Message from the Dean
Dear students and postdoctoral fellows,
Over the past few months, I have enjoyed getting to know incoming students at the welcome reception, meeting with postdocs as part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, and partnering with current students to realize a vision for better graduate education at Vanderbilt. As we head into a holiday season with academic deadlines looming, I hope you take the time to attend events outside of coursework and research in order to broaden your experiences here.
That is why I am excited to introduce our new newsletter to keep you informed of pertinent events, interdisciplinary opportunities, and important deadlines. I certainly hope that you will take advantage of many of these opportunities available to you as members of the Vanderbilt community.
Dr. Mark Wallace, Dean of the Graduate School
In this issue…
Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Workshop Series
Join the Library for their last two events:
- Introduction to Stylometry Using R & stylo, Friday, November 4, 11am
- Scholarly Publishing with Scalar, Friday, November 11, 11am
All are welcome! No need to RSVP. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All events are in the Central Library Room 418a.
Career & Professional Development
Women & Politics: Pursuing a Career in Politics
On Wednesday, November 2, 12-1pm, the Women’s Center will be hosting Lisa Quigley, Chief of Staff for Representative Jim Cooper, who will be doing a lunchtime talk on pursuing a career in politics.
Teaching Workshop: Assessment, Implicit Bias, & the Impact on Student Learning
This workshop from the Center for Teaching is on Wednesday, November 2, 3-4:30pm in the Center for Teaching Classroom. Implicit bias, in its simplest form, describes prejudicial judgment that affects social behavior. Participants will collaborate with one another to formulate best practices for detecting implicit bias and adopting fair assessment measures.
Tell YOUR Story with Tricia Rose Burt
The Graduate Student Council presents Tricia Rose Burt, a professional storyteller and Vanderbilt alum who will offer a workshop to help graduate students tell compelling, thought provoking stories. Wednesday, November 2 from 5:30-8pm in the Student Life Center Ballroom A. Dinner will be provided.
Formerly known as Safe Zone Training, the P.R.I.D.E. (Pursuing Respect, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity) program aims to create a visible network of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) individuals and their allies by providing an avenue through which any member of the Vanderbilt Community can show their support. Wednesday, November 2, 12-3pm in Sarratt 325/327 is the last training session for this semester.
Versatile PhD Online Panel: Humanities & Social Science PhDs in Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Resource Management, or CRM is the identification and preservation of culturally important sites and resources. PhDs in history, archeology, anthropology, art history and more have made marks in this field.
The online panel is November 14-18, 2016. All panelists are PhDs or ABD in humanities or social science disciplines, currently working in CRM.
If you already have an account, start here. If not, sign up for free as a Vanderbilt member.
Women in the Academy: Women in the Global University
The Women in the Academy Fall Series will end with a presentation from Xiu Cravens, Associate Dean for International Affairs at Peabody College, on Monday, November 14 12-1:30pm in Buttrick Hall 123.
Lunch will be provided.
Facilitating Difficult Conversations & Recovering from Mistakes
This Signature Training from Inclusion Initiatives & Cultural Competence (IICC), open to faculty, staff, and all students, takes an in-depth look at the importance of facilitating difficult conversations to promoting awareness of difference, minimizing the occurrence of micro- and macro-aggressions, and appreciating diversity in all its forms. This training also explores the equally critical work of recovering from the mistakes and bumps that inevitably occur on the road to greater competence and inclusivity. Meetings are on either Monday, November 14 or Tuesday, November 15.
Work-Life Workshops: Developing Moral Leadership
Sponsored by the Women’s Center for faculty, staff and graduate students, this session features Kat Baker, Associate Director of the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership. Lunch will be provided. Wednesday, November 16, 12-1pm in Sarratt 363.
Health & Wellness
Weekly Wellbeing Practices
The Center for Student Wellbeing (CSW) building is across from Student Health and offers weekly wellbeing practices:
- Yoga: Mondays, 2-3pm and Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30pm in the CSW Meditation Room
- Silent Meditation: Wednesdays, 9:15-9:45am; Thursdays, 3:15-3:45pm; and Fridays, 10-10:30am in the CSW Meditation Room. Fridays, November 4 and 18 will be specifically for graduate students.
- Recovery Support Meeting: Wednesdays, 12-1pm in the Vanderbilt Recovery Support Lounge
- Writers’ Accountability Group: Meets monthly. November 11, 9-10am in the CSW Classroom.
The Center for Student Wellbeing presents the last Wellbeing Workshops of the semester.
All workshops are held in the CSW Classroom and last one hour.
- Resilience 101, Thursday, November 3, 11am
- Introduction to Mindfulness, Friday, November 11, 11am
- Beyond AlcoholEdu, Tuesday, November 15, 3pm
Cultivating Wellbeing: Strategies for Graduate Students
On Friday, November 11, 12-1pm in Buttrick Hall 102, the College of Arts & Science and the Graduate School are co-sponsoring a panel discussion with the Center for Student Wellbeing and the Psychological and Counseling Center. The panelists for this event will offer strategies for maintaining your wellbeing in graduate school, lead you through a brief mindfulness exercise, and answer your questions. Questions for the panelists can be submitted anonymously before the event at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8XG28N. Coffee and snacks will be served.
Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture: Social Justice, Mathematics and Society
Dr. Rochelle Gutiérrez, Professor at the Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present a lecture on social justice, mathematics and society on Thursday, November 3 at 4pm in the Rotunda at the Wyatt Center.
Fort Negley: A Symbol of the Struggle for Civil Rights in Nashville
On Saturday, November 5, The Tennessee Historical Society, the Fort Negley Visitors Center and Park, and the Robert Penn Warren Center will host a one-day program at Fort Negley Visitors Center. The program is intended to draw attention to the role that the fort has played in the lives of African Americans in Nashville as both a very tangible site for freedom during the U.S. Civil War, and now as an enduring emblem for the fight for justice and equality over many generations. This event will feature a panel of speakers and is open to the public.
Conversations on Digital Pedagogy: Wikipedia in the Classroom
Wikipedia has become a powerful influence for how people, including our students (and ourselves), gather new information online. But have you ever considered harnessing the power of Wikipedia for your classroom? In this year’s first session of the Conversations on Digital Pedagogy series, we have brought together three instructors from across campus who have used or are currently leveraging Wikipedia in their classrooms to talk about their and their students’ experiences with Wikipedia. Join us on Monday, November 7 in the Center for Digital Humanities from 3-4pm.
World on Wednesdays: Water and Food Security in Sri Lanka & United States
On Wednesday, November 9 at 12-1pm in Sarratt 325, Thushara Gunda, PhD student in Engineering, will be presenting on what she has learned about the water and food management of each country through the lens of the other for World on Wednesdays.
Fire!@90: The Harlem Renaissance Revisited
Ph.D. student and Callie House Research Center Fellow, Terrance Dean, will moderate a panel discussion about the Harlem Renaissance on Friday, November 11, 12-1pm, in the BCC Auditorium.
International Education Week, Nov. 14-18
International Education Week (#IEW16) is an annual initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, http://iew.state.gov/, to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S. Check back with ISSS to learn more about events at Vanderbilt.
Policing & the Black Lives Matter Movement
This event on Monday, November 14, 12-1pm brings Arjun Sethi to Flynn Auditorium (Law School) to discuss the realities of police brutality, the system of policing, the criminal justice system, and the growth of the Black Lives Matter Movement in response to these realities. Arjun Singh Sethi is a writer and attorney based in Washington, D.C., and an expert in policing, counterterrorism, and racial and religious profiling.