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    Vanderbilt University partners with the Aspen Institute’s Weave Project to explore “How to Heal a Divided America”

    “How to Heal a Divided America” will begin in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sept. 12 and culminate on Sept. 19–20, 2024, with a joint event with the Aspen Institute’s Weave: The Social Fabric Project and Dialogue Vanderbilt. Read More

    Jul 16, 2024

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    Vanderbilt Unity Poll explains why democracy may take center stage in this week’s presidential debate—and the campaign more broadly

    With the first presidential debate of 2024 quickly approaching, the American public is expressing widespread concern about the state of democracy and our Constitution. There is also consensus among Americans that free speech is fundamental to democratic governance, according to the most recent Vanderbilt Unity Poll measuring Americans' views of unity and beliefs on government and democracy.  Read More

    Jun 25, 2024

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    Celebrating Vanderbilt’s inspiring achievements during Sesquicentennial year

    See some of the bold and collaborative actions Vanderbilt University accomplished this year an innovator and leader in solving the world’s most pressing challenges. Read More

    May 23, 2024

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    Dialogue Vanderbilt marks first academic year in action

    In August 2023, the university launched Dialogue Vanderbilt, its core initiative to bridge divides, reestablish a vibrant culture of civil discourse and free expression, and showcase experts from on campus and around the world, leading the charge to build more engaged citizens and communities.  Read More

    May 23, 2024

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    The Choice: Meacham and Geer on 2024

    The Choice, produced by the Dialogue Vanderbilt, is a four-part podcast focused on the key moments and ramifications of the 2024 presidential election between former president Donald J. Trump and current President Joseph R. Biden. Vanderbilt’s Jon Meacham and John Geer will blend history and political science to offer insights and context about this rematch of the 2020 presidential contest. Read More

    May 16, 2024

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    Forward Ever: Vanderbilt celebrates its past and present as it creates opportunities for a stellar future

    In keeping with the Sesquicentennial spirit, we celebrate our past, present and future—from our important and long-standing function in the city of Nashville, to the holistic education and opportunities to innovate that our students receive from Immersion Vanderbilt, to our mastery of the cutting-edge technologies that will define our shared future. Read More

    May 15, 2024

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    Vanderbilt College Democrats and Republicans to host debate series in fall 2024

    Each month, from September through November, the College Democrats and College Republicans will face off in front of a public audience composed of students, faculty, staff and community members. Shortly after each of these debates, the Advocacy, Dialogue and Debate Lab will host an Agnon Dialogue, during which approximately 50 student participants will have the opportunity to make their case in front of and have their arguments tested by their peers.  Read More

    Apr 29, 2024

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    Vanderbilt students participate in Bush Institute democracy listening sessions

    Students from across Vanderbilt joined representatives from the George W. Bush Institute to share their thoughts and views on democracy, leadership and practicing good citizenship. These sessions took place April 10 in the relaxed environment of the Dialogue Vanderbilt offices. The Bush Institute’s aim is to understand and promote views on democratic values, responsible civic participation and civility—which mirrors Dialogue Vanderbilt’s focus on modeling, researching and showcasing free expression and civil discourse.  Read More

    Apr 25, 2024

  • Bestselling author and Vanderbilt alumnus James Patterson (right) discussed his writing process and prolific career during a conversation moderated by John M. Seigenthaler in Langford Auditorium on April 11.

    James Patterson discusses formative years, book bans, writing process at Vanderbilt event

    James Patterson has published over 400 titles and sold more than 425 million copies of his books, but he first gained the confidence to pursue a career in writing while working toward a graduate degree at Vanderbilt. Patterson, who earned his master’s in English from the university in 1970, discussed his writing process, prolific career, the value of collaboration, and his support for librarians and reading in a wide-ranging conversation moderated by former NBC News anchor John M. Seigenthaler. Read More

    Apr 22, 2024

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    Amplify your impact: Vanderbilt offers advocacy workshop and guide for students

    Vanderbilt University Government Relations is hosting a student advocacy workshop on Thursday, April 4, 2:30–4 p.m. in the Kissam Multipurpose Room. The workshop will be an interactive working session about advocacy best practices to help equip students with practical skills they can use to advocate effectively for their interests. Read More

