50th Anniversary Past Events

Photos of VKC staff over the past 50 years

50th Homecoming
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Event that honored staff who have over five decades have contributed to the Center’s accomplishments and dedicated themselves to improving lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families.

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Photo of Science Day in 2013

VKC Science Day—50 Years of Discovery
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This free half-day event will include a distinguished guest from the National Institutes of Health; a bird’s eye view of research on intellectual and developmental disabilities over 5 decades by the Center’s current director and past directors; and research posters presented by Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working in labs led by VKC researchers.

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Photo of Timothy Shriver

Lessons in What Matters
Friday, May 29, 2015

Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics

Tim Shriver is a social leader, an educator, activist, film producer, and business entrepreneur. He is the Chairman of Special Olympics, and in that capacity he serves 4.4 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 170 countries. He has helped transform Special Olympics into a movement that focuses on acceptance, inclusion, and respect for individuals with intellectual disabilities in all corners of the globe. Fifty years ago to the day, his grandmother Rose Kennedy and parents Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver celebrated the founding of the John F. Kennedy Center at Peabody College, one of our nation’s original Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.

Click here to read article about the Celebration

Click here to view 3 videos of remarks at the Celebration by Peabody College Dean Camilla Benbow, VKC Director Elisabeth Dykens, and Timothy Shriver

Link to Tennessean story and video

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Photo of Andy Imparato

The Future of Disability Policy
VKC Martin Luther King Jr.
Commemorative Lecture

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Andy Imparato, J.D., Executive Director, American Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Join us as Andy Imparato, one of our nation’s leading disability policy leaders, provides an insider’s perspective on the opportunities and challenges our country faces as we seek to realize the goals of the American with Disabilities Act almost 25 after its passage.

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