Arts and Science in the World

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by Mardy Fones | Arts and Science in the WorldSpring 2012
McTyeire builds community, fluency and cultural understanding in many languages

Can you say, “Please pass the salt” in another language? Residents of McTyeire International House can. Table conversation might be in any of the seven languages spoken at McTyeire, a residence hall where cultivating language fluency is a community commitment and expanding that fluency a 24-hour opportunity.

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Bridges to Bangladesh
by Joanne Lamphere Beckham, BA’62 | Arts and Science in the WorldFall 2011

Mention Bangladesh and images of poverty, famine and environmental disaster might come to mind. That’s only half the story, says Steve Goodbred, associate professor of Earth and environmental sciences.

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Advancing U.S.-British Relations
by Mardy Fones | Arts and Science in the WorldSpring 2011

Sharing history and English on both sides of the Atlantic.

Imagine an American studying Shakespeare by exploring where his mother grew up. Picture a British historian researching slavery by examining a former slave cabin. Those perspectives are only a few of the benefits that faculty and students gain through a developing partnership between the College of Arts and Science and the University of Warwick in [...]

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Survey Says …
by Mardy Fones | Arts and Science in the WorldFall 2010
Latin American Public Opinion Project Collects and Analyzes Democratic Values across the Americas

Imagine living in a country where participating in a survey could get you killed. Not long ago, that was reality in some parts of Central and South America, where dictatorships ruled. Today citizens of nearly every country in the Western Hemisphere participate in the AmericasBarometer, a regional survey series conducted by the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt.

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Arts and Science in the World
Arts and Science in the WorldFall 2009

Time spent abroad experiencing other cultures and gaining new knowledge has been part of the College of Arts and Science experience for thousands of alumni. Groups of students recently traveled to Australia, Britain, China, Egypt, Germany, Greece and Canada (with Washington, D.C. thrown in for good measure) for intensive learning experiences known as Maymester.

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Where Dreams Can Flourish
by Sandy Smith | Arts and Science in the WorldSpring 2009

Graduate student Manoj K. Dora was born in a poor village where people die of starvation and people sell their children for a meal. In this squalor, he dreamed of helping families launch small businesses to provide for their needs. Today, enrolled in Vanderbilt’s Graduate Program in Economic Development (GPED), his dream seems possible.

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Vive Vanderbilt en France
by Mardy Fones | Arts and Science in the WorldFall 2008
For nearly 50 years, students have returned from the French city of Aix-en-Provence changed by what they experienced. Now Vanderbilt in France (ViF), the study-abroad program that transformed them, has evolved as well.

For nearly 50 years, students have returned from the French city of Aix-en-Provence changed by what they experienced. Now Vanderbilt in France (ViF), the study-abroad program that transformed them, has evolved as well. Today’s ViF program has adapted to contemporary students’ needs and gives them a more global view of France and its people, says Associate Professor of French Virginia Scott, who served as professor-in-residence for summer 2008.

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The Spanish and Portuguese Connection
by Mardy Fones | Arts and Science in the WorldSpring 2008

Vanderbilt is one of a handful of U.S. universities offering a comprehensive course of study in Spanish and Portuguese, says Cathy Jrade, Chancellor’s Professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. That comprehensiveness emphasizes both cultural knowledge and fluency, with the result that the department’s graduates can now be found all over the Spanish-speaking world. In addition, a unique, more than 60-year connection to the Portuguese-speaking country of Brazil has made Vanderbilt one of the top centers in the United States for Brazilian studies.

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Chile Relationship Extends International Reach
by Jamie Reeves | Arts and Science in the WorldSpring 2008

Chile might seem a bit far to go for spring break, but in 2008, then-Dean Richard McCarty and a team of Vanderbilt faculty and staff made the trip as part of a university-wide effort to build research-based relationships with peer institutions around the globe. McCarty, Assistant Provost for International Affairs Joel Harrington, Department of Anthropology [...]

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