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Oct. 3, 2008—John McCain Needs Game-Changer: Campaign and polling expert John Geer says Barack Obama should strive to look presidential and avoid major mistakes in the remaining two presidential debates, while John McCain needs a game-changing event to shake up the race. However, with economic troubles looming, that could be difficult for the GOP nominee. (Vanderbilt has a campus broadcast facility with a dedicated fiber optic line for live TV interviews and a radio ISDN line) For a full list of election experts and news coverage, visit ElectionVU 2008.

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Vanderbilt center to study God in Music City during spring 2008; Double CD, performances, panel discussions planned

Jan. 7, 2008—A series of musical performances, panel discussions, the release of a double CD of religious music and a conference to sum it all up will mark a semester-long investigation of "God in Music City" at Vanderbilt University.

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Black women philosophers schedule first conference at Vanderbilt; Keynote speech will address racial violence in Jena, La.

Sep. 28, 2007—The first conference of an organization of black women philosophers will meet next month at Vanderbilt University and the keynote speech will address racial violence in Jena, La.

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Vanderbilt conference set on religion and the economy; ‘Focus on Poverty’ features three sessions Oct. 16-17

Sep. 27, 2007—The roles of government, the wealthy and God in combating poverty will be examined during the Conference on Religion and Economy: A Focus on Poverty at Vanderbilt University.

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Vanderbilt professor testifies before Congress; Tracy Sharpley-Whiting speaks out about woman and popular culture

Sep. 25, 2007—A professor from Vanderbilt University told Congress on Tuesday that she found American culture "deeply gratifying and simultaneously disturbing" during a Washington hearing about stereotypes and degrading images in popular culture.

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Vanderbilt professor: Slavery legacy is basis of torture legal rationale; The Story of Cruel & Unusual by Colin Dayan examines Eighth Amendment.

Jun. 19, 2007—Memos in 2002 and 2003 written by White House lawyers to President Bush effectively promoting the use of torture are shocking, but not because of faulty legal arguments, says a Vanderbilt University professor.

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Vanderbilt’s Graduate Program in Economic Development: Producing movers and shakers for half a century

May. 2, 2007—The program at Vanderbilt University that helped give Muhammad Yunus to the world is a small but mighty wonder. The Graduate Program in Economic Development (GPED) has been producing ambassadors, finance ministers and heads of central banks around the world for 50 years.

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