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Interview conducted at the Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum in Guthrie, KY with Guthrie residents Jeane Moore and Melba Smith. (video)

Earl Lewis, President, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, presented the 2013/2014 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture, "Three Cents, Three Senses: Philanthropy, Higher Education, and the Future," on February 20, 2014. (video)

2013 Southern Festival of Books panel. The Warren Center sponsored this panel, broadcast on CSPAN2, discussing the current state of mental health issues.  It was led by Gregory Barz, Associate Professor of Musicology at Vanderbilt.

Robert Penn Warren Center 25th anniversary conference panels.  Four interdisciplinary panel discussions were held on September 20, 2013 as part of the Warren Center's 25th anniversary celebration.  Panelists were all former William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellows, and each spoke about was that humanistic discourse has changed over the past quarter century.

"Speaking for the Humanities" documentary film.  This film, directed and edited by Rosevelt Noble of Vanderbilt's Department of Sociology and produced by Mona Frederick, Executive Director of the Warren Center, premiered at the Warren Center's 25th anniversary celebration on September 19, 2013.  It highlights the role of the Warren Center in fostering interdisciplinary scholarship and also discusses the contributions to the humanities made by Robert Penn Warren himself.

Putin, Pussy Riot, and the Art of Resistance.  The Warren Center co-sponsored this round-table conversation on April 3, 2013, at Vanderbilt University; the conversation was the capstone of a three-day event that included music and film.

Early Modern Spanish Theater: Text and Performance. This symposium took place April 2-4, 2012. The event featured talks by four distinguished scholars and theater practitioners, as well as several short dramatic performances by Vanderbilt students.

  • An Evening of Cervantes's Theater, including "The Cave of Salamanca: A Dramatic Interlude," and "Crossing the Line: A Quixotic Adventure" (selected scenes). (video) (video)
  • Mar Zubieta, "Texto y representación de los clásicos del Siglo de Oro: Lope de Vega y Cervantes." (video)
  • José Luis Raymond, "Del teatro barroco a la escenografía de concepto." (video)
  • Valerie Hegstrom, "Tragedy or Comedy?: The Results of Rash Young Love in Lope de Vega's El caballero de
    Olmedo and Los Castelvines y Monteses." (video)
  • Vincent Martin, "Stages of Illusion: The Social Imaginary in the Interludes of Cervantes and Calderón." (video)
  • Ana Caro, Valor, agravio y mujer (closing scene), directed by Rosie Seagraves and presented by graduate students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. (video)

David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, presented the 2010/2011 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture, “'Gods and Devils Aplenty': Robert Penn Warren’s Civil War,” on March 24, 2011. (video)

Adam Hochschild, author and journalist, presented “’Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch . . .’: What Scholars Can Learn from Novelists--and Journalists--about Storytelling,” on February 24, 2011. Hochschild is an award-winning author of six books, including King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa and Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves. (video)

Rosanna Warren, Emma Ann MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities, and Professor of English and Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at Boston University, presented the Harry C. Howard, Jr. Lecture, "Poems and Poem-Talk: A poetry reading and informal chat by Rosanna Warren," on October 29, 2009. (video)

Black Europe Documentary Film Debut. The 2007-2008 Fellows of the Warren Center met for a year-long program on “Black Europe, or Diaspora Studies In/On Europe.” Their weekly meetings and lectures by visiting speakers were recorded by documentary filmmaker Lyle Jackson, and have been compiled into a short educational film on Black Europe. On Wednesday, March 18, 2009, the Warren Center hosted the premier screening of the film at the Black Cultural Center as the capstone project of the Black Europe Fellows. (video)

Roy Blount Jr., acclaimed author, humorist, and Vanderbilt alumnus (B.A. 1963) presented the Harry C. Howard, Jr. Lecture, "Through Is Thoroughly Throughsome, Go Is Wide Open, and Wince Makes You Wince: On the Non-Arbitrariness of Words," on October 30, 2008. (video)

Peter Applebome, writer and editor for The New York Times, presented a lecture entitled "All the News That’s Fit to Blog: Old Media, New media, and the Brave New World of Election 2008" on October 13, 2008. (video)

Susan J. Carroll, Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, presented a lecture entitled "Gender and Hillary Clinton's Campaign: The Good, The Bad, and the Misogynic" on September 22, 2008. (video)

Bruce Cole, Chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities, presented a lecture entitled, "The State of the Humanities," on September 5, 2008. (video)

The Appalachian Celebration: A Place for the Humanities, a concert of music featured in The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, organized by Dale Cockrell, professor of musicology, Blair School of Music. (audio)

We Speak for Ourselves: A Poet, a Prophet, and Voices for the 21st Century, a conference in honor of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Warren Center. (multiple videos)

Mona Frederick, Executive Director of the Warren Center, discusses the availability of Robert Penn Warren's original audio interviews with Civil Rights leaders through a new Vanderbilt Library web archive. These interviews were conducted in preparation for Warren's 1964 volume Who Speaks for the Negro? (audio)

Helen Vendler, the A . Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University, presented the 2006-2007 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture, "The Yeatsian Sequence: ‘Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen’ and ‘Blood and the Moon’" on January 18, 2007. (audio)

Craig E. Colten, Carl. O. Sauer Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University, gave a lecture entitled "Race and Relief in New Orleans: A Hazardous Topography" on January 26, 2006. (audio)


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