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Domestic partisan politics remain key to presidential election

May. 3, 2011—Domestic issues are likely to trump foreign policy successes in determining Barack Obama’s chances for re-election, says historian Thomas Alan Schwartz.

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Pat Schroeder: “24 Years of House Work…and the Place is Still a Mess”

May. 2, 2011—Watch video of Pat Schroeder speaking at Vanderbilt April 29. Schroeder, an outspoken advocate for women’s and family issues while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for 24 years, spoke at Vanderbilt University’s Central Library. The former congresswoman’s talk was titled “24 Years of House Work…and the Place Is Still a Mess.” From 1972...

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Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder to speak at Vanderbilt

Apr. 20, 2011—Pat Schroeder, an outspoken advocate for women’s and family issues during her 12 terms in Congress, will speak at Vanderbilt’s Central Library on April 29.

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Jimi Hendrix and the cultural politics of race topic of VU talk

Mar. 24, 2011—Yale University cultural historian Matthew Jacobson will speak April 4 at Vanderbilt University on iconic 1960s rocker Jimi Hendrix in the context of the Civil Rights struggle.

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George Rable: The Civil War as a political crisis

Feb. 25, 2011—Watch video of the talk, “The Civil War as a Political Crisis.” On Feb. 17, George Rable, professor and Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama, spoke on “The Civil War as a Political Crisis,” as part of a series of lectures on campus during the 150th anniversary of the...

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Arianna Huffington, Tim Pawlenty among headliners at Vanderbilt University’s 2011 Impact Symposium

Feb. 16, 2011—PLEASE NOTE that Arianna Huffington and William Kristol’s talk was rescheduled and took place Monday night. Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post; Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota; Christina Romer, former chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, and William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, will deliver public lectures at Vanderbilt University...

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Revolution in the Middle East subject of Vanderbilt forum

Feb. 15, 2011—Panelists for the forum “Revolution in the Middle East!” are Katherine Blue Carroll, assistant professor of political science; Richard McGregor, associate professor of Islamic Studies; Beverly Moran, professor of law; and Thomas Schwartz, professor of history. Cherie Fathy, a junior in the College of Arts and Science, will serve as moderator.

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Health care reform at the “grass-roots” level

Jan. 15, 2011—Health care reform will likely remain a hot-button issue through the 2012 election. But while the pros and cons of last year’s health reform legislation are debated in Congress and on the campaign trail, considerable efforts are underway at the grassroots level to redesign the way health care is delivered in this country. The goals...

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Vanderbilt expert: Keep partisan politics out of Tucson tragedy

Jan. 11, 2011—[Vanderbilt has a 24/7 video and audio studio with a dedicated fiber optic line and ISDN line. Use of the TV studio with Vanderbilt experts is free, except for reserving fiber time.] Blaming the Tea Party or heated political rhetoric in general for the Tucson mass shooting would be the wrong response to a terrible...

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert able to comment on DREAM Act

Dec. 6, 2010—As members of Congress spar over whether or not to provide tuition benefits and a path to legalization to undocumented students through the DREAM Act, an examination of the nation’s first state-level “dream act” indicates such policy effectively boosts college enrollment by these students.

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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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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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