150 years

Pursuit of Free Expression

Influential voices have shaped Vanderbilt’s culture of free expression and open

Pursuing free expression through open forums and principled neutrality is at the core of our educational mission

Holding Firm to the Truth


Rev. James Lawson was a pivotal leader in the civil rights movement by teaching nonviolent resistance

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Speak Up


Martin Luther King Jr., Strom Thurmond, and others helped put Impact Symposium on the map

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Unity Project

Teaching Across the Divide


The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, including an undergraduate course, encourages civil discourse during a time of deep polarization

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