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Alumnus, Arkansas legislator returns Oct. 28 to speak at Vanderbilt Law School

Oct. 8, 2013—Arkansas lawmaker Darrin Williams will speak at the law school Oct. 28.

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Perspectives on Election 2012

Oct. 8, 2013—Authors Dan Balz, Lynn Vavreck and John Sides discuss the 2012 presidential election with David Lauter of the Los Angeles Times and John Seignethaler of the First Amendment Center. The “Perspectives on Election 2012” event was held Sept. 24, 2013, at the First Amendment Center on the Vanderbilt campus.To learn more about Vanderbilt, visit

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Politics of Health Conference is Oct. 3-4 at Vanderbilt

Sep. 9, 2013—The Politics of Health Conference Oct. 3-4 at Vanderbilt is a free event that will speak to the scale, urgency and intimacy of health as a critical American economic and political issue.

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Hear social psychologist Jonathan Haidt speak on politics and religion Sept. 9 and 10

Sep. 9, 2013—The Chaplain’s Speaker Series will host Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the NYU-Stern School of Business, for two lectures Sept. 9 and 10.

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Tennessee statesman James Sasser donates papers to Vanderbilt

Jul. 1, 2013—James R. Sasser, a former three-term U.S. senator from Tennessee and ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, and his wife, Mary Sasser, have donated their papers to Vanderbilt University’s Special Collections.

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Study of affluent Americans shows where their politics differ

Mar. 25, 2013—A study on the political habits of the wealthiest Americans found that they are active in politics, urgently concerned with cutting the national deficit and look favorably on cutting social programs.

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VUCast: Pawn Stars

Oct. 26, 2012—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast: Why one Vandy professor says pawn shops are a better economic move than you realize. Which gives a bigger political punch to undecided voters—the debates or negative ads? Go behind closed “Dores” to see what game day is really like.

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Role of religion in national politics focus of 2012 Cole Lectures

Oct. 16, 2012—Anthea Butler, a noted scholar on religion and politics who is a regular contributor to national media programs, will deliver the 2012 Cole Lectures at Vanderbilt University Divinity School’s Benton Chapel.

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Biology, race and politics explored in upcoming Chancellor’s Lecture

Oct. 10, 2012—Is race a biological category written in our genes? Or are genomic scientists and biomedical researchers mistakenly using race to explain away health disparities among different population groups? Dorothy Roberts, the Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will explore this issue in an upcoming Chancellor’s Lecture at Vanderbilt University.

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Reaction to recent positive Obama ad indicates negative strategy would be better

Jul. 30, 2012—Nearly a third of American voters finds a new ‘positive’ ad by President Obama contrasting his approach to the economy with that of Mitt Romney to be 'disgusting.'

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Vanderbilt and YouGov team up to survey reactions to campaign ads

Jul. 23, 2012—Voter reaction to campaign advertisements by the presidential candidates will be evaluated this fall through a partnership between Vanderbilt University and YouGov, a prominent research firm.

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Study sees eligibility confusion ahead for Affordable Care Act applicants

Jun. 8, 2012—A Vanderbilt expert on health policy and economics says that many people who get subsidized private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in 2014 could face confusing changes in eligibility and cost sharing, and some will be required to pay the government back after the first year of participation.

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