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The Moral Conflict of Democratic Citizenship

Oct. 18, 2021—Robert Talisse is the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University and author of Sustaining Democracy: What We Owe to the Other Side (Oxford 2021). Vanderbilt Bookstore is hosting a launch for his book this Thursday, October 21st at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public. A moral conflict lies at the heart...

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Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Oct. 11, 2021—Colleen McCoy is the Outreach Coordinator of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies at Vanderbilt University. She also co-coordinates the Américas Award for Children’s & Young Adult Literature. Tonight (October 11), the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies (CLACX) at Vanderbilt University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University will...

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Meet a Fellow: Eric Okamoto Akira MacPhail

Oct. 4, 2021—Eric O. A. MacPhail is the 2021-2022 George J. Graham Jr. Fellow from the Philosophy Department. His research specializes in social and political philosophy, the philosophy of race, and 19th and 20th century continental philosophy. What is your research about and why does it matter? Scholars are turning more and more toward theories of racist ideology...

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White Supremacy at the Border: Haitians, History, and A Fight for Dignity

Sep. 27, 2021—Jesús G. Ruiz is a National Academy of Sciences Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean History in the Department of History at Vanderbilt. He is one of several speakers scheduled for this Friday’s Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar conference, “Other African Diasporas,” to be held at Vanderbilt’s Digital Commons from 3-6 p.m. Click here for a complete list of...

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RPW Center Sponsors “Environments” Track at 2021 Southern Festival of Books

Sep. 20, 2021—  Serenity Gerbman, Director of Literature and Language Programs at Humanities Tennessee. As I write this, our neighbors in Humphrey County are grieving and just beginning to rebuild after horrific flash floods, while our friends along the Gulf Coast still lack power and face tremendous damage after Hurricane Ida. It feels as if half the country...

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Vereen Bell: In Awe and Remembrance

Sep. 13, 2021—Jon Parrish Peede, B.S. ’91, served as the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC.  Thirty years ago, I had two mentors as a Vanderbilt undergraduate. Vereen Bell was not one of them. To call him such would be like calling Virgil a close friend. I was—and remain—unreservedly fond of...

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Meet a Fellow: Hannah Katherine Hicks

Sep. 7, 2021—Hannah Katherine Hicks is the 2021-2022 American Studies Fellow from the Department of History. Her research focuses on legal history, gender, and race in the nineteenth-century American South.  What is your research about and why does it matter? My research focuses on women’s experiences as defendants and complainants in South Carolina’s criminal courts between the...

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Meet a Fellow: Carwil Bjork-James

Aug. 30, 2021—Meet Carwil Bjork-James, a 2021-2022 RPW Center Faculty Fellow. This year’s group is exploring the theme of “Environments.” What was your first job and what did you learn from it?  My first academic job was a summer internship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, working in the Global (Climate) Change Research division in the 1990s. The climate models being...

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Meet a Fellow: Daniel Romero Suárez

Apr. 27, 2021—Daniel Romero Suárez is the 2020-2021 Joe and Mary Harper Graduate Student Fellow from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His doctoral research seeks to demonstrate that contemporary poetry of sickness in Latin America resorts to communal imagery that includes a long and painful history of loss, political violence, and socioeconomic precariousness, in order to challenge...

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Meet a Fellow: Sebastian Ramirez

Apr. 13, 2021—Sebastian Ramirez is the 2020-2021 American Studies Graduate Student Fellow from the Department of Philosophy. He will be giving a public lecture on Friday, April 23 at 12:30 PM entitled “Racism’s Revenge: Towards A Du Boisian Theory of Racist Ideology.” What is your research about and why does it matter? Scholars and activists often conceptualize racism as a set of affects, attitudes, beliefs, practices, and/or...

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