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The Conversation: A conservative activist’s quest to preserve all network news broadcasts

Aug. 28, 2018—Professor of History Thomas Alan Schwartz discusses the origins of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, called the “preeminent video resource for scholars of TV news,” in this Conversation piece. The archive celebrates 50 years of continuous operation this August.

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The Conversation: ‘Why I use Harry Potter to teach a college course on child development’

Aug. 1, 2018—Associate Professor of Psychology Georgene Troseth explains how she uses Harry Potter books to make child development more relatable to her first-year Vanderbilt students, many of whom grew up on the wildly popular tomes, for "The Conversation."

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The Conversation: What we can learn from closure of charter school praised by DeVos

Jan. 19, 2018—On Jan. 11, the D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously to shut down a charter school previously praised by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and first lady Melania Trump. Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education Claire Smrekar breaks down why some charter schools fail and what factors may lead to their success in "The Conversation."

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Reverse engineering mysterious 500 million-year-old fossils that confound our tree of life

Jun. 21, 2017—In "The Conversation," Vanderbilt paleontologist Simon Darroch explains how computational fluid dynamics can help researchers understand some of the earliest life on Earth.

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The Conversation: Organizing a student protest? Have a look at 1970s Germany

Mar. 11, 2016—Christoph Zeller, associate professor of German, writes: "Looking back at the protest movement in Germany reveals parallels that help to understand the present."

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The Conversation: Are looser gun laws changing the social fabric of Missouri?

Mar. 10, 2016—Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, writes: "Again and again, people with whom I spoke raised concerns, not just about the lethal potential of firearms, but about the ways that allowing guns into previously gun-free communal spaces might impact a host of commonplace civic encounters as well."

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Op-ed: Why do so few black males go into STEM areas?

May. 1, 2015—Low expectations, peer pressure, lack of role models and lack of opportunity to pursue advanced study keep black males who are good at math out of STEM fields when they grow up, writes Ebony O. McGee in The Conversation.

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The Conversation: Robert Scherrer on dark energy

Apr. 24, 2015—Explainer: the mysterious dark energy that speeds the universe’s rate of expansion

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The Conversation: Hubble Space Telescope’s chief scientist on what it took to get the project off the ground

Apr. 22, 2015—Bob O'Dell reflects on the challenges of building the Hubble Space Telescope, launched 25 years ago.

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Op-ed: Cuba: notes from a frequent visitor

Dec. 22, 2014—Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, says that the breakthrough in U.S.-Cuban relations is long overdue, but Cuba must still address its profound social problems.

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Op-ed: Rebooting the history of the world

Dec. 18, 2014— James McFarland, assistant professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts, asks: How does Ridley Scott's strange and violent retelling of "Exodus" fit into our own moral universe?

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Op-ed: An online ‘erasure service’ for California minors – but can it work?

Dec. 16, 2014—Human nature itself can undermine privacy laws that seek to balance the government’s interests in surveillance and protecting the country against terrorism with a citizen’s right to be left alone, argues Lydia Jones, adjunct professor of law.

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