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Spring 2009 Category

Special Collections: 1955 Gator Bowl Win

Jun. 19, 2009—When Vanderbilt won the Music City Bowl on New Year’s Eve last year, it marked the university’s first bowl victory in 53 years. Special Collections yielded this photo from the Commodores’ 1955 Gator Bowl win over Auburn, showing Vanderbilt scoring a touchdown en route to its 25-13 victory. Special Collections is home to the university’s...

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Champagne, poetry highlight Bandy Center 40th anniversary party

Jun. 19, 2009—Champagne flowed, French pastries were served and a sizeable audience filled every nook and cranny of the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies to celebrate the center’s 40th anniversary. Flo Wilson, interim university librarian, served as the master of ceremonies and introduced Connie Vinita Dowell, the new dean of libraries at Vanderbilt...

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Q&A with Dean of Libraries Connie Vinita Dowell

Jun. 19, 2009—Connie Vinita Dowell, a Vanderbilt University graduate with three decades of experience working in academic libraries including two senior leadership positions, became the first dean of libraries at Vanderbilt on March 1.

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Vanderbilt students offer music piracy solutions

Jun. 19, 2009—At Vanderbilt University, college students—the group most targeted by the recording industry for prosecution for illegal downloading—are proposing solutions instead of adding to the problem.

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Timely pass gives Wirth a great book

Jun. 19, 2009—Two other teammates had read the novel Redeeming Love when they sent it Christina Wirth's way after her freshman year. The fictional work by Francine Rivers turned out to be a page-turner that dramatized religious truth like no novel Wirth had encountered before.

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McCarty haunted by A Thousand Splendid Suns

Jun. 19, 2009—Vanderbilt Provost Richard McCarty turns to fiction only rarely, usually as a relaxing mental escape. But he miscalculated when he picked up A Thousand Splendid Suns.

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The Commons is NOT your parent’s freshman dorm

Jun. 19, 2009—The Commons, a brand new community of first-year students, residential faculty and professional staff, welcomed its first class last fall. This is not your parents’ freshman dorm. All first-year students live in The Commons in one of 10 new residence halls called houses, which are grouped around quads on the Peabody side of campus.

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Online exhibit honors astronomer Barnard

Jun. 19, 2009—An online exhibit titled “Edward Emerson Barnard: Star Gazer,” features photographs, letters, publications and ephemera from the Edward Emerson Barnard Papers manuscript collection. Barnard, who was born into extreme poverty before the Civil War, rose to prominence as an astronomer and was known as the world’s greatest observer of his time. Barnard began his career...

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Library helps make Robert Penn Warren interviews accessible via Internet

Jun. 19, 2009—For the first time, anyone with Internet access is able to hear tapes of Robert Penn Warren’s 1964 interviews with prominent Civil Rights activists like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and the Rev. James Lawson. The interviews were conducted for Warren’s book Who Speaks for the Negro?, and the project was made possible...

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Divinity Library displays three loaned artworks

Jun. 19, 2009—Vanderbilt’s Fine Arts Gallery loaned the Divinity Library three pieces of Japanese art in December. All three pieces are compositions by the Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe and are from the Herman D. Doochin Collection. “Christ with the Woman at the Well” (1974) is displayed in the south wing of the library’s entrance gallery; in the...

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