Crawford House welcomes professors and public figures from across our campus and city to offer informal lectures monthly in our Divergent Dinner series. Although our guests take their lectures in many directions, we ask each to speak about how thinking "outside of the box" or being open to mistake-making has helped them professionally or personally. The lectures, which typically attract between 40 and 60 students, are followed by private dinner parties of 6-8 residents and our guest. Around the table and sharing a family-style home cooked meal, we can deepen the conversation and strengthen new connections between faculty and students.
Crawford House has hosted Professor John Lachs, Department of Philosophy, Professor John Gore, Biomedical Imaging, Professor Sheila Peters of Fisk University, Mayor Megan Barry, Mayor of Nashville, Professor Jim Lovensheimer, Blair School and Professor Mark Ellingham, Department of Mathematics, for lectures and dinner. In 2016, we used the schedule of the Divergent Dinners to welcome our Humphrey Scholar for a facilitated viewing of "Human," a documentary film in three parts exploring the differences and commonalities of humans around the world. In 2017-2018, we welcomed new Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Melissa Thomas-Hunt and Dr. Judy Klass, who holds joint appointments in English and Jewish Studies.