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The 2012 transit of Venus

Jun. 4, 2012—At 5:04 p.m. June 5, the planet Venus passed directly in front of the sun. The transit of Venus is extremely rare, occurring twice in eight-year periods more than 100 years apart. The most recent transit of Venus was in 2004, and it will not happen again until the year 2117. Watch video of the...

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VUCast Newscast: Best Books for Kids

May. 25, 2012—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast: Tips for picking great children’s books Vandy rocketeers shoot for the stars and come out on top! A fresh feast for your body

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Early Modern Spanish Theater: “Crossing the Line: A Quixotic Adventure”

May. 23, 2012—Watch video of “Crossing the Line: A Quixotic Adventure” (selected scenes), refurbished by Edward Friedman and performed as readers’ theater and presented under the auspices of the Master of Liberal Arts and Science (MLAS) Program and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. This presentation was part of the Early Modern Spanish Theater: Text and Performance...

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VUCast Extra: From Commons to Commencement

May. 17, 2012—The Class of 2012 holds a special place in Vanderbilt history as the first students to share in the unique and creative living-learning experience in The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. Take a look at their journey from Commons move-in to Commencement.

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Faculty Seminar: Privacy in America – Glimpses of a Modern History

May. 15, 2012—Privacy has become a flashpoint of contemporary American life. But it would be a mistake to treat “privacy” as an abstraction, unmoored by time, circumstance, and place. Watch video of Sarah E. Igo’s talk which investigates one of the key terms of U.S. political culture, charting the diverse ways privacy has emerged as a public...

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Faculty Seminar: Re-engineering Surgery – The Rise of Robots in the Operating Room

May. 15, 2012—Watch video of Robert J. Webster III’s talk which covers several examples of novel surgical robots, ranging from “tentacle-like” robots that are the diameter of needles for endonasal surgery, to swallowable endoscopic capsule robots that can accomplish surgery in the intestines and are thus making the Fantastic Voyage foreseen by Asimov a reality. Robots are becoming...

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Faculty Seminar: Creating Chaos in Haydn’s The Creation

May. 15, 2012—Watch video of Melanie Lowe’s talk that explores the aesthetics of the impossible in Joesph Haydn’s most sublime work. In 1797 Haydn completed what was immediately hailed as his greatest work, The Creation.This enormous piece scored for solo singers, chorus, and orchestra opens with nothing short of a musical impossibility—the sound of infinite nothingness. What follows would...

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Faculty Seminar: Why College? – Education and Citizenship in Modern America

May. 15, 2012—College produces good citizens, right? Yes, but not for the reasons most people think. Watch video of Christopher P. Loss’s talk about the role of higher education in defining changing meanings of democratic citizenship in the 20th century, and explain why coordinated efforts to use education to produce good citizens and to remake society during...

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Live video test page

May. 12, 2012—This is only a test.

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Remembering Senior Day 2012

May. 11, 2012—VUCast Extra: Seniors hear from NBC veteran journalist Tom Brokaw, and remember their place in Vanderbilt history. It all started four years ago… Watch the full video of Senior Day. Read a wrap-up of Senior Day. Storify: A wrap-up of Senior Day tweets, images and posts

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Video: Commencement 2012

May. 9, 2012—Watch video of Vanderbilt’s main Commencement ceremony, including an address by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, awarding of Founders Medals, honoring of faculty emeriti and conferring of degrees. Read more: Chancellor urges Vanderbilt grads to embrace complexity      

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Senior Day with Tom Brokaw

May. 9, 2012—Watch video of newsman Tom Brokaw speaking at Senior Day May 10. He is the former anchor of NBC Nightly News and author of books including The Greatest Generation. Read a wrap-up of Senior Day.

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