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11/08/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/08/2019 09:51

Commons lecture and dean’s dinner mark first Patterson Fellowship events of 2019-20

A lecture by human rights activist and author Supriya Vani (pictured, above) on Oct. 30 and a Dean's Dinner with an acclaimed theater and education professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Erica Halverson (pictured, below), on Nov. 5 marked the first visits by Patterson Fellows for the 2019-20 academic year.

The Patterson Fellowship program, established with philanthropic support from bestselling author and Vanderbilt University alumnus James Patterson, MA'70, allows visiting scholars to stay for up to a week at Vanderbilt's Residential Colleges, where they discuss their work and interact regularly with students.

Vani, author of Battling Injustice: 16 Women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, spoke on 'Women, Leadership and Engaged Citizenship' for the annual Frank Armstrong Crawford Lecture at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. Halverson-the featured guest for first-year students at a dinner hosted by Melissa Gresalfi, dean of The Ingram Commons and associate professor at Peabody College-spoke about the intersection of art, improvisation, comedy and education.

All Patterson Fellows receive an honorarium, travel expenses, a meal plan and a complimentary stay in a Residential Colleges suite for 3-5 nights. To nominate a Patterson Fellow, please send a current CV, proposed dates of the scholar's visit and a list of potential activities to [email protected].