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African American and Diaspora Studies Archives

Vanderbilt sponsoring events for opening of Carrie Mae Weems exhibition at Frist

Sep. 13, 2012—Vanderbilt University will host programming on campus and sponsor an event at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in conjunction with the opening at the Frist of Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, the first major museum retrospective devoted to the artist. The work of Weems, a photographer widely acclaimed as...

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Event celebrates Vanderbilt endowed chair holders

Aug. 30, 2012—Twelve Vanderbilt University faculty members were honored for extraordinary contributions to their respective fields during an Aug. 28 celebration of endowed chair holders at the Student Life Center.

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Vanderbilt University professor writes memoir on bipolar son

Jul. 12, 2012—Charlotte Pierce-Baker, a professor of women's and gender studies and English, has written the memoir "This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son."

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Listen: Vanderbilt environment shapes Randall’s novel

May. 15, 2012—Vanderbilt University Writer-in-Residence Alice Randall credits the school’s creative and interdisciplinary approaches to obesity-related diseases like diabetes with providing “fertile ground” for her new novel, Ada’s Rules (Bloomsbury USA).

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A Way With Words

May. 1, 2012—Senior Nate Marshall’s passion for poetry helped him find his voice – and his calling Nate Marshall is all about the words. He started writing poetry in grammar school, and in the eighth grade, when a poem he wrote got him detention, Marshall realized two things: His words could have an impact, and he’d have...

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Former visiting artist’s grape hyacinth project now in bloom

Mar. 27, 2012—Acclaimed Cuban artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, in collaboration with the Vanderbilt senior art majors and other volunteers, participated in a campus art project last October, when they planted 4,400 grape hyacinth bulbs, mapping out Campos-Pons’ hometown. The flowers are now in bloom at the northeast corner of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human...

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Documentary ‘Jahaji Music: India in the Caribbean’ screens March 20

Mar. 15, 2012—From the mid-19th century, Indian laborers arrived in the Caribbean on boats, bringing a few belongings and their music with them, launching the beginnings of a remarkable cultural practice. Surabhi Sharma’s documentary Jahaji Music: India in the Caribbean follows pop/rock/Indian/fusion recording artist Remo Fernandes as he travels to the Islands to discover the rhythms of India...

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TIPSHEET: Experts on affirmative action Supreme Court case

Feb. 22, 2012—The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case this fall that could put new limits on the ability of colleges and universities to use race as a factor in admissions decisions. Legal and African American Studies experts from Vanderbilt are available to speak with media about these issues.

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Black migration focus of Vanderbilt-Fisk symposium

Feb. 9, 2012—A range of issues relative to the challenges, possibilities and tensions that have emerged from the migration and settlement of black people in North America, the Caribbean and Europe will be discussed at a symposium co-hosted by Vanderbilt and Fisk universities Feb. 10-11. Sessions will be held Friday, Feb. 10, at Vanderbilt’s Bishop Joseph Johnson...

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Black Migration Symposium set for Feb. 10-11

Feb. 2, 2012—Vanderbilt and Fisk universities will co-host the Black Migration Symposium Feb. 10-11 on both university campuses. Sessions will be held Friday, Feb. 10, at Vanderbilt’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. Sessions on Saturday, Feb. 11, will take place at Fisk University’s Jubilee Hall. The symposium is free and open to the public. The Black...

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Vanderbilt scholar’s research with black males expands to Pittsburgh

Nov. 23, 2011—Two western Pennsylvania school systems will use a program developed at Vanderbilt University to encourage young black males to be successful in school and go on to college.

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Help plant 5,000 hyacinths Oct. 17

Oct. 14, 2011—Artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, in collaboration with the Vanderbilt senior art majors, will participate in a campus art project Monday Oct. 17 in which 5,000 blue hyacinths will be planted in a shape mapping out the cuban hometown of the artist. All are welcome to help. Meet at 4:30 p.m. at the northeast corner of...

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