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Opening ’Dores Internationally
by Jennifer Johnston | FeatureSpring 2012
Global connections are on the increase and more important than ever.

A global society makes it possible and vital for students and faculty to reach beyond campus to the world. Today it would be a challenge to find any department in the College of Arts and Science without international connections.

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Birthplace of Greatness
by Nancy Wise | FeatureSpring 2012
If Vanderbilt inspired the craft of Robert Penn Warren, then Guthrie inspired the images.

Two places shaped Robert Penn Warren, the man who became a Rhodes Scholar, the first poet laureate of the United States and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner: Vanderbilt University and Guthrie, Ky.

Vanderbilt honors him with its Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and Fugitive and Agrarian Collection; Guthrie has the Robert Penn Warren Birthplace House…although it nearly lost that.

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Virtual Science
by Sandy Smith | FeatureSpring 2012
Arts and Science physicists conduct experiments from 4,600 miles away.

Arts and Science physicists contributed to one of the most intriquing discoveries in science: insight into the Higgs boson, which could help explain why particles have mass.

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Heart’s Content
by Fiona Soltes | FeatureHearts ContentSpring 2012

Transition—not retirement—is ahead for cardiovascular expert and former Cornell medical school dean Antonio Gotto.

Life is full for Dr. Antonio Gotto, world-renowned expert on atherosclerosis—the primary cause of cardiovascular disease. After stepping down as dean of Cornell University’s medical school, he continues as a leader at heart.

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Still Transformative After All These Years
by Joanne Lamphere Beckham, BA’62 | FeatureSpring 2012
Vereen Bell changed the face of the English department…and continues to change lives.

Brilliant, caring, productive, admired and provocative, English professor Vereen Bell has transformed students, friends and Vanderbilt alike for 50 years.

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Arts and Science On the Hill
by Sandy Smith | Fall 2011Feature
Congressional staffers share passion and Vanderbilt experiences.

College of Arts and Science graduates working as staff on Capitol Hill share one commonality: their Vanderbilt experiences equipped them well for Washington’s political world.

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Watch This
by Fiona Soltes | Fall 2011Feature
CEO combines a love of history and experiences as he brings a luxury brand into the 21st century.

James “Jim” Seuss, BA’85, has been surrounded by luxury throughout his career. . . But to him, the most luxurious items of all don’t have much to do with expense.

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Forever Changed
by Fiona Soltes | Fall 2011Feature
Two years with Teach For America challenge new alumni and the students they reach.

The October after his graduation from the College of Arts and Science was arguably one of the darkest months in Jake Ramsey’s life. Teaching math at Nashville’s Maplewood High School through nonprofit organization Teach For America, Ramsey, BA’09, had reached the phase of working in a high-poverty setting that might be labeled “despair.” Less than a third of his students could add or subtract negative numbers, though they weren’t far from his own age. Gang members sorted out grievances with a razor fight. One student—who had taken honors geography—called Florida another country.

The economics major was learning, all too well, the unspoken agreement present in many classrooms and one which affected his ability to teach: “It goes like this,” Ramsey says. “ ‘I won’t make you do any real work, or stress you in any way, and you don’t misbehave.’ ”

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Movies, Sex and Abu Ghraib
by Mardy Fones | Fall 2011Feature
Kelly Oliver looks at modern culture and asks the big—usually tough—questions.

Philosopher—the word evokes images of ancient, dour, self-absorbed thinkers who opine esoterica that has little to do with lives of ordinary people. Contrast that with Kelly Oliver, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, author and media critic.

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Portal through Time and Space
by Mardy Fones | FeatureSpring 2011
Tracy Miller’s study of Asian architecture reveals a people, culture and history.

Buildings represent a three-dimensional record of a people, art and culture. For Tracy Miller, tracking these facets of medieval Chinese life through free-standing timber frame buildings is a passion and an exploration that began early.

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