VCU Libraries sponsors many educational and literary events. All events are free and open to the public. To join our mailing list and receive information about upcoming events, please contact Antonia Vassar at (804) 827-1165 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To receive email announcements, we invite you to join the Friends of the Library.
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If special accomodations are needed, please call (804) 827-1165 or (804) 828-0593. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. Doors generally open 30 minutes before the program begins. Seating is first-come, first-served. For additional information, call Gregory G. Kimbrell at (804) 828-0593.
2013-2014: VCU Libraries Presents...
Dale Brumfield will give a presentation on his new book, "Richmond Independent Press: A History of the Underground Zine Scene," uncovering the nearly forgotten story of Richmond’s glory days of counterculture publishing. The presentation will be followed by a book sale and signing, and refreshments will be available.
Historians Brian J. Daugherity and Brian E. Lee talk about their article "Program of Action: The Rev. L. Francis Griffin and the Struggle for Racial Equality in Farmville, 1963," published in the current issue of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. The article makes use of several images in a new VCU Libraries digital collection of Farmville civil-rights protest photos.
Opportunities for library patrons to discover connections between the US Constitution and the constitutions of other nations around the world
Comics creator and educator James Sturm's major works, including graphic novels "Market Day" and "The Golem's Mighty Swing," have garnered international acclaim for their powerful art and social consciousness. He visits VCU to share insights into his career and the comics world. A book sale and signing follow the talk.
Stephen R. Bissette offers VCU a special look into his legendary career in the comics industry. His art for DC Comics’ “Saga of the Swamp Thing,” a collaboration with writer Alan Moore and inker Jon Totleben, and his work on the horror anthology Taboo are particular touchstones for creators and fans alike. A book sale and signing follow the talk.
This day of drop-in workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers features topics such as writing literature reviews, organizing your research, getting published, exploring images and media and using research hacks to make your research process better, faster and smarter.
Photographs by the director of instructional development for the VCU School of Medicine, featuring closeup views of nature that reveal the magic that is often hidden in plain sight
The Friends of VCU Libraries will offer a wide selection of novels, academic texts, movie DVDs, music CDs and much more. Most items in the sale each year are donated by Friends, community members, and current VCU alumni, faculty and staff. Proceeds from the sale support VCU Libraries programs and collections.
This exhibit showcases materials, submitted by archives from around the world, that document the histories and personal stories of LGBT communities. The exhibit reveals the various ways in which institutions such as museums and libraries work to capture and preserve these important cultural materials. The exhibit will be open during all normal library hours.
Artist E.G. Crichton, artist-in-residence at the GLBT Historical Society of San Francisco, discusses her visionary exhibit, in which VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives plays a part. Graphic panels combine evocative materials, photos and artifacts that portray the experiences of queer individuals from the past.
Discussants consider the challenges, costs and controversies of academic publishing today. Audience questions and participation are encouraged.
The fair promotes a secure culture within VCU and is designed to provide information-security education and training to all constituents within the VCU community. Attendees learn about the ways to protect their personal information from cybercriminals, as well as ways to secure their electronic devices at home and work. Technology vendors are on site to demonstrate the latest and greatest technology, and IT support staff answer technology- and security-related questions.
Discover how anatomy was taught during the 19th century and learn how cadavers were procured. University Archivist Jodi Koste leads a walking tour of the MCV Campus and tells stories about grave robbing, goblins and ghouls.
Ramona Ausubel, 2013 winner for "No One Is Here Except All of Us," will read from her book and discuss the hard work that carried her from the initial drafts to publication. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available, and the event will be followed by a book sale and signing.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia (GSCV), James Branch Cabell Library, home of the archives of the GSCV, will present an exhibit of materials from the archives. The archives include everything from photographs and promotional literature to vintage Girl Scout uniforms.
The Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences invites you to enter your best microscopic images into "Through the Looking Glass: A Microscopic Image Contest." Selected images will be displayed in the gallery at Tompkins-McCaw Library and will be eligible for cash prizes.
Tompkins-McCaw Library is proud to host the traveling National Library of Medicine exhibit "From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry." This exhibit explores some of the processes, problems and potential inherent in technologies that use microorganisms for health and commercial purposes. Over the past two centuries, scientists, in partnership with industry, have developed techniques using and modifying life forms like yeast, molds and bacteria to create a host of new therapies and produce better foods and beverages. The exhibition illustrates the history of this dynamic relationship among microbes, medicine, technology and industry, which has spanned centuries.
