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African American and Diaspora Studies

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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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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