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The holiday celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is Jan. 17. Activities being planned for the day at Vanderbilt include the Nashville MLK Day March, community service volunteer projects, “teach-ins” by faculty on themes related to the life and work of King, roundtable lunch discussions, a candlelight vigil and much more. director selected for Center for Medicine, Health and Society

Vanderbilt’s innovative center that links the study of medicine to other disciplines will be headed by Dr. Jonathan M. Metzl, an expert in American culture, psychiatry and medical humanities. film series includes midnight movies, documentaries

Vanderbilt’s free international film series begins Jan. 17 with a screening of the classic civil rights movement documentary Eyes on the Prize and will feature two midnight movies among a lineup of films from Hong Kong, Germany, the United States and elsewhere. conservation urged as new semester begins

VU’s energy consumption in January can be very high due to the cold, making conservation important. African American judge to speak at Law School Jan. 18

Judge Roger Gregory’s talk, titled “Until Justice Rolls Down Like Waters,” is in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and is free and open to the public. Vanderbilt anthropologist holder of new Rebecca Webb Wilson chair

Tom D. Dillehay, internationally recognized for ground-breaking and highly interdisciplinary scientific research, is the first holder of the chair established by Spence Lee Wilson and his wife, Rebecca Webb Wilson. Annual Scholar-Sips benefit to be held Feb. 11

Scholar-Sips is a winetasting and “unique to Vanderbilt” silent auction benefiting the Ada Bell Stapleton/Blanche Henry Weaver Scholarship. for Pakistan event scheduled Jan. 26

The Vanderbilt Community has come together to raise awareness and funds for the more than 20 million Pakistani flood victims. The floods may have happened months ago, but the support is still needed.

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*  This Week

Jan. 13: School of Nursing Centennial Lecture Series – Paul H. Keckley

Jan. 18: Atlantic Trio with Jennifer McGuire, piano

Jan. 19:  Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Open House

Jan. 20: Art talk, exhibit reception, author talk and film screening

Jan. 20: InsideOut of the Lunchbox – Yankee Tavern

* Mark Your Calendars

Feb. 8: Nashville Sinfonietta – benefit event for the Shade Tree Clinic

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Volunteers needed for type 2 diabetes study


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Winter Medical Center faculty meeting to be held Jan. 18

Verimag Lab founder to speak at engineering school Jan. 20

Calling all change bandits

Clay Walker concert March 2 to benefit Vanderbilt research

Fidelity Investments offers market update Jan. 27

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FROM COMMODORES.COM: James Franklin: Leading mentor of quarterbacks

By hiring James Franklin as its head coach, Vanderbilt will have one of the nation’s top quarterback mentors guiding the program.

And Franklin, currently crisscrossing America in search of elite prep prospects as National Signing Day approaches, believes the Commodores will succeed in developing future stars at the quarterback position.

“Maximizing the talents of our quarterbacks, and doing a great job mentoring that position, is critically important to the overall success of our team,” Franklin said. “It is a priority with this coaching staff.”

Indeed, the new Commodore coach knows what it takes to become a top quarterback. An elite signal caller at the Division II level during his playing days, Franklin has surrounded himself with great quarterbacks since getting into the coaching ranks in the mid-1990s. His resume includes time with National Football League legends, a current pro starter in Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman, and others who have achieved individual and team successes.

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