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Summer 2016

Recent Books, Summer 2016

Aug. 15, 2016—Check out the latest book offerings from Vanderbilt alumni and faculty.

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The Met Connection: Parent Leader Rich Miller Keeps Opera Streaming from New York to Vanderbilt

Aug. 12, 2016—A tenor who studied with Metropolitan Opera star John Alexander and currently studies with Robert White of Juilliard, Rich Miller is in his sixth year as president of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and is an advisory director of the Metropolitan Opera Association. As a Blair parent and member of the Vanderbilt Parents Leadership Committee and the Parents and Family Advisory Board, he and his wife, Carol, have made it possible for the Blair and Vanderbilt communities to access live streaming of the Met through a subscription service.

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Restoring Humanity: The Interconnectedness of Life Is Illustrated in Shimmering Glass Tiles

Aug. 12, 2016—It has been 47 years since Ben Shahn’s mosaic Peabody—1968 was dedicated in the Hobbs Human Development Laboratory on what was then the campus of George Peabody College for Teachers. The effort to commission Shahn, an artist well known for his advocacy for the poor, was spearheaded by Susan Gray, professor of psychology, emerita, and an advocate for children, particularly those held back developmentally by poverty.

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Covering All Basses: Alumnus Michael Rinne Shows Up for Some Big Gigs

Aug. 12, 2016—  Bassist Michael Rinne, BMus’10, is a busy guy. He has recorded with artists Caitlin Rose, Jack White and Andrew Combs, and has toured with Steelism, Mark O’Connor and, most recently, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Now he is featured in the recently released Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light, backing up lead actor...

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Accolade: In High Esteem

Aug. 12, 2016—Vanderbilt boasts two winners of Guggenheim fellowships this year: Beth Bachmann, writer-in-residence in English, received a fellowship in poetry, and John Powers, BA’01, assistant professor of sculpture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, received a fellowship in the fine arts division for his sculpture.

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Well Balanced: Hamblet Award Winner Depicts Wellness in Cut Paper, Sand and Lights

Aug. 12, 2016—Vibhuti Krishna, BA’16, who majored in art and in health, medicine and society, was presented the prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award for 2016. Hailing from Solon, Ohio, she received $25,000 for a year of art research and travel, which will culminate in a solo show at Vanderbilt next year.

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College Aspirations

Aug. 12, 2016—First-year Peabody College students Aaron and Nicholas Ainsworth have stayed connected to their hometown of San Bernardino, California, in part by mentoring a class of sixth-grade students there, both in person and by video chat.

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Obituary: Larry G. Daughtrey, BA’62: Tenacious Watchdog

Aug. 12, 2016—Larry Daughtrey, legendary political reporter for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, known as a tenacious watchdog at the state Capitol who always broke the story first, died May 12 of complications from lung disease. He was 76.

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Obituary: Nera D. White, ’58: First Superstar of Women’s Basketball

Aug. 12, 2016—Peabody College alumna Nera White powered the first national women’s basketball dynasty and became the game’s first female superstar—a dominance that led her into the Basketball Hall of Fame as one of the first two women to be enshrined there. She died April 13 in Gallatin, Tennessee, from complications of pneumonia at the age of 80.

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Class of 2016 Sets Record for Senior Class Fund

Aug. 12, 2016—Before Commencement in May, 1,195 members of the Class of 2016 made gifts to the annual Senior Class Fund, representing a record-high 76 percent participation rate.

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Austin Schiff, BA’12: The Virtues of Squash

Aug. 12, 2016—In 2014, Austin Schiff was named the first executive director of the Cincinnati Squash Academy, a nonprofit that seeks to transform talented students in underserved communities into scholar-athletes. He was only 24 years old. His charge: to build an organization from the ground up.

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The Science of Politics: Vanderbilt experts put their theories to the test in the 2016 election

Aug. 10, 2016—To say that this has been a crazy year in politics is a laugh-out-loud understatement. We turn to the experts in Vanderbilt’s renowned political science department for insight not only into the 2016 presidential race, but also into the future of U.S. politics itself.

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