September 9, 2005

Celebration Month: This week’s events

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Vanderbilt University Hospital CEO Larry Goldberg got a little damp at the Employee Celebration Month kickoff party on Tuesday. He was among those taking turns getting dunked, which benefited the Employee Assistance Hardship Fund. See page 4 for more photos from Tuesday’s festivities, as well as a complete schedule of next week’s Celebration events.
photo by Dana Johnson


11 a.m.-noon — Blessing of Hands (VUH B706).

Noon-1 p.m. — Brown Bag, “Jesus and Judaism: why the Connection Still Matters” with A.J. Levine (Divinity School). The relationship between Christians and Jews is both better than it has ever been and, conversely, in danger of falling apart. Although Jesus was a Jew — by birth, by tradition, by practice and by belief — far too many Christians fail to recognize this fact. Thus, they miss much of the richness of what he says and does. Worse, by misunderstanding Jesus' Jewish context, they often produce anti-Semitic readings — messages of hate — in the gospels, documents that are supposed to be texts of love.

6 a.m.-Midnight — Campus Recreation Center. All-day long access for employees with a Vandy I.D.


3 p.m. — Family Movie Matinee (Sarratt Cinema). Disney's Brother Bear will be on the big screen and free to all VU employees and families. Enjoy free popcorn and soft drinks provided by the Division of Student Life, and Office of Student Activities Committee.

Must present your Vanderbilt ID for admission.


3-4 p.m. — Blessing of Hands (VCH Chapel).


11 a.m.-noon — Blessing of Hands (MCN D-5245).

Noon-1 p.m. — Brown Bag, Mary Pat Teague, “Relationships with Vanderbilt's Neighbors” (116 Sarratt).

Night Owl Howl

A party specifically planned for VU's night shift workers. Enjoy pizza, soft drinks, cookies and lots of music and fun. Special guest DJs-Vice Chancellors Mike Schoenfeld and David Williams. Free t-shirts and many door prizes!

6:30-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. — LifeFlight Open House. Tour of LifeFlight helipad and helicopter. Meet at VUH 2nd floor service elevators. Families welcome.


11 a.m.-noon — Blessing of Hands (901 Oxford House).

12:15-1:15 p.m. — Brown Bag, Dean Steven Gabbe, M.D., “Women in Country Music” (1220 MRB III). The presentation will focus on the important role of women in country music, examining how the events in society influenced their songs and messages, and how they influenced our culture. He emphasizes the important messages in their songs including love, heartache and divorce, work, women's rights and societal causes such as equal rights, domestic violence, contraception, HIV/AIDS, poverty, alcoholism, aging and death. He highlights the women of country music who have made some of the most important contributions, including The Carter Family, Patsy Montana, Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and many present stars of country music. The presentation includes lyrics, music and short videos from their songs.

5:30 p.m. — Tuneful Tuesday, Ross Brothers and Sisters. Location TBA, check


11 a.m.-noon — Blessing of Hands (9112 VUH).

Noon- 1 p.m. — Historical Walking Tour of Campus, with Lyle Lankford. Everyone will meet on front steps of Kirkland Hall. If trees, paths, buildings, and sculpture could talk, what an interesting story they could weave of days gone by. Take this one-hour walk into the past to link with Vanderbilt's rich history as it has shaped our present and could possibly project our future.

4:30-5:30 p.m. — Brown Bag, Jim Lovensheimer, “But is it American? Music and National Identity in the U.S.” (202 Light Hall). When we think about it, which probably isn't very often, we might wonder just what makes a style of music “American” — what, if anything, makes it reflective of our society and ourselves. In consideration of that question, Dr. Lovensheimer investigates varied examples from American music and cultural history in order to find out how the music we make defines us as a society.


11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. — Know Your Numbers (Franklin VMG, 3rd Floor).

Noon-1 p.m. — Parenting in a Bag, Arie Nettles, “Children's Strengths and Weaknesses and Learning Disabilities” (189 Sarratt).

3-4 p.m. — Blessing of Hands (VCH Chapel); 9-10 p.m. (D-5254 Blalock).


11 a.m.-noon — Blessing of Hands (4212 MCE South Tower).

Noon-1 p.m. — Brown Bag, Larry Churchill, “The Case of Terry Schiavo: Legal, Medical, and Ethical Perspectives” (189 Sarratt). Although tragic, the plight of Terri Schiavo provides a valuable case study. The conflicts and misunderstandings surrounding Mrs. Schiavo's situation offer important lessons in medicine, law and ethics. Despite media saturation and intense public interest, widespread confusion lingers with regard to the diagnosis of Persistent Vegetative State (PVS), the judicial processes involved and the appropriateness of the ethical framework utilized by those entrusted with Terri Schiavo's care. The presentation will include the case's legal history, including how the court understood the medical diagnosis of PVS, and alternative ethical frameworks for understanding the Schiavo case. Ample opportunity for questions and discussion will follow the presentation with the hope that this brown bag session results in less apprehension regarding the presumed mysteries of legal proceedings and greater appreciation of the ethical principles at work in this provocative case.

12:30-1:15 p.m. — Brown Bag, Lisa Mendes, M.D., “Women and Heart Disease,” First Tennessee Theater, VCH. Mendes will be speaking about women and heart disease, specifically about the risk factors that predispose women to this disease. She will also be covering current recommendations for minimizing an individual's risk.