Nikki Giovanni Pop Up Exhibit – August 2019

Nikki Giovanni: Black Feeling, Black Talk Central Library Lobby August 2019 Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943) is one of America’s most respected African American poets.  A poet, essayist, activist and educator, she graduated with honors from Fisk University with a B.A. in history in 1967.  She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman… Keep reading

Nikki Giovanni book cover for Black Judgement

Curator’s Talks: Fall 2019

Join the Special Collections Library for fascinating talks this semester led by librarians, archivists, and curators. Topics this fall will range from cookbook collections to the 1969 Moon Walk. The talks take place monthly in the Special Collections Reading Room on the second floor of the Central & Divinity Libraries building on the first Thursday… Keep reading

143 Years of Commencement Exhibit

April 2019 Central Library Lobby The first Vanderbilt University Commencement took place in the chapel of the Main building, now known as Kirkland Hall, on June 20, 1877.  The fledgling university granted 10 degrees in the Arts & Sciences and 52 in Medicine.  The week of Commencement included Founder’s Day festivities, the annual debates of… Keep reading

Commencement trumpets

The Ides of March: Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” Exhibit

March-April 2019 Central Library Lobby William Shakespeare (c. 1564-1616) was an English actor, playwright and poet.  Born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare became one of the foremost dramatists of his age, producing over thirty plays and nearly 200 poems.   Shakespeare’s plays have been staged regularly for over 400 years.  His works have been… Keep reading