Feb. 18, 2021—Confronted by the strangeness of the French language as a first-year student, an alumnus draws solace decades later from what he learned at Vanderbilt
Deliverance Revisited: Its relevance to modern American culture is enough to give alumnus James Dickey’s acclaimed novel another look
Oct. 29, 2020—Fifty years later, finally it may be time to give this novel another chance. Deliverance offers too much relevance to contemporary American culture to let it slip past us, out of print.
Aug. 20, 2020—The Hon. Claudia Bonnyman, JD’74, discusses the role her great-grandfather, Gov. A.H. Roberts, played in Tennessee's ratification of the 19th Amendment and the battle for women's suffrage.
Jul. 27, 2020—Racial injustice is a different sort of virus infecting our country and requires a comprehensive treatment, writes Dr. André L. Churchwell, BS’75, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University.
Longing for Home: A recent graduate from Wuhan, China, reflects on a pandemic that upended his life across two different worlds
May. 5, 2020—Qisen Song, BA'20, reflects on the unexpected ending of his senior year at Vanderbilt, and the meaning of home and family during difficult times.
Why Less Is More: Former ‘Survivor’ contestant Kelly Goldsmith on how helping others can help yourself
Feb. 17, 2020—Goldsmith, now an associate professor of marketing at Vanderbilt, explains what behavioral research has taught us about how scarcity affects our thinking and our actions.
Hot Plate: Climate change is likely to devastate the global food supply—but there’s still reason to be hopeful
Nov. 7, 2019—While threats to food production are varied and region-specific, a single story connects them: Climate change is becoming something we can taste. This is now a kitchen-table issue, literally and otherwise.
Aug. 20, 2019—Because knuckleballers want no spin at all, they don’t engage the same muscles as conventional pitchers. If a robot could pitch, it would throw like a knuckleballer, like one mechanical piece instead of a flexible acrobat stressing multiple leverage points to impart spin. The physical dangers of repeated throws at maximum effort do not apply for these craftsmen. Theirs is the safest pitch of all, but the trade-off is severe: It is also the hardest to master, and to trust.
Coming Out as Working Class: Class can be just as isolating as almost any other aspect of identity at a private college
May. 23, 2019—When I come out to my students and colleagues as from the working class, I want to expand the idea of who or what a professor is, and I especially hope to give upwardly mobile students—those incarnations of my younger self—the example and language to find one another.
Opportunity Gap: To create a more just and equitable society, black students need a true education, not just more ‘schooling’
Feb. 19, 2019—Milner writes that what black students need more than anything else is less schooling and more education.
Nov. 19, 2018—A little more than two months after he spoke to nearly 11,000 people at Vanderbilt’s 1968 student-led Impact Symposium, presidential hopeful Robert Kennedy was assassinated in California. Frye Gaillard writes about serveing as Impact’s chairman and Kennedy’s host at Vanderbilt.
Sep. 6, 2018—Before we go further and send humans to Mars, we need to know if doing so could trigger the extinction of existing life on the planet, writes Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub.