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  9 things you need to know this week  
1.   University leaders discuss spring return to campus at virtual town hall
    Vanderbilt experts from academic, medical and operational areas of campus came together during a Jan. 13 virtual town hall to discuss and answer questions about the Spring Return to Campus Plan with undergraduate students and their families. [ Read More  +  Watch Video ]
2.   Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy aims to heal societal divisions
    After months of exploring how higher education could play a meaningful and active role in bridging longstanding partisan fissures, Vanderbilt University today launched the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, which aims to strengthen the nation’s democratic institutions by advancing evidence-based research in the national discourse on unity. [ Read More ]
3.   Gore kicks off Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, followed by case study on PEPFAR with Rice
    The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy debuted an exclusive conversation series featuring a tone-setting discussion on the redemptive power of reason and evidence in American politics with former vice president Al Gore and presidential historian Jon Meacham, followed by a dialogue between Meacham and Condoleezza Rice, the 66th Secretary of State, on the project’s first case study. [ Read More  +  Watch Video ]
4.   Story Photo Virtual events to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Vanderbilt
    A series of virtual events for the Vanderbilt community will celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18. Beginning this year, MLK Day is a paid staff holiday, aligning with VU’s efforts to strengthen equity, diversity and inclusion. [ Read More ]
5.   University leaders reflect on life of community activist Kwame Lillard, frequent contributor to Vanderbilt’s MLK Series
    Vanderbilt leaders are reflecting on the life and legacy of veteran civil rights activist Kwame Lillard, who died Dec. 20 in Nashville. As recently as January 2020, Lillard shared his firsthand experiences in the civil rights movement with Vanderbilt students as part of the university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series. [ Read More ]
6.   Details regarding arrival for spring semester, launch of Commodores Care
    Associate Provost and Dean of Students Mark Bandas shares a number of important details to help undergraduate students prepare for their arrival in Nashville and return to campus for the spring semester. [ Read More ]
7.   Songwriting class helps students find soulful collaborations across continents
    Any Nashville songwriter will tell you that some of the most meaningful collaborations come during crisis. Vanderbilt undergraduates in a songwriting class at the Blair School of Music got a taste of this when they partnered with peers on the other side of the globe, who also were dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, to co-create original songs. [ Read More ]
8.   Improving the Wikipedia gender gap with Women of VISE begins Jan. 18
    Only 18.67 percent of Wikipedia biographies are about women. The Women of VISE are holding the third annual Women in STEM Wikithon to change that. [ Read More ]
9.   Map the System global research competition opportunity available through the Wond’ry
    All Vanderbilt students interested in social and environmental change are invited to participate in Map the System, a global research competition. [ Read More ]
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