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Humanities 20/20 Conference Generates Vision for Future of Humanities at Vanderbilt

Oct. 18, 2019—What is the future of the humanities at Vanderbilt? That question was top of mind for Holly Tucker, Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities and Professor of French, as she planned this year’s Humanities 20/20 mini-conference. Hosted by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, which Tucker directs, the event brought together 80 faculty...

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Nationally Known Scientists Outline Future of Space Travel at Physics Colloquia

Oct. 7, 2019—Humans have exploration in our DNA. That was the message of two recent physics colloquia led by nationally known scientist-authors: Les Johnson, a NASA technologist, and David Brin, an astrophysicist. Both spoke to near-capacity audiences in the Stevenson Center Lecture Hall at the end of September. Johnson, who earned his M.S. in physics at Vanderbilt,...

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Elsa Mercado Sanchez, PhD’20 | Stronger together: the future of VU’s Latinx community

Sep. 27, 2019—Elsa Mercado Sanchez has not always had a clear or easy path to the Ph.D. she is pursuing. She grew up in an urban, racially-segregated neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wis., with Mexican immigrant parents who didn’t speak much English. Education was a top priority for her parents, but college was never a guarantee. Mercado Sanchez’s parents...

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“Works in Progress” Seminar Brings Together Top African American Studies Scholars

Sep. 25, 2019—Thames Street in Newport, Rhode Island is a picturesque street in a picturesque New England town. Upscale shops, Gilded Age mansions, and boutique inns draw in tourists every summer. But for a few days of the season, this small corner of Newport is also a hub for scholarly progress. On July 30, 2019, more than...

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Center for Latin American Studies Hosts Annual Brazil Week Celebration

Sep. 18, 2019—The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) hosted its eighth annual Brazil Week September 9-13, with faculty and students from around Vanderbilt taking part in the celebration. CLAS began in 1947 as the Institute for Brazilian Studies, the first center of its kind in the United States. Then-Chancellor Harvie Branscomb was seeking a way for...

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