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February events at Vanderbilt celebrate, explore African American experience

Feb. 4, 2018—Events in February at Vanderbilt University are taking a look at the central role African Americans played in American history and their experiences today through art, discussion, lectures and portrayals in film.

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Vanderbilt University to launch Center for Sports and Society

Jan. 11, 2018—As sports continues to serve as an important venue for spotlighting societal issues, Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos has unveiled plans for a new academic center to explore the intersection of sports, race, gender and culture in society.

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What’s On My Mind: Lessons that sports teach our society

Jan. 11, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos looks at sports as a gateway to social change in this week's edition of "What's On My Mind."

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Perry Wallace, BE’70, is Vanderbilt University Distinguished Alumnus

Jan. 3, 2018—The Vanderbilt University Alumni Association will celebrate Perry Wallace, BE’70, as the 2017 Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

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2017 Year in Review

Dec. 18, 2017—It will soon be the start of a new year. But before we enter 2018, let’s look back at the moments that shaped our university in 2017.

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What’s On My Mind: A Legacy of Courage

Dec. 7, 2017—Chancellor Zeppos' debut MyVU column talks about the lessons we learned — and continue to learn — from Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard, and the university's advocacy efforts to protect scholarships and research in the tax bills advancing in Congress.

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Red-carpet premiere of film celebrates Perry Wallace’s life

Dec. 5, 2017—Hundreds of people—including family, friends, teammates and fans—gathered at Vanderbilt’s Langford Auditorium Dec. 4 for the premiere of “Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace,” a documentary of the late Wallace’s courage and struggles as a student-athlete breaking the color barrier in the SEC.

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Perry Wallace, pioneer who integrated SEC basketball, has died

Dec. 4, 2017—Perry Wallace, BE’70, the Vanderbilt University student-athlete who integrated Southeastern Conference varsity basketball, died Dec. 1. He was 69.

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Dillard, Wallace honored with Slive Award

Dec. 4, 2017—The Southeastern Conference honored Vanderbilt and league legends Godfrey Dillard and Perry Wallace Friday in Atlanta with the SEC's Michael L. Slive Award. Dillard and Wallace (represented by his nephew James) were honored throughout the day along with four football players from Kentucky who were the league's first four African American football players.

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Statement on the passing of Perry Wallace

Dec. 1, 2017—"Vanderbilt, the sports world, and the entire country lost a civil rights icon today. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Perry Wallace, who through quiet strength and courage blazed a trail that still serves as a lesson in resilience and perseverance in the face of incredible obstacles," said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos Friday.

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Vanderbilt recognizes trailblazers, marks 50th anniversary of SEC basketball integration

Nov. 28, 2017—Vanderbilt is honoring the legacies of the two players who integrated Vanderbilt athletics, Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard, with a series of activities and events this academic year.

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Writer-in-residence Andrew Maraniss shares the story of Perry Wallace on ‘The Zeppos Report’

Nov. 27, 2017—On the latest episode of "The Zeppos Report," Vanderbilt writer-in-residence Andrew Maraniss tells Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos about his personal journey to Vanderbilt and how it led him to write Perry Wallace's biography.

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