Kudos: Read about faculty, staff and alumni awards, appointments and achievements


Scott Aikin, assistant professor of philosophy, and Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Chair in Philosophy, will publish Pragmatism, Pluralism, and the Nature of Philosophy in December 2017 (Routledge). The volume is a collection of Aikin’s and Talisse’s most influential essays, along with a handful of new writings, that explore a new version of pragmatism.

Clifford B. Anderson, associate university librarian for research and learning and professor of religious studies, spoke at the “500 Years of Reformation: Faith, Reform and the Challenges of Ideology” conference held in Taipei, Taiwan. Anderson’s talk was titled “On Thinking Theologically in Emergencies.” While in Taiwan, he also participated in an interfaith dialogue at the German Institute of Taipei and delivered a guest lecture in a course on theological anthropology at Tainan Theological College and Seminary in Tainan, Taiwan.

Joy H. Calico, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Musicology, is part of a team of scholars awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to run a summer institute exploring “Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music and Film” at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst in 2018. The institute will be open to college- and university-level teachers as well as professionals working in museums and other cultural institutions.

Earl E. Fitz, professor of Portuguese, Spanish and comparative literature, has published the book Inter-American Literary History: Six Critical Periods for the Interamericana Series (Peter Lang, 2017). In addition, his essay originally published as “Machado de Assis: The Reception and Transformation of the Modern European Novel,” has been translated into Portuguese and reprinted in Brazil in the book Machado de Assis: Lido e Relido, published by Alameda Casa (2017).

Heather Schoch, a Vanderbilt alumna, has been named the inaugural chief operating officer for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence. The nonprofit TNCPE strives to promote economic development and drive organizational excellence by helping companies and organizations grow more competitive in today’s global marketplace through affordable, in-depth assessments.

Philip Walker, interim director of the Eskind Biomedical Library, is one of 10 fellows from across the nation selected for the 2017-18 National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program. The program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries through a yearlong mentoring relationship with a director of another library and a curriculum focused on developing leadership knowledge critical to enhancing the value of libraries in their institutions.

John Warren, lecturer in art, has a video included in Pattern Recognition: Art and Music Videos in Middle Tennessee, on view at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts through Oct. 8. In addition, his latest short film, Honky Tonky, recently premiered at the Nashville Film Festival.