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Centers and Institutes with an International Focus

Bandy Center for Baudelaire Studies, W.T.
The W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire Studies is a joint project between the Department of French and Italian and the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Its core is the personal collection of the eminent Baudelaire scholar, W.T. Bandy.

Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center (BJJBCC) provides educational and cultural programming on the African and African American experience for the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. Among its goals, the BJJBCC aims to foster an understanding of the values and cultural heritage of people of African descent worldwide. In this regard, the Center serves as a resource for information on African and African-American life and culture. Symposia, lectures, musical performances, art exhibitions, audiovisual materials, and publications on the African and African American experience provide a broad spectrum of activities for the University and the general public.

BRASA is an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars who support and promote Brazilian studies in all fields, especially in the humanities and social sciences. BRASA is dedicated to the promotion of Brazilian studies around the world in general, and in the United States in particular.

Center for Community Studies
The Center for Community Studies is dedicated to strengthening human community. The multidisciplinary center is comprised of social scientists with decades of experience in community development, community organizing, and community building. Center efforts include research, dissemination, outreach and capacity-building components. The scope of the center's work is international as well as domestic and its special strengths are its ability to (1) generate primary data where community and relational dynamics are poorly understood or limited to secondary information and (2) collaborate with the users of data in their planning, collection, and application.

Center for Latin American & Iberian Studies
For more than fifty years Vanderbilt has shown a concern for and commitment to Latin American and Iberian studies, becoming one of the first U.S. universities to establish a program of research and teaching in Latin American area studies. Dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and community outreach, the Center promotes greater understanding of the region's history, culture, political economy and social organization. The Center's special strengths lie in Mesoamerican anthropology and archaeology; the history, politics, languages, and litertures of Brazil; Iberian and Spanish American literature and languges; comparative political systems; and Caribbean Studies. Members of our faculty conduct research and publish on most countries in Latin America.

Center for Medicine, Health & Society
The membership of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society is made up of faculty and students from across the University interested in developing cross-disciplinary perspectives on subjects of common interest many of which relate to global health.

English Language Center
The ELC offers a full range of courses designed to meet the diverse needs of English learners with varying strengths and objectives. In addition to providing full-time courses of study, the ELC also provides specialized English for Academic Purposes courses for individuals studying and working in Vanderbilt schools and departments. These courses focus on the specific language and cultural awareness needs of those enrolled. Additionally, the ELC is equipped to provide intercultural competency trainings and workshops for VU faculty, staff or researchers planning to travel abroad for scholarly purposes.

With a grant from the Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement for Postsecondary Education, Howard University and Vanderbilt University have established a consortium with the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and the Universidade da Bahia (UFBa) for curricular development and student exchanges. Under the auspices of the US-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program the partners will develop an innovative interdisciplinary program on the theme of "Race, Development, and Social Inequality: Developing Cross-Cultural, Interdisciplinary Curricula in Brazil and the United States". The consortium partners will develop courses and certificate programs around the themes of race, economic development, and social inequality.

Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows Support Center at Vanderbilt
The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program (FICRS) was initiated in 2003 as the Fogarty International Center/Ellison Program. The FICRS program is a one-year, mentored training experience which provides opportunities for U.S. graduate students in the health professions to participate in clinical research and have hands-on experience at top-ranked, NIH-funded research centers in across the globe from Bangladesh to Zambia. The purpose of this program is to foster the next generation of clinical investigators with an eye toward building international health research collaborations in the developing world. Through March 2009, five cohorts of scholars have engaged in mentored international clinical research, including 128 US scholars and 123 foreign scholars from the foreign site itself.

Institute for Global Health
The Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health fosters interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service activities linked to health and development in resource limited settings of the developing world. The Institute helps strengthen and sustain the interests and activities of the Vanderbilt community by the facilitation of international contacts for program development and training, advocacy for better equity in global health investments, assistance in securing resources for international activities, standardization and facilitation of overseas administrative approaches, improved communication through grand rounds, seminars, and discussion forums, and active partnerships with institutions in the US and abroad that share the Institute's goals and wish to partner with Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students.

Max Kade Center for European & German Studies
The Max Kade Center for European and German Studies offers an interdisciplinary major in modern European studies (EUS), designed for students who want to broaden their awareness of the European experience and to prepare for international careers or advanced study. Most EUS majors also participate in one of the Vanderbilt study abroad programs in Europe and/or reside in the International House on campus.

Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities promotes global, interdisciplinary research and study in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Because cooperative study in higher education is crucial to the modern university and the society it influences, the Center is designed to intensify and increase interdisciplinary discussion of academic, social, and cultural issues.

The Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)
LAPOP surveys the citizens of Latin America on their political views - specifically on democratic values and behaviors related to democracy. These surveys and the studies that have emerged from them have sought to determine the extent to which women may be excluded from political participation, the effect of education on tolerance for the rights of minorities, and the effects of government corruption on citizens. The project has regularly published in-depth analyses of the data collected in Spanish-language monographs in countries throughout Latin America.

Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation
The Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation provides the opportunity for American and Japanese fellows to work and study together and also engages in many activities to bring a wider awareness of the common national interests of both nations. The Center was established in 1988 as part of the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies (VIPPS).