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The American Studies Program generally offers three types of extracurricular events throughout the year. City Walks are walking tours through nearby Nashville neighborhoods that invite local residents and/or experts to provide an insider’s perspective on Vanderbilt’s surrounding communities. Road Trips take closer and in-depth look at questions of importance to the American experience. The Beyond the Headlines series creates an open an informal forum for everyone in the Vanderbilt community to discuss issues and problems currently debated in the popular press.  In addition to these programs, we sponsor talks, colloquia, and other social events.

Road Trip

A talk by Dr. Audra J. Wolfe

The Parthenon


Fall Dinner

From Potosi to Tennessee

Senior Reception

Guns, Communities, and Civic Life

Freedmen’s Bureu Records Transcribe-a-thon

Techonology and Civil Liberties in the Trump Era

10th Annual Murray Lecture


American Studies Road Trip Series

American Studies Graduate

Alumni Breakfast-Homecoming Weekend

Quebec Roots Band, Genticorum, performs at Vanderbilt in Sarratt Cinema, Monday, Oct 30, 2017 at 8 PM

For more than a decade, Genticorum (  has been a fixture on the international world, traditional, folk & Celtic music circuit. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native Quebec, this dynamic trio incorporates today’s North American and European folk cultures into their music. They weave precise and intricate lines on fiddle and flute, call and response songs and achingly beautiful a capella songs in French, effervescent foot percussion and guitar and bass accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. We are thrilled to welcome them to Vanderbilt for what will be an unforgettable night. Tickets at the door. Free with Vandy ID. For more info: