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What’s On My Mind: Conference on race, reconciliation shows power of civil discourse

In this week’s column, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos reflects on Vanderbilt’s first race and reconciliation symposium and the role that civil discourse plays in untangling our nation’s complex history.


Matthews plays ‘Hardball’ on Trump, Democrats, others

Chris Matthews didn’t disappoint “Hardball” fans in his Vanderbilt appearance Tuesday evening, criticizing Democrats, evangelicals and candidates from both major political parties.


March issue of provost’s ‘Open Dore’ newsletter now available

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente discusses the “VU-ETOB” budget model, which exemplifies the shared governance approach that the university uses for decision-making.


Deerfield Management, Vanderbilt University announce launch of Ancora Innovation

Deerfield Management and Vanderbilt University have announced the launch of Ancora Innovation, LLC, a Deerfield company that will support Vanderbilt’s innovative life science research and leverage Deerfield’s expertise in accelerating state-of-the-art drug development.


Web form launched regarding medical records transfer

Vanderbilt University’s University Counseling Center will replace Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Psychological & Counseling Center beginning July 1. To facilitate the continuity of care for students currently receiving services at the PCC and who are expected to continue to receive services at the new UCC, VUMC will begin copying some student data and records from the PCC to transfer to the new UCC this spring.


Five honored by Women’s Center with annual awards

Five individuals from the Vanderbilt community were recognized for their leadership, mentoring and contributions to the advancement of women during a lunch held at the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center March 27.


Gore discusses leadership with students

Former vice president and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore was the guest speaker at an undergraduate political science class on March 26.


VUBreakThru: Learning to view history through a critical lens

Students enrolled in the “Race, Place and Power” University Course recently visited the Hermitage, home of native son Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States. They contrasted what they had learned in class with the picture of Jackson portrayed at the museum. Read more about University Courses and other internal faculty funding programs—including TIPs grants, Discovery Grants and Research Scholar Grants—at the VU BreakThru blog.


Album spotlights Blair School’s Biddlecombe and students

The album “Music in the Listening Place,” featuring the Vanderbilt Chorale and directed by Tucker Biddlecombe, has been released on Navona Records.


Vanderbilt’s Humphrey Fellows to visit Dollywood, Vol State-Livingston

Vanderbilt’s ninth cohort of Humphrey Fellows will travel to East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains April 6–8.


Frank Parker Lecture to explore earthquakes coupled with fires’ effect on buildings

Amr Elnashai, vice chancellor and vice president for research and technology transfer at the University of Houston, will discuss “Coupled Fire and Earthquake Loading Effects on Buildings” Thursday, March 29. The Frank Parker Lecture in Civil and Environmental Engineering will take place in Jacobs Believed In Me Auditorium at Featheringill Hall.


Making Nashville ‘living building’ ready topic of March 29 event

The first in a local series of focused discussions about the Living Building Challenge is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building.


Blair, Library honor Violins of Hope project with series of upcoming performances

Twenty-two violins—most of which were played by Jewish musicians interned in concentration camps during the Holocaust—have arrived in Music City from Israel, where they will be heard once more as the Violins of Hope. Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music and the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries have planned several special events in honor of the initiative.


Inaugural Edible Books Festival set for April 2

Vanderbilt’s inaugural Edible Books Festival, where the worlds of food and books collide in creative and delicious ways, is scheduled for Monday, April 2, in the Central Library Community Room.


UCSB’s Milem to speak at Vanderbilt on race relations and education

The Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series, featuring Jeffrey F. Milem of the University of California–Santa Barbara, is April 2.


Amitav Ghosh to speak on ‘Commodities, Conflict and Climate Change’ April 4

Author Amitav Ghosh will examine how historical conflicts over resources in Asia have become a major driver of climate change in the Indian Ocean during an April 4 lecture presented by Asian Studies.


Spring Faculty Assembly is April 5

Vanderbilt’s Spring Faculty Assembly is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Langford Auditorium. All faculty are encouraged to attend.


Inclusive Excellence invites women faculty to community writing sessions

The Office of Inclusive Excellence is hosting writing sessions to help women faculty build community and dedicate time to furthering their scholarly research. The next session is April 6.


Seidenberg delivers Educational Neuroscience talk April 6

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mark Seidenberg will focus on the need to look closely at linguistic differences between language used in the home and that used in schools.


Get firsthand look at Nashville’s distant past during Fossils at the Fort April 7

Kids of all ages can find and take home a 400 million-year-old souvenir and learn about the hunt for clues to the ancient past at Fort Negley on Saturday, April 7.


Faculty invited to submit nominations for top awards

Nominations are due April 15 for the university’s top faculty awards, which demonstrate the university’s appreciation for and commitment to excellence.


Volunteers needed for Commencement 2018

Vanderbilt’s Commencement 2018 is scheduled for May 9–11, and your help is needed to make the event a success.


Take Note

» Good Friday worship service March 30 in Benton Chapel

» Library Passover exhibition features Amsterdam Haggadah

» Get discount on registration for Richland Creek Run through April 1

» Seventh annual Susan Gray School Golf Tournament is April 19

» LSO: Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award

» LSO: Phi Beta Psi Charity Trust Cancer Research Grant

HR News

» VU goes blue March 29

» Life Phase Series: ‘First-Time Home Buying’ April 3

» Celebrate National Walking Day April 4

» Vandy Cooks features state agricultural specialist Tammy Algood April 6

» Get your scuba diving certification at the Rec

» Tips for coping with reactions to recent school shootings

» Changes to Vanderbilt University Retirement Plan’s investment lineup

Research News @Vanderbilt


March 29
Registation for Sarratt Youth Art Institute

March 29 — 11 a.m.
America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

March 29 — Noon
InsideOut of the Lunchbox: Nashville Opera's Susannah

March 29 — 7 p.m.
Israeli Dance Session - Schulman Center

March 29 — 7 p.m.
Danzy Senna Reading

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