Eric Etheridge, BA’79, grew up in Mississippi and has worked as an editor at several magazines, including Rolling Stone, The New York Observer and Harper’s. For his recent book, Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders, Etheridge paired original mug shots with contemporary portraits, personal accounts and updates on 80 former Freedom Riders. He also has worked online, creating and running Web sites for Microsoft, The New York Times and others. Etheridge lives in New York City with his wife, Kate Browne, and their daughter, Maud.
Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering and professor of engineering management, serves as director of the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies. He is the author of Operational Risk Management: A Case Study Approach to Effective Planning and Response. The founder and former chairman of Visual Risk Technologies, an operational risk-management consulting firm headquartered in Nashville, Abkowitz has appeared on National Public Radio, Fox News and CNBC.
Sheryll D. Cashin
Sheryll D. Cashin, BE’84, is author of The Failures of Integration and The Agitator’s Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family. A professor of law at Georgetown University, she has served on the Vanderbilt Board of Trust since 2002. Cashin graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor on the Harvard Law Review, and she served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. She is married to Marque Chambliss, and they have two sons, Logan and Langston.
Paul K. Conkin, MA’53, PhD’57, distinguished professor of history, emeritus, and former chair of the Department of History, first came to Vanderbilt more than 55 years ago as a graduate student. He is the author or co-author of 23 books, including the recently published The Revolution Down on the Farm, as well as his definitive 1985 work, Gone with the Ivy: A Biography of Vanderbilt University.
Taylor Holliday is a Nashville-based writer and editor who specializes in the arts, food and travel. She earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University with a focus on media and communications. A former Wall Street Journal arts editor, she now freelances regularly for the Journal as well as The New York Times and other national publications.
Additional Contributors: Christopher Baltz, Carole Bartoo, Joanne Lamphere Beckham, Craig Boerner, Stephen Doster, Angela Fox, John Howser, Jerry Jones, Elizabeth Latt, Princine Lewis, Cynthia Manley, Melissa Marino, Brent McNew, Elizabeth Older, Jessica Pasley, Jim Patterson, Dan Roden, David F. Salisbury, Bill Snyder, Dagny Stuart, J. Luke Webb, Adele White, Amy Wolf