The ground floor of the residence features a spacious living room intimate enough to foster conversation between guests and up to 30 students, but friendly enough for students and guests to mingle freely during social events and parties. During the fall semester of each year, Dean Beasley hosts receptions for each of the 10 Houses as a means by which residents may become better acquainted with each other, their Faculty Heads, and the Dean herself.
For conversations over dinner, the dining room comfortably seats 20. Guests, from elected officials and authors to an astronaut, have dined with the Dean and students at the residence.
The second story of the Dean’s Residence is a private living area for Dean Beasley and her family.
Programs at the Dean's Residence
To sign up for any of the following programs or events, contact Christina Bailey. All dinners are offered on a first come, first served basis and space is limited. New dinners are advertised throughout the year via email.
The Blair Salon Series
A year-long six-concert series of dinners and musical performances by undergraduates of the Blair School of Music. This year's theme is World Tour. Following the performance, guests will have dinner and conversation. It is a sophisticated way to begin the weekend! This year's series includes the following dinners:
- September 19 - Germany & Austria
- October 3 - France
- November 7 - Russia
- January 9 - Home Sweet Home
- March 13 - Hungary
- April 3 - Faculty & Student side by side
The Dean's Book Club
The Dean's Book Club is an opportunity for a group of readers to join in conversation about once a month with the Dean and the Writers-in-Residence around a book they have all read. The Writers in Residence offer an author's perspective on why a particular book speaks to them and lead the group discussion. It is a great opportunity to meet other readers (and writers!) who share your tastes and interests.
Students who are seeking the solution to the "I never get to read for fun these days!" problem will enjoy writers and books that are not found on most course syllabi.
The first ten first-year students who commit to reading the selected book AND to attending and participating in the discussion will receive a copy of the book, compliments of The Commons. Students are encouraged to read the book early and lend it to a friend, so that they can come, too.
Fall 2014 Dinner Guests Included:
- Susan Wente, Provost, Vanderbilt University
- Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones (Commons Reading for the Class of 2018)
- Brett Sweet, Chief Financial Officer, Vanderbilt University
- Marcelo Glesier, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College
- David Weintraub, Professor of Astronomy, Vanderbilt University
- John Geer, Vice Provost of Academic and Strategic Affairs, Vanderbilt University
- Josh Clinton, Professor, Co-Director, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Vanderbilt University
- Jon Meacham, Visiting Distinguished Faculty, Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University