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Clayton & Team Identify Attitudes Toward Genetics

Jay Clayton, director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and faculty member of the Evolutionary Studies Initiative, and his group wanted to explore how the concept of genetics has been treated in literature, movies, television, and social media over the past century.

Taylor named a 2022 Mosaic Fellow

Wilna Julmiste Taylor (Assistant Director of the Curb Center) has been chosen as a Mosaic Fellow! The Mosaic Fellowship brings together change-makers of color for a year-long intellectually rigorous and restorative program to strengthen individual and collective power to lead transformative change and to build muscles as collaborators and intersectional thinkers and doers.


Clayton interviewed on Arts Engines

Jay Clayton (Director of The Curb Center) appears on Arts Engines with Aaron Dworkin to discuss the vital role for the arts in healing!

Moore Honored by the Poetry Foundation

Joshua Moore (2019-2020 Curb Writing Fellow) has been honored by the Poetry Foundation for his work on WPLN on Versify, for a program on the evolution and influence of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. A show that Moore wrote and produced has been selected to air on VS Roll Call: A Black Poetry Radio Hour

Unique transdisciplinary collaboration gives undergrads exposure to research experience in the humanities

VU News does a feature on the transdiscplinary collaboration of the co-authored a series of articles in the ASAP Journal that provided undergrads with exposure to research experience in the humanities.

Curb ArtLab Fellow Jacob L. Steenwyk Recently Published a Special Issue Article on A portrait of budding yeasts

A portrait of budding yeasts: A symbol of the arts, sciences and a whole greater than the sum of its parts explores the yeast life cycles, features original research and review articles detailing insights from studying the diversity of yeast life cycles. 

Taylor’s Film was an official selection of the 2021 Paris film festival ARFF 

Film Lumiere douce, Lumiere brillant (Soft light, Brilliant light), written and produced by Wilna J. Taylor (Assistant Director of the Curb Center) was an official selection of the 2021 Paris film festival ARFF and won their Audience Award.

Curb Center & Metro Arts Awarded $50,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Relaunch, Expand Racial Equity in Arts Leadership

The Metro Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) and Vanderbilt’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy can soon relaunch and expand their popular Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) program as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced Metro Arts has been approved for a $50,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support REAL.

Jay Clayton and his Student Research Assistants Co-Author Series for ASAP Journal

Director of the Curb Center, Jay Clayton and many of his research fellows co-authored a series of articles in the ASAP Journal that focuses on how genetic privacy has a bearing on important social and political questions, including bodily autonomy, reproductive rights, queer sexualities, surrogate decision making, kinship and ancestry, parentage, and more.

Vanderbilt sociology doctoral students Rachel Zajdel, Darwin Baluran, and Meagan Rainock have been named Curb Center Researchers

The students are working with Professor Dan Cornfield and Professor Alexandre Frenette on a project analyzing how the characteristics and practices of over 500 local arts agencies (LAA) in the United States help or hinder the pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Mental Notes: Music Cognition Lab is dedicated to the scientific study of how music affects the brain and behavior

“We’re excited to get to study music scientifically to understand the mechanisms by which musical experiences may impact development, as well as to try to harness music through clinical or applied studies.”

Lanphier writes “Where No Lives Matter”

“In a state moving astonishingly fast at executing inmates who’ve spent decades on Death Row, the least controversial executions are, apparently, of white men.” Read more in Elizabeth Lanphier’s op-ed in the Los Angeles Review of books.

Lanphier writes Bill Lee’s pro-life message is contradicted by death penalty stance

Curb Public Scholar and the creator of the Curb Center’s Form of Reform Exhibit, Elizabeth Lanphier wrote about Tennessee’s complicated policies regarding life and death, capital punishment and abortion.

Moore Interviews Nashville’s Freedom Riders

WPLN interviews Versify Host and Curb Writing Fellow Joshua Moore on the upcoming season of Versify which documents the narratives of Nashville’s Freedom Riders.

Cornfield & Frenette Receive NEA Grant

Curb Senior Fellow Prof. Dan Cornfield & Associate Director of the Curb Center Prof. Alexandre Frenette awarded an NEA research grant to support study of diversity initiatives in arts agencies.

Lense featured on Music and the Mind Live

Dr. Miriam Lense of the Vanderbilt University Music Cognition Lab and Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy was featured on Music and Mind Live on the June 2nd episode, “At Home with Children: Musical Tool Kit.” Music and Mind Live is a new webinar hosted by renowned soprano and arts and health advocate Renée Fleming.

Lense featured on NEA Taking Note

Dr. Miriam Lense is featured on NEA’s blog Taking Note focusing on musical activities to support parent-child relationships. Lense provides a toolkit for activities to try at home.  

Frenette Co-Authors New SNAAP Report

SNAAP released a major new report, co-authored by Alexandre Frenette, associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, finds that college boosts arts careers in surprising and important ways.