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2019-2020 Events

ALL UNIVERSITY-SPONSORED, NON-ATHLETICS EVENTS AND GATHERINGS ARE SUSPENDED THROUGH APRIL 30 DUE TO COVID-19.

Official events hosted or sponsored by the Sports and Society Initiative are marked with an asterisk *

YWCA SHIFT Conference Sept. 9 and 10 *

Music City Center | Sept. 9 and 10

On Sept. 9 and 10, more than 300 educators, activists, media members, and survivors gathered in Nashville for the YWCA’s SHIFT conference to share best practices and inspiration around the topic of ending violence against women. The Vanderbilt Sports and Society Initiative was a lead sponsor of the event.  Learn More >>

Chancellor’s Lecture Series featuring Terry Crews

Langford Auditorium | Sept. 9

The 2019-20 Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series kicked off Monday, Sept. 9, with Terry Crews, an actor, activist and former professional football player who uses his influential platform to advance conversations around the issues of sexual assault prevention and toxic masculinity. Crews spoke to an at-capacity crowd at Langford Auditorium and participated in a Q&A that was moderated by William H. Robinson, interim vice provost for strategic initiatives and professor of electrical and computer engineering. Learn More >>

Author and Professor Derrick White to Visit Sports & Society Reading Group Oct. 8 *

Robert Penn Warren Center | Tuesday, Oct. 8 | 12:15 p.m.

Dr. Derrick White of the University of Kentucky is coming to Nashville to discuss his new book, BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M andthe History of Black College Football at our next gathering of the Sports & Society Reading Group. We’ll gather for lunch and conversation at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Robert Penn Warren Center on campus. The event is free and open to all.

Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture featuring University of Maryland Associate Professor Jordana Moore Saggese

203 Cohen Memorial Hall | Thursday, Oct. 17 | 4:10 p.m.

Jordana Moore Saggese, BA’01, associate professor of American art at the University of Maryland, will analyze 20th-century representations of black male boxers across visual culture when she delivers the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 17. Jordana Moore Saggese, BA’01, associate professor of American art at the University of Maryland, will analyze 20th-century representations of black male boxers across visual culture when she delivers the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 17. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art, the Goldberg Lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in all non-reserved spaces in Lot 95 near Cohen Memorial Hall. For more information, call 615-322-2831. Learn More >>

David Williams Fall Classic exhibition baseball game Nov. 10

Hawkins Field | Sunday, Nov. 10 | 10 a.m.

The Vanderbilt and Michigan baseball teams will play each other in a Nov. 10 exhibition game named in honor of former Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletics Director David Williams II. Admission to the David Williams Fall Classic, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Hawkins Field, will be free. In addition to honoring Williams’ legacy, the game will recognize the important history of the Negro Baseball League. Vanderbilt worked closely with Nike, Music City Baseball and the Negro League Baseball Museum to develop uniforms that pay tribute to this history, with the Commodores participating as the Nashville Stars and Michigan competing as the Detroit Stars, both former Negro Major League teams. Learn More>>

Sports and Society Reading Group featuring best-selling author Andrew Maraniss *

Robert Penn Warren Center | Monday, Nov. 18 | Noon

The next Sports & Society reading group lunch will take place Nov. 18 at Noon with Andrew Maraniss discussing his new book, GAMES OF DECEPTION, on the first US Olympic basketball team at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Please join us at the Robert Penn Warren Center on Vanderbilt’s campus for this free event.

Sports and Society Reading Group featuring Atlanta journalist Sam Heys

Robert Penn Warren Center | Monday, Dec. 9 | Noon

The  Sports & Society reading group lunch will take place next Monday, Dec. 9 at noon with Atlanta journalist Sam Heys discussing his new book, REMEMBER HENRY HARRIS, on the former Auburn basketball player who committed suicide after desegregating Tiger basketball. All are welcome to join at the Robert Penn Warren Center on campus for this free event.

Sports and Society Reading Group featuring Assistant Professor of History Brandon Byrd

Robert Penn Warren Center | Friday, Jan. 31 | Noon

Our next Sports & Society reading group lunch will take place at noon on January 31, with Vanderbilt Assistant Professor of History Brandon Byrd presenting on legendary Haitian Olympian Sylvio Cator. Join us at the Robert Penn Warren Center!

Learn more about 2018-19 Sports and Society Initiative events >>