Strong Inside Virtual Tour
If you see students wandering around campus looking down at their phones, they may not be playing Pokémon Go. Coinciding with this year's Commons Reading, we have created an interactive activity that will give students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus an opportunity to learn more about African American athletics pioneer and Vanderbilt alumnus Perry Wallace.
Using their smartphones or laptops, first-year students will be able to take an interactive tour of campus that will both help familiarize them with their new home and with the campus experiences of Wallace—the subject of a shared reading they completed over the summer in preparation for their arrival at Vanderbilt.
The tour highlights key landmarks and spaces across the university described in The New York Times bestselling book Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South . Written by Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science alumnus Andrew Maraniss, the book chronicles Wallace’s time as an engineering major who, as a member of the Vanderbilt Commodore basketball team, became the first African American to play varsity basketball in the Southeastern Conference. Those taking the interactive tour will visit locations that played a major role in Wallace’s life while he was a Vanderbilt student in the 1960s.
Utilizing this online tour, first-year students, faculty and staff can "travel" across campus and discover more about Wallace's experiences on campus. Locations on the tour are linked to audio files recorded by Maraniss and returning Vanderbilt sophomores, juniors and seniors, in which they share information from the book about some of Wallace’s key moments and relationships on campus . .