Spring 2017

Amanda Farnsworth, left, and Dee Dee Turner prepare to fly to Havana Aug. 9, 2016. (COURTESY OF AMANDA FARNSWORTH)

Amanda Farnsworth, BS’81, MS’83: Historic flight

In August 2016, Farnsworth grabbed headlines by piloting her fixed-wing, single-engine Cirrus SR22T to Cuba, a feat made possible by the diplomatic thaw underway between the U.S. and the communist nation.

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

Lucy Mensah

Met Bet: English Ph.D. Leads to NYC Museum Fellowship

Lucy Mensah, MA’12, PhD’16, who graduated with a doctorate in English, is drawing on her humanities training to take a path less traveled. Mensah started graduate school in 2011 with the goal of becoming a professor of African American literature. She didn’t expect doctoral studies in English to open doorsRead More

Soprano Kelsey Onwuzuruigbo sings at Nashville’s inaugural Opera on Tap event, held at Harpeth Brewing Co. in September 2016. Photo by Nduka Onwuzuruigbo

Brëw-hilde: Blair Alumnae Bring Opera to Nashville Bars

Nashville is known for its live music scene. Some nights you can drink a beer and enjoy country, blues, bluegrass, opera … no, not opry, opera—complete with a Viking helmet passed around afterward for donations. Thanks to Blair School of Music alumnae Erin Ridge, BMus’15; Charlotte Ulrich, BMus’15; and LindsayRead More

"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