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African American and Diaspora Studies Archives

Vanderbilt writer-in-residence talks ‘Flags and Anthems’ at upcoming Sports and Society event

Nov. 19, 2018—Vanderbilt Writer-In-Residence Alice Randall, a best-selling author and award-winning songwriter, will lead a Sports and Society lecture on “Flags and Anthems" Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Seven faculty awarded Sports and Society microgrants

Jul. 30, 2018—Seven Vanderbilt faculty were awarded microgrants through the Sports and Society Microgrant Program to investigate how sports and society impact each other across disciplines.

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TEDxNashville 2018 to include Herculano-Houzel, Ikard and Talisse

Mar. 9, 2018—College of Arts and Science professors Suzana Herculano-Houzel, David Ikard and Robert Talisse are among the speakers at the TEDxNashville event March 16–17 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

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Whiting honored for research

Jan. 24, 2018—Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies Gilman Whiting recently was honored with two prestigious awards.

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Teenage boys of color invited to ‘Why We Can’t Wait’ film seminar

Dec. 13, 2017—"Why We Can't Wait," a weeklong film seminar intended for teenage boys of color, will be led by Professor Gilman Whiting at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center Dec. 18-21.

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New faculty: David Ikard, professor of African American and diaspora studies

Oct. 19, 2017—While literary luminaries Toni Morrison and James Baldwin are among the top influencers on David Ikard’s research, he credits everything from political rhetoric to popular television series for sparking his scholarship.

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Black girlhood focus of Vanderbilt symposium

Oct. 18, 2017—A rapidly growing body of research regarding black girls on issues ranging from media stereotypes to teacher bias is the focus of an Oct. 20 symposium sponsored by the Callie House Research Center.

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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ filmmaker to speak at Vanderbilt

Sep. 29, 2017—Filmmaker Raoul Peck, whose works include the Oscar-nominated 'I Am Not Your Negro,' will speak on campus Oct. 18, and two of his films will be screened at Sarratt Cinema Oct. 4 and 16.

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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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Class of 2017: Akaninyene Ruffin becomes an activist—and the Outstanding Senior

May. 8, 2017—When Akaninyene Ruffin was announced as Vanderbilt’s Outstanding Senior for 2016-17 during Homecoming last fall, it marked a long journey from freshman year, when she struggled to make friends and suspected her African American heritage rendered her invisible to some of her peers.

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Daveed Diggs, Tony winner for ‘Hamilton,’ to speak at Vanderbilt Nov. 9

Oct. 31, 2016—Grammy and Tony Award-winning performer Daveed Diggs, who starred in the original Broadway cast of the hit musical "Hamilton," will speak at Vanderbilt Nov. 9. Preceding Diggs’ talk, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Writer-in-residence Alice Randall will participate in a roundtable discussion providing insight into Alexander Hamilton, the statesman’s—and "Hamilton," the musical’s—influences on contemporary American politics.

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Post-Election 2016: Beyond the headlines

Oct. 20, 2016—Vanderbilt professors John Geer, Efrén Pérez and Tracy Sharpley-Whiting discuss the 2016 presidential election.

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