Society And Culture

  • Creating lifetime connections through tourism

    Creating lifetime connections through tourism

    The thing that makes Israeli officials nervous about the program to keep their country connected with young American Jews may be the reason it’s working so well. Read More

    Jun 1, 2010

  • VU undergrads present research on presidential appointments

    VU undergrads present research on presidential appointments

    Two Vanderbilt undergraduates had the rare opportunity to present their research findings on the influence of patronage on presidential appointments and government performance at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association Conference. Read More

    May 18, 2010

  • Vanderbilt undergraduates present research at national political science meeting

    Vanderbilt undergraduates present research at national political science meeting

    Two Vanderbilt University undergraduates had the rare opportunity to present their research findings on the influence of patronage on presidential appointments and government performance at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association Conference. Read More

    May 12, 2010

  • Fitting monstrous crimes into a legal framework

    Fitting monstrous crimes into a legal framework

    "In the non-legal context, genocide has come to be thought of as the epitome of ’evil,’" writes Vanderbilt philosopher Larry May in his new book, Genocide. "Some authors have argued that we should regard genocide as merely a plain fact that should not be further investigated lest we risk that our explanations and conceptual inquiries will be mistakenly seen as forgiveness for the horror of what genocide is." Read More

    Apr 26, 2010

  • Is there a middle ground between creationism and evolution?

    Is there a middle ground between creationism and evolution?

    The battle between creationists and Darwinians sometimes appears to be irresolvable. Pick science or religion – you can't have both. Read More

    Mar 23, 2010

  • More nasty ads expected outcome of Supreme Court ruling

    More nasty ads expected outcome of Supreme Court ruling

    Count on more political attack ads in 2010 after a Supreme Court ruling lifting the ban on corporation and labor donations, according to Vanderbilt University political scientist John Geer. Read More

    Jan 21, 2010

  • TIPSHEET:  Grading Obama: Vanderbilt presidential experts offer analysis

    TIPSHEET: Grading Obama: Vanderbilt presidential experts offer analysis

    Vanderbilt experts David Lewis, John Geer and Thomas Schwartz are available to discuss the one-year anniversary of the Obama presidency and his Jan. 27 State of the Union address. Read More

    Jan 19, 2010

  • TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert can talk about history of Haiti in light of earthquake

    TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert can talk about history of Haiti in light of earthquake

    Haiti expert Colin Dayan is available to discuss the aftermath of the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti that has killed tens of thousands and affected 3 million Haitians. Dayan, whose mother and other family members are Haitian, spent the first two decades of her career studying Haiti and is the author of Haiti, History, and the Gods. She can speak on most aspects of Haitian history, including the theory brought up by evangelist Pat Robertson that a pact with the devil by Haitian slaves in 1791 is responsible for the disaster. Read More

    Jan 14, 2010

  • Terrorist threats unlikely to boost Obama‘s approval rating, VU professor finds

    Terrorist threats unlikely to boost Obama‘s approval rating, VU professor finds

    President Barack Obama, unlike George W. Bush, is not likely to enjoy a surge in public approval after terrorism threats, according to research by Vanderbilt University political scientist Elizabeth Zechmeister and her colleague. Zechmeister, assistant professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, and Jennifer Merolla, associate professor at Claremont Graduate University, are the co-authors of Democracy at Risk: How Terrorist Threats Affect the Public (University of Chicago Press). Read More

    Jan 12, 2010

  • Beginning of a Decade TIPSHEET – Politics and Government

    Beginning of a Decade TIPSHEET – Politics and Government

    As you consider year-in-review stories and look ahead to the trends of 2010, Vanderbilt University faculty are available to offer perspective on these and other topics. mailto:bruce.barry@vanderbilt.edu Read More

    Dec 14, 2009

  • Clashing worldviews a key to understanding voter polarization, VU professor says

    Clashing worldviews a key to understanding voter polarization, VU professor says

    The recent vote in Congress on health care reform – with only one Republican lawmaker voting yes – provides more evidence of the growing polarization between the parties and the fundamentally different understandings of right and wrong that continue to pull the two major political parties further apart, according to Vanderbilt University political scientist Marc Hetherington. Read More

    Nov 18, 2009

  • Vanderbilt professor takes on media bias

    Vanderbilt professor takes on media bias

    A little respect could go a long way to preserving democracy in America, says Vanderbilt professor Bob Talisse in his new book. Read More

    Nov 13, 2009

  • Terrorist warnings affect political attitudes, says Vanderbilt researcher

    Terrorist warnings affect political attitudes, says Vanderbilt researcher

    When citizens in the United States and Mexico are confronted by terrorist threats, they cope in ways that can put significant stresses on the nations' democracies, according to research by political scientists at Vanderbilt and Claremont. Read More

    Sep 1, 2009

  • Obama’s appointees: some strong, some not, Vanderbilt expert finds

    Obama’s appointees: some strong, some not, Vanderbilt expert finds

    A Vanderbilt University political scientist's study of President Obama's appointments during his first six months in office finds some agencies are receiving significantly more qualified presidential appointees than others. Read More

    Aug 25, 2009

  • Why Obama’s birth certificate issue won’t go away: Vanderbilt expert

    Why Obama’s birth certificate issue won’t go away: Vanderbilt expert

    The controversy over President Obama's birth certificate will not go away as long as he refuses to release sealed records, including the original birth certificate, according to Carol Swain, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University. Read More

    Jul 30, 2009

  • VU sociologists analyze American music forms and their changes over time

    VU sociologists analyze American music forms and their changes over time

    Vanderbilt sociologists Jennifer Lena and Richard Peterson analyzed 60 samples of American music and found that each one --over time -- took on forms that were roughly comparable during their developmental sequences. The professors call these four distinct genre types Avant-garde, Scene-based, Industry-based and Traditionalist. "Classification as Culture: Types and Trajectories of Music Genres" has been published in the American Sociological Review. Read More

    May 28, 2009

  • Conventional views on liberalism and Black Power challenged by VU professor

    Conventional views on liberalism and Black Power challenged by VU professor

    Black Power's complex relationship with liberalism during the civil rights era and the surprising consequences of that interaction are explored in Devin Fergus' book Liberalism, Black Power, and the Making of American Politics, 1965-1980. Read More

    May 22, 2009

  • New generation of African American scholars seek leadership roles

    New generation of African American scholars seek leadership roles

    A new generation of African American theology scholars are striving to define their place at the intersections of religion, social causes and education. Next month, more than 40 of them from across the country will gather at Vanderbilt University to discuss the challenges on this formidable road. Read More

    May 12, 2009

  • Will a bad economy hurt democracy?

    Will a bad economy hurt democracy?

    Results from the latest AmericasBarometer Survey showing what the impact of worldwide economic decline might mean for democratic consolidation in Latin America will be presented on May 8 at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, D.C. The presentation by Vanderbilt University political scientists Mitchell Seligson and Elizabeth Zechmeister is titled "Economic Shocks and Democratic Vulnerabilities: Evidence from the AmericasBarometer Survey." Read More

    May 1, 2009

  • Black church participation up in urban areas; family programs, economics and real-world sermons drive attendance

    Black church participation up in urban areas; family programs, economics and real-world sermons drive attendance

    Churches with predominantly black congregations are thriving in urban and suburban areas, and the most successful churches employ a variety of sophisticated marketing and programming strategies to draw members, a new study by Vanderbilt University researcher Sandra Barnes finds. The research offers insights into what successful black churches have in common today, when parishioners have more choices and expect more from their churches than they have in the past. Read More

    Apr 1, 2009