The Carol Swain petition hurts the cause more than it helps. But there’s a better way.

The Carol Swain petition hurts the cause more than it helps. But there’s a better way.

The controversial Carol Swain, a Vanderbilt Professor, is once again in the news after almost 1,500 students (and counting) signed a petition to have her fired.  (The demand was recently downgraded to suspension and mandatory diversity training).  According to the petition’s authors, Swain is intolerant towards non-Christians and the LGBTQI...

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Shackled by Money: How Vanderbilt Helped Spawn the Private Prison Industry

Shackled by Money: How Vanderbilt Helped Spawn the Private Prison Industry

Last month, Bettsy Woodruff wrote in the Daily Beast:“If you’re looking to make some money, try locking up toddlers.” She wasn’t kidding. The Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit corporation, made $49 million dollars in the last year by housing undocumented infants, toddlers, children, and mothers fleeing Central America in...

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“The attacks…have been real” – VPR Interviews Carol Swain

This interview with Vanderbilt Professor Carol Swain appears in VPR’s Spring 2015 issue. The interview is prefaced by a brief introduction written by the interviewer Darby Hobbs, a member of VPR’s editorial staff. On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, two gunmen forced their way into the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo and...

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The Constitution and Voting Rights

Last Thursday the Vanderbilt community celebrated the 225th anniversary of the birth of the Constitution with a program featuring Dr. Carrie Russell, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and her presentation entitled, “We the People:  American Citizenship and Voter Identification Law. Introduced by Provost McCarty who listed...

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Professor Perspective: Opinions on Obama’s Religion

Polls have revealed what appears to be a rather shocking level of misinformation about the religion of President Obama among Republicans in some southern states. Leading up to the Republican primary in Alabama and Mississippi, polls conducted by Public Policy Polling showed that 45% of Republicans in Alabama and 52%...

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