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The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

This new trio of exhibits about ophthalmology at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences highlights medical illustration, vision testing and cataract surgery.

Wednesdays in the Workshop

Wednesdays in the Workshop

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.

Real Life Film Series

Real Life Film Series

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.

Changing the Constitution: Learning from History to Make a Difference in the Future

Changing the Constitution: Learning from History to Make a Difference in the Future

VCU Libraries celebrates Constitution Day every year in September. This year, we present a special lecture and discussion featuring VCU Department of History Chair John Kneebone, Ph.D., and Professor of Political Science John Aughenbaugh, Ph.D. Kneebone will discuss the historical context for adding the 14th Amendment and subsequent changes to its meaning. Aughenbaugh will discuss amendments and changes to Constitutional meaning. A question-and-answer session will follow the planned talk.

The Big Draw: Q&A with Comic Artist Alumni

The Big Draw: Q&A with Comic Artist Alumni

VCU communication arts professor and comic book expert Christopher Irving welcomes alumniCharles Vess (B.F.A. '74/A) and Reilly Brown (B.F.A. '03/A) to campus to talk about their careers and the comic industry. Vess' award-winning work has appeared on the covers of Marvel and DC publications as well as in books and art galleries. Brown is a writer and artist on comics including The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hercules and, perhaps most notably, Deadpool. The event will be followed by a book sale and signing.

In Real Life: A Conversation with Distinguished VCU Alumni

In Real Life: A Conversation with Distinguished VCU Alumni

Moderator Aaron Gilchrist (B.S. '03/H&S), anchor of News4 Today for NBC Washington, leads a panel of his illustrious fellow alumni: best-selling novelist David Baldacci (B.A. '83/H&S; H.L.D. '01), artist and MacArthur Fellowship winner Tara Donovan (M.F.A. '99/A); renowned trauma surgeon Tom Scalea, M.D. (M.D. '78/M) and health policy leader Marilyn Tavenner (B.S. '83/N; M.H.A. '89/AHP) in a discussion about their careers and the influence of their alma mater. Questions will be collected from the audience and via Twitter.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

During the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, join us for a series of interactive events that celebrate your right to access banned or challenged materials.

ICA: A Forum of Ideas

ICA: A Forum of Ideas

In this collaboration among ICA staff, VCU School of the Arts Interior Design faculty and BCWH Architecture colleagues (the ICA's architect), the students examined design challenges presented by the ICA's forum, a space defined by a lofty ceiling, curved wall, glass facade and a sweeping grand staircase. This presentation reveals the students' process through sketches and watercolors, study models, furniture and fixture selections and recorded interviews.

Open Textbook Workshops

Open Textbook Workshops

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible alternatives by attending a one-hour workshop.

Questioning Cinema: Waste Land

Questioning Cinema: Waste Land

Brooklyn-based photographer and mixed media artist Vik Muniz went to his native Brazil to transform the lives of the "trash pickers" at the world's largest landfill in Rio de Janeiro. Documentarian Lucy Walker captured the process and the people in the 2010 film that critics lauded and that garnered many film awards. Attendees will view the film, discuss the themes underlying it and use library and online resources to further investigate what they've seen portrayed.

Trials and Triumphs, 1974-76: The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s First Gay Student Group

Trials and Triumphs, 1974-76: The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s First Gay Student Group

This event, part of the Humanities Research Center fall speaker series, examines that pivotal 1974-76 struggle. Hear about the lawsuit from alumni who share memories of that struggle and of life for LGBTQ students in the ’70s. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged to reserve a seat and complimentary parking.

Digital Pragmata: Framing the Digital

Digital Pragmata: Framing the Digital

This installment of the Digital Pragmata series examines how interfaces tell stories. Our speakers are from UVA and the Library of Virginia. Registration is strongly encouraged. A publishing makerspace will follow at 2 p.m., and an informal working session will be available for attendees to discuss and get feedback on publishing/digital project ideas.

Making the Invisible Visible: Activating Black History Through Digital Storytelling

Making the Invisible Visible: Activating Black History Through Digital Storytelling

"Making the Invisible Visible" brings together projects from Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond and Umbra Search African American History for an open conversation about activating Black history through digital storytelling. Utilizing data visualization, online archival collections and collaborative partnerships, "Mapping the Second KKK" to "Expanding the Ivory Tower" podcast to umbrasearch.org all aim to illuminate parts of our history that have not been widely enough accessible.

How-to Talks by Postdocs

How-to Talks by Postdocs

How-to Talks by Postdocs is a series of instructional brown-bag lunch talks for the general VCU health-sciences community taught by postdocs. These are not seminar talks, but an opportunity for postdocs to share how to do something related to the health sciences. Talks are held on Mondays from noon–1 p.m. at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences (MCV Campus), first-floor conference room. All in the VCU community are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring their own lunches. Registration is requested.

Levis Reading Prize Night

Levis Reading Prize Night

Rickey Laurentiis, winner of the 2016 Levis Reading Prize for Boy with Thorn, reads from his book and then participates in a question-and-answer session with the audience. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a book sale and signing.

From Telemedicine to the Secure Care Unit: Perspectives on Correctional Health Care at VCU Health

From Telemedicine to the Secure Care Unit: Perspectives on Correctional Health Care at VCU Health

Working as part of a community alliance with 30 Virginia Department of Corrections' facilities, the physicians and nurses who work in VCU Health's Telemedicine Center and the Secure Care Unit ensure access to health care for those behind bars. The speakers at this event offer perspectives from nurses and doctors who provide care to inmates. Students as well as professionals and hospital staff are invited to attend this informative and engaging session.

Reporting Science to the World: The State of Science Journalism

Reporting Science to the World: The State of Science Journalism

Journalists, scientists and readers of both popular and academic communications express serious concerns about how the general public learns, interprets and sometimes misunderstands scientific discovery and research. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is encouraged.

Advance Your Research

Advance Your Research

A day of drop-in workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers, designed to help make your research process better, faster and smarter. Topics include research poster design, science/arts collaboration, authors' rights, networking and research tips and tricks.

The Patient Experience: Providing Quality Care and Safety

The Patient Experience: Providing Quality Care and Safety

Patient advocate, artist and activist Regina Holliday shares her personal experience caring for her husband and addresses ways of improving the quality of health care delivery as well as ways to enhance patient safety.

Open Scholarship: Presence, Rights and Risks

Open Scholarship: Presence, Rights and Risks

VCU Libraries and the VCU School of Medicine Office of Falculty Affairs are partnering to bring two new lunchtime learning opportunities on cultivating an online scholarly presence.

Friends of VCU Libraries Book Sale

Friends of VCU Libraries Book Sale

With construction at James Branch Cabell Library complete at last, the multi-day Friends of VCU Libraries Book Sale returns. We offer a wide assortment of materials: paperback and hardcover novels, poetry collections, history books, biographies, scholarly studies, cook books, children's books, and art books, as well as comic books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and more.

Sanger Series: "Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century"

Sanger Series: "Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century"

Modern neuroscience presents new opportunities and challenges for national security. Join us for a talk by Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D., author of Mind Wars, exploring the implications of this issue for the present and future.

Share Your Research Beyond Academia: A Writing Workshop for Graduate Students

Share Your Research Beyond Academia: A Writing Workshop for Graduate Students

This workshop will offer assistance in writing articles and text for translational posters that make your work accessible to non-specialists. You will also learn about multi-media options for distributing that work in formats that will appeal to broad, important audiences beyond scholars in your field. The workshop is split into two sessions on November 4 from 1 p.m.to 5 p.m. and November 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Unveiling of the Sefer Torah: View a Torah That Survived the Holocaust

Unveiling of the Sefer Torah: View a Torah That Survived the Holocaust

Special Collections and Archives hold a special unveiling and viewing of the Sefer Torah generously donated by Martin L. Johnson, M.D., and Olivia Young for use by researchers and scholars.

Questioning Cinema: The Man Who Knew Infinity

Questioning Cinema: The Man Who Knew Infinity

Explore diversity in science, genius and the importance of mathematical proofs through Matt Brown's The Man Who Knew Infinity. This 2015 biopic tells the little-known story of the life and academic career of the pioneer mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, played by Dev Patel, and his friendship with his mentor, G.H. Hardy, played by Jeremy Irons. Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematical genius, leaves his native India just before World War I to study at Cambridge University. There, he struggled to follow his religious inspiration while adapting to Western academic practice in order to prove his theorems for the mathematical establishment.

Copyright for Creators

Copyright for Creators

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.

Conversation: A Forum of Ideas

Conversation: A Forum of Ideas

During the Spring 2016 semester, graduate and undergraduate VCU interior design students took their studies beyond the studio and into the university's most high-profile construction project, the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at the Markel Center. In this collaboration among ICA staff, VCU School of the Arts Interior Design faculty and BCWH Architecture colleagues (the ICA's architect), the students examined design challenges presented by the ICA's forum, a space defined by a lofty ceiling, curved wall, glass facade and a sweeping grand staircase. An exhibit of the students' work, in Cabell Library through Nov. 20, reveals their process through sketches and watercolors, study models, furniture and fixture selections and recorded interviews. Join us for an interactive conversation on the project, featuring contributing students, faculty and staff.

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Night

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Night

Angela Flournoy, winner of the 2016 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for The Turner House, reads from her book and is then joined by her agent and editor for a discussion of the evolution of the book from original idea to first draft to published work. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a public reception and book sale and signing.

School of Education Research Colloquium: Organizing Schools for Improvement and Learning to Improve—Lessons Learned

School of Education Research Colloquium: Organizing Schools for Improvement and Learning to Improve—Lessons Learned

Anthony S. Bryk, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching at Stanford University, discusses how a process of disciplined inquiry can be combined with the use of networks to identify, adapt and successfully scale up promising interventions in education. Rather than "implementing fast and learning slow," he believes educators should adopt a more rigorous approach to improvement that allows the field to "learn fast to implement well."

Affordable Course Content Informational Workshops

Affordable Course Content Informational Workshops

The high cost of course materials is a concern for both students and parents, and it has also been shown to place many students at academic risk. "Affordable course content" describes any free or low-cost educational resources that can serve as alternatives to high-cost resources. VCU Libraries and other partners on campus have launched an initiative to help faculty create and discover affordable texts. Part of this effort includes workshops and other educational sessions about affordable course content.

Racial Disproportionality, School Discipline and Future Directions: A Community Conversation

Racial Disproportionality, School Discipline and Future Directions: A Community Conversation

Research shows that an estimated 19,000 students are suspended out of school every day. This translates to approximately 12 million days of lost instruction each year (Losen, 2015). Today, the vast majority of students being suspended and expelled are black, with districts in the south responsible for 50 percent of all black student expulsions (Smith & Harper, 2015). With such high numbers of students forced out of school, students are more likely to fall behind and face a higher likelihood of entering the juvenile justice system, resulting in what is widely known as the "school-to-prison pipeline." At this year's VCU School of Education Black History Month Lecture, local youth, artists, organizers and scholars discuss racial disproportionality in school discipline and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Literary Greats

Literary Greats

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.

Open Science Workshop

Open Science Workshop

VCU Libraries hosts two free workshops by the Center for Open Science to teach easy, practical steps to increase the reliability of their projects. Courtney Soderberg, the statistical and methodological consultant at the Center for Open Science who heads training programs for reproducible research methods, presents for both sessions. She holds a Ph.D. in experimental social psychology with a minor in quantitative psychology from University of California-Davis. These sessions are aimed at graduate students and postdocs, across disciplines, who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshops do not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating transparent practices into their current workflows

African-American Read-in

African-American Read-in

Celebrate Black History Month in a literary way with the National African American Read-in. Drop in to Common Ground in the VCU Student Commons anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to hear featured readers from academic departments and student organizations read from works by or about African-Americans, Africans and the diaspora. Sign up to be a featured reader.

15th Annual Black History Month Lecture: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

15th Annual Black History Month Lecture: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Acclaimed multi-genre fiction writer Colson Whitehead presents his latest book, the National Book Award–winning novel The Underground Railroad, a haunting fusion of historical fiction and magical realism that tells the story of a pair of slaves who attempt to escape the South using an actual secret network of tunnels and tracks beneath the earth. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a book sale and signing and a public reception.

GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on Its Head

GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on Its Head

In Virginia, both Democrats and Republicans have engaged in the practice of gerrymandering to distort the electoral process, promote the party in power and turn competitive districts into non-competitive ones. The Washington Post has called ending gerrymandering "the biggest ethics issue facing the state." GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on Its Head, a documentary produced by VCU assistant professor of journalism Bill Oglesby, examines the historical context and consequences of gerrymandering through a multi-partisan lens that includes Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians and the Tea Party. The documentary explores the impact on communities and individual lives by including testimonials from strategists, political consultants and map drawers and by incorporating interviews with the men and women in politics who have the most to win, and perhaps also lose, through reform.

Questioning Cinema: Loving

Questioning Cinema: Loving

In the landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, the justices unanimously found that marriage is a basic civil right. This case was later cited in recent same-sex marriage cases. The film Loving illuminates the importance of the right to marriage and offers an intimate portrayal of the impact of Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws on the Lovings' relationship and family life. The film celebrates their firm resolve, founded in love, to overcome legal and social challenges.

Advance Your Research

Advance Your Research

A day of drop-in workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers, designed to help make your research process better, faster and smarter. Topics include research poster design, science/arts collaboration, authors' rights, networking and research tips and tricks.

Sanger Series: "The Branding of the American Mind: How Universities Capture, Manage and Monetize Intellectual Property and Why It Matters"

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.

Digital Pragmata: Information in Motion

Digital Pragmata: Information in Motion

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.

Celebration of Gift of a Holocaust Sefer Torah to VCU Libraries

Celebration of Gift of a Holocaust Sefer Torah to VCU Libraries

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. Join us for a celebration of this generous donation. Beginning in the lobby of the library, the scroll will be paraded through the building to the accompaniment of a klezmer band. We will then arrive at the library lecture hall (room 303) and have brief remarks.

32nd Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture: "Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition" by Marni Davis

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 6:45 p.m. A public reception will follow.

Creative Sprint, featuring VCU School of Business artist-in-residence Noah Scalin

Creative Sprint, featuring VCU School of Business artist-in-residence Noah Scalin

Noah Scalin, artist in residence at the VCU School of Business, will discuss his Book "Creative Sprint" and hold a public reception and book signing afterwards.

Cabell's Creative Sprint

Cabell's Creative Sprint

VCU Libraries, in partnership with the VCU School of Business's artist-in-residence, Noah Scalin, will be holding an ongoing 10-day Creative Sprint from April 3 to April 14. Drop in anytime in the Cabell Library lobby and let your creativity flow with the materials and prompts provided.

Transcribathon

Transcribathon

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.

Objects of Devotion: Religion at the Nation's History Museum

Objects of Devotion: Religion at the Nation's History Museum

The Humanities Research Center and the Religious Studies Program in the VCU School of World Studies presents this talk by Peter Manseau, Lilly Endowment curator of American religious history at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural North America Documentary Screening

Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural North America Documentary Screening

VCU Libraries, in collaboration with the VCU Division for Inclusive Excellence, will be screening the multi award winning documentary Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural North America. The film chronicles Moises Serrano's life as an undocumented immigrant in America as well as his work as an activist traveling across his home state of North Carolina as a voice for his community, all while trying to forge a path for his own future.

Meet VCU's Authors

Meet VCU's Authors

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.

Providing Consumer Health Information to Patrons: A Workshop for Public Librarians

Providing Consumer Health Information to Patrons: A Workshop for Public Librarians

Are you a librarian who wants to learn more about providing consumer health information to your patrons? Join VCU Libraries for a free two-day workshop ideal for librarians working in public, community college, academic or hospital settings. Library students and those interested in providing or creating a community- or patient-focused library are also invited to attend. The April 20–21 workshop will help librarians develop the awareness and skills needed to provide patrons with accurate health information.

Open These Hallowed Doors: The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the American South

Open These Hallowed Doors: The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the American South

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.

Memoirs of Mass Incarceration: The Rhetoric of Revolutionaries, Witnesses and Survivors

Memoirs of Mass Incarceration: The Rhetoric of Revolutionaries, Witnesses and Survivors

In this talk based on his manuscript, Memoirs of Mass Incarceration: The Rhetoric of Revolutionaries, Witnesses and Survivors, VCU associate professor of English David Coogan tells the story of the rise of mass incarceration in America through the memoirs of those who lived through it: the revolutionaries who sought to change the system, the witnesses who watched it become a place of pure punishment and neglect and the survivors struggling through trauma and addiction in places that know not their struggles.

Wednesdays in the Workshop

Wednesdays in the Workshop

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.

For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care

For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care

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.

Luncheon Honoring Richmond Times-Dispatch Columnist Clare Schapiro

Luncheon Honoring Richmond Times-Dispatch Columnist Clare Schapiro

The Friends of VCU Libraries present a luncheon honoring Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Clare Schapiro, author of the newly published cookbook Stories and Recipes from Clare's Kitchen. The luncheon will feature recipes from her cookbook and conclude with a book sale and signing.

National Library of Medicine Exhibit: "For All the People" remarks and discussion

National Library of Medicine Exhibit: "For All the People" remarks and discussion

In conjunction with the exhibit, National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibit "For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care," Dr. Andrew Barnes, assistant professor of health behavior and policy at VCU, will speak about health policy and the history of healthcare reform.

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