Detail of Middle Ground by Sophie Drouin and Rachel Sager

Mind’s Eye: Piece by Piece

Mosaic artists convene in Nashville, bringing two exhibits to Vanderbilt Mosaics were originally invented about 4,000 years ago to create durable and inexpensive flooring, but they quickly became more art than craft. A highly refined technique developed during the Early Christian (260–525 C.E.) and Byzantine (fourth–15th centuries C.E.) eras, mosaicsRead More

Illustration by Christophe Vorlet

Coming Out as Working Class: Class can be just as isolating as almost any other aspect of identity at a private college

When I come out to my students and colleagues as from the working class, I want to expand the idea of who or what a professor is, and I especially hope to give upwardly mobile students—those incarnations of my younger self—the example and language to find one another.

Recent Books, Spring 2019

Recent Books, Spring 2019

The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation (2019, MIT Press) by Gerald C. Kane, Anh Nguyen Phillips, Jonathan R. Copulsky and Garth R. Andrus, EdD’88 Digital technologies are disrupting organizations of every size and shape, leaving managers scrambling to find a technology fix that willRead More

Heart of Gold: Remarkable life of David Williams II celebrated

Heart of Gold: Remarkable life of David Williams II celebrated

David Williams II was remembered as a courageous vice chancellor, outstanding athletics director, brilliant law professor, and devoted husband and father during a celebration of life service Feb. 15.

 

Other News

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos presided over his final Commencement exercises May 10. (Vanderbilt University/ Joe Howell)

Chancellor’s Letter: What Comes Next

It has been an honor to serve you during these past 11 years, and to devote more than three decades of my life to an institution so capable of driving enormous change.

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos takes a selfie with members of the Class of 2022 during the annual Founders Walk and Picnic for new students last August. (Nathan Morgan)

Dear Chancellor Zeppos: Readers offer their gratitude and well wishes

Following the news that Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos plans to step down in August, many Vanderbilt alumni, parents, and supporters of the university reached out with letters of gratitude and well wishes. Below are just a few of the numerous messages received in the weeks since the announcement was made.

Heart of Gold: Remarkable life of David Williams II celebrated

Heart of Gold: Remarkable life of David Williams II celebrated

David Williams II was remembered as a courageous vice chancellor, outstanding athletics director, brilliant law professor, and devoted husband and father during a celebration of life service Feb. 15.

Call of Duty: Q&A with Gary H. Cheek

Call of Duty: Q&A with Gary H. Cheek

Gary H. Cheek, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, joined Vanderbilt in April to direct the newly created Bass Military Scholars Program, established in 2018 with a $25 million gift from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation.

Pulitzer Prize–winning presidential biographer and Professor of American Presidency Jon Meacham, left, and Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, right, listen as the former president shares an anecdote about his newfound love for painting during his Chancellor’s Lecture Series appearance in March. (Vanderbilt University/Joe Howell)

Chancellor’s Lecture Series: President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush spent the day at Vanderbilt on March 11, surprising a history class and visiting a student veterans club before speaking to a capacity crowd at Langford Auditorium that evening.