October 11, 2016

Photography gallery opening on Monday, Oct. 17

The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's branch of Physicians for Human Rights invites the Medical Center community to "A Gallery Opening Night: Nashville's Affordable Housing Crisis" on Monday, Oct. 17, in the Light Hall North Lobby from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be provided

The event will showcase the art of Samuel Lester, a photographer who has served as the Street Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator at Open Table Nashville since 2014. A former teacher at Montgomery Bell Academy, Lester has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Houston, where his interests circled around philosophy, history, and literature. In addition, he worked towards a Ph.D. in Social Thought at the University of Chicago. 

His exhibition involves the themes of homelessness in Nashville and the affordable housing crisis, and the purpose of the art is, “to hold a mirror up to our community, and to explore how our habits and policies of education, justice and economics sustain or hobble us." 

The photographs will remain on display through Thursday, Oct. 20.