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Reflector Spring 2019

Recent books by Peabody alumni

May. 15, 2019—The Flicker of Old Dreams (2018, HarperCollins) by Susan Henderson, MEd’92 Mary Crampton has spent all her 30 years in Petroleum, a small Western town where she lives at home, working as the embalmer in her father’s mortuary. Though some townsfolk pretend the community is thriving, the truth is that Petroleum is crumbling away—a process...

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Peabody People: Shaiza Rizavi, BS’91

May. 15, 2019—Transformative Lens The new Rizavi–Friedland Chair will attract and retain star faculty leaders For Shaiza Rizavi, a money manager and managing member of the New York-based brokerage firm Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co., making a financial gift to Peabody is a matter of creating space for flexibility, choice and freedom. “So much of what I...

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Photo Essay—The Susan Gray School: 50 years of national leadership in inclusive early childhood education

May. 15, 2019—From the very beginning, when ground was broken in 1966 for the John F. Kennedy Center at George Peabody College for Teachers, alumna and psychology professor Susan Gray, MA’39, PhD’41, had argued for a model demonstration school. The Experimental School, as it was originally called, would consist of eight classrooms in the building then known...

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Peabody People: Nyree Ramsey, BS’97, MEd’00, and Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, BS’96

May. 15, 2019—Neighborhood Rebirth When Nyree Ramsey visited New Orleans in 1995, three words came to mind: “This is home.” “I loved the culture, the food, the sense of community—all things intergenerational,” she says. “My father was a musician, an immigrant from Jamaica, and my mom comes from a close-knit artistic family in New York. I understand...

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Autism and Innovation

May. 14, 2019—Peabody College senior Claire Barnett, left, poses with autism advocate Temple Grandin before Grandin’s appearance at Vanderbilt in November as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series. A senior majoring in human and organizational development, Barnett, who learned a year ago that she is on the autism spectrum, works as an intern at Vanderbilt’s Frist Center...

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Peabody to participate in Bass Military Scholarship program

May. 14, 2019—Peabody College is one of five Vanderbilt graduate schools selected to participate in the new Bass Military Scholars program. Starting this fall, the program will begin funding six scholarships annually at Vanderbilt for eligible active-duty military and veterans. The program is funded by a $25 million gift from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation, providing...

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From the Dean

May. 14, 2019—The sky threatened on a muggy afternoon in early September when about 150 of us gathered near the front steps of the Mayborn Building. I was hoping the bottom would not drop out, but the occasion was too important not to celebrate—and also long awaited. We were there to break ground on the first major...

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Strong Connection: A visionary renovation of two iconic Peabody buildings links the college’s progressive past with a bright future

May. 13, 2019—  By Randy Horick, MA’82 Featured on the cover of Paul Conkin’s history of Peabody College is a wide-angle, black-and-white photograph of a multitude assembled in front of two stately brick buildings adorned with classical columns. The group is bunched together and dressed as if going to church on a summer Sunday, with some of...

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Vanderbilt scholars are working to align higher ed policy with 21st century needs

Apr. 3, 2019—Some of the leading efforts to understand the changing nature of public higher education, and implement policies to address those shifts, are being directed by Peabody faculty and alumni.

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School for Science and Math students place in national competition

Jan. 9, 2019—Three members of the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt’s senior class are semifinalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

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Immigrant children in ‘tender age shelters’ at risk for psychological disorders

Dec. 19, 2018—The practice of separating immigrant children from their parents is very likely to lead to negative effects on emotional and mental health in adolescence.

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Policies for Action Research Hub at Vanderbilt created

Dec. 14, 2018—Vanderbilt School of Medicine and Peabody College have established a transinstitutional Policies for Action Research Hub to better understand and develop recommendations to address the needs of some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable children, including those in immigrant families and with prenatal exposure to opioids.

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