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Author: Ann Marie Deer Owens

Listen: Making astronomy meaningful

Oct. 25, 2011—Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub wanted his students to remember more of what they learned in his introductory class than the answers to typical questions on a quiz show. That was a strong impetus for his book How Old Is The Universe? It strives to make astronomy understandable for all students…not only science majors. Ann...

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John Seigenthaler: “Wikipedia, WikiLeaks and Wiccans: Historical Accuracy Online”

Oct. 25, 2011—Watch video of John Seigenthaler, a nationally recognized advocate for the First Amendment also known for his criticism of Internet vandals who post false information on user-created sites like Wikipedia, speaking Oct. 21 at Vanderbilt’s Central Library. Seigenthaler is the founder of the First Amendment Center, former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and...

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R. Scott Appleby: 2011 Cole Lectures

Oct. 24, 2011—Watch video of R. Scott Appleby, a historian who studies modern religions and their capacity for both violence and peace building, delivering the 2011 Cole Lectures. Appleby, a professor of history and the John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, spoke Oct. 20 on “The...

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Van Jones: “Rebuild the American Dream: Green Jobs and Beyond”

Oct. 20, 2011—Watch video of Van Jones, a pioneering leader in the clean-energy movement and author of The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, speaking at Vanderbilt University Oct. 19. Jones’ talk, “Rebuild the American Dream: Green Jobs and Beyond,” is the 2011 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture presented by the Robert Penn...

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Pioneering activist for clean-energy economy to speak Oct. 19

Oct. 14, 2011—Clean-energy and human rights activist Van Jones will deliver the 2011 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture at 4:10 p.m. Oct. 19 in Sarratt Cinema. His talk, “Rebuild the American Dream: Green Jobs and Beyond,” will be drawn largely from his book The Green Collar Economy.

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Wikipedia, WikiLeaks and Wiccans: Historical Accuracy Online

Oct. 14, 2011—John Seigenthaler will discuss the importance of historical accuracy online during a 3 p.m. lecture Oct. 21 at Vanderbilt’s Central Library. The founder of the First Amendment Center was a victim of misinformation on Wikipedia, a popular and free online encyclopedia.

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Holocaust Lecture Series examines echoes of the past in 2011 and beyond

Oct. 14, 2011—Vanderbilt University’s 2011 Holocaust Lecture Series will focus on remnants of past atrocities and other acts of genocide perpetuated around the world today and likely to occur in the future. “Holocaust Remains” is the theme for this year’s event, which runs through Nov. 13. Vanderbilt’s is the longest continuous Holocaust lecture series at an American...

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Political scientist looks at elections and why they matter

Oct. 12, 2011—Larry Bartels, arguably the most influential political scientist of his generation, researches a mix of psychology and democracy for a holistic understanding of the political process.

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Cole Lectures explore relationship between religion and violence

Oct. 12, 2011—University of Notre Dame religious historian R. Scott Appleby will be on campus Oct. 20-21 to deliver the 2011 Cole Lectures.

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Panel on Cuba features artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons

Oct. 7, 2011—One of the most significant artists to emerge from the Cuban post-revolutionary era will lead a faculty discussion about race in her native country on Wednesday, Oct. 12. María Magdalena Campos-Pons, who is a visiting artist on campus Oct. 9-18, will participate in the panel discussion “Exile, Memory and Identity: A Conversation on Race in...

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Listen: Irish storyteller discusses craft

Oct. 6, 2011—An Irish storyteller who has traveled the world with her dynamic performances recently visited Vanderbilt on her way to the prestigious National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. Clare Murphy is a strong believer in the value of storytelling in entertainment as well as entertaining audiences of all ages and abilities. Her performance on campus was...

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Larry Bartels

Oct. 3, 2011—Political scientist looks at elections and why they matter Larry Bartels, arguably the most influential political scientist of his generation, is fascinated with democracy – how it really works, who has the most influence and why the presidential primary election process has propelled one-time dark horse candidates into contenders. Much of Bartels’ research is focused...

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