“The Obama Effect”: Test-taking performance gap virtually eliminated during key moments of Obama’s presidential run
Jan. 21, 2009—Vanderbilt research shows impact of role models in African American performance Watch video of an interview with Ray Friedman. New research by Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management professor Ray Friedman finds that the presidential run of Barack Obama has had a strong positive impact on the test-taking achievement of African Americans. Documenting what Friedman...
Jan. 21, 2009—Watch Sandra Barnes’s Jan. 23 talk on “Black Mega Churches and Prophetic Community Engagement.” This lecture was part of the colloquium series sponsored by the Center for Community Studies. According to C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence H. Mamiya’s book The Black Church in the African American Experience, prophetic churches are those whose Christian stances are...
Jan. 21, 2009—Watch video of a talk by author, professor and noted scholar Melvin L. Oliver.
Jan. 21, 2009—In a poor economic climate riddled with corporate scandals, good leadership can be hard to find. The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions at Vanderbilt University will present a workshop about "Personal Responsibility and Moral Leadership in the Professions" on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Vanderbilt Divinity School's Reading Room.
Jan. 21, 2009—On a break from her "Listening Tour through the Axis of Evil," Kelly Hayes-Raitt will speak Jan. 29 at Vanderbilt's Leadership Breakfast about her experiences as an activist, political consultant and writer.
Jan. 20, 2009—Watch streaming video of the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series: "Prophets, Politics & Patriotism."
Jan. 19, 2009—One of the most important themes to listen for in Barack Obama's inaugural address is a call for a united American body or citizenry, says Vanessa Beasley, an associate professor of communication studies at Vanderbilt University. Beasley is the author of You, The People: American National Identity in Presidential Rhetoric, which looks at previous inaugural addresses from 1885 to 2001.
Jan. 19, 2009—As the curtain falls on the Bush presidency, we will inevitably try to assess his legacy. So will President Bush. He's been doing interviews, holding press conferences, and just delivered his farewell address all in an effort to define that legacy.
Jan. 16, 2009—Associate Professor of Communication Studies Vanessa Beasley says presidential inaugural addresses generally celebrate a smooth transition of power, use rhetoric to bring people together and lay out general principles for the new administration. Beasley, who has written a book that looks at inaugural addresses since the late 1800s, says there are high expectations for Obama\'s address on Jan. 20.
Jan. 16, 2009—Watch video and listen to podcasts from Uncertainty in Long Term Planning-Nuclear Waste Management, A Case Study.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Founder of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee speaks at Jan. 19 celebration of legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at Vanderbilt University
Jan. 15, 2009—Charles McDew, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and its chairman from 1961 to 1964, will deliver the keynote lecture Monday, Jan. 19, for Vanderbilt University's 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series. The event is free and open to the public.
Jan. 15, 2009—Associate Professor of Psychology David Zald is the lead researcher for a study exploring why novelty-seekers are more at risk for drug abuse and other unsafe behaviors. The researchers found that novelty-seeking individuals have fewer autoreceptors in their brain to regulate the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Jan. 14, 2009—Listen to Blair Professor Greg Barz on Wisconsin Public Radio\'s "Higher Ground." podcasts interviews and music from the World Music Spotlight.
Jan. 14, 2009—Vanderbilt University will host several events to mark the historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. All events are free and open to the public.
Jan. 14, 2009—Voters in Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams' district could continue to support and re-elect the Elizabethton representative – even if he switches parties – says Vanderbilt University political scientist Christian Grose.