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VU BreakThru: Can you do good and make good at the same time? 

Apr. 18, 2018—What’s the most important thing for people just out of prison? What’s the hardest thing to find for people just out of prison? If you guessed “a job” for both, you’re right. A new University Course on social change and social entrepreneurship looks at how local nonprofit Project Return helps bridge the gap between prison and long-term employment. HOD Professor Paul Speer and Associate Professor of Sociology Richard Pitt write about what they are teaching and learning in this VU BreakThru blog post. Read more about University Courses and other internal faculty funding programs—including TIPs grants,  Research Scholar Grants and Discovery Grants —at the VU BreakThru blog.

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Building stronger, more diverse pipeline of future faculty is aim of new postdoctoral program

Oct. 24, 2016—An ambitious postdoctoral training initiative designed to prepare recently graduated doctorates for competitive academic careers will launch later this year, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced Oct. 24.

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First set of University Courses announced

Feb. 22, 2016—Five classes ranging from the history of black Nashville to the impact of mobile cloud computing will be the inaugural set of University Courses at Vanderbilt University—a new initiative arising from the recent Academic Strategic Plan.

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Tensions between religion and secular society explored in new class

Mar. 13, 2015—A professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish studies has created a cross-disciplinary course on secularism with the help of 29 faculty across eight schools.

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VUCast: See a Vanderbilt student’s “bright” idea; plus research on why students might want to double down on majors.

Apr. 10, 2013—See a Vanderbilt student’s bright art idea! Hear why more students should double down on their majors Watch how a special cartoon comforts sick kids at the Children’s Hospital

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Future of black church focus of Vanderbilt Divinity conference

Mar. 22, 2013—Prominent scholars will explore the current and future impact of the black church during a time of deep divisions in race, culture and religion at a Vanderbilt Divinity School conference April 3-5.

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Vanderbilt research: Support for double majors could pay major dividends

Mar. 18, 2013—Double major students may be the innovative thinkers society needs to tackle the complex problems of the 21st century, Vanderbilt sociologists Richard Pitt and Steven Tepper argue in a new report.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt University expert on homosexuality and the black church available to media

Sep. 29, 2010—In light of the charges against Bishop Eddie Long, Vanderbilt sociologist Richard Pitt is available for comment to media. Pitt’s research interests include the intersection of sexual identity and religion. He looks specifically at homosexuality and the black church in his papers “Killing the Messenger: Gay Black Men’s Negotiation of Anti-Gay Religious Messages,” and “Still...

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