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“Rethinking Pandemics” Course – Deana Byrnes

Oct. 20, 2020—This summer the RPW Center teamed up with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Vanderbilt to offer an online course for its members entitled “Rethinking Pandemics: A Cultural History from Antiquity to Now.” OLLI helps adults over 50 rediscover the joy of learning and build community through diverse social interaction. Deana Byrnes was one of...

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Meet a Fellow: Claire Sisco King

Oct. 13, 2020—Meet Claire Sisco King, a 2020-2021 RPW Center Faculty Fellow. This year’s group is exploring the theme of “Imagining Cities.” What does the phrase “Imagining Cities” mean to you?  The phrase “Imagining Cities” suggests the coextensive relationship between ideas about what cities are, or should be, and their material instantiations. Central to this relationship are...

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“The question is: how to be isolated without having to be insulated?”

Oct. 6, 2020—Sarah Kareem is Associate Professor of English at UCLA “The question is: how to be isolated without having to be insulated?” (D. W. Winnicott, “Communicating and Not Communicating Leading to a Study of Certain Opposites,” 1965) I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a late-nineteenth-century illustration to Jane Austen’s 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice. The illustration,...

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2020 Southern Festival of Books

Sep. 29, 2020—Serenity Gerbman, Director of Literature and Language Programs at Humanities Tennessee. For the first time in more than twenty years, I am not worried about rain in October. As Director of the Southern Festival of Books, which is in normal times an indoor-outdoor event, the weather forecast this time of year has always camped out in a back corner of...

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Welcome!

Sep. 28, 2020—Holly Tucker, Director of the Robert Penn Warren for the Center of Humanities. Welcome to our new blog, Humanities in Conversation! As director of the RPW Center, the best part of my job is getting to sit down with students, faculty, staff, administration, and community leaders at the historic Vaughn Home on the Vanderbilt campus.  I learn so much from...

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