This exhibit, curated by Sarah Faris, features the work of 16 students and alumni of the Department of Communication Art's scientific and preparatory medical illustration track, which requires a rigorous set of science courses hosted by the Department of Biology in the College of Humanities and Sciences and VCU Life Sciences in addition to their art courses.
An open house for the dedication of the new WISDM Mothers' Room in Cabell Library. An assortment of books relating to parenting will be available for guests to browse, courtesy of the VCU Community Health Education Center. Light refreshments will be served.
A screening of the documentary Gender Revolution, part of the 2017 Southern Film Festival: Screening Southern Justice. Following the screening, Gavin Grimm and Bill Farrar of Virginia ACLU join us for a discussion.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz reads from his work. The reading will be followed by a Q&A, a book-signing and a reception.
VCU Libraries hosts a Constitution Day program: Historian John Kneebone, Ph.D., and political scientist John Augenbaugh, Ph.D., discuss how freedom of speech has been defined historically and how the polarization of public opinion can incite violent response.
Over the past few years, America's college campuses have become roiling centers of free speech controversy. Professors lose their jobs. Speakers are invited, then disinvited. Researchers can't access the digital content they need. Deep educational dialog unravels safe spaces. Are these problems? Or is this just what the First Amendment looks like?
This celebration marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Richmond Professional Institute. Following the unveiling and dedication of the historic marker at 827 W. Franklin St., join VCU Libraries for a drop-in reception. Share memories with classmates and University Archives staff, see memorabilia and explore the modern Cabell Library.
Need a study break? Visitors to VCU’s James Branch Cabell Library can experience "A Cold and Overcast Day," a light and sound installation by kinetic artist and VCU associate professor Bob Kaputof.
The book sale offers a wide assortment of materials: paperback and hardcover novels, poetry collections, history books, biographies, scholarly studies, cook books, children's books, art books, comics, audio books, CDs, DVDs and more.
Get in the spirit for Halloween with Cabell Library! All students are invited to get their ghostly portraits taken in the Workshop video studio. Choose from a choice of six bootastic backgrounds to stand in and bring your friends. Beware, Costumes are strongly encouraged.
Brian Burns speaks about his book Gilded Age Richmond: Gaiety, Greed & Lost Cause Mania. The event will be followed by a book sale and signing.
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, noon–1 p.m., in the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences second-floor lecture room. All in the VCU community are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring their own lunches. Registration is requested.
Scientists are increasingly called to share their research outside of traditional academic spheres. Engagement with non-academic audiences can help increase the public’s science literacy and shape impactful policy decisions. How can we share science in a way that both engages non-experts and accurately presents complex topics? The Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and VCU Libraries present an event on science communication for researchers, faculty, and students.
Jade Chang, winner of the 2017 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for The Wangs vs. the World, 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.
VCU alumna Eva Dillon returns to campus to talk about her bestselling book, Spies in the Family. With rich insights into Cold War politics, the book is "a riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer—the astonishing true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War." The talk will be followed by a Q&A, a book-signing and a reception.
The Virginia Roots of Today's Radical Right and the Crisis of American Democracy: A Talk by Nancy MacLean
National Book Award finalist Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains, delivers a lecture on the Virginia-specific roots of the radical political right. Her talk will be followed by a Q&A, book-signing and reception.
Audiovisual studios in the library? But libraries are just for books, aren't they? Learn about the audio and video spaces and cutting-edge technologies and equipment available at VCU Libraries—how to use them, who uses them and the kinds of research facilitated by these resources.
OpenCon Virginia will bring together students, researchers, educators, librarians, and others who want to learn how to create a more open system of information in research and education. The program will include keynote presentations, lightning talks, and breakout sessions on topics of open data, reproducibility, open educational resources, new methods and models of open publishing, and more.
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 and writing a short review. Receive a $200 professional development stipend for your efforts.
Mapping Space Research, an installation by Lily Cox-Richard's Space Research class features collections of research and investigations of multiple VCU spaces. Each of the projects in this exhibit maps a research journey.
The Global Game Jam is a worldwide weekend challenge where participants across multiple disciplines team up to make a game in 72 hours.
The VCU College of Humanities and Sciences presents Frankenstein Dissected, a panel discussion on the impact of Mary Shelley's novel on modern-day society as the classic reaches its 200th anniversary in circulation.
