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Undergraduate Programming

Posted by on Friday, August 19, 2022 in Uncategorized.

Elizabeth Meadows, Associate DirectorElizabeth Meadows is Associate Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and Principal Senior Lecturer in the Department of English.

As Holly’s welcome suggests, a “familiar” return to campus certainly does not mean a return to “normal,” so we’re planning undergraduate programs that embrace our keywords—MENDING AND TRANSFORMING. We’ll renew and repair what’s been worn and strained, while also enacting Vanderbilt’s spirit of radical collaboration to reimagine how students can use their humanities education to impact the world around us.

We are partnering with newly reorganized units across campus, such as the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion and the Career Center under incoming director Alayna Hayes, while continuing our unique collaborations with the Office of Federal Relations, The Wond’ry, and the School of Engineering. Our menu of programs for undergraduates have three main goals:  

  • Articulating connections to careers for humanities majors. 
  • Creating curricula connecting humanities disciplines and STEM fields to address complex real-world issues that matter to students across all four undergraduate schools. 
  • Building community for all students interested in the humanities—whether it’s their major or not. 

Keep an eye out for these and other upcoming programs and events for undergraduates! 

  • Humanities Majors and Careers: The Match Game (with the Career Center) 
  • Humanities in the Real World: Faculty-Student Networking (in partnership with Experiential Learning and Immersion) 
  • Humanities on the Hill: Students Advocating at the Capitol (with the Office of Federal Relations) 
  • Who’s Hiring Humanities Graduates—Unexpected Career Connections (with the School of Engineering and the Career Center) 
  • Humanities Alumni Panel: From the White House to Broadway  

The inspiration for these events and programs comes from the RPWC’s Student Advisory Council and engaged students across campus. If you want to know more about our programs, share an idea about what students need from their humanities center, or join our Student Advisory Council, email me at