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Listen: American Civil War course takes non-traditional approach

Dec. 9, 2010—This spring Vanderbilt undergraduates will study the political, social and economic events associated with the U.S. Civil War in a special course co-taught by Professor of History Richard Blackett and Professor of English Michael Kreyling. “The American Civil War” is one of several classes on campus that are related to the sesquicentennial of the beginning...

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Listen: Minorities, Multiculturalism and the Presidency of George W. Bush

Nov. 12, 2010—Gary Gerstle, the James G. Stahlman Professor of American History, has done extensive research about President George W. Bush’s vision for a multicultural world and the steep challenges it faced during his administration. Gerstle’s essay, “Minorities, Multiculturalism and the Presidency of George W. Bush,” appears in a new book that is a first historical assessment...

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Videos: Russia: Empire to Revolution

Oct. 15, 2010—Watch videos of Frank Wcislo, Dean of The Commons and associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University, leading classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. This lecture series surveys the history of the Russian Empire from the 18th century, the height of its prominence, until the revolutions of 1917, the time of its collapse. Its topics will...

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Videos: Great ideas of the 19th century

Oct. 15, 2010—Watch videos of John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, leading classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The 19th century was an unusually fertile period of thought. The ideas of evolution, progress, liberty, radical encounter with God, the struggle for existence, human control over human destiny, and universal caring were invented or...

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Immigration in a time of crisis focus of Vanderbilt roundtable discussion

Sep. 3, 2010—Mexican immigration to the United States and the effects of the economic crisis and increased border security on U.S.-Mexico relations will be the subject of a Sept. 7 roundtable discussion at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies, Conexión Américas and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for...

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Retired Vanderbilt professor who specialized in 17th century British history dies

Jun. 16, 2010—Paul Hoswell Hardacre, a retired Vanderbilt University professor noted for his expertise on the Stuart period of English history, died on April 10 in Pasadena, Calif., at the age of 94. The professor of history, emeritus, taught at Vanderbilt for 34 years. “Paul Hardacre served Vanderbilt long and ably as a teacher, scholar and participant...

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