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The Times They Are A-Changin’
by Cecelia Tichi | Fall 2010Forum

Earlier this year, Cecelia Tichi, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, accepted the Hubbell Medal from the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association of America for lifetime achievement. In her acceptance speech, abridged here, she championed the role of literary scholarship in defining a country, reflecting an era and helping future generations [...]

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Learning from the Ends…and the Means
by Mardy Fones | Fall 2009Forum

Take two scholars, one specializing in U.S. literature, the other in British. Normally the classes they teach are as far apart as, well, as the width of the Atlantic Ocean. How can they challenge a group of graduate students—and themselves—into seeing the parallels in two subsets of literature, and indeed, the parallels to modern life?

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My Discipline’s Better Than Your Discipline
by Nancy Wise | ForumSpring 2009
Imagine if the definition of a liberal arts education were to change. What if one of its disciplines—the humanities, natural sciences or social sciences—were to be eliminated? Which one should it be? What if we forced the disciplines themselves to debate and prove each deserved to be taught?

Imagine if the definition of a liberal arts education were to change. What if one of its disciplines—the humanities, natural sciences or social sciences—were to be eliminated? Which one should it be? What if we forced the disciplines themselves to debate and prove each deserved to be taught?

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Only YOU Can Prevent Global Warming
by Mardy Fones | Fall 2008Forum
Shut off a light, avert global warming—seem too simple? Yet Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network (CCRN) says revised individual behavior can do just that.

The interdisciplinary network integrates faculty and student researchers in natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, engineering, and law and policy with the goal of uncovering a grass-roots solution to climate change. Members are conducting theoretical and applied research on individual and household behavior.

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Don’t Blame Me… I Voted Because of My Genes
by Mardy Fones | ForumSpring 2008
Beneath the election-year rumble and roar, a debate is stirring that could change the way people think about politics and voting. What if your political leanings, voting habits and actual vote were already programmed into your genes?

Beneath the election-year rumble and roar, a debate is stirring that could change the way people think about politics and voting. What if your political leanings, voting habits and actual vote were already programmed into your genes?

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