"Day Boy Night Girl" by Sarah E. Vaughn is on view at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center exhibit Breaking Ground through June.

Art Speaks: Kennedy Center exhibit invites understanding and conversation

Whether we realize it or not, we often silence individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities because of our own inability to communicate with those unlike ourselves. The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center works to give those with disabilities a voice and, through its Arts and Disabilities program, in place since 1994,Read More

A Gift to the World: New Collaborative Seeks National Conversation on Public Theology and Racial Justice

A Gift to the World: New Collaborative Seeks National Conversation on Public Theology and Racial Justice

Vanderbilt Divinity School received a $1 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation last December to establish the Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative. Dean Emilie M. Townes is serving as the project’s director.

Inspired by last year’s flooding in Louisiana, Chris Lowry wrote his winning composition, which premieres in June in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Christopher Lowry

Finding ‘Calm:’ Lowry Wins 2016 World Projects Composition Competition

In August 2016 much of southern Louisiana lay underwater, flooded by more than 7.1 trillion gallons of rainfall. It was, meteorologists said, a 1,000-year event. In hard-hit Baton Rouge, Christopher Lowry, BMus ’11, now a viola and music composition doctoral student at Louisiana State University, took pen to paper andRead More

Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (shown speaking to “black power” leader Stokely Carmichael)

Speak Up: MLK, Strom Thurmond and Others Put Impact on the Map 50 Years Ago

Vanderbilt celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Impact Symposium, an event that will always be remembered as one of the signature moments in the university’s history.

 

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LAUREN HOLLAND

The Care and Keeping of Commodores: Editor’s Letter, Spring 2017

When I think of Vanderbilt, my mind immediately goes to my friends and classmates. But what about alumni from the graduate and professional schools, staff and faculty members, sports fans, even prospective students? Each one of these individuals helps make the Vanderbilt community a special place filled with smart, capable people willing to lend a hand when needed.

Godfrey Dillard, who played for the Commodore basketball team in 1966–67, grasps his Perry Wallace Courage Award, presented in Memorial Gym Feb. 18 as part of Equality Weekend. Wallace and Dillard broke the SEC color barrier 50 years ago. (JOE HOWELL)

Courtside Commemoration: Vanderbilt Athletics Honors Civil Rights Leaders During ‘Equality Weekend’

Equality Weekend, a three-day event that honored 21 of Nashville’s civil rights leaders, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Vanderbilt’s breaking the SEC color barrier with men’s basketball players Perry Wallace, BE’70, and Godfrey Dillard. The 21 leaders were honored at the Commodore men’s basketball game Feb. 18 and the women’s game Feb. 19—both of which were Vanderbilt victories.

A Sign from God: Q&A with Karen Graham, BA’87

A Sign from God: Q&A with Karen Graham, BA’87

Guided by little more than a desire to learn sign language and perhaps some divine intervention, longtime Atlanta television news personality Karen Graham, BA’87, has launched a digital news network for the deaf community.

Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (shown speaking to “black power” leader Stokely Carmichael)

Speak Up: MLK, Strom Thurmond and Others Put Impact on the Map 50 Years Ago

Vanderbilt celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Impact Symposium, an event that will always be remembered as one of the signature moments in the university’s history.

GABRIELLA KARADEMOS

SEC Champs: Women’s Tennis and Men’s Golf

The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team and men’s golf team both won the Southeastern Conference tournament championships in their respective sports in April.

Cathy Swezey is celebrating two decades as head coach of women’s lacrosse at Vanderbilt. (JOE HOWELL)

Sticking in There: Swezey Celebrates 20 Years as Head Lacrosse Coach

Cathy Swezey has won 150-plus games during her 20 years as head coach of women’s lacrosse at Vanderbilt.

Readers’ Letters, Spring 2017

Readers’ Letters, Spring 2017

I am convinced this is the finest collegiate publication in print. Most every article in every edition piques my interest, and the writing is outstanding! The photojournalism and letters to the editor are a joy to peruse as well, and in keeping with the overall balance and excellence. Thank you for all the years of enjoyment.

#RITESOFSPRING

#RITESOFSPRING

Like generations before them, Vanderbilt students always enjoy letting off steam at the annual Rites of Spring before settling in for finals. Performers this year were JOHNNYSWIM, St. Lucia, The Shins, Romario, Aminé, Ty Dolla $ign and Rae Sremmurd.

To Honor and Educate: Equality Weekend

To Honor and Educate: Equality Weekend

As part of Black History Month, Vanderbilt’s basketball teams suited up in specially made jerseys for their winning games on Feb. 18 and 19. The back of each uniform featured the name of an individual who played an influential role in the civil rights movement.

Stephanie Zundel, center, trains in Nashville for April’s Boston Marathon with Harvey Freeman and Amy Harris of Achilles International (JOHN RUSSELL)

Perfect Vision: Stephanie Zundel

When she was 3 years old, a dose of Children’s Motrin triggered a rare life-threatening allergic reaction in Stephanie Zundel, resulting in blindness. But this medical crisis was no match for Zundel’s competitive spirit. Just before graduating from Vanderbilt in May as a child studies major, she completed the Boston Marathon.