of photography. This event is inspired by the photography exhibit Nashville: A Pandemic Observed, which is on display at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and can also be viewed here.

Tuesday, March 15 Event Registration Link

Part I: Artist Introductions (5–6 p.m.)

Moderated by Joon Powell. She and her fellow photographers – Dawn Majors, John Partipilo, and Bill Steber – will introduce their photography sets and discuss the inspiration behind them. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

Part II: Panel Discussion (6–7 p.m.)

Moderated by Kashif Andrew Graham, outreach librarian for Religion & Theology, this panel discussion will explore the deep and complicated relationship between photography and spiritual practices, using photographic justice to understand health disparities, and the visual as a political form. A Q&A with the audience will follow.


  • Dr. Ellen Armour, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair in Religion, Gender and Sexuality, associate dean for Academic Affairs, and associate professor of feminist theology.
  • Joon Robin Powell, photographer
  • Dr. Lucie Kalousova, assistant professor of Medicine, Health, and Society & Sociology.




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