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"Humanities 20/20 Conference Generates Vision for Future of Humanities at Vanderbilt," posted by Kathryn Royster. 

"Some Kind of Renewal': Revisiting Robert Penn Warren's Civil-Rights Interviews" by Benjamin Hedin for The New Yorker.

"Celebrated A&S professor to lead the Robert Penn Warren Center," article in MyVU about Holly Tucker being named director of the Warren Center beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.

Who Speaks for the Negro?”: Digital Archives, Split Collections, and Hearing the Fight for Civil Rights, an interview with Mona Frederick" by Nathan Dize.

"God with Us: Lived Theology and the Freedom Struggle in Americus, Georgia, 1942–1976" is a book written by former Warren Center Graduate Student Fellow Ansley Quiros. God with Us  examines the theological struggle over racial justice through the story of one southern town--Americus, Georgia--where ordinary Americans sought and confronted racial change in the twentieth century. Documenting the passion and virulence of these contestations, this book offers insight into how mid-century battles over theology and race affected the rise of the Religious Right and continue to resonate deeply in American life. 

"Longtime leader of the Robert Penn Warren Center to retire in 2019," article in MyVU about Warren Center Executive Director Mona Frederick.

Former Warren Center Graduate Student Fellow Ansley Quiros wrote an article for The Washington Post entitled "Kneeling during the national anthem isn't disrespectful. It's a protest steeped in religion."

Former Warren Center Graduate Student Fellow Whitney Pirtle received the prestigious Ford Foundation Postdoctoral FellowshipStarting July 1, Pirtle will take a year off teaching to focus on her research into the racial limbo faced by the “coloured” people of South Africa as a way to explore the social construction of race, how racial constructions are maintained through sociopolitical transitions and how the concept of race comes to have meaning for people themselves. 

Warren Center Executive Director Mona Frederick talks about Robert Penn Warren on the Think Humanities podcast, Episode 39 - Kentucky Reads. (She's the second guest speaker on the podcast.) 

"Are You a Descendant of Fort Negley?" article in the Nashville Scene by Betsy Phillips about the Descendants of Fort Negley Project co-sponsored by the Friends of Fort Negley, the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, and The Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities.

"Five honored by Women’s Center with annual awards," article in myVU. Mona Frederick, executive director of the Warren Center, received the Mentoring Award.

Warren Center Executive Director Mona Frederick discusses the history of the Vaughn Home where the Robert Penn Warren Center is located.

"Gay on God's Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities," is a book written by former Warren Center Graduate Student Fellow Jonathan S. Coley. Drawing on interviews with student activists at a range of Christian institutions of higher learning, Coley shows that students, initially drawn to activism because of their own political, religious, or LGBT identities, are forming direct action groups that transform university policies, educational groups that open up campus dialogue, and solidarity groups that facilitate their members’ personal growth. Link to Inside Higher Ed article with Jonathan Coley.

"Vanderbilt advocates for humanities funding" article. Mona Frederick, executive director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, and Christina West, assistant vice chancellor for federal relations, attended the National Humanities Alliance’s annual meeting and advocacy day March 12 in Washington, D.C.

"African American history ‘transcribe-a-thon’ honors Frederick Douglass," by Ann Marie Deer Owens.

The "Who Speaks for the Negro? Digital Archive" was featured in a special issue of Public on "Digital Engagements; Or, the Virtual Gets Real." 

"Hoops Skirts: Stella Vaughn occupies a special place in Vanderbilt's history-- both on and off the court" by GayNelle Doll for Vanderbilt Magazine. 

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) named Michael Alijewicz (2012-13 Warren Center Graduate Student Fellow) as one of the 2017 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

Congratulations to Adam Burgos (2014-15 Warren Center Graduate Student Fellow) on the publication of his book "Political Philosophy and Political Action: Imperatives of Resistance."

Rich black people have worse health than rich white people. Article in New Scientist quotes 2016-17 Warren Center Graduate Student Fellow Kanetha Wilson and cites her research. 

Fort Negley Dedicates New Interpretive Civil Rights Sign
Article for the Nashville Scene by Betsy Phillips on November 7, 2016.

Reconsidering My Whole Position
Article for Chapter 16 by Kate Daniels, professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Vanderbilt University, on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning poems

An Antidote to Political Venom
Article for Chapter 16 by Congressman Jim Cooper on Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men.

Wernke, Frederick visit D.C. to advocate for humanities funding
Article in Research News@Vanderbilt on March 17, 2016.

Humanities in crisis? Why have the humanities majors been under fire in recent years? - The Vanderbilt Hustler   Article in the February 19, 2014 issue of The Vanderbilt Hustler newspaper discussing the current state of humanities.

Robert Penn Warren Center partners with Humanities Tennessee - Humanities Tennessee
The longstanding partnership between the Robert Penn Warren Center and Humanities Tennessee will continue in 2013 at the Southern Festival of Books.

Dr Michael Alijewicz - Queen's University Belfast Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities
Michael Alijewicz, the 2013-2014 Robert Penn Warren Center Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen's University Belfast, describes the research he will pursue during the year.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Amazing 1964 Interview With Robert Penn Warren - The Atlantic
The "Who Speaks" digital archive is among the important resources highlighted in this article published near the fiftieth anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech.

Vanderbilt University posts historic Robert Penn Warren tapes - The Tennessean
Through the work of archivists at Vanderbilt University, recorded coversations between Robert Penn Warren and leading civil rights figures are now preserved in a digital exhibit available online.

Robert Penn Warren Online Archive Humanizes Leaders Of The Civil Rights Movement - WKNO 91.1
Memphis Public Radio interviews Executive Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center, Mona Frederick, on the "Who Speaks" digital archive.

Opening 'Dores Internationally - Arts and Science Magazine
Global connections are on the increase and more important than ever.  Read about how The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities is creating global connections.

Birthplace of Greatness - Arts and Science Magazine
If Vanderbilt inspired the craft of Robert Penn Warren, then Guthrie KY inspired the images. A report on the influence of Robert Penn Warren's birthplace.

Who Spoke For the Negro? - The City Paper
Vanderbilt's database of Robert Penn Warren's conversations with civil rights activists is a chance to hear the movement.

Scholarship and Fellowship Through Irish Eyes - Arts and Science Magazine
Gail McConnell, Ph.D. candidate at Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland, and Robert Penn Warren Graduate Student Fellow, reflects on her year of interdisciplinary study at Vanderbilt.

Follow the Leader - The Vanderbilt View
The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities leads the way in interdisciplinary study among graduate students.

The Next Step - The Vanderbilt View
A report on the evolution of graduate education at Vanderbilt predicts the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities will play a leaderhip role in this endeavor.

Voices from the Past - Arts and Science Magazine
The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities reveals its namesake’s long-forgotten conversations with historic civil rights greats.

A Home for the Humanities - The Vanderbilt View
The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities marks twenty years of fostering transinstitutional collaboration at Vanderbilt.