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Creative Campus Advisory Council

The Curb Center is a valuable resource for all students, faculty and staff. We encourage everyone on our campus and in our neighborhood communities to become involved in creative practices designed to increase cultural empathy and foster civic and public engagement. To achieve this goal Curb creates, sponsors, and supports immersive arts and cultural experiences aimed at enriching the lives of our Vanderbilt University community and beyond.

In 2020, the Curb Creative Campus Advisory Council was formed so that we could plan and deliver these experiences in a cohesive and targeted manner with the other campus creative entities who share in our vision of arts-focused exploration, engagement, and experience.  In its first year, the Advisory Council includes 9 acting members and 3 ex-officio members who will meet each semester to discuss plans for artistic and cultural engagement opportunities at the center, on campus and in the Nashville community.


  • Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
      Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Fine Arts, Drawing, Performance,
  • Dwayne Elliot
      Director, Arts and Campus Events 
  • Leah Lowe
      Associate Professor, Theatre Directing & Dramaturgy
  • Elizabeth Meadows
      Associate Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
      Senior Lecturer, Department of English
      Faculty Head of House, East House
  • Hanes Motsinger
      Social Innovation @ The Wond’ry
  • Dana Nelson
      Gertrude Conaway Professor of English and American Studies
      Chair, English
  • Alice Randall
      Writer in Residence, African American & Diaspora Studies
      Professor, English
  • Johnathan Rattner
      Associate Professor, Cinema & Media Arts and Art
  • Kristin Whittlesey
      Director of External Relations, Blair School of Music


  • Jay Clayton
      Director, Curb Center
      William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English
  • Lisa Monteggia (2020-2022)
      Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute
      Professor, Pharmacology
      Professor, Psychology
      Professor, Psychiatry
  • Douglas Schmidt (2020-2023)
      Associate Provost. Research and Development and Technologies
      Co-Director, Data Science Institute
      Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering
      Professor, Computer Science
      Professor, Computer Engineering

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