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National experts converge for insightful discussions on race and reconciliation

Vanderbilt brought national experts to campus for a two-day symposium—the university’s first—on race, reconciliation and reunion.


Congress approves largest increase in research, education programs in nearly a decade

Congress passed a bipartisan $1.29 trillion spending bill for the current fiscal year March 23 that includes some of the largest increases in research and education accounts in nearly a decade. Read Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos’ statement on the FY 18 omnibus spending package.


Matthews, Minhaj, Carbino headline Vanderbilt’s Impact Symposium March 26–28

Vanderbilt’s Impact Symposium, one of the oldest university lecture series of its caliber in the nation, this year features Chris Matthews, best-selling author and host of MSNBC’s “Hardball”; Hasan Minhaj, comedian, actor and senior correspondent for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”; and Jessica Carbino, sociologist for the social and dating app Bumble.


Vice President Joe Biden to speak at Vanderbilt April 10; tickets available March 28

Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will welcome former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in conversation on Tuesday, April 10. The talk is free and open to the public.


Five new interdisciplinary University Courses approved for 2018-19

Launching a startup, protecting cultural heritage and examining the impact of LGBTQ policies are among the topics to be explored in the latest set of University Courses, which are designed to promote new and creative trans-institutional teaching and learning and advance Vanderbilt’s mission.


Commons Reading announced for 2018-19

The Commons Reading for the 2018-19 academic year will be “The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom” by Jonathan Haidt. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and Vanessa Beasley, dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, announced the selection March 26.


Lauren Benton wins 2019 Toynbee Prize

Lauren Benton, Nelson O. Tyrone, Jr. Professor of History and professor of law, has been named winner of the Toynbee Prize for 2019. The Toynbee Prize is awarded biennially for work that makes a significant contribution to the study of global history.


Wond’ry exhibit takes digital humanities into three dimensions

A new exhibit at the Wond’ry showcasing the work of Vanderbilt’s Slave Societies Digital Archive will feature some unusual pieces of digital preservation: 3D-printed replicas of significant artifacts.


Pavlovic’s ‘Lost Art’ featured in new book about her research

Vesna Pavlovic’s installation “Lost Art” largely inspired the publishing of a new soft-cover volume that spotlights several themes in her research.


Ph.D. student argues for early intervention in reading trouble, takes 3MT top prize

In its sixth year at Vanderbilt, the Three Minute Thesis competition drew 49 students mostly from engineering and the sciences, but future history, religion and English Ph.D.s participated as well.


Biden at Vanderbilt, March for Our Lives, gun violence research in weekly roundup of news

The Vanderbilt University Division of Communications publishes “VUToday,” a compilation of Vanderbilt mentions in the media, three times per week. Read a selection of Vanderbilt news stories for the week of March 19.


Vanderbilt and ofo partner to bring dockless bike sharing to campus

As part of its ongoing mobility and transportation strategy, Vanderbilt is launching a six-month pilot of a dockless bike-share program beginning Tuesday, March 27. The kickoff event will feature bike demos, rider education and giveaways.


Shared Governance Committee releases draft report; feedback invited

The Shared Governance Committee has released a draft report of its work and invites feedback from all faculty ahead of its next town hall meeting March 27.


VU co-sponsors March 27 neighborhood forum on city’s proposed transit plan

Vanderbilt University is among the sponsors of a March 27 neighborhood forum at Belmont United Methodist Church concerning Nashville’s proposed transit plan and upcoming referendum.


Vanderbilt Libraries present an evening of card-game history and whist playing

The Friends of Vanderbilt’s Libraries will host an evening exploration into the card game of whist March 27.


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 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 in March and April.


Vanderbilt’s 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.


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 writing sessions; next gathering April 6

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


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 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

» NIH requests comments on proposed animal-welfare regulatory changes for laboratories

» Library Passover exhibition features Amsterdam Haggadah

» InsideOut of the Lunchbox to feature Nashville Opera’s ‘Susannah’

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

» Owen Executive Education offers 25 percent employee discount

HR News

» VU goes blue March 29

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

» 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 26 — 11 a.m.
America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

March 26 — 4 p.m.
McGee Public Policy Lecture: Alan Krueger

March 26 — 4:10 p.m.
From Hegel to Spinoza: Ideology as the Social Pathology of Desire

March 27 — 11:30 a.m.
Taking Play Seriously Seminar

March 27 — Noon
A Conversation with Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division

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