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Graduate School News E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

November 2016

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…

Academic Enhancements

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 clifford.anderson@vanderbilt.edu. All events are in the Central Library Room 418a.

Career & Professional Development

Women & Politics: Pursuing a Career in Politics

Women & PoliticsOn 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.

Learn more »


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.

Register here »


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.

Learn more and register »


P.R.I.D.E. Training

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.

Learn more and register »


Versatile PhD Online Panel: Humanities & Social Science PhDs in Cultural Resource Management

VPhD Nov Panel_smallCultural 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.

Learn more »


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.

Learn more and register here »


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.

Learn more »

Health & Wellness

Weekly Wellbeing Practices

Well BeingThe 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.

Wellbeing Workshops

CSW-workshops_smallThe 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

Learn more »


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.

Interdisciplinary Engagements

Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture: Social Justice, Mathematics and Society

Rochelle_Gutierrez-350Dr. 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.

Learn more »


Fort Negley: A Symbol of the Struggle for Civil Rights in Nashville

FtNegley-printWeb_smallOn 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.

Learn more »


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.

Learn more »


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.

Learn more »


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.

Learn more »


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.

Learn more »

Graduate Reading Discussion

Join Dean Mark Wallace on Tuesday, November 29 from 2-4pm in the Alumni Hall Lounge for the second installment of the common reading book discussions on Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast & Slow. We will cover up to page 106 (part 1) and look forward to lively discourse, some of which will go outside the bounds of the book. Wine and cheese provided.

Register here »

Communication Survey

Please tell us what you find most helpful and what is your preferred delivery system for a variety of communications.

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Academic Deadlines

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  • November 2: Registration opens for Spring 2017 classes
  • November 19-27: Thanksgiving holiday
  • November 21: Dissertation submission deadline for December graduates

Featured Graduate School Staff Member

Meet Marian McAlpin, the longest serving staff member of the Graduate School. Fresh out of high school and looking to move to the epicenter of country music, Marian began her first and only career on September 8, 1959. Students will know her as the one who manages all financial support administered through the Graduate School. What you might not know is that she wrote a title album song, “River of Regret,” sung by June Stearns to much acclaim. She continues to be an avid fan of country music, a passion shared with her late husband who is a member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

Submit a Kudos

We want to hear from you! We would like to celebrate the wonderful work of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and trainees across the university. Send an email to Jessica Parks-Piatt with your news.

Get Social

Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the @VUGradSchool handle. Follow #vugradlife for grad student events and news and #vupostdocs for postdoc events and news.

Join the Career Corps!

Students: Are you interested in playing a more active role in planning new career events that you can share with colleagues? Join the Career Corps that will operate as an active advisory council for Graduate School Career Development. Sign up now!

Register here »

Looking for Opportunities?

The Graduate School has launched an opportunities feed on Twitter. Follow @VUGSOppFeed to stay up-to-date on current funding announcements and job/internship postings.

Nashville Highlight


The Book of Mormon is coming to TPAC November 15-20! There are still some tickets left.

Click here »

GSC Newsletter

Stay connected with the Graduate Student Council through their new newsletter!

Click here » 

Noah Warren Reading

The Creative Writing Progam and the Warren Center present Noah Warren, Wallace Stegner Fellow, Stanford University and 2015 Yale Younger Poets Winner. Warren will read from his most recent book of poetry entitled The Destroyer in the Glass on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Buttrick 101. Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program’s Gertrude and Harold Sterling Visiting Writer Series.

Learn more »

GSC General Body Meeting

All graduate students are welcome to join the Graduate Student Council to learn about news and upcoming events for graduate students on Thursday, November 3 at 6pm in Alumni Hall 201.

Learn more »

A Shayna Maidel


As part of the 39th Annual Holocaust Lecture Series, A Shayna Maidel (play) will be performed at Neely Auditorium on November 4-12. It is a powerful and deeply affecting portrait of a family in the aftermath of the Holocaust: two sisters, one a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, the other brought up as an American, meet in 1946 after a separation of almost 20 years.

Learn more »

Volunteer with Second Harvest Food Bank

Join OBGAPS to volunteer with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee on Saturday, November 19 from 1-4pm.

Learn more »

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), occurs annually on Sunday, November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender violence. TDOR brings attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community and our resilience throughout. The ceremony in Nashville occurs as a collaboration between LGBTQI Life and community organizations within the city around us. Check with LGBTQI Life for more details.

OBGAPS General Body Meeting & Friendsgiving Potluck

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For the OBGAPS general body meeting on Monday, November 21 they’ll be celebrating with a Friendsgiving Potluck!

Register here »

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