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African American and Diaspora Studies

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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Expert: Anger, insecurity complicate presidential race

Oct. 17, 2016—Believing Donald Trump's only constituency is white working class men is an incorrect assumption.

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Alice Randall receives NAACP Image Award

Feb. 10, 2016—Vanderbilt writer-in-residence Alice Randall and her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, have been named 2016 NAACP Image Award winners for the cookbook they co-authored, "Soul Food Love."

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Kudos: Read about faculty and staff awards, appointments and achievements

Jan. 26, 2016—Read about the latest faculty and staff awards, appointments and achievements.

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Listen: Class uses mapping technology to trace African American presence in country music

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.

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African Diaspora symposium hosts first local screening of ‘Dreams Are Colder than Death’

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.

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Enjoy ‘summer school’ with Vanderbilt Osher Lifelong Learning

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.

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Callie House Research Center launched with inaugural lecture

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.

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Vanderbilt center named for ex-slave turned social justice pioneer

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.

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Vanderbilt faculty name their favorite reading this year

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.

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