Veteran civil rights leader and former Ambassador to the United Nations ANDREW YOUNG has been serving and shaping our country for over 50 years. YOUNG helped to draft the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and will use his remarkable life experiences to look at the landscape of democracy and the need for federal legislation and other action to ensure that each person maintains the right to vote.
When you are job hunting, you need to highlight your unique skills and experiences and be memorable, so you leave potential employers with the feeling that they need you and only you. Strategic Career Counselor and USN parent JANE HARDY, M.Ed., of Career Resources, tailors an empowering, personal branding session to ensure that you put your best foot forward for potential employers.
Spend time with Financial Advisor TRONE SAWYER and address critical issues associated with being the caregiver of a dependent with special needs. This class has been graciously donated by Trone Sawyer.
Get a financially smart divorce and secure your future and your children’s future. Even the best Nashville divorce attorneys are not certified financial consultants and were not trained to perform financial analysis. SANDY ARONS , MBA, Certified Financial Divorce Analyst, Financial Counselor, and Mediator will discuss the financial pitfalls to avoid if you are in the midst of a divorce.
Join owner of Healthy Paths and USN parent LAURA YAZDIAN for a one hour personalized zoom nutrition coaching session designed to to help you achieve your health goals and teach you ways to make realistic lasting changes to your overall health and wellness.
Join MEGAN BARRY, advocate and USN alumni parent, to discuss and explore how shame and guilt impact our ability to address the exploding addiction and opioid crisis. Substance abuse carries a stigma that can cripple a family's capacity to effectively address the issue. Megan will share her personal story and experience, but beyond that, will give participants specific actions they can take immediately to help combat the crisis including instructions on how to obtain and carry NARCAN.
This class will describe how the President-elect is preparing to become chief executive during the period between Election Day and the Inauguration. What are the key tasks? What are the main pitfalls? How will he try and make his mark in the first 100 days?
In this session, scholar, antiracism educator, and USN parent TIM WISE will help attendees explore how they as individuals, and we as a society, can move forward on an agenda of racial equity and justice in these dangerous and difficult times.
COVID-19 has disrupted every facet of daily life, including our courts. As we grow into our new reality, we have opportunities to revise basic systems. Join USN parent, Belmont Law Professor, and Chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section LUCIAN DERVAN for a thoughtful look at the pandemic’s effect on the criminal justice system. With his strong background in criminal law, Dervan will explore how COVID-19 has impacted the courts and how it could change criminal justice forever.
Since 2015 and especially since the murder of George Floyd, many statues have come down; others have been repurposed through public art; others remain at the center of public controversy and debate. Professor of History at UC Davis, author, and USN alumnus GREGORY DOWNS leads this class on some of the major fights over memorials to the Civil War, and through the enormous gap in memorials to emancipation and to Black participation in the war and the death of slavery.
RACHAEL ANDERSEN-WATTS, head of Academic Success at Vanderbilt Law, legal writing expert, attorney, and USN parent developed this course to provide you with a strategy for planning and executing the perfect letter, email or even text message. The emphasis is on crafting messages that are honest as well as strategic.
Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, Senior Election Analyst for NBC News, and USN parent JOSH CLINTON talks politics from a data-driven perspective -- trends, polls, results, and more. After an overview of the 2020 election and polls, Josh will lead discussion about the elections’ impact on the next four years, and beyond.
This 2-session class (1.5 hrs long per session) with historian and retired USN teacher MARC LAVINE will open your eyes to a way of seeing art and ask the question - “is it art or propaganda?”
Grammar is the set of rules that explains every excellent sentence. But, knowing grammar and using grammar can be two different things. Join USN English Teacher THORUNN MCCOY for this class, and look at how creative use of these conventions can change a piece of writing from blah to, “Ahhh.” Analyze elegant sentences as well as craft your own. Rather than hunt for errors, appreciate how strong verbs, punctuation, and phrases move readers from one, well-organized idea to the next.
Meet with popular tutor STACY BOATMAN from Premier Test Preparation to learn about the similarities and differences between the SAT and ACT and how to choose the right test for your student. A veteran of tutoring many USN students over the years, she will discuss test structure, testing timeline, and preparation strategies, as well as debunk some commonly held myths and misconceptions.
Have you ever thought about writing a children's book? Nashville children's book author and USN parent JESSICA YOUNG will provide a glimpse into the craft and business of writing for young readers. She'll look at the concept, format, and structure of picture books and chapter books, as well as finding and working with an agent, editor, and publisher.
If you are ready to move beyond griping about “kids these days” as you work with the twenty something Gen Z in the contemporary workplace, this class is for you. If you are ready to level up your professional development opportunities with the younger crowd and forming bonds which enhance productivity, listen up as attorney, instructor of legal writing, head of academic success at Vanderbilt University Law School, corporate coach, and USN Parent RACHAEL ANDERSEN WATTS provides the insights.
Chief Operating Officer of Ocean Exploration Trust and USN alumna ALLISON FUNDIS deep dives (pun intended) into the mysterious world of the deep sea...in the process uncovering why ocean exploration is so critical to ensuring the health of the global ocean and ultimately the planet.
Delve into the inner workings of the Supreme Court with legal affairs journalist, author, blogger, and USN alumnus KENNETH JOST. Kenneth will review the constitutional structure and history of major Supreme Court decisions and trends from the 18th century through the present.
Author of "White Privilege Pop Quiz", filmmaker, and public speaker MOLLY SECOURS walks us through some pivotal and seldom asked questions which help us understand how even those of us who reject racism and overt forms of racial prejudice can inadvertently (and unfortunately) perpetuate systemic racism by avoiding the discussion of Whiteness.
Owner of Bliss Communications, executive speaking coach, board member, and USN parent MIMI BLISS leads this interactive workshop on how communicate effectively with virtual audiences.
Explore specific self-awareness and self-management skills that help navigate uncertainty, manage emotional reactivity, and reduce the negative consequences of high-level stress with adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, consultant, and coach for The Work Institute SHAYNA HUMPHREY
Retirement success is based on making informed decisions. When planning for retirement, many of us have similar questions. Each answer will be as unique as we are and is based on where we are today and where we want to be in the future. Reaching those goals will require making a series of good, informed decisions about what’s right for you. Financial Advisor TRONE SAWYER leads this class, focusing on predictable income, access, growth potential, and legacy including wills and health care costs.
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