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Comic Arts Lecture by James Sturm

Comic Arts Lecture by James Sturm

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.

Comic Arts Lecture by Stephen R. Bissette

Comic Arts Lecture by Stephen R. Bissette

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.

Cyber Security Fair @ Tompkins-McCaw Library

Cyber Security Fair @ Tompkins-McCaw Library

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.

From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Medicine in Nature and Industry

From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Medicine in Nature and Industry

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.

Sanger Series: The Politics of Personal Research Data

Sanger Series: The Politics of Personal Research Data

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.

Digital Pragmata Brown-Bag Series Talk

Digital Pragmata Brown-Bag Series Talk

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.

MATX Symposium: Critical Approaches to Digital Humanities

MATX Symposium: Critical Approaches to Digital Humanities

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.

THATCamp New Souths

THATCamp New Souths

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."

Advance Your Research

Advance Your Research

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.

VCU Tech Fair

VCU Tech Fair

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.

Careers in Art and Object Conservation

Careers in Art and Object Conservation

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.

Sanger Series: The Intellectual Properties of Learning

Sanger Series: The Intellectual Properties of Learning

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.

Through the Looking Glass: An Exhibit of Microscopic Images

Through the Looking Glass: An Exhibit of Microscopic Images

In January and February of 2014, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences invited submissions of microscopic images from VCU students, faculty and staff. More than 40 images were submitted for consideration, and 24 are featured in the exhibit held in the library's gallery. Images were analyzed and scored by Scott Henderson, Lara Mabry, Rene Olivares-Navarrete and Ning Zhang on the basis of aesthetic appeal, technical skill and scientific significance. Anders Hånell, Ryan Clohessy and Gireesh Reddy are recipients of prizes and best-in-show honors.

From a Richmond Streetcar: Life Through the Lens of Harris H. Stilson

From a Richmond Streetcar: Life Through the Lens of Harris H. Stilson

Harris H. Stilson (1868–1934), a Richmond streetcar motorman and amateur photographer, took scores of photographs around Richmond from 1909 through 1934. Many of these were taken along the Virginia Railway and Power Co. street car line that ran from W. Leigh Street near Hermitage Road, along Clay Street and east to Chimborazo Hill. The activities of Richmonders, including many African Americans, who lived and worked in the Newtown, Carver and Jackson Ward neighborhoods were extensively documented by Stilson. Today, his photographs offer us a unique look into Richmond's past.

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