Sep. 25, 2017—As the chairmen of the first five Impact symposia, we are delighted when articles about this important and unique Vanderbilt institution are published, most recently the “Speak Up” article written by Andrew Maraniss in the Spring 2017 issue.
Sep. 7, 2017— When John Speier Manchester left Vanderbilt halfway through his sophomore year in December 1942 to enlist in the U.S. Navy, he was eager to make his name as a dashing World War II fighter pilot. A little more than a month after joining, the fresh-faced 19-year-old son of former Vanderbilt professor Paul T. Manchester,...
May. 29, 2017—Vanderbilt celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Impact Symposium, an event that will always be remembered as one of the signature moments in the university’s history.
Nov. 20, 2016—No doubt Bear Bryant is the most legendary figure ever to walk the sidelines at Dudley Field as a Vanderbilt assistant, but the list of former assistants includes a number of impressive names, notable for their achievements in college and professional football.
Aug. 10, 2016—In part because much of their work remains classified even after 70 years, the contributions of a group of young Vanderbilt physicists to the Manhattan Project have never received the level of recognition they deserve.
Spies Like Us: When War Disrupted the Chance of a Lifetime, Two Future Vanderbilt Chancellors Proved Their Mettle
May. 12, 2016—World War I marked the beginning of a great adventure that took Harvie Branscomb and Oliver Carmichael from Oxford, England, to Belgium, where they played a vital role in the largest hunger-relief effort the world had ever known.
Feb. 29, 2016—In 1897 two Vanderbilt students summering just south of Nashville on the Cumberland Plateau made an accidental discovery that eventually would draw millions of Americans to a vast subterranean world during much of the 20th century.
Oct. 23, 2015—Kathleen Smith, associate director of special collections for Vanderbilt’s Jean and Alexander Heard Library system, and her team occasionally find themselves on the receiving end of unique objects that have been passed along to the university, from vintage movie posters to—as in the case of items highlighted here—armaments and other war-themed matériel.
Jul. 31, 2015—Founded for the education of young men, Vanderbilt from its earliest days allowed a handful of women to attend classes as “listeners.” In 1879, 20-year-old Kate Lupton silently broke the gender barrier when she received her diploma in private for a master of arts degree.
Jul. 31, 2015— Named in honor of Vanderbilt University, the 455-foot SS Vanderbilt Victorywas launched April 11, 1945.
Mar. 23, 2015—The man sitting next to me on the night of Dec. 3, 2014, was Perry Wallace, and many of the 400 people approaching him were fellow Vanderbilt alumni, including members of Wallace’s Class of 1970. It was an exhilarating and emotional scene at the Nashville Public Library, the official launch of my biography of Wallace (Strong Inside), the first African American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference.
Dec. 23, 2014—In 1960, a brazen thief stole a prized meteorite on display at Vanderbilt's observatory and then replaced it with a painted clay replica. The thief was apprehended, but the meteorite has yet to be returned.