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The Chancellor’s Lecture Series brings to Vanderbilt and the wider Nashville community intellectuals who are shaping the world today.

Each lecture – for which reservations are not required – is free and open to the public.

To receive announcements about Chancellor Lecture Series events or to ask questions, please e-mail cls@vanderbilt.edu, call (615) 322-0885 or sign up to receive updates.

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Place, not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America

Photo by Adam Auel

Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Reception and Book Signing
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema Lobby

Lecture
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema

Join author, law professor, civil rights activist, and Vanderbilt alumna Sheryll Cashin as she makes a fresh and original argument for bettering affirmative action.  Based on her highly acclaimed book Place, not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America, Cashin reimagines affirmative action and champions place-based policies that support children who have thrived despite exposure to poverty.

This timely and important lecture celebrates several special events at Vanderbilt – the launch of the 2014-15 Chancellor’s Lecture Series, the 30th anniversary of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center and the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni.  As an original founder of the Black Cultural Center, Cashin has played a vital role in positioning Vanderbilt as a place of opportunity for all.  Mark your calendar to take part in this thought-provoking examination of affirmative action in 21st century America.

Parking is available in Terrace Place Garage
Near the intersection of 21st Avenue North and Terrace Place

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.


Bark Stories/Stories Bark

Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in English

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Reception and Book Signing
4:30–5:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema Lobby

Lecture
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema

In 2012, contemporary American author Lorrie Moore captured the hearts and imaginations of a standing room only Chancellor’s Lecture Series audience as she shared her witty observations on everyday life. It proved to be a fateful visit for Moore… and for Vanderbilt.

After many years as a professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Moore made the move to Nashville and is now Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair of English. The Chancellor’s Lecture Series is pleased to host Professor Moore once again – this time as a Vanderbilt faculty presenter.

Prepare to be amused and moved as Moore reads from her latest book Bark Stories and engages us with her delightful commentary as the Stories Bark on the “public and private absurdities of American life, dramatic irony, and enduring half-cracked love.”

Parking is available in Terrace Place Garage Near the intersection of 21st Avenue North and Terrace Place.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.


A Conversation between Florida’s 43rd Governor Jeb Bush and Jon Meacham

Governor Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush, 43rd Governor of Florida

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Reception
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Ingram Hall Lobby, Blair School of Music

Lecture
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music

From education to immigration, Governor Bush is an engaged voice on many of the crucial issues of our time and has challenged the orthodoxy of his own party on sensitive questions. This event will be an occasion to explore his thinking about the present – and future – state of play of the nation and the world.

Parking is available in West Garage (25th Ave. S. near the intersection of Children’s Way).

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.


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