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Edward H. Friedman



Edward H. Friedman, Faculty Director, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities

Edward H. Friedman is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities, Professor of Spanish, and Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. He has been editor of the  Bulletin of the Comediantes  since 1999 and is a past president of the Cervantes Society of America. His research has centered on early modern Spanish literature, with special emphasis on Cervantes, picaresque narrative, and the Comedia.


Mona C. Frederick  


Mona C. Frederick, Executive Director

Mona Frederick is Executive Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities; she has been with the program since its founding in 1988. She is responsible for creating, organizing, and overseeing the scholarly programs of the Warren Center.  She has recently produced a documentary film related to the Warren Center entitled “Speaking for the Humanities” as well as a digital archive containing interviews from 1964 conducted by Robert Penn Warren with US Civil Rights activists.  In 2015, she received a  Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2018, she received the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center Mentoring Award. 



 Terry Tripp




Terry Tripp, Activities Coordinator

Terry Tripp joined the Warren Center in 2013. Before that, she worked as an administrative assistant in the A&S Dean’s Office. She also worked with the ACLU of Tennessee and did freelance writing and editing for CABLE, a professional women’s organization. She has a B.A. in communications and minors in journalism and French, however, she has forgotten all of her French – even the swear words. She has one husband, two sons, two cats and one dog. Her children have rebelled against her in the cruelest way possible, by refusing to watch the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series. She hopes they see the error of their ways soon so she can say, “I told you so!”


 Patrick Artus  

 Patrick Artus, Seminar Coordinator

Patrick Artus started with the Warren Center in July 2018. With a background in the film and television industries, Patrick brings his multi-tasking and problem-solving skills to his new role at the Warren Center. He has a B.A. in communications with a minor in English from the University of Memphis. He would love to share all his entertainment industry stories, but, unfortunately, he has signed many non-disclosure forms from that time, and it would not be in his best interest to do so. 



Cydnee Devereaux




Cydnee Devereaux, Creative Writing Fellow

Cydnee Devereaux is a third-year poetry MFA fellow at Vanderbilt University, where she served as assistant poetry editor and assistant nonfiction editor for the Nashville Review. Her work has been supported by scholarships from the Sewanee Writer's Conference. She lives in Nashville. 


Elizabeth Welliver



Elizabeth Welliver, Graduate Student Worker

Elizabeth Welliver is the graduate student worker at the Warren Center. As a Master of Divinity candidate at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Elizabeth studies the intersections of religion, anthropology, and social movements. She loves the hospitality and lively discussion of seminars, talks, and fellows gatherings at the Warren Center. Elizabeth enjoys hiking in state parks around Nashville and practicing Spanish.