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Vanderbilt poet awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Apr. 9, 2016—Beth Bachmann, a Vanderbilt writer-in-residence who has published two poetry collections, has been selected from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants for a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

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Brazilian government losing respect of citizens quickly: LAPOP

Apr. 1, 2016—Public opinion date gathered by Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project shows that the people of Brazil have lost confidence in their political institutions.

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Historian puts Trump and Sanders in context

Mar. 30, 2016—Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are both riding on the anger of the working class, although their messages and intentions couldn't be more different, says a Vanderbilt historian.

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Vanderbilt, Minpaku scholars join to study forced resettlement during Spanish Conquest

Mar. 30, 2016—Steven Wernke, associate professor of anthropology, will team up with Akira Saito, an anthropologist with Japan's renowned Museum of Ethnology, to promote scholarly exchange on a significant but little-studied chapter in colonial South American history.

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Mellon Foundation awards $1.5 million to Vanderbilt for new Center for Digital Humanities

Mar. 28, 2016—Vanderbilt University has received a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a new Center for Digital Humanities. The trans-institutional initiative will further Vanderbilt’s commitment to becoming a national hub of innovative digital humanities scholarship.

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Wernke, Frederick visit D.C. to advocate for humanities funding

Mar. 17, 2016—Mona Frederick, director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, and Steve Wernke, associate professor of anthropology, recently attended the National Humanities Alliance’s annual meeting and advocacy day in Washington, D.C. and met with members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation.

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Vanderbilt to host conference on historic and present-day conflicts in Colombia

Mar. 16, 2016—To mark Colombia's historic peace accord with rebels, scholars from around the world will gather at Vanderbilt to consider the history of conflict in Colombia and its prospects for peace moving forward.

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Nobel Prize-winning economist will deliver Steine Lecture March 22

Mar. 16, 2016—Alvin E. Roth, who shared the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, will discuss “Who Gets What and Why: The Economics of Matching and Market Design" March 22. Roth is responsible for re-designing the National Resident Matching Program, through which approximately 20,000 doctors a year find their first employment as residents at American hospitals.

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The Conversation: Organizing a student protest? Have a look at 1970s Germany

Mar. 11, 2016—Christoph Zeller, associate professor of German, writes: "Looking back at the protest movement in Germany reveals parallels that help to understand the present."

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The Conversation: Are looser gun laws changing the social fabric of Missouri?

Mar. 10, 2016—Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, writes: "Again and again, people with whom I spoke raised concerns, not just about the lethal potential of firearms, but about the ways that allowing guns into previously gun-free communal spaces might impact a host of commonplace civic encounters as well."

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Lim’s research on evangelical activism awarded Louisville Institute grant

Mar. 9, 2016—A Vanderbilt Divinity School professor has been awarded a grant from the Louisville Institute for his transnational study of the evangelical community's fight against human trafficking.

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Vanderbilt Economics ranked first in the South in top scholarly output

Mar. 7, 2016—Vanderbilt’s Department of Economics has been ranked first in the South by researchers who study economics education at Columbus State University and the University of New Haven. The ranking measures research competitiveness.

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