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NPR podcast visits Immersion seminar on literary arts

Apr. 19, 2018—Eleven students shared stories about their first-year Vanderbilt experiences with Nashville poets, and the conversations were transformed into meaningful poems during a literary arts seminar.

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Vanderbilt Libraries present an evening of card-game history and whist playing

Mar. 23, 2018—The Friends of Vanderbilt's Libraries will host an evening exploration into the card game of whist March 27.

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Vanderbilt Libraries acquire three of Spinoza’s book treasures

Mar. 2, 2018—Vanderbilt has acquired three rare 17th-century volumes by famed philosopher Baruch Spinoza, thanks to the Provost's Library Collective Initiative. They will be on public display March 12.

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U.S. presidents focus of Vanderbilt library exhibit and lecture

Feb. 16, 2018—"The American Presidency" exhibition, drawing on rare memorabilia and biographies in the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries' Special Collections, will open with a talk by presidential historian Thomas Alan Schwartz Feb. 20.

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African American history spotlighted at Central Library

Jan. 23, 2018—A lecture related to little-known African American sports history on Feb. 7 will lead off a series of events celebrating African American History Month at the Central Library.

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Buchanan gift to endow Vanderbilt Library Fellowship Program @VandyLibraries

Jan. 3, 2018—A program that creates in-depth learning experiences for undergraduate students with diverse library resources has been endowed with a $1 million gift by alumni Poppy and Richard Buchanan.

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‘Cultures in Clay’ exhibit showcases 4,000-year-old writing system

Dec. 11, 2017—"Cultures in Clay," a new exhibit at Vanderbilt Divinity Library, spotlights a 4,000-year-old cuneiform writing system on tablets used by ancient Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians.

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Vanderbilt now home to extraordinary gaming collection

Aug. 25, 2017—Vanderbilt has acquired the George Clulow and U.S. Playing Card Co. Gaming Collection—one of the world's premiere collections of books about card games, games of chance, playing cards and chess.

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Opportunity NOW interns research VU’s original library books

Aug. 2, 2017—Three Metro Nashville high school students researched the earliest books acquired by Vanderbilt Libraries while participating in Mayor Megan Barry's Opportunity NOW youth employment program.

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Vanderbilt now home to Helguera’s ‘personal library’

Mar. 28, 2017—Some 300 boxes containing the rarest and earliest portions of the J. León Helguera Collection of Colombiana, which documents centuries of Colombian history, have been acquired by Vanderbilt Libraries.

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Fine Arts Gallery exhibition examines era when ‘Vandy woke up’

Sep. 9, 2016—The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery presents “Race, Sports and Vanderbilt: 1966–1970,” which will showcase photographs, front pages from "The Tennessean," and related artifacts from this time period, beginning Friday, Sept. 23.

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Valerie Hotchkiss named Vanderbilt’s university librarian

Apr. 21, 2016—Valerie Hotchkiss, a library director and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will join Vanderbilt Aug. 1 in the role of university librarian, with responsibility for nine divisional libraries and the Television News Archive.

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