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Fall 2019

Recent Books, Fall 2019

Nov. 25, 2019—Seventh Flag: A Novel (2019, SparkPress) by Sid Balman Jr., BA’80. No place is immune from radicalism, including the small West Texas town of Dell City, where four generations of an iconic American family and a Syrian Muslim family carve a farming empire out of the unforgiving high desert. Their partnership is as unlikely as...

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The Art of Healing: Cuban artist and Vanderbilt professor Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons wants to change the world through art

Nov. 7, 2019—The work of Cuban-born artist and professor Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons defies categorization—but she wants it to change the world. “Art is an archive of the minutiae of life,” she says. “Art is alchemy. It’s an incredibly mysterious process.”

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All-Stars: Dynamic educators and researchers join Vanderbilt’s distinguished faculty

Nov. 7, 2019—This fall Vanderbilt welcomed its newest faculty members to campus, and their impact is already being felt, both in the classroom and through their wide-ranging research.

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Top Flight: First-year students move into Stambaugh House

Nov. 7, 2019—First-year students move into Stambaugh House, one of 10 residence halls on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, in August.

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Chancellor’s Letter: Trust, Transparency and Teamwork

Nov. 7, 2019—The academic year is in full swing here at Vanderbilt. From Founders Walk and the start of classes to Family Weekend and Reunion gatherings, my new vantage point as interim chancellor has confirmed what I already believed: that Vanderbilt is stronger and more vibrant than ever before.

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On Deck: The newly redesigned Fleming Yard

Nov. 7, 2019—The newly redesigned Fleming Yard, located between Alumni Lawn and Sarratt Student Center, greeted students, faculty and staff as they returned to campus in August for the start of the academic year.

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How to conduct a successful college search

Nov. 7, 2019—Vice Provost Douglas L. Christiansen, who oversees undergraduate admissions and enrollment management, offers a few tips here for helping your child execute a successful college search process.

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Hot Plate: Climate change is likely to devastate the global food supply—but there’s still reason to be hopeful

Nov. 7, 2019—While threats to food production are varied and region-specific, a single story connects them: Climate change is becoming something we can taste. This is now a kitchen-table issue, literally and otherwise.

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A Blaze of History: A prominent black university that endured two fires once was located on the Peabody campus

Nov. 7, 2019—Looking across the long stretch of the Peabody mall with its historic buildings and the iconic dome of the Wyatt Center, one might think Peabody College was the only academic institution to have been built on this location. However, before Peabody, the land was home to one of the most prominent black universities in the South, Roger Williams University.

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The Perfect Ingredient: Joe Ariel, BA’99, draws on nostalgia for the success of his nationwide food delivery business

Nov. 7, 2019—Ariel taps into the emotions evoked by his customers’ favorite foods through Goldbelly, delivering one-of-a-kind regional dishes nationwide from more than 450 partnering businesses.

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Lauren Mandel, BA’15: The Art of the Possible

Nov. 7, 2019—Like many people her age, Lauren Mandel developed her funny bone to the antics of comedians like Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph on Saturday Night Live. That Mandel, an aspiring entertainer since childhood, would one day work behind the scenes at that iconic sketch show—first as a page and then as the writers’...

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Wholehearted: Pitcher Tyler Brown and his 1-year-old daughter, Bella, both fight to overcome long odds

Nov. 7, 2019—The 2019 College World Series produced a number of compelling storylines as Vanderbilt’s baseball team claimed its latest NCAA championship. But one in particular—that of relief pitcher Tyler Brown and his daughter, Bella—captured the hearts of ’Dores fans across the nation.

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