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Hot Topics

A lunchtime discussion series at Scarritt-Bennett.

Looking for a place to talk about issues affecting the world right now? Then “Hot Topics” is for you!

One Thursday a month, we’ll focus on a specific issue, hear from an expert, and then open up the floor for a group discussion on the issue. Join us for lunch to share your opinion with others – and to hear theirs.

11:30 - 1p - Bennett Hall at Scarritt-Bennett
1008 19th Ave S, Nashville 37212 - Complimentary parking available in the SBC parking lots accessible off 18th Ave S

Pre-registration for each session required
$12 per program (includes lunch)

Space limited to the first 20 people to register

To register: Call 615.340.7557, email programs@scarrittbennett.org, or register online (see individual programs below for links).


Life or Death?

With 32 states retaining the death penalty, opinions on capital punishment are as sharply divided as ever. The state of Tennessee has more scheduled executions this year than in the past 50 years. The preferred chemicals used in executions are no longer manufactured in the United Sates, therefore 68 legislators in Tennessee have voted for the method of electrocution to be used instead. Join us for different perspectives on the Death Penalty.


Stacy Rector, Director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

Michael McRay, Author, lecturer and community activist

Lisa Guenther, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, author and activist

Register online for June 19 lunch


What is Climate Justice?

In May 2014, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a government agency, released a detailed report on climate change. The full report, at more than 800 pages, is the most comprehensive look at the effects of climate change in the U.S. to date, according to its authors. Those impacts include increased severity of heat waves, heavier downpours, other extreme weather events, loss in agricultural yields, and rising sea levels contributing to increased flooding during high tides and storms. These disasters fall disproportionately on those with less money and power. Join us for a conversation about the realities of climate change and impacts that these realities have on our work for social justice.

Register online for July 17 lunch







1008 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 340-7500