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Edward H. Friedman

 Edward H. Friedman, Faculty Director, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish, and Professor of Comparative Literature

Edward H. Friedman is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish and Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. He has been editor of the  Bulletin of the Comediantes  since 1999 and is a past president of the Cervantes Society of America. His research has centered on early modern Spanish literature, with special emphasis on Cervantes, picaresque narrative, and the Comedia.


Mona C. Frederick

  Mona C. Frederick, Executive Director

Mona Frederick is Executive Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities; she has been with the program since its founding in 1988. She is responsible for creating, organizing, and overseeing the scholarly programs of the Warren Center.  She has recently produced a documentary film related to the Warren Center entitled “Speaking for the Humanities” as well as a digital archive containing interviews from 1964 conducted by Robert Penn Warren with US Civil Rights activists.  In 2015, she received a  Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  


 Joy Ramirez

  Joy Ramirez , Ph. D., Seminar Coordinator

Joy Ramirez came to the Warren Center via a circuitous route. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and moved to Nashville in 2005 to teach Italian language and literature at Vanderbilt. She then embarked on a career in the restaurant industry, learning pastry from some of Nashville's best pastry chefs and owned her own baking company. When she finally realized that she missed working with students and faculty and that desserts were a dead end, she came back to Vanderbilt and now only has to order the food, not make it. She enjoys spending time with her daughter June (age 5), her husband Daniel, and her dog Olive.


 Terry Tripp

  Terry Tripp, Activities Coordinator

Terry Tripp joined the Warren Center in 2013. Before that, she worked as an administrative assistant in the A&S Dean’s Office. She also worked with the ACLU of Tennessee and did freelance writing and editing for CABLE, a professional women’s organization. She has a B.A. in communications and minors in journalism and French, however, she has forgotten all of her French – even the swear words. She has one husband, two sons, two cats and one dog. Her children have rebelled against her in the cruelest way possible, by refusing to watch the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series. She hopes they see the error of their ways soon so she can say, “I told you so!”



 Anthony Siracusa Anthony Siracusa III, HASTAC Scholar
 Zekiye Salman  Zekiye Salman, Student Worker