VCU Libraries and the ICA look back at the celebrated and influential artist and VCU faculty member Richard Carlyon (1930–2006) in a one-night program and art showing featuring some of his multimedia creations. The event, held inconjunction with a retrospective exhibit at the Reynolds Gallery, marks the recent acquisition of Carlyon’s papers and digital works by VCU Libraries to preserve and make available to researchers.
Acclaimed historian and author Ibram X. Kendi discusses his book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, for which he won the National Book Award. The event will be followed with a Q&A, book sale and reception.
In 2018, the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the Sanger Series lectures explore the deadly pandemic, the valiant search for the virus that caused it and the ways it changed medicine and our world. In a talk titled "On the Centenary of the 1918 Flu: Remembering the Past and Planning for the Future," pioneering virologist and alumnus Jeffery Taubenberger considers lessons that can be learned from the 1918 influence pandemic.
The Humanities Research Center in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences presents The Ben Franklin's World Project: Podcasting and the Future of Digital History. Liz Covart, American historian and creator of the podcast Ben Franklin's World, will discuss her podcasting project and how formats of preserving history have changed in modern-day society.
Students, faculty, staff and the greater community are invited to screenings of landmark films in recent cinema history that tackle challenging themes in the humanities, arts and sciences. The films will be followed by a short discussion on the overall themes and subject matter of each film. Popcorn and beverages will be provided at each screening.
VCU Libraries celebrates the 3-millionth addition to its library collections in 2018 with a series of events called Milestones. The 2,999,999th volume is The Virginia Feminist Oral History Project, 2013–2014. Megan Shockley, Ph.D., a collection of born-digital oral histories made available online through Special Collections and Archives via a finding aid. Shockley's donation of this material makes it possible for VCU Libraries to preserve and provide access to the voices of second-wave feminists throughout Virginia. In a talk, titled "Listening to Progressive Women: The Virginia Feminist Oral History Collection," she discusses her work on and findings from the project.
Kimberly Matthews, Ph.D., presents her book, The Richmond Crusade for Voters (Arcadia Press, 2017). The book details a comprehensive history of the Richmond Crusade for Voters, an activist group created to fight voter suppression. A book-signing will follow the talk.
Librarians Yuki Hibben and Andrea Kohashi share highlights from VCU Libraries' Book Art Collection. Viewers will see a wide array of books from seminal artists' books of the 20th century to finely crafted editions with unusual bindings, structures and materials. The collection includes over 4,000 items and encompasses all aspects of contemporary artists' publications.
In the digital age, everyone is a publisher or a maker or a creator. Whether you work in a studio or a classroom, understanding copyright is a foundational skill. VCU Libraries Copyright for Creators series presents a workshop on copyright for artists, designers, and creators of all kinds. The series is free and open to all, but please register for the session you plan on attending. For special accommodations, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593 at least two days prior to the event.
The VCU Department of History presents The Society of the Cincinnati Lecture. Serena Zabin, Ph.D., presents her upcoming book An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre. The book details the events of the Boston Massacre in a personal lens, showing that it was not a clash of strangers but of neighbors who knew each other all too well.
The Humanities Research Center in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences presents Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, Ph.D., will present her book Muslim Cool.
The Medicine Wagon Show: Patent Medicines and Miracle Cures of Yesterday and Today Presented by “Doc” Al Schalow
Join Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences as we host "Doc" Al Schalow (VCU School of Pharmacy '61) and his traveling Medicine Wagon Show. Travel back in time with the medicine showman as he uses humor, magic and storytelling to recount the cure-alls and patent medicines that were prevalently sold across the United States in the 19th Century. During this event, the audience is guided through the historical evolution of government controls on medicine and brought up to date with current fads and trends. This event features information on the history of patient cures, including alcohol, opium, cocaine and other intoxicating medicinals. "Doc" Schalow will also present a number of authentic bottles used to peddle these cures. Bring your questions and share your experience or memories about patent medicines with the Medicine Man.
This forum focuses on how public policies affect transgender and non-binary people. It covers a range of current-day policy issues such as immigration, military readiness, criminal justice and more. With gender identity rapidly growing as an issue in contemporary society, discussions on public policy are necessary for finding solutions to the troubles facing people who are gender minorites.
Solmaz Sharif, winner of the 2018 Levis Reading Prize for Look, reads from her 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.
Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden present their book, How to Read Nancy. The book reveals the syntax of a mass medium through the molecular deconstruction of a single comic strip. It also explores the benefits of deep reading where focused contemplation reveals a subterranean world of hidden structures and ingenious choices.