    Mar 25, 2024

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    Education journalist to discuss partisan politics’ increasing influence on public schools April 9

    National education reporter Laura Pappano will discuss her latest book, School Moms: Parent Activism, Partisan Politics, and the Battle for Public Education (Beacon Press, 2024), at the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries on Tuesday, April 9. In her book, Pappano draws on archival research as well as on-the-ground reporting to offer a nuanced view of how schools across the country have become lightning rods in the culture wars. Read More

    Mar 22, 2024

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    James Patterson to discuss his latest book, value of reading at Vanderbilt April 11

    Bestselling author and Vanderbilt alum James Patterson will discuss his prolific writing career, support for literacy initiatives and the power of books and reading in a wide-ranging conversation at Vanderbilt University on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, Dialogue Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy in collaboration with Parnassus Books, 'An Evening with James Patterson' will be moderated by former NBC News anchor and correspondent John M. Seigenthaler. The event is open to the public, but registration is required to attend. Read More

    Mar 20, 2024

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    Save the Date: Impact Symposium

    The student-led Impact Symposium was established 60 years ago to bring leaders and intellectuals from around the world to Vanderbilt University to encourage discussion on current issues affecting our world. Plan to join this year’s anniversary celebration on Thursday, March 21, and Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Langford Auditorium. Read More

    Mar 7, 2024

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    Dialogue Vanderbilt and the Unity Project host Ukrainian ambassador on March 19

    A conversation between Oksana Markarova, Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, and Morgan Ortagus, former spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, will be Tuesday, March 19, at 4 p.m. CT at the John Seigenthaler Center. Markarova’s participation will provide attendees with an invaluable opportunity to learn about Ukraine’s challenges and geopolitical stance.   Read More

    Mar 7, 2024

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    Vanderbilt College Republicans and College Democrats bridge the partisan divide for a Dialogue Vanderbilt-sponsored debate on gun control

    Although gun control is a topic at the forefront of the national conversation, it’s rare to see a structured debate on gun policy reform between those on opposing sides of the issue. On Feb. 28, the Advocacy, Dialogue, and Debate Lab for Civil Discourse Education and Vanderbilt Political Review hosted a debate on gun control policy between Vanderbilt College Republicans and College Democrats on gun control policy. It was the first time in several years that the two organizations held a formal debate. The event was sponsored by Dialogue Vanderbilt. Read More

    Mar 4, 2024

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    Campus Reading announced for 2024–25 academic year

    The Campus Reading for the 2024–25 academic year will be I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times by Mónica Guzmán. The book was chosen by a committee of faculty and students and launches community-wide dialogue that begins during orientation and continues throughout the year in houses on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, in Vanderbilt Visions groups, and across campus. Read More

    Feb 29, 2024

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    Pride in the Pews: In Conversation with Don Abram on Mar. 6

    Don Abram, the visionary founder of Pride in the Pews, will be the next speaker in the Dialogue Vanderbilt faith leader series. His conversation with Vanderbilt Divinity School Dean Yolanda Pierce is scheduled for 5 p.m. March 6 at the John Seigenthaler Center. Read More

    Feb 22, 2024

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    Maha Elgenaidi, Dean Yolanda Pierce navigate faith, identity and Middle East conflict at Vanderbilt University

    Dialogue Vanderbilt continued its mission of fostering meaningful conversations with its second event in its series which aims to cultivate open discussions about faith and how it influences people dealing with pressing societal issues. The discussion featured Maha Elgenaidi, founder of the Islamic Networks Group, in conversation with Vanderbilt University Divinity School Dean Yolanda Pierce.  Read More

    Feb 22, 2024

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    Applebaum, Meacham to discuss rise of autocracy in ‘Open Dialogue’ event

    Pulitzer Prize–winning author and propaganda expert Anne Applebaum will visit Vanderbilt on March 5 for a discussion of the rise of autocracy in today’s geopolitical climate.  Read More

    Feb 16, 2024

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    ‘Collaborating for Change: Hubert Humphrey, Fisk University and the Fight for Civil Rights’ discussion is Feb. 20

    The event, hosted by The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy and the Rogers Center for the American Presidency, is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public; registration is required to attend. Read More

    Feb 13, 2024