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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.  


 Emma Furman

Emma Furman, Seminar Coordinator

Emma Furman joined the Warren Center in 2016. Before moving to Nashville, she lived in Boston for a year and a half and came south to escape the snow and to be with her partner. Emma grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and received a B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She went on to complete a Master of Library and Information Science and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Although you may be tempted, please don’t ask her about football, the Dewey decimal system or to recite a poem. Please do ask her about baking, her dog Billie, songwriting, drawing and yoga.


 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!”



 Kylie Korsnack


Kylie Korsnack, HASTAC Scholar

 Kevin Lubin  Kevin Lubin, Graduate Student Worker