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Meet VCU's Authors: Bernard Means

A portrait of Bernard Means, Ph.D. he is smiling in front of a bookshelf.



James Branch Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room (250)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


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.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.


Feb. 28, 7–9 p.m.
Vivian Dzokoto
Author of Once Upon a Shrine: Stories from an Unusual Field Site

March 21, 7–9 p.m.
Bernard Means
Author of On the Rooftop of the World: 3D Archeaology in Far North India

April 18, 7–9p.m.
Matteo Pangallo
Author of Playwriting Playgoers in Shakespeare's Theater

About the Upcoming Installment of the Series

Bernard K. Means, Ph.D., is an instructor of Anthropology in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences School of World Studies.  He is author of Circular Villages of the Monongahela Tradition (2007) and editor of and contributor to the Shovel Ready: Archaeology and Roosevelt’s New Deal for America (2013), as well as numerous articles on the Monongahela tradition and New Deal archaeology.   

The state of Uttarakhand in northern India is known as the “Land of the Gods” because of the numerous pilgrimage centers scattered across this rugged landscape, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas. Beginning in August 2015, Dr. Bernard Means traveled to Uttarakhand and began an ambitious project working with archaeologists at Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Srinagar to document important sculptures and other artifacts from these temples, using 3-D digital scanning technology to make them more accessible both to people in northern India and across the globe. Dr. Means, one of the leading exponents of 3-D scanning technology, discusses in this talk his visit to India and the broader implications of using new scanning methods to document and disseminate historical evidence.


This series is presented by the VCU Humanities Research Center in partnership with VCU Libraries.


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