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Former White House speechwriters, CNN Washington bureau chief to hold panel discussion at Vanderbilt University Nov. 9

Nov. 7, 2011—Professor of Political Science John Geer will moderate a panel on the challenges of speechwriting for the president of the United States with CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist and former speechwriters John McConnell and David Halperin.

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International Education Week Nov. 8-16

Nov. 3, 2011—International Education Week at Vanderbilt is Nov. 2-16. The week-long series of events are co-sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services, Global Education Office, and Vanderbilt International Office in coordination with Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Holocaust Lecture Series, LGBTQI Life, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt Law School, Robert Penn Warren Center, Humphrey...

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Poet-memoirist Nick Flynn to read at Vanderbilt University

Nov. 2, 2011—Writer Nick Flynn will read from his poetry Nov. 10 as part of Vanderbilt Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writing Series.

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Photographer and documentarian to give StudioVU lecture Nov. 3

Nov. 1, 2011—Zineb Sedira, whose work expands the conceptual, historical and spatial parameters of photography and videography, will give a Studio VU Lecture Series: The Department of Art 2011-12 lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Furman Hall, Room 114. A reception with the artist and an Art Papers issue launch will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4,...

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Listen: Making astronomy meaningful

Oct. 25, 2011—Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub wanted his students to remember more of what they learned in his introductory class than the answers to typical questions on a quiz show. That was a strong impetus for his book How Old Is The Universe? It strives to make astronomy understandable for all students…not only science majors. Ann...

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David Hess: “Building the Local Living Economy”

Oct. 20, 2011—Watch video from the October 5 Thinking Out of the Lunchbox event. David Hess, professor of sociology, spoke on “Building the Local Living Economy.” Two of the great problems facing our 21st-century world are the economic and environmental crises. Increasingly we see that proposed solutions link economic development with the greening of the economy. Hess...

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Holocaust Lecture Series examines echoes of the past in 2011 and beyond

Oct. 14, 2011—Vanderbilt University’s 2011 Holocaust Lecture Series will focus on remnants of past atrocities and other acts of genocide perpetuated around the world today and likely to occur in the future. “Holocaust Remains” is the theme for this year’s event, which runs through Nov. 13. Vanderbilt’s is the longest continuous Holocaust lecture series at an American...

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Panel on Cuba features artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons

Oct. 7, 2011—One of the most significant artists to emerge from the Cuban post-revolutionary era will lead a faculty discussion about race in her native country on Wednesday, Oct. 12. María Magdalena Campos-Pons, who is a visiting artist on campus Oct. 9-18, will participate in the panel discussion “Exile, Memory and Identity: A Conversation on Race in...

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Taking introductory astronomy beyond Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit

Oct. 7, 2011—Astronomer David Weintraub has given introductory astronomy a “CSI” format by following the scientific evidence that gives us the age of the universe and has put this in a popular science book.

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Listen: Irish storyteller discusses craft

Oct. 6, 2011—An Irish storyteller who has traveled the world with her dynamic performances recently visited Vanderbilt on her way to the prestigious National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. Clare Murphy is a strong believer in the value of storytelling in entertainment as well as entertaining audiences of all ages and abilities. Her performance on campus was...

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‘Polar Probings’ opens at Fine Arts Gallery Oct. 13

Oct. 4, 2011—Polar Probings: Sculpture by Gabriel Warren opens at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery with a gallery talk and reception on Thursday, Oct. 13. The reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m., with the talk at 6 p.m., at the Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Memorial Hall. Warren creates sculptures using natural ice formations as source...

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Jonathan Metzl

Oct. 3, 2011—New center director explores connections between humanities and medicine Jonathan Metzl was born into medicine but is drawn to the humanities. He’s still insisting on having it both ways. The new director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Medicine, Health and Society is the son of a pediatrician and a psychoanalyst. Two of his three brothers are...

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