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Democracy remains strong in face of economic crisis

Jan. 24, 2011—Despite one of the worst worldwide economic crises in the past half-century, support for democracy among those in Latin America and the Caribbean has not been eroded, according to the results of the latest AmericasBarometer survey. The survey, conducted by the Latin American Public Opinion Project at Vanderbilt University, also found democratic attitudes and values...

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Free performance of “Women of Will” at Vanderbilt Feb. 3

Jan. 20, 2011—Women of Will will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, on the Vanderbilt campus. The performance is free and open to the public. This two-person show examines the evolution of the heroine in Shakespeare’s writing. Tina Packer, who plays all the female roles, is...

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New director selected for Vanderbilt’s Center for Medicine, Health and Society

Jan. 12, 2011—Vanderbilt University’s innovative center that links the study of medicine to other disciplines will be headed by Dr. Jonathan M. Metzl, an expert in American culture, psychiatry and medical humanities. Metzl, currently director of the Program in Culture, Health and Medicine at the University of Michigan, begins work at Vanderbilt in the 2011 fall semester....

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Focus on black, gay or Hispanic men troubling in study of the macho man

Jan. 6, 2011—We all know how to spot a macho guy – right? He’s a man’s man with a certain swagger and a way with the ladies. Well, social scientists have a different opinion – one that perpetuates stereotypes about black, Hispanic and certain homosexual men. In social science circles, a macho or hypermasculine man is thought...

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Tipsheet: State legislators pushing to limit power of public-employee unions could deal major blow to labor movement, widen income gap, slow pay gains for women

Jan. 6, 2011—“Efforts to weaken unions and cut wages and benefits among state and local government workers in the U.S. will reduce worker bargaining power and widen the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ in the nation," says sociology professor Dan Cornfield.

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Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond to give keynote address during Vanderbilt University’s MLK Day celebration

Dec. 14, 2010—Civil rights leader and former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond will deliver the keynote address at a 4:30 p.m. event at Vanderbilt University commemorating the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 17. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Vanderbilt student tickets are...

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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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Christian-Muslim dialogue focuses on Mary/Maryam

Dec. 2, 2010—Muslim and Christian scholars will consider the most revered woman in both traditions during a discussion at the Scarritt-Bennett Center. Mary (in the Christian tradition) or Maryam (the Muslim tradition) – the mother of Jesus – is mentioned more in the Qur’an than the New Testament. During the interfaith panel discussion 6:30 to 8 p.m....

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Free Sunday concert features Andean indigenous musical elements

Dec. 2, 2010—Misa Criolla – a performance of musical works by the late Argentine composer and pianist Ariel Ramirez – will take place Dec. 5 in the Scarritt Bennett Center’s Wightman Chapel. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 5 p.m. The English translation of Misa Criolla is Creole Mass. The term...

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Tea Party as much a response to Bush Republicanism as to Obama

Nov. 19, 2010—“Bush Republicanism did as much to breathe life into the Tea Party Rebellion as did Obama Democracy,” according to Vanderbilt University historian Gary Gerstle.

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Vanderbilt’s Sharpley-Whiting named to The Root 100 list

Oct. 20, 2010—Vanderbilt professor T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting was named one of the top 100 young leaders of the African American community by the The Root, an online magazine founded by scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. Sharpley-Whiting is the author of Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women and editor of The Speech: Race...

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Modern Slavery Museum to visit Vanderbilt University Oct. 18

Oct. 12, 2010—A special mobile museum will make a stop at Vanderbilt University’s campus during its tour of the Southeast to promote awareness of modern slavery. The museum is sponsored by the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a community-based organization of low-wage agricultural workers throughout Florida, particularly in the tomato and citrus industries. The museum will be parked...

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