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Friday, October 26

John Geer11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

The Silver Lining of Attack Advertising in Presidential Campaigns

Sarratt Cinema
John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science
The 2012 presidential campaign will witness many attack ads, fueled in part by the new Super Pacs. Most people view these attacks as weakening the very foundation of democracy. Geer challenges that notion, contending that attacks in fact advance democracy. He will offer, in other words, a defense of negativity.

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Vanderbilt Travel Program—Explore the World your Way in 2013

Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room
Cary Allyn, A’75, director of the Vanderbilt Travel Program
From national parks in the U.S. to exotic Bhutan, The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Travel Program offers a destination for everyone. Cuba, Australia and Israel are just a few of the customized adventures offered in 2013. Come hear what’s in store and why traveling with Vanderbilt will become your favorite way to travel. Professors will also be on hand to answer questions about their trips and to discuss their roles as study leaders.

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

The World of College Admissions

Sarratt 189
Thom Golden, senior associate director of undergraduate admissions; Janet Schneider, BA’73, MAT’76, director of college counseling at University School of Nashville; Terry, BE’81, and Dawn Graser Moore
Applying to college is one of the most exciting and nerve-racking times for students and their parents. This panel of will share firsthand knowledge of today’s college admissions.
Co-sponsored by Parents and Family Programs

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos1–2 p.m.

Conversation with the Chancellor

Sarratt Cinema
Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will deliver a campus update.

John Lachs2:15–3:15 p.m.

Good Enough

Rand Function Room
John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy
We suffer from the desire for the perfect. But the good enough is enough for a satisfactory (and not overstressed) life.

2:15–3:15 p.m.

The Ingram Commons Turns Five and What’s Next

Dean’s Residence at The Commons (1235 18th Ave. S.)
This presentation will reflect upon the first years of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt and see plans for the new College Halls at Kissam project. A tour of The Ingram Commons follows.

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Networking Tips and Tricks for Success (You might even use them this weekend!)

Sarratt Room 189
Adam Small, founder and CEO of Strategic Business Network
Brush up on your networking skills, learn tips and tricks to be a success, and then practice with your fellow alumni. Learn how to comfortably mingle and have an effective conversation with a stranger.

David Williams2:15–3:15 p.m.

Vanderbilt Athletics Update with Vice Chancellor David Williams

Sarratt Cinema
The momentum is building in Vanderbilt athletics—from bowl trips and SEC championships to new and improved facilities, excitement is all around. David Williams, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director, knows the daily workings of the Commodore nation better than anyone. Hear his thoughts on what’s ahead for our favorite teams.

Lucuis T. Outlaw, Jr.3:30–4:30 p.m.

“Becoming a USA Like Never Before, Never Intended…”

Sarratt Room 189
Lucuis T. Outlaw, Jr., Professor of Philosophy and of African American and Diaspora Studies
Demographic developments are bringing about a composition of citizenry decidedly unlike all our country’s previous history, and at odds with its founding and most of its history. The implications are profound.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Campus Shuttle Tours

Leaving from Sarratt Cinema Lobby
Think you know Vanderbilt’s campus? Come see what’s changed since you were here five, 10, or even 50 years ago. Shuttles will take you on a tour of campus with students as your guides. Self-guided walking tour maps are also available at registration.

Tricia Rose Burt3:30–4:30 p.m.

How to Draw A Nekkid Man

Rand Function Room
Tricia Rose Burt, BA’82
Burt will share excerpts from her one-woman show (formerly known as I Will Be Good) and upcoming memoir, which chronicle her journey from corporate executive to contemporary artist. Burt performs regularly with The Moth, the national storytelling collective the Wall Street Journal calls “New York’s hippest, hottest, literary event.” Her recent Moth podcast was downloaded a quarter million times. She has performed her show throughout New England and the South, most recently in New York City and was featured at the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, where it was selected for the prestigious Fringe Encore Series.

General Anthony Zinni3:30–5 p.m.

"The Evolving Role of U.S. Military Intervention and Its Implications for U.S. National Security"

Sarratt Cinema
General Anthony Zinni will discuss the changing role of U.S. military intervention and its implications for national security and international relations. Zinni served as the director for operations for the Unified Task Force Somalia for Operation RESTORE HOPE, assistant to the U.S. Special Envoy to Somalia during Operation CONTINUE HOPE, military coordinator for operation PROVIDE HOPE in the former Soviet Socialist Republic, and deputy commanding general of Combined Task Force PROVIDE COMFORT during the Kurdish relief effort in Turkey and Iraq. He possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience and will deliver a frank and insightful analysis of U.S. foreign policy—past, present, and future.
Co-sponsored by the NROTC Vanderbilt Alumni Association


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