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Join the RPW Student Advisory Council 

Undergraduates from any major are eligible to join the Student Advisory Council. It meets a few times each year to plan events and develop undergraduate humanities programming through the RPW Center. Examples includea Halloween Flash Fiction Contest and a Spooky Story Slam.

Council members also have the opportunity to become a Humanities Advocacy Liaison. The RPW Center works closely with Vanderbilt’s Office of Federal Relations to promote the humanities. Our liaisons participate in the National Humanities Advocacy Conference which takes place in Washington, DC (or virtually, if needed). They will receive advocacy training through a variety of workshops before heading out to lobby members of Congress to support funding the humanities.


Robert Penn Warren Student Advisory Council Vanderbilt University

If you are interested in joining the Student Advisory Council, email Mary Gray Lindstrom.

Participate in Vanderbilt Lives

Vanderbilt Lives is a student-run undergraduate creative nonfiction journal, co-sponsored by the RPW Center and The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy. Become a student editor to review, edit, and publish the journal or contribute an essay of your own.

Vanderbilt Lives also hosts events open to all undergraduate students to enhance their storytelling and writing skills, such as Story Exchanges and Personal Statement Workshops. Learn more about Vanderbilt Lives or submit an essay.

Join or Participate in Vandy Writes Events

RPW Center Associate Director Elizabeth Meadows is also the faculty advisor for VandyWrites, a community for students to read, discuss, and develop their writing. VandyWrites is a safe and inclusive environment that encourages free thought among its members. At general body meetings, members can exchange writing ideas, receive feedback, collaborate with distinguished writing professionals, and develop writing skills. Weekly writing sessions are also offered, where members can write with others in an encouraging environment. Other events include National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo); “Write All Night,” a voluntary lock-in event; a live writing showcase; and occasional guest lectures from distinguished authors, playwrights, screenwriters, and/or literary agents.

Book Bundles

Book bundles provide groups of undergraduates $100 with which they can buy copies of a text of their choice related to the RPW Center’s keyword theme for a book club. Email Mary Gray Lindstrom for more information.