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Grad Fest

Grad Fest

Grad Fest is an overview of resources and services for graduate students. Learn about campus life and explore resources for your research. Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. to network with other grad students and learn about different opportunities for VCU graduate students. Talk to representatives from the Graduate School, Graduate Student Association, Career Services, National Scholarship Office and more. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

"Fall Line" — An Intersection of Place

"Fall Line" — An Intersection of Place

"Fall Line," a wood sculpture and functional bench designed to evoke the James River, was installed in the lobby of James Branch Cabell Library in the spring of 2018. It was the finishing touch for the new and improved building that opened to the public in the spring of 2016, and already it has become a much discussed, enjoyed and used feature of the library. Artist Heath Matysek-Snyder, assistant professor and wood area head in VCUarts' Department of Craft/Material Studies, joins us for celebratory remarks and a Q&A with the audience. This is your chance to meet the artist, to learn about his inspirations and discuss the complex process of building a functional public sculpture.

Get Ready: Dissertation Summer Camp

Get Ready: Dissertation Summer Camp

For most master's or doctoral students, the thesis or dissertation is the big one, the first long, original research they've ever done. To help students gain just-in-time tools to smooth the research and writing process, VCU's research librarians have organized a day packed with information and expertise that grad students need.

Library Fest

Library Fest

Are you an incoming student? Get to know VCU Libraries and other resources around the university during VCU Welcome Week. Register your laptop, tour Cabell Library, meet key staff and enter to win big prizes.

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences Open House

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences Open House

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences invites all new and returning students to the MCV Campus for a visit and a tour. Learn about VCU Libraries resources and services available both in our building and online. Stop by to meet the staff, see demos of library databases and equipment, participate in a scavenger hunt, tour the facility and see our collaborative spaces. Learn about our 3D and poster printing services and much more.

THATCamp New Souths 2018

THATCamp New Souths 2018

This unconference at Cabell Library focuses on the intersection and sharing of technology, history, storytelling and hidden voices.

The Evolution of the First Amendment Right to Protest

The Evolution of the First Amendment Right to Protest

In recognition of Constitution Day, political scientist John Augenbaugh, Ph.D., and historian John Kneebone, Ph.D., discuss the clauses of the first amendment that guarantee U.S. citizens the rights to assemble and to present their grievances to the government.

Bob Woodward: Truth, Freedom of Expression, Democracy and the Age of the American Presidency

Bob Woodward: Truth, Freedom of Expression, Democracy and the Age of the American Presidency

The VCU College of Humanities and Sciences presents a conversation with Bob Woodward, legendary Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, author and associate editor of The Washington Post.

Archives Fest

Archives Fest

In celebration of Archives Month in October, VCU Libraries hosts Archives Fest. Students, educators, historians and genealogists are invited to meet archivists and librarians to hear expert tips about archival research and locate primary resources near you. Chat with representatives from Virginia Commonwealth University; the College of William and Mary; John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Library, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Old Dominion University, the University of Richmond, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and more.

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 how research grants work, project management, graphing and data visualization and online professional identity.

Levis Reading Prize Night

Levis Reading Prize Night

Kaveh Akbar, winner of the 2018 Levis Reading Prize for Calling a Wolf a Wolf, 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.

Nobel Prize Pop-Up Library

Nobel Prize Pop-Up Library

James Branch Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library will host pop-up library displays to honor the announcements of the 2018 Nobel Prize. The library book displays will offer materials from VCU Libraries' collections that detail the achievements of Nobel Laureates. The display at Cabell Library will change daily in concert with the day's prize announcement.

Gina Kolata Presents "The Influenza Epidemic of 1918"

Gina Kolata Presents "The Influenza Epidemic of 1918"

Reporter Gina Kolata explores the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic. "The 1918 flu epidemic puts every other epidemic of this century to shame," she says. "It was a plague so deadly that if a similar virus were to strike today, it would kill more people in a single year than heart disease, cancer, strokes, chronic pulmonary disease, AIDS and Alzheimer's disease combined. The epidemic affected the course of history and was a terrifying presence at the end of World War I, killing more Americans in a single year than died in battle in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War."

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

To celebrate International Open Access Week, students, faculty and staff are invited to a brown bag lunch and screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, a new documentary that focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35–40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.

Master of the Hellboy Universe: A Conversation with Mike Mignola

Master of the Hellboy Universe: A Conversation with Mike Mignola

Comic industry giant, Mike Mignola is coming to Richmond to join in conversation with TyRuben Ellingson, chair and professor of the VCUarts Department of Communication Arts. Mignola is best known for his distinctive art style and creation of the pulpy genre-bending Hellboy, a multimedia franchise rooted in comics and spanning live-action movies, animation, games and more. Blending elements of horror, detective fiction and super heroes, Hellboy has become a fan favorite since it appeared in 1993. In addition to his work as a graphic novelist Mignola has also served as a concept designer, production designer and executive producer on multiple films. On the eve of the release of a Hellboy movie reboot, Mignola sits down with longtime friend, Ellingson, for an evening of unscripted conversation.

Friends of VCU Libraries Book Sale

Friends of VCU Libraries Book Sale

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.

Confronting Violence, Improving Women's Lives

Confronting Violence, Improving Women's Lives

Tompkins-McCaw Library is proud to host the traveling National Library of Medicine exhibit "Confronting Violence, Improving Women's Lives." The exhibit covers the history of activists and reformers in the United States who seek to end domestic violence of women.

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Night

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Night

Hernán Diaz, winner of the 2018 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for In the Distance, reads from his book. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The event will be followed by a public reception, book sale and signing.

Health Sciences Webinars and Workshops: Getting Started with Mendeley

Health Sciences Webinars and Workshops: Getting Started with Mendeley

VCU Libraries offers