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President’s cabinet secretaries control the pork, Vanderbilt research finds

Mar. 17, 2009—While many people associate the word "pork" with lawmakers' wasteful spending for pet projects, new Vanderbilt research demonstrates the importance of cabinet secretaries and their political ideology in the distribution of lucrative federal grants.

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How Obama uses rhetoric to bring together nation key to inaugural, says Vanderbilt speech expert

Jan. 19, 2009—One of the most important themes to listen for in Barack Obama's inaugural address is a call for a united American body or citizenry, says Vanessa Beasley, an associate professor of communication studies at Vanderbilt University. Beasley is the author of You, The People: American National Identity in Presidential Rhetoric, which looks at previous inaugural addresses from 1885 to 2001.

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Vanderbilt expert: Tennessee legislative coup could benefit Williams in long run

Jan. 14, 2009—Voters in Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams' district could continue to support and re-elect the Elizabethton representative – even if he switches parties – says Vanderbilt University political scientist Christian Grose.

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Obama presidency signals new era in America’s struggle with self-identity, says Vanderbilt historian

Jan. 8, 2009—America's arduous struggle over competing visions of nationhood involving race is a giant step closer to resolution with the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, says Vanderbilt University historian Gary Gerstle.

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Black masculinity explored in new issue of AmeriQuests

Nov. 18, 2008—The intricacies of being a black male in America are explored in the new issue of AmeriQuests, the interdisciplinary e-journal based at Vanderbilt University.

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New AmericasBarometer Insights offers concise public policy analyses

Nov. 14, 2008—Results from an unprecedented collection of public opinion data in 23 nations on wide-ranging political issues and their policy implications are included in the new AmericasBarometer Insights, a series of short studies now available to the public.

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TIPSHEET: Education, health care expected to be among Obama’s priorities: Vanderbilt experts

Nov. 7, 2008—Vanderbilt experts are available to comment on education, immigration and health care policy.

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Experts: Obama will move quickly to show he’s ready to govern

Nov. 7, 2008—Political pundits have time to reflect in the days ahead on the reasons behind Barack Obama's historic election as the first African American president, but the president-elect must focus immediately on his transition and the challenges ahead, according to several Vanderbilt professors.

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2008 presidential election signals transition: Vanderbilt experts

Oct. 31, 2008—A smooth presidential transition with an emphasis on advance preparation and avoidance of past pitfalls is crucial to a strong start for the next administration, says political scientist David E. Lewis. Vanderbilt experts are available to discuss the many aspects of this year\'s presidential election.

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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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