12th Annual Black History Month Lecture: A Century of Strides: African-American Girl Scouts and the Pursuit of Equality in Virginia
Viola O. Baskerville, long involved in elective politics at the city and state levels and now CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, talks about African-American involvement in Virginia Girl Scouting throughout the organization's 100-year history, focusing on the important work of Scout leaders from Richmond, Norfolk, Fredericksburg and beyond.
The VCU Office of Research and VCU Libraries had launched a new speaker series, the Sanger Series, designed to address ethical issues and trends that affect research, scholarship and creative expression. A focus of the intellectual series is on ethics and intellectual property in the digital age. John Wilbanks, a well-known national voice on many topics related to medical and health informatics and human subjects in the digital age, presents the inaugural Sanger Series lecture on Feb. 18. A reception follows the presentation.
VCU Libraries hosts a Digital Pragmata brown bag lunch with VCU Communication Arts Professor TyRuben Ellingson. He will talk about, among other things, his career in Hollywood doing concept design. His work can be seen in such movies as Avatar, Pacific Rim, Elysium, Jurassic Park, Hellboy, Men in Black and Star Wars. Bring your lunch; soft drinks, chips and such provided.
Since the early 2000s, the Digital Humanities (DH) have been celebrated as a rebirth of, or even at times a replacement for, other forms of humanistic inquiry. While many DH events focus on the digital projects and tools DH scholars produce, this Symposium offers an opportunity for scholars and students to focus specifically on DH’s impact, both positive and negative, on the humanities.
Part of a national group of events, The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) is a user-generated "unconference," an informal and participatory event where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. The Richmond THATCamp has a theme: New Souths. "We're interested in exploring the point(s) at which technology intersects with social justice, history and society, activism and the sharing of hidden voices, especially in the modern American South," said Eric Johnson, head of Innovative Media at VCU Libraries. The lead organizer, Johnson said the theme New Souths was inspired by other events, including a 2011 THAT Camp that focused on technology and social justice. "We expect to draw participants from scholars, community activists, and others who study and/or are engaged in social and political action. Those who are curious about such an approach, or are experienced with it, are especially invited."
A traveling exhibit highlighting four contemporary pioneer African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring of young African Americans pursuing medical careers
VCU Libraries celebrates the release of the autobiography of noted civil-rights activist Dr. Edward H. Peeples, Jr., with an evening panel discussion featuring Dr. Peeples in a conversation on his life's mission with his book contributors, Dr. Nancy MacLean and Dr. James H. Hershman, Jr., moderated by Dr. John Kneebone. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A book signing and reception will follow.
This day of drop-in workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers features topics such as finding and managing free images, organizing your research, strategic browsing, finding data and using research hacks to make your research process better, faster and smarter. Please register if you plan to join us for lunch.
Jack D. Spiro, D.H.L., Ed.D, has long enlightened audiences and fueled community dialogue with his thought-provoking lectures on some of the most important topics in the Jewish culture and faith. This year, he will consult the wisdom of Abraham, Job and philosopher Baruch Spinoza to reflect upon the timeless problem of evil.
Digital pragmata flourish at the nexus of research, teaching, and creativity. They can be textual databases, creative visualizations of information, multimedia explorations, collaboratively annotated maps, and a thousand other projects. How do they fit into a world built on books and scholarly journals? Will these new ways of communicating displace a world made on paper, or will they blend into new forms of scholarly expression that grow from the best of the past?
Technology Services and VCU Libraries present the 2014 VCU Tech Fair on Tuesday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Richmond Salons University Student Commons and on Wednesday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. The event Features "hands-on" demos, presentations, free light lunch and giveaways, including Samsung ChromeBooks, Google Chromecasts and Google Nexus 7 courtesy of vendor contributors.
The VCU Libraries Preservation and Inventory Management Department, in cooperation with the Virginia Conservation Association, presents a special seminar on "Careers in Art and Object Conservation." Speakers represent specialization in paintings, architecture, sculpture, chemistry, archaeological objects, textiles and art on paper/books, as well as the various educational and internship programs both in the US and abroad.
From medieval times to Thomas Jefferson to today’s digital revolution, scholarship and research has given rise to intellectual property that is different in fundamental ways from the properties of writers and entertainers such as Alice Munro or Justin Bieber. What distinguishes the intellectual properties involved in learning? How does intellectual property of the academy earn and retain its value? The intellectual properties of learning are now taking on greater legal prominence, through various open access initiatives, with profound implications for what, where, and how we teach, as well as the ways in which we publish. Come learn more about what promises to be the great digital opening of the university to the world at large.