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Chancellor’s Lecture on Free Speech with Bret Stephens in Conversation with Samar Ali to be Oct. 16
Hosted by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier as part of the his Dialogue Vanderbilt initiative and Vanderbilt’s first-ever Free Speech Week, well-known journalist, editor and columnist Bret Stephens will join Samar Ali, research professor of political science and law, for a debate centered around the value of free expression, open debate and civil discourse through the lens of some of the most pressing issues we face today. There will be an audience Q&A at the end of the discussion.
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Heard Libraries expand cultural preservation efforts with membership in international Digital Preservation Coalition
The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries have strengthened their commitment to preserving cultural heritage by joining the Digital Preservation Coalition, a prestigious U.K.-based nonprofit that works with global partners to facilitate long-term digital preservation solutions. The Heard Libraries are one of only six organizations in the U.S. that are full members, including the Library of Congress and National Archives.
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Next Faculty Senate meeting is Oct. 12
All Vanderbilt faculty are invited to attend the Oct. 12 Faculty Senate meeting from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. Voting members (elected senators and deans) are expected to attend the meeting on the second floor of the Faculty Commons Building at 1101 19th Ave. S.  
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Vanderbilt scientists, research translation experts attend CMT Global Research Convention
School of Medicine Basic Sciences researchers at the forefront of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease research and therapeutic development join CTTC leadership at CMT Research Foundation global research convention. The CMTRF has invested in further research at Vanderbilt to address the primary genetic cause of disease in patients with CMT disease type 1A.
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VUT production of ‘Good Kids’ asks tough questions about epidemic of sexual assault, hopes to promote prevention on campus
Vanderbilt University Theatre will open its 2023–24 season with ‘Good Kids,’ a play by Naomi Iizuka. The play, directed by Ibby Cizmar, assistant professor of theatre, deals with campus sexual assault. Shows are scheduled for Oct. 6–8 and Oct. 12–14 at Neely Auditorium.
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WAITLIST: ‘Unity Dinner: Under God’ is tomorrow, Oct. 5
The next Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy Unity Dinner will take place on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 5:30–7 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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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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Share your commute experience in Vanderbilt’s annual survey, win $100
Vanderbilt University conducts an annual survey to determine the commute and transportation practices of the university community. Whether you primarily work from home, commute to campus every day or anything in between, your feedback will help inform mobility and transportation efforts and expand Vanderbilt’s understanding and support of the community.
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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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Open Enrollment: Detailed guide and health insurance premiums now available
Get to know your options now in preparation for Open Enrollment. The Open Enrollment website is live with the most up-to-date information for your 2024 benefit options.


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Educate and Empower to Reduce Stigma: Depression education and awareness

Stay Secure: Cybersecurity Awareness Month and you


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

Limited Submission Opportunity: Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Project Support and Rural Arts Project Support FY2025 Deadline: Oct. 26


Take Note

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

Give Metro Nashville feedback on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan

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

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

Parenting Group: ‘Weird Parenting Wins’ Oct. 18

Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Lecture: ‘A Conversation on Race, Training and Care at Vanderbilt’ 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

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  Celebrate innovation, collaboration, creativity and curiosity at 2023 TN Maker Fest
· OCT ·
  K.C. Potter Center hosts ‘Past, Present, Future: The History of Vanderbilt’s LGBTQI+ Life’
· OCT ·
  Vanderbilt Art Gallery, Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture present a screening of ‘Wonderfully Made–LGBTQ+R(eligion)’
· 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
Slate: The most astounding part of the Sam Bankman-Fried trial
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted. The Washington Post published a similar article quoting Yadav.
The Atlantic: Artists are losing the war against AI
Daniel Gervais, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Associated Press: Southern Republicans look to nationalize 2023 governors’ races by invoking Biden
Carrie Russell, senior principal lecturer of political science, is quoted.
Tennessee Tribune: VUMC receives $51 Million in NIH grants to improve efficiency of conducting clinical trials across the US
Gordon Bernard, Melinda Owen Bass Professor and professor of medicine; Paul Harris; professor of biomedical informatics; and Consuelo Wilkins, professor of medicine, are quoted.
Daily Mail: Want to impress your boss? Praise your colleagues (and yourself)! Scientists claim ‘dual promotion’ is the key to seeming competent at work
Eric VanEpps, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.
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