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World on Wednesday: Helping Girls Succeed in School in Rural Mauritania

When: October 22, 2014 @ 12:10 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Student Life Center Lower Level Meeting Rooms 1&2

Cultural stigmas in Africa assign girls and boys different roles and levels of status in their social environments, which in turn has negative impacts on girls’ opportunities for learning. Parents with limited economic resources choose[...]

North–Meeting w/Grassroots VU Service Org., All Students Welcome, 8-9 pm

Monday the 20th 8-9 PM Members of a Vanderbilt service organization called Grassroots will be visiting North House to discuss opportunities to volunteer. All Commons residents are invited to join us on PBarz’s 3rd-Floor portico to discuss ways for North House to get involved! Snacks will be provided. Bring a sweater or jacket so that […]

North–Writer-in-Residence Program on Wed. w/Scott Lyon

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Dinner with Prof. Doug Fisher this Wednesday!

This Wednesday, October 22nd, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., Prof. Doug Fisher will be our guest in the faculty apartment for dinner and good conversation. Prof. Fisher is Associate Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering. Additionally, he serves as Faculty Director of Warren College for the new College Halls! Prof. Fisher is also Director […]

The Psychiatric “Other”: Depictions of Psychosis in Modern Film

Course Description To the layperson, the concept of mental illness – and, in particular, that of psychosis (hallucinations, disorganization of thought and behavior) –  is oftentimes fraught with misinformation, fear, and stigma. Even within the field of psychiatry, the engagement of a patient with psychosis is frequently met with a mixture of anxiety and trepidation. […]

Antarctic Exploration, the Nature of Virtue, and the Search for Heroism in Modern Life

Course Description Plato first discussed the four cardinal virtues in The Republic, and they entered into Christian teaching by way of Plato’s disciple Aristotle. Unlike the theological virtues, which are the gifts of God through grace, the four cardinal virtues can be practiced by anyone; thus, they represent the foundation of natural morality. This seminar […]

Three Matinees

Course Description Theatre aficionados and those students just wanting to try something new will digest theatre in Nashville. Students need to have no prior exposure to or study of theatre but a lively curiosity and willingness to engage in conversation is encouraged. In the discussion period before each production, the professor will provide a short […]

A brain learns to read: What everyone needs to know about learning to read (and write)

Course Description Certainly teachers need to know how children learn to read and write, but what about everyone else? Many non-teachers encounter opportunities to help others learn to read. For example, parents read to their children and help their children with reading and writing homework; adults volunteer their time to tutor children learning to read […]

Music Inside: How to Listen to, Create and Engage in All Music

Course Description General Course Objectives: The purpose of this area of study is to provide you with greater access to and enjoyment of all kinds of music. Music Inside brings participants to the heart of music making across style, culture, technologies and time. Global music from Symphony to Raga, Jazz to indigenous cultural forms, and […]

Katrina at 10 Years

Course Description Was the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, now almost ten years in our collective past, natural or man-made? Hurricane watchers tracked the natural phenomenon from the southern Atlantic, across Florida, into the Gulf, and finally to landfall on the Gulf Coast. In retrospect, the meteorological part seems easy. It is the man-made disaster of […]