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Tipsheet: State legislators pushing to limit power of public-employee unions could deal major blow to labor movement, widen income gap, slow pay gains for women

Jan. 6, 2011—“Efforts to weaken unions and cut wages and benefits among state and local government workers in the U.S. will reduce worker bargaining power and widen the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ in the nation," says sociology professor Dan Cornfield.

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Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond to give keynote address during Vanderbilt University’s MLK Day celebration

Dec. 14, 2010—Civil rights leader and former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond will deliver the keynote address at a 4:30 p.m. event at Vanderbilt University commemorating the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 17. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Vanderbilt student tickets are...

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Nobel Peace Prize winner to deliver Senior Day address during Vanderbilt University’s Commencement

Dec. 3, 2010—Wangari Maathai, the 2004 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the environmentally conscious Green Belt Movement, will receive Vanderbilt University’s prestigious Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal in May 2011 when she will address graduating seniors and their families during Senior Day.

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Video: Ingrid Betancourt talks about FARC

Nov. 29, 2010—Guerillas belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, kidnapped Ingrid Betancourt as she campaigned for the Colombian presidency in 2002. She was held captive six years in Colombia’s rain forest until she was liberated in  2008 with 14 other hostages in a daring rescue staged by the Colombian army. Listen to...

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International AIDS activist Stephen Lewis speaks Dec. 2 at Vanderbilt University as part of World AIDS Day commemoration

Nov. 24, 2010—International AIDS activist Stephen Lewis will talk about his experiences with the HIV/AIDS pandemic Thursday, Dec. 2, as part of Vanderbilt University’s commemoration of World AIDS Day.

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Former captive, global human rights activist Ingrid Betancourt speaks at Vanderbilt University Nov. 16

Nov. 5, 2010—Guerillas belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, kidnapped Ingrid Betancourt as she campaigned for the Colombian presidency in 2002. She was held captive six years in Colombia’s rain forest until she was liberated in 2008 with 14 other hostages in a daring rescue staged by the Colombian army. She brings...

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Award-winning author, filmmaker M.K. Asante to deliver annual Murray Lecture at Vanderbilt University Oct. 20

Oct. 11, 2010—Hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance,” M.K. Asante is the author of three celebrated books and films and will give a free, public talk at Vanderbilt University on Wednesday, Oct. 20. He will deliver the university’s annual Walter R. Murray...

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt University expert on homosexuality and the black church available to media

Sep. 29, 2010—In light of the charges against Bishop Eddie Long, Vanderbilt sociologist Richard Pitt is available for comment to media. Pitt’s research interests include the intersection of sexual identity and religion. He looks specifically at homosexuality and the black church in his papers “Killing the Messenger: Gay Black Men’s Negotiation of Anti-Gay Religious Messages,” and “Still...

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Best-selling author, social and political satirist Christopher Buckley to speak at Vanderbilt University Oct. 19

Sep. 22, 2010—Christopher Buckley, hailed as “the quintessential political novelist of his time” by Fortune magazine, will give a public lecture at Vanderbilt University Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event go on sale today. Buckley’s talk will be held in the ballroom of the Student Life Center located at 310 25th Ave. S....

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Vanderbilt ranks 51st among world’s universities

Sep. 20, 2010—Vanderbilt University has ranked 51st on the 2010-2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, up from 140 last year. Started in 2004, the rankings are widely considered a global authority on higher education performance. For the 2010 rankings, 13 separate performance indicators were considered in capturing the full range of university activities, from teaching and...

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Metro Police veteran named Vanderbilt University assistant police chief

Aug. 11, 2010—Marjorie “Honey” Pike, a 33-year veteran of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, has been named assistant police chief at Vanderbilt University. She will begin work at the university Tuesday, Sept. 7. For the past six years Pike directed the Administrative Services Bureau, which consists of six Metro Police divisions – Police Training Academy, Information Technology,...

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Vanderbilt University study to be most comprehensive look at link between stress and health disparities

Jul. 6, 2010—Vanderbilt University is launching a landmark study in Nashville to look at the role stress plays in the health disparities observed across socioeconomic status and race. The study will seek 1,600 individuals who will be asked to participate in interviews and provide blood and urine samples that will allow the simultaneous assessment of physical, emotional...

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