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Cinema and media arts professor’s Alaskan dog mushing film to be screened at Nashville festival

Oct. 9, 2017—Jonathan Rattner's passion for creating films that draw the audience into places often unseen or forgotten is reflected in "The Interior," to be screened at the Southern Festival of Books.

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Democracy threatened in Latin America and Caribbean, new data shows

Sep. 20, 2017—New data about the state of Latin America will be presented at a news conference in Miami

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Celebrate the opening of Vanderbilt’s Latin American Garden Sept. 7

Sep. 3, 2017—The species selected reflect the Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies’ particular research strengths in Mexico, Central America, Brazil, the Andes, and the Black Atlantic regions and will serve as a multidisciplinary teaching tool.

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Islam expert: We must understand ISIS to defeat it

Aug. 28, 2017—Understanding ISIS is the first step toward defeating it, says Vanderbilt professor David Wasserstein.

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Levine’s scholarship on Jesus’ parables featured in new children’s book

Jul. 28, 2017—Amy-Jill Levine's scholarship on Jesus' parables is the basis for a new children's book that she co-authored with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.

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Teach for America service leads to empathy

Jul. 19, 2017—Two years with Teach for American influences participants to empathize with the poorer members of society and accept that poverty isn't a choice, according to a new Vanderbilt study.

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Smallwood joins Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative

Jul. 11, 2017—Teresa Smallwood, a public theologian and attorney with a strong commitment to scholarship and activism, is the new associate director of the Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative.

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Worship is good for your health: Vanderbilt study

May. 31, 2017—Religious worship can be good for the body as well as the soul, according to a new Vanderbilt University study.

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Northern coast of Peru was a hospitable rest stop for early Americans

May. 24, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers found a place where early Americans paused on their migrations south and "settled in for a good long while," suggesting a slower pace of settlement than originally believed.

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‘I See Me’ film seminar to engage black teen boys

May. 16, 2017—Gilman Whiting, whose areas of research include psycho-social educational resilience, race and fatherhood initiatives will co-lead a Belcourt Theatre film series for black teenage boys.

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National assessment overstates public access to safe drinking water in Bangladesh

May. 12, 2017—According to the latest national assessment, 85 percent of the people in Bangladesh have access to safe drinking water. However, a new study raises serious questions about the nation's water security.

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Curb Center measures public opinion on federal funding for arts

May. 1, 2017—A significant majority of U.S. adults oppose eliminating federal funding for arts and culture, according to survey questions fielded by the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy.

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