GlobalVU Initiative set to host spring workshop series

The GlobalVU Initiative will launch a workshop series this spring showcasing Vanderbilt’s research to scholars, intellectuals and policymakers from around the globe. The series was developed with GlobalVU’s mission in mind: to improve the university’s international research and engagement and bring internationally renowned figures to engage with the Vanderbilt campus community.

The workshops, which are organized and run by faculty, take different approaches to advancing Vanderbilt research on the global stage. The first workshop on Feb. 10–11 places the groundbreaking research of Blair School of Music professors Douglas Shadle and Joy Calico within a rich global context. The second on Feb. 21 builds on interdisciplinary scholarship at Vanderbilt with a geographic focus—the Sahel region of Africa. The third workshop on April 24–25 promotes to a global audience innovative work being conducted at Peabody College on teacher professional development.

  • “At the Borders of Art and Power: Western Classical Music in the Global Marketplace”
    Feb. 10-11, Blair School of Music
    Organized by:

    • Douglas Shadle, associate professor of musicology, chair of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology
    • Joy Calico, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Musicology, professor of German studies
  • “Terrorism, Health Care and Displacement in the West African Sahel”
    Feb. 21, Vanderbilt Student Life Center
    Organized by:

    • Moses Ochonu, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of History
    • Muktar Aliyu, associate professor of health policy and medicine and associate director for research, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
  • “The Power of Collaborative Inquiry: Reimagining Teacher Professional Development”
    April 24-25, Peabody College Rotunda
    Organized by:

    • Xiu Cravens, associate dean for international affairs
    • Ellen Goldring, executive editor, American Educational Research Journal
    • Erin O’Hara, executive director, Tennessee Education Research Alliance

For more detailed information on the subjects and featured guests, please visit the workshop page. Additional details regarding participation opportunities for faculty and staff will be distributed closer to the event dates.

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