Summer 2016

Recent Books, Summer 2016

Recent Books, Summer 2016

Check out the latest book offerings from Vanderbilt alumni and faculty.

Ben Shahn's last major work was "Peabody--1968," a mosaic mural that fills the foyer of the Hobbs Human Development Laboratory on the Peabody campus. The mosaic concsists of three panels. According to a 1990 interview with Susan Gray, professor of psychology, emerita, who led the effort to commission Shahn for the piece, the center panel portrays the face of the divinity. Photo by John Russell

Restoring Humanity: The Interconnectedness of Life Is Illustrated in Shimmering Glass Tiles

It has been 47 years since Ben Shahn’s mosaic Peabody—1968 was dedicated in the Hobbs Human Development Laboratory on what was then the campus of George Peabody College for Teachers. The effort to commission Shahn, an artist well known for his advocacy for the poor, was spearheaded by Susan Gray, professor of psychology, emerita, and an advocate for children, particularly those held back developmentally by poverty.

Michael Rinne (far right) as bassist Lum York, with actor Tom Hiddleston 
(center) as Hank Williams and members of the film version of Williams’ band, The Drifting Cowboys

Covering All Basses: Alumnus Michael Rinne Shows Up for Some Big Gigs

  Bassist Michael Rinne, BMus’10, is a busy guy. He has recorded with artists Caitlin Rose, Jack White and Andrew Combs, and has toured with Steelism, Mark O’Connor and, most recently, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Now he is featured in the recently released Hank Williams biopic I Saw theRead More

Accolade: In High Esteem

Accolade: In High Esteem

Vanderbilt boasts two winners of Guggenheim fellowships this year: Beth Bachmann, writer-in-residence in English, received a fellowship in poetry, and John Powers, BA’01, assistant professor of sculpture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, received a fellowship in the fine arts division for his sculpture.

The Met Connection: Parent Leader Rich Miller Keeps Opera Streaming from New York to Vanderbilt

The Met Connection: Parent Leader Rich Miller Keeps Opera Streaming from New York to Vanderbilt

A tenor who studied with Metropolitan Opera star John Alexander and currently studies with Robert White of Juilliard, Rich Miller is in his sixth year as president of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and is an advisory director of the Metropolitan Opera Association. As a Blair parent and member of the Vanderbilt Parents Leadership Committee and the Parents and Family Advisory Board, he and his wife, Carol, have made it possible for the Blair and Vanderbilt communities to access live streaming of the Met through a subscription service.