Category: Newsletters

  • Vanderbilt University

    On Unity: The News Media’s Role on Election Night

    Subscribe to our newsletter, On Unity.Friends and fellow citizens,This week, we invited the American Enterprise Institute’s Chris Stirewalt and Vanderbilt’s Josh Clinton to share their firsthand experience overseeing the intricate data-driven processes that allow major networks to accurately call election winners and losers. Months of diligent preparation,… Read More

    Oct. 21, 2022

  • On Unity: We asked an economist and here’s what they said

    On Unity: We asked an economist and here’s what they said

    Friends and fellow citizens,    Midterm elections are right around the corner and our nation’s economy is top of mind for many. This week, I sat down with Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics to discuss the state of… Read More

    Sep. 23, 2022

  • On Unity: Jon Meacham and Keel Hunt on Tennessee’s history of political pragmatism 

    On Unity: Jon Meacham and Keel Hunt on Tennessee’s history of political pragmatism 

    Friends and fellow citizens,    Author and journalist Keel Hunt joined co-chair Jon Meacham recently to discuss Hunt’s recent book, Crossing the Aisle: How Bipartisanship Brought Tennessee into the 21st Century and Could Save America. As he describes in his book, throughout… Read More

    Sep. 9, 2022

  • On Unity: A New Beginning: Welcome back, students!

    On Unity: A New Beginning: Welcome back, students!

    Friends and fellow citizens, Campus was a little brighter this week as we welcomed back students and began a new academic year. A new semester offers a fresh start and lends optimism to the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy’s ongoing work to foster unity and bridge America’s deepest… Read More

    Aug. 26, 2022

  • On Unity: Will Hurd on the future of the GOP and American democracy

    On Unity: Will Hurd on the future of the GOP and American democracy

    Subscribe to our newsletter, On Unity, to keep up to date with the Project’s events, research and publications. Friends and fellow citizens, Summer break is coming to a close, but there’s still time to add our newest episode of Unity Talks:… Read More

    Aug. 12, 2022

  • On Unity: Vanderbilt Unity Index Measures American Political Unity

    On Unity: Vanderbilt Unity Index Measures American Political Unity

    Friends and fellow citizens,The popular, and often repeated, national narrative is that Americans are more politically divided than ever before. We witness harsh debates and dramatic polarization on social media and within our country’s governing bodies, but how do we know if these interactions are representative of public unity as… Read More

    Jun. 17, 2022

  • On Unity: On One Year of Unity

    On Unity: On One Year of Unity

    From Jon Meacham “One of the things we try to do here at Vanderbilt with this project is to look at unity … as a habit of heart and mind that enables us to negotiate the inherent differences, to live in tension with those differences, and not have a political… Read More

    Jan. 28, 2022

  • On Unity: On American Faith and Unity

    On Unity: On American Faith and Unity

    From Jon Meacham “January 6th is an inflection point. It’s either a step on the way to the abyss, or it is a call for citizens to engage and say that the work we are about [to form a more perfect union] is more important than the will or whim of… Read More

    Jan. 15, 2022

  • On Unity: 2021 and Beyond

    On Unity: 2021 and Beyond

    From Bill Frist “I was there really, just because of public service. I wanted to serve the country…I wanted to have an impact. Instead of taking care of one patient one-on-one, I knew if I had good policy I could take care of thousands, hundreds of thousands and, ultimately, millions of people if… Read More

    Dec. 22, 2021

  • On Unity: Effective Lawmaking—Not an Oxymoron

    On Unity: Effective Lawmaking—Not an Oxymoron

    From Bill Frist “Probably one of the most important things I did was the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, which injected prescription drugs into Medicare for the first time. It was amazing to me, but being the only doctor in the Senate, I knew that prescription drugs were important to… Read More

    Dec. 10, 2021