Ben Shahn's last major work was "Peabody--1968," a mosaic mural that fills the foyer of the Hobbs Human Development Laboratory on the Peabody campus. The mosaic concsists of three panels. According to a 1990 interview with Susan Gray, professor of psychology, emerita, who led the effort to commission Shahn for the piece, the center panel portrays the face of the divinity. Photo by John Russell

Restoring Humanity: The Interconnectedness of Life Is Illustrated in Shimmering Glass Tiles

It has been 47 years since Ben Shahn’s mosaic Peabody—1968 was dedicated in the Hobbs Human Development Laboratory on what was then the campus of George Peabody College for Teachers. The effort to commission Shahn, an artist well known for his advocacy for the poor, was spearheaded by Susan Gray, professor of psychology, emerita, and an advocate for children, particularly those held back developmentally by poverty.

Building the Bomb: Vanderbilt Physicists Played a Key Role in Developing the First Nuclear Weapons

Building the Bomb: Vanderbilt Physicists Played a Key Role in Developing the First Nuclear Weapons

In part because much of their work remains classified even after 70 years, the contributions of a group of young Vanderbilt physicists to the Manhattan Project have never received the level of recognition they deserve.

 

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College Aspirations

College Aspirations

First-year Peabody College students Aaron and Nicholas Ainsworth have stayed connected to their hometown of San Bernardino, California, in part by mentoring a class of sixth-grade students there, both in person and by video chat.

Class of 2016 Sets Record for Senior Class Fund

Class of 2016 Sets Record for Senior Class Fund

Before Commencement in May, 1,195 members of the Class of 2016 made gifts to the annual Senior Class Fund, representing a record-high 76 percent participation rate.

ITA All-American Frances Altick fights for a win against Stanford.

Strong Showings: A Recap of Spring Sports

The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team advanced to the Final Four in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in an attempt to repeat their national championship, but ended the season with a loss to Stanford. The Commodores, the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, ended with a 23–6 record.

Celebrity Wedding: Andrew East and Shawn Johnson Tie the Knot

Celebrity Wedding: Andrew East and Shawn Johnson Tie the Knot

In April Andrew East, BE’14, MBA’15, married Shawn Johnson, a gold-medal gymnast in the 2008 Olympics and winner of Dancing with the Stars in 2009. Overnight, East became one-half of a celebrity couple, and pictures of his wedding were splashed across the pages of People and numerous other celebrity magazines.

DANIEL DUBOIS

House of Commodores

Whatever your political leanings, the acidic divisiveness between—and among—parties in this election cycle has left little for anyone to love. Luckily, I got a break from the daily shouting matches about finger lengths, email servers and Bernie Bros by digging into some of the fascinating, reasoned research around presidential politics being produced by members of Vanderbilt’s esteemed political science department for this issue’s cover story.

#Give4theGold

#Give4theGold

On April 21 members of the Vanderbilt community from across the globe participated in the first-ever Vanderbilt Giving Day, raising more than $1.6 million in just 24 hours.

Kosher Canteen: Aryeh’s Kitchen Food Truck

Kosher Canteen: Aryeh’s Kitchen Food Truck

With a five-person crew, and after a year of planning, Aryeh’s Kitchen launched in May and is set for a larger debut when students return to campus in August.

Draft Picks

Draft Picks

Two players from the Vanderbilt men’s basketball team were selected in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft: point guard Wade Baldwin (No. 17 overall to the Memphis Grizzlies) and center Damian Jones (No. 30 overall to the Golden State Warriors)

Donny Everett (JOHN RUSSELL)

Fallen Star: Vanderbilt Mourns the Loss of First-Year Pitcher Donny Everett

By the end of his first year, Donny Everett—Vanderbilt’s hard-throwing, right-handed pitcher—had already become one of the most beloved student-athletes on campus. Then, in early June, on the eve of the NCAA Regional tournament played on campus at Hawkins Field, the unthinkable happened. The Clarksville, Tennessee, native drowned at Normandy Lake, about 70 miles southeast of Nashville.

‘Investing in Our Home’

‘Investing in Our Home’

Last spring Carter Hawkins, BS’07, learned about Vanderbilt’s plans to upgrade its baseball facilities. He was among the first former student-athletes to contribute, pledging a leadership-level gift to the $10 million project that will renovate and enhance training areas in Memorial Gym and build out new operations and team spaces for students and coaches.