The program cover for the Verlaine celebration featured this watercolor illustration by artist László Barta 
(1902–1961) under the name of Brutus, for a 1936 edition of a collection of 
Verlaine’s poems titled Hombres.

Decadence and Dada: Vanderbilt celebrates acquisition of Paul Verlaine poetry collection

Poet Paul Verlaine rocketed between emotional highs and lows, between a life of complete freedom of movement and morals (leaving his wife to wander Europe with poet Arthur Rimbaud) and one of incarceration (serving a prison sentence after an argument that ended with Verlaine shooting at Rimbaud). A major influenceRead More

The Writing That Binds: Two decades after a botched interview, two college friends reconnect

The Writing That Binds: Two decades after a botched interview, two college friends reconnect

By Bryant Palmer, BA’95   It’s 1994, and I’m in the offices of the Vanderbilt Hustler at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday. I spend as much time here as anywhere else on campus, but not usually this early. I’ve got a phone interview, not with a dean about another newsRead More

Visual artist Mel Chin, BA’75, was named this year’s Peabody College 
Distinguished Alumnus.

Artist and activist: Mel Chin named Peabody College Distinguished Alumnus

Visionary artist Mel Chin, BA’75, was honored during Commencement May 12 by Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development with the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Born in Houston in 1951 and reared in the African American and Latino neighborhood known as the Fifth Ward, Chin graduated from Peabody withRead More

More to the Story: Readers respond to article about 1967 Impact Symposium

More to the Story: Readers respond to article about 1967 Impact Symposium

As the chairmen of the first five Impact sym­posia, we are delighted when articles about this important and unique Vanderbilt institution are published, most recently the “Speak Up” article written by Andrew Maraniss in the Spring 2017 issue.

 

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More to the Story: Readers respond to article about 1967 Impact Symposium

More to the Story: Readers respond to article about 1967 Impact Symposium

As the chairmen of the first five Impact sym­posia, we are delighted when articles about this important and unique Vanderbilt institution are published, most recently the “Speak Up” article written by Andrew Maraniss in the Spring 2017 issue.

Fire on Ice: Vanderbilt photographer captures Nashville Predators’ playoff run

Fire on Ice: Vanderbilt photographer captures Nashville Predators’ playoff run

Like the rest of Nashville, Vanderbilt was bitten by the hockey bug as the city’s 20-year-old NHL expansion team, the Predators, battled the Pittsburgh Penguins in June for this year’s Stanley Cup. University photographer John Russell, who shot much of the action for the Nashville team (including the photo seen here), even helped enlist Vanderbilt’s mascot, Mr. C., to rally Preds fans in the final days of the championship series.

Emily Manchester Townes, BA’50, has preserved her brother’s war letters by compiling them into a family history. A portrait of John Manchester hangs behind her. (DANIEL DUBOIS)

Schoolboy to Helldiver: A Vanderbilt student writes home about a future that would never come

  When John Speier Manchester left Vanderbilt halfway through his sophomore year in December 1942 to enlist in the U.S. Navy, he was eager to make his name as a dashing World War II fighter pilot. A little more than a month after joining, the fresh-faced 19-year-old son of formerRead More

Neighborhood Rebound: Former basketball player Jessica Mooney Holman gives back to her South Nashville community

Neighborhood Rebound: Former basketball player Jessica Mooney Holman gives back to her South Nashville community

Today, Holman plays an integral role as senior director of programs at Harvest Hands, a community development organization that promotes healthy living, spiritual formation and economic development in South Nashville.

Globetrotter: Overbeck represents America in Italy

Globetrotter: Overbeck represents America in Italy

Kayla Overbeck, a sophomore on the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team, spent part of her summer in Udine, Italy, playing for the USA Women’s U19 Team in the FIBA World Cup that captured the silver medal.

Running back Ralph Webb 
(No. 7) is going for the record of second-leading rusher in SEC history, behind Herschel Walker.

Ralph’s Run: Webb goes for SEC record

Senior running back Ralph Webb is closing in on the goal line of ending his college career as the second-leading rusher in SEC history, behind Georgia’s Herschel Walker.

History Lessons: Editor’s Letter, Summer 2017

History Lessons: Editor’s Letter, Summer 2017

As the campus buzzes with the arrival of new students (and the university made sure they were outfitted with solar eclipse glasses), I think about the spectrum of history embodied in an institution like Vanderbilt. What school traditions or past stories will ignite the imaginations of these newest Commodores?

A Vision for Change: Kutner Scholarship enhances legacy

A Vision for Change: Kutner Scholarship enhances legacy

Dr. Steve Kutner, MD’65, restored sight to thousands of refugees during his life while also helping patients in his Georgia Eye Clinic in Atlanta. Although Kutner died in 2016, his spirit of giving continues.

Alumni Association announces 2017 alumni award recipients

Alumni Association announces 2017 alumni award recipients

The Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce its recipients of the 2017 alumni awards: Dr. Stephen Jones, BA’74, MD’78; Joe Martin, BA’64; Doug Parker, MBA’86; and Zakiya Smith, BS’06.

Chauvin, after having volunteered for humanitarian projects in Africa, is now helping Tanzanian women create microbusinesses through her nonprofit called Her Best Foot Forward. (COURTESY LAURA CHAUVIN)

Education and empowerment at home and abroad

Laura Chauvin, BS’87, has a heart for helping others. And as a human and organizational development major while at Vanderbilt, her interest in humanitarianism flourished.