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  Friday, Sep. 29, 2023  
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Mark T. Esper, 27th U.S. secretary of defense, delivers inaugural talk in Lecture Series on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats
In a wide-ranging lecture and a one-on-one conversation with Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Mark T. Esper, 27th U.S. secretary of defense, discussed the myriad and complex challenges related to national security.
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Vanderbilt observes Banned Books Week with events, discussions about free expression
The Banned Books Initiative, now in its second year at Vanderbilt, will recognize Banned Books Week Oct. 1–7. The events are in conjunction with Vanderbilt’s recently announced recommitment to supporting free expression and civil discourse on campus with the launch of Dialogue Vanderbilt.
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College of Arts and Science launches three new undergraduate academic programs
The three new programs add to the College of Arts and Science’s 100-plus existing majors and minors and were developed to leverage faculty expertise, respond to student interest, and address evolving, real-world issues in contemporary society.
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Campus Reading author inspires students with authenticity and humor at 17th annual Lawson Lecture
Kevin Wilson, BA’00, the author of Now is Not the Time to Panic, this year’s Campus Reading, shared his experiences as a Vanderbilt student in the mid-1990s with more than 1,000 current first-year students on Sept. 10.
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Nominate next book for Campus Reading by Oct. 16
Residential colleges and the Vanderbilt Visions program invite all Vanderbilt faculty, students and staff to nominate a book for the Class of 2028 Campus Reading. Next year’s theme is “Embracing the Debate.” You may nominate up to three texts of any genre by current or deceased authors.
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Embrace the local scene: Vanderbilt’s guide to Nashville community events
This school year, immerse yourself in the vibrant Nashville community. There’s something for everyone.
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Arts and Science senior completes immersion experience in Morocco, earns prestigious award at Army ROTC Summer Training Camp
Grace Kirtley, a law, history and society major with a minor in Arabic, served in the key leadership role of platoon sergeant during an intensive training mission.
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REGISTER: ‘Unity Dinner: Under God’ is Oct. 5
The next Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy Unity Dinner will take place on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event, “Unity Dinner: Under God,” invites Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff to a guided discussion about the role of religion in a divided time.
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Celebrate innovation, collaboration, creativity and curiosity at 2023 TN Maker Fest Oct. 7
The Wond’ry is hosting TN Maker Fest on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly event will feature an incredible gathering of “makers” who will show off their hobbies, projects, experiments and creations.
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Prepare for Open Enrollment! Get your VUnetID and password ready
Open Enrollment is Oct. 16–27. All benefits-eligible employees are required to complete the enrollment process. To prepare, get your VUnetID and password ready. If you do not remember this information, we’re here to help.


Health & Safety Updates

Get healthy, earn cash!

Educate and Empower to Reduce Stigma: Depression education and awareness

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Annual report on security and fire safety available today, Sept. 29


Limited Submission Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2024 Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Grants Deadline: Oct. 5

Limited Submission Opportunity: The Nora Roberts Foundation Grants Program–December 2023 Deadline: Oct. 19

Limited Submission Opportunity: The Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation Grant Program Deadline: Oct. 19


Campus Updates

Crane work to occur at the Village at Vanderbilt Sept. 30


Take Note

Vanderbilt’s Innovation Catalyst Fund is open for faculty innovation proposals

Healthy Brain and Child Development Study seeks participants who are in their second trimester of pregnancy

Applications for James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements Fellows Grant close today, Sept. 29

Outstanding Senior nominations due TODAY, Sept. 29

Simpson Deans’ Lecture: Dr. Jonathan Metzl is Oct. 3

VICC funding opportunity: Waddell Walker Hancock Cancer Discovery Fund Award; apply by Oct. 9

Proposals being accepted for International Education Week 2023; submissions open through Oct. 13

Applications for Vanderbilt-Fisk Postdoctoral Fellowship Program open through Oct. 18

Nominations sought for annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. awards; 2023 lecture is Oct. 24

17th annual Vanderbilt Postdoc Symposium is Nov. 17; register by Oct. 27

Blair School of Music celebrates legacy of Florence Price Oct. 3–Nov. 14


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Performance artist Tim Miller brings the art of protest to the Curb Center
· OCT ·
  Vanderbilt will host screenings during Nashville Film Festival Sept. 28–Oct. 4
· OCT ·
  Vanderbilt to hold campus-wide Free Speech Week Oct. 10–17
· OCT ·
  Inclusive Book Group to discuss ‘The Color Purple’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Fortune: Free speech, AI, and college rankings: Addressing challenges ahead at Vanderbilt University
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
Fast Company: How to brag without sounding arrogant, according to new research
Eric VanEpps, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.
Financial Times: The debt-fuelled bet on US Treasuries that’s scaring regulators
Morgan Ricks, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
CNN: Only about 1 in 4 American adults definitely wants the updated Covid-19 vaccine, new survey finds
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. Health also published an article quoting Schaffner.
Tennessean: Vanderbilt University unveils plans for new dyslexia academy, research center
The Roberts Academy and Dyslexia Center is featured. Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
Yahoo! Entertainment: Bennifer, Brangelina and now… Traylor? Here’s why we love to nickname celebrity couples.
Claire Sisco King, associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
Express Healthcare Management: CDC recommends pregnant mothers get vaccinated to protect babies from RSV
Helen Keipp Talbot, professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Week: Targeted cancer therapy: AI-powered robot navigating lung tissue
Research from Robert J. Webster III, Richard A. Schroeder Professor and professor of mechanical engineering, is cited.
WebMD: How long should you take antidepressants?
Steven Hollon, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology, is quoted.
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