The McGill Project
The McGill Project makes its home in McGill Hall a place with a strong sense of community and acceptance. McGill Project members consider themselves part of an ongoing campus tradition of free expression and discovery. The McGill Project provides a home for students with a wide variety of majors and interests; this diversity is represented during yearly programs and activities. In the fall, Project members select a theme for the Annual Spring Showcase, which, for the past few years, has been a mixed-media fair for the campus and surrounding community. At the showcase, project members present visual art, poetry, performance art, and other creative exhibits. Participants also attend McGill Hours, a recurring, regular program of the McGill Project in which Vanderbilt professors or Nashville community activists visit the Project and share about more controversial or provocative topics on which the speakers may not have an opportunity to educate students in the classroom. Vanderbilt students interested in joining the Project and living in McGill Hall can complete an application followed by an interview process with McGill Project members.
The McGill Coffeehouses are “open mic” nights held throughout the year where Project members, other Vanderbilt students, and local community members perform musical arts, read poetry, perform stand-up comedy acts, and showcase artwork to a very supportive audience.
McGill Hours are recurring, regular programs of the McGill Project in which Vanderbilt professors or Nashville community activists visit the Project and share about more controversial or provocative topics on which the speakers may not have an opportunity to educate students in the classroom.
The McGill Project Spring Showcase is a yearly event that Project members host for the Vanderbilt family and surrounding community. The Executive Council chooses a showcase theme in the Fall, members have several months to create their contributions, and the event is held during January. All project members are required to participate and use their creativity and imagination to develop something truly unique that both their peers and the community will enjoy.
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Area Coordinator and Council Advisor: Daniel Coradazzi, 222b Towers West