Upcoming Events and Exhibits
The VCU Libraries Innovative Media department invites the VCU community to Wednesdays in the Workshop. The heads of the department have selected a variety of workshops to help visitors understand the proper usage of equipment. The equipment and spaces in the Workshop are free and open to all members of the VCU academic community. Stop by each Wednesday for hands-on demonstrations of the proper usage of resources, services and workspaces.
How do literary canons evolve over time? Which authors continue to stay relevant in a changing world? Who chooses which writers have merit? Many works by women, LGBTQ authors, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Americans and other non Europeans have made their way into current college-level literature courses. Whether these new additions should become a permanent part of school curriculums or whether there should be a literary canon at all is a subject of heated debate in some circles. What do the old "literary greats," most of them white and male, who were at the core of school curriculums say to us today? Do they maintain relevance in our increasingly diverse and global society? Scholars address these questions in this series of talks.
Students, faculty, staff and health professionals are invited to screen engaging documentaries on health science topics followed by discussions about how the subject matter relates to current work at VCU and impacts global health.
Sanger Series: "The Branding of the American Mind: How Universities Capture, Manage and Monetize Intellectual Property and Why It Matters"
Jacob H. Rooksby, law professor at Duquesne University, presents his book "The Branding of the American Mind" and explores applicable laws and legal regimes in the world of intellectual property in higher education.
In the digital age, everyone is a publisher or a maker or a creator. With the success and popularity of last year's series, VCU Libraries, in concert with the VCU School of the Arts, again presents a series for 2016–2017 on the nuances of copyright for artists, designers and art scholars.
This installment of the Digital Pragmata series examines how animation and motion graphics can be used to visualize and explain data. Our speakers all come from different backgrounds in animation as well journalism, science and graphic design. See how the worlds of science and art collide when it comes to how we absorb data.
This Torah scroll, on parchment scribed in the customary Hebrew, was composed in Romania around 1750. During World War II, it was confiscated by the Nazis. It is believed to be from an area of Transnistria, known as the Romanian Auschwitz. It was repatriated to Israel in 2003. Israeli authorities released the scroll for private ownership, and the scroll was then presented to VCU Libraries by alumni Martin L. Johnson, M.D., and Olinda Young, to be held and safeguarded by VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives.
32nd Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture: "Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition" by Marni Davis
Marni Davis, associate professor of history at Georgia State University, presents her book Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition. The book discusses the involvement of Jews in the trafficking of alcohol during Prohibition and how this involvement enflamed anti-Semitism and brought to the surface tensions within the Jewish community over Jewish identity and the interest in full integration into American culture. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A public reception will follow.
The Folger Shakespeare Library's Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project proudly presents a transcribathon here in James Branch Cabell Library. At the transcribathon, people will get together to transcribe and encode handwritten Early Modern documents. The purpose of the event is to help the Folger Shakespeare Library make clean transcriptions of its documents so that the documents are more readable and thus more usable for researchers and students around the globe.
Members of faculty and staff in the humanities at VCU have an impressive record of scholarly productivity and are recognized, both nationally and internationally, for their significant contributions to our understanding of the human condition across cultures, throughout the past, and in the present. The Meet VCU’s Authors series invites members of the Richmond community as well as colleagues and students from VCU and other local universities to come and meet VCU's authors as they talk about their recently published books and answer questions about their work.
Although civil rights historians have evolved a rich literature that addresses the politics of racial discrimination in education, public accommodations, housing and labor, they have a shallow understanding of racial discrimination in public libraries. Speaker Wayne Wiegand, professor of library and information studies emeritus at Florida State University, follows court records and newspapers of young black resilience, energy and determination to desegregate Jim Crow–era public libraries. Open These Hallowed Doors, Wiegand's latest book (forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press), documents their activities and brings to the present generation the largely untold story of their courage and resolve.
VCU associate professor of English David Coogan discusses his new book, Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail, which explores the conditions, traps and turning points on the path to imprisonment in modern America, as well as the redemptive and rehabilitative power of memoir.
Tompkins-McCaw Library is proud to host the traveling National Library of Medicine exhibit "For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care" The exhibit draws from a variety of sources to detail the history of Healthcare Reform in the United States.