African American and Diaspora Studies
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.
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.
Oct. 17, 2016—Believing Donald Trump's only constituency is white working class men is an incorrect assumption.
Jan. 26, 2016—Read about the latest faculty and staff awards, appointments and achievements.
Dec. 31, 2015—In a new class taught by writer-in-residence Alice Randall, students were surprised to learn the deep historical African American influence on country music from its earliest roots to today.
Sep. 17, 2015—A Sept. 24-26 symposium will include plenary speakers Nahum Chancler of UC-Irvine and Cheryl Wall of Rutgers University, as well as Vanderbilt faculty member Lucius Outlaw and others.
May. 5, 2015—Alice Randall, Robert Fry, Susan Kevra, Mat Britain and Mitchell Korn are Vanderbilt faculty teaching in Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes for summer 2015.
Mar. 16, 2015—A celebratory event to launch the Callie House Research Center, housed within African American and Diaspora Studies, featured a lecture by author, historian and public servant Mary Frances Berry.
Mar. 9, 2015—The new Callie House Research Center for the Study of Black Cultures and Politics, named for a former slave who led a group for reparations, will be celebrated March 12 with the inaugural lecture by Mary Frances Berry.
Dec. 15, 2014—MyVU asked a handful of Vanderbilt faculty members to name the book that left a lasting impression on them this year. Their diverse recommendations span fiction, nonfiction, history, thriller, biography, memoir and more.