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Vanderbilt Faculty Are Highlight of  2020 Vanderbilt Travel Program

Vanderbilt Faculty Are Highlight of 2020 Vanderbilt Travel Program

Each year the Vanderbilt Travel Program offers exciting opportunities for alumni, parents and friends. The 2020 lineup features 24 trips, including a scenic Japanese cruise, a journey through Vietnam, and fresh itineraries for popular European destinations. The shining highlight of the program is the addition of Vanderbilt faculty members. Currently,Read More

A soldier’s illustration shows a southwest view of Nashville’s Fort Negley after completion in 1862.  (Library of Congress)

Fortifying History: Vanderbilt research leads to UNESCO designation for Nashville’s Fort Negley

Two years ago, Fort Negley, a Union Army stronghold located a few miles east of Vanderbilt’s campus, was slated to be demolished to make way for one of Nashville’s newest mixed-use developments. Yet, in part because of efforts by Vanderbilt researchers to document the vital contributions African Americans made to building and defending the site, not only was Fort Negley spared, but the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) also recognized it as a “Site of Memory” as part of its Slave Route Project.

Genetic anthropologist Jada Benn Torres works with a team of faculty members across various disciplines—using both historical documents and ancient DNA samples—to help fill in the gaps of our knowledge about the African diaspora and bring a fresh perspective to its present-day consequences. She has written, for example, about how genetics might affect Caribbean countries’ claims for reparations from former colonizers. (Vanderbilt Magazine/Joe Howell)

History Unshackled: Jada Benn Torres is part of a multidisciplinary effort to uncover new details about the African slave trade

Benn Torres is joined by a team of faculty across a range of disciplines, from anthropology and history to Latin American studies and literature, who are filling in the gaps of our knowledge about the African diaspora and bringing a fresh perspective to its present-day consequences.

Living History: Students Trace Nashville’s Black History as Part of a New Series of University Courses

Living History: Students Trace Nashville’s Black History as Part of a New Series of University Courses

Thirteen students met during the fall semester for a class called Historic Black Nashville. Taught by Jane Landers and Daniel Sharfstein, the course is part of a new initiative known as the University Courses program, a collaborative model that brings together faculty from different parts of the university to teach students from a variety of majors.