“The Square, Al Midan” by Islam Aly, a doctoral student in art education at the University of Iowa, who holds a master of fine arts from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book. The book documents the words that were repeated in the streets of Cairo during the Arab Spring and Egyptian Revolution of 2011, when protesters from a variety of socioeconomic and religious backgrounds demanded the overthrow of the regime. It consists of four folios constructed of mould-made Johannot paper with colored and laser-engraved edges bound in laser-etched wooden boards using Ethiopian and Coptic binding with linen thread.

Mind’s Eye: Art of the Book

Those who proclaimed the demise of printed books several years ago when e-readers were first introduced are now eating their words, as sales of traditional books have rebounded. There’s just nothing quite like the real thing.

A Home for the Holidays: Sharing Your Home with International Students Is Rewarding For Them—and for You

A Home for the Holidays: Sharing Your Home with International Students Is Rewarding For Them—and for You

Consider inviting a student into your home to spend a holiday with you. It may seem daunting, but it’s not difficult. And it’s well worth the effort. You’ll certainly make a difference in the student’s life—as well as your own.

One of the remaining faded roadside signs for the once-famous attraction (PHILLIP B. TUCKER)

See Wonder Cave: Will, Robert and Melville’s Excellent Adventure

In 1897 two Vanderbilt students summering just south of Nashville on the Cumberland Plateau made an accidental discovery that eventually would draw millions of Americans to a vast subterranean world during much of the 20th century.

 

Other News

Vanderbilt mourns Taylor Force

Vanderbilt mourns Taylor Force

The Vanderbilt community is mourning Taylor Force, 28, a student at the Owen Graduate School of Management who was killed in a terrorist attack March 8 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Brené Brown (DANIEL DUBOIS)

Picture (IM)Perfect: Brené Brown Helps Launch New Mental Health Initiative

Vanderbilt’s new [IM]Perfection Project—a joint initiative of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center and the Office of Wellness Programs & Alcohol Education designed to address mental health issues around the fear of failure—brought the perfect speaker to campus in February to help launch the effort: best-selling author and researcher Brené Brown.

Law 2.0: Vanderbilt Law School Innovates to Stay Ahead

Law 2.0: Vanderbilt Law School Innovates to Stay Ahead

Traditional players in the legal industry continue to face significant challenges in adapting to the new terrain after the Great Recession. But at the same time, the shifting landscape has created substantial opportunities for new kinds of players—especially those with a technology focus.

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Bright Spot: The Biophotonics Center Shines Light on the Intersection of Physics, Engineering and Medicine

The Biophotonics Center is a state-of-the-art laser laboratory that serves as a kind of hub of cross-disciplinary research at Vanderbilt. Forty faculty members from across the university and VUMC—working on topics ranging from astrophysics to cancer treatments—have an affiliation with the center.

Creating a Masterpiece

Creating a Masterpiece

Picasso continually pushed against prevailing artistic conventions, even his own previous work, to forge new creative paths that somehow remained unmistakably his own. That same idea of building upon the past to push further into the future runs deeply through this issue of Vanderbilt Magazine.

#Vandygram – Winter 2016

#Vandygram – Winter 2016

Each issue, Vanderbilt Magazine prints a handful of social media posts from alumni, students, faculty, staff and Commodore fans that include #Vandygram.

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The Snowmen Cometh

Vanderbilt enjoyed a rare snow day Jan. 22 as Nashville got hit with 8 inches of the white stuff—the most snow that had fallen in the city since 2003.

Reunion 2015 By the Numbers

Reunion 2015 By the Numbers

Reunion is the single-largest gathering of alumni on campus. The October weekend connects dear friends with each other and the university, reminding them why they are Vanderbilt for Life.

Nearly 1,000 alumni worldwide gathered in their respective cities Nov. 5 for Vanderbilt’s annual Networking Night, including this crowd in Shanghai.

34 Cities Participate in Annual Networking Night

Vanderbilt’s second annual Networking Night drew 920 alumni in 34 cities Nov. 5. The atten­dees represented a diverse range of university schools, class years and industries, each seeking to strengthen their professional connections.

Celebrating the announcement of the CMA’s $3 million gift to Children’s Hospital are, standing, left to right, Frank Bumstead, MMgt’72, chair of the CMA Board of Directors; Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum; Dr. Jeff Balser, MD’90, PhD’90, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of Vanderbilt School of 
Medicine; Kix Brooks, board member for both the CMA and Children’s Hospital; and Kathryn Carell Brown, chair of Children’s Hospital’s “Growing to New Heights” campaign.

CMA Makes $3 Million Gift to Children’s Hospital

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is receiving significant philanthropic support through a $3 million gift from the Country Music Association (CMA). The gift represents the association’s further investment in the health and well-being of children throughout the region and will be used to support Children’s Hospital’s four-floor, 160,000-square-foot expansion.