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Nominate next book for Commons Reading by Oct. 1

Sep. 11, 2015—Vanderbilt faculty, students and staff are invited to nominate a book for next year’s Commons Reading for the Class of 2020.

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Commons Reading announced for 2015-16

Mar. 11, 2015—"The Madonnas of Echo Park" by Brando Skyhorse has been selected as the next Commons Reading, an annual tradition for incoming first-year students.

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‘Half the Sky’ author Nicholas Kristof to speak at Vanderbilt

Jan. 3, 2013—Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof will speak at Vanderbilt University Thursday, Jan. 31. Along with his wife, journalist Sheryl WuDunn, Kristof is author of the 2009 book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide."

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Documentary ‘Half the Sky’ to screen Nov. 5, 7

Nov. 2, 2012—Half the Sky, a documentary film inspired by the acclaimed book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, will be screened in two parts Monday, Nov. 5, and Wednesday, Nov. 7, in conjunction with the International Lens Film Series at Sarratt Cinema. The screenings will begin...

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International labor, workers rights to be discussed at Sept. 19 panel

Sep. 14, 2012—Three international labor activists will discuss the transformative potential of philanthropy in the women’s human rights movement on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Vanderbilt. Kalpona Akter and Babul Akhter, co-founders of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, and Ida Le Blanc, general secretary of the National Union of Domestic Employees, will discuss “Philanthropy Transformed” from 4...

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Human Identities: Vanderbilt to explore gender and sexuality through campuswide initiative

Sep. 5, 2012—A tradition among first-year students to read and discuss a common text has inspired a campuswide initiative called “Human Identities: Global, Local, Personal,” designed to raise nuanced dialogue about gender and sexuality across the Vanderbilt community.

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Help select The Commons Reading for the Class of 2017

Mar. 6, 2012—All Vanderbilt faculty, students and staff are invited to help select The Commons Reading for the Class of 2017. The Commons Reading is a book that is mailed to all rising first-year students to be read during the summer before they arrive on campus. The reading will be discussed at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and...

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