VCU Libraries celebrates the 3-millionth addition to its library collections in 2018 with a series of events called Milestones. The events highlight the 2,999,999th volume (an oral history collection featuring second-wave feminists in central Virginia), the 3,000,000th volume (a seminal new book about treatment of traumatic brain injury, co-authored by David X. Cifu, M.D., chair of VCU's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) and the 3,000,001st volume (an artists' book by VCU alumna Colette Fu). The 3-millionth volume is Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury by Blessen C. Eapen, M.D., and David X. Cifu, M.D., a seminal work based on years of research and leading-edge practice in the treatment of traumatic brain injury, including current translation research conducted at VCU.
25th Annual William E. and Miriam S. Blake Lecture: The Reformation and the Individual, presented by Susan Karant-Nunn, Ph.D.
The VCU Department of History presents the 25th annual William E. and Miriam S. Blake Lecture in the history of Christianity. This year's lecture features Susan Karant-Nunn, Ph.D., who shares her research on the Reformation.
Charles Brownell, Ph.D., lectures on the historic architecture and interior design found in three significant homes on West Franklin Street in the heart of VCU's Monroe Park Campus. Following the one-hour lecture, Brownell will lead a tour of these West Franklin Street artistic mansions. A reception follows. There is ample seating for the lecture. The tour and reception are limited and require a reservation no later than Friday, March 30.
VCU users of RefWorks will need to change the platform they use for citation management this year. In addition to one-on-one consultations with librarians, VCU Libraries offfers a group of convenient webinars in spring 2018 to help with this transition.
Jonathan D. Sarna, Ph.D., university professor, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun professor of American Jewish History, and chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, presents his book Lincoln and the Jews: A History. The book details a new aspect of Abraham Lincoln's remarkable relationship with American Jews that impacted both his path to the presidency and his policy decisions as president. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. A public reception will follow.
Students, faculty, staff and health professionals are invited to screenings of engaging documentaries on health science topics followed by discussions about how the subject matter relates to current work at VCU and impacts global health. Speakers with expertise in the film's topic lead the group in lively discussion about the science and issues explored in the film.
The Humanities Research Center in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences presents The Humanities Respond! Literary and Cinematic Depictions of the 2007 Financial Crisis. Stefano Adamo, assistant professor of Italian Culture at the University of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, gives a talk on the media portrayal of the recent 2007 financial crisis.
The VCU Libraries Innovative Media department invites the VCU community to Technology Tuesdays at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. Stop by on select Tuesdays for hands-on demonstrations of library technology resources, services and workspaces. All Technology Tuesdays run from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and are held in Tompkins-McCaw Lecture Room.
The VCU Libraries Innovative Media department invites the VCU community to Wednesdays in the Workshop. Stop by each Wednesday for hands-on demonstrations of the proper usage of resources, services and workspaces. All Wednesdays in The Workshop run from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and are held in The Workshop in the lower level of Cabell Library unless otherwise noted.
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.
VCU Libraries celebrates the 3-millionth addition to its library collections in 2018 with a series of events. The events highlight the 2,999,999th volume (an oral history collection featuring second-wave feminists in central Virginia), the 3,000,000th volume (a seminal new book about treatment of traumatic brain injury, co-authored by David X. Cifu, M.D., chair of VCU's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) and the 3,000,001st volume (an artists' book by VCU alumna Colette Fu).
VCU Libraries celebrates the 3-millionth addition to its library collections in 2018 with a series of events called Milestones. The 3,000,001st volume is Wa Hair Swinging Dance by VCU alumna Colette Fu, a pop-up book that captures the fervent movement of women from the Wa people of China engaged in a traditional harvest dance. The book is a valuable addition to VCU Libraries' Book Art Collection, a nationally significant collection in high demand by artists and scholars. In a talk titled "Pop-up Book Wonderlands," Fu discusses her work. The presentation will be followed by a reception.
A series of online workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers, designed to help make your research process better, faster and smarter. A recording will be available after each session.
Join VCU Alumni for the eighth annual Monroe Scholars Book and Author Luncheon, featuring award-winning author Jill McCorkle. Meet McCorkle at the luncheon and purchase an autographed copy of her novel “Life After Life.”
The Workshop at VCU Libraries partners with VCU Kinetic Imaging this summer for Experiments in Sound, a brand new series of continuing education workshops. Explore the art of listening in new and creative ways. Learn to use professional audio equipment and/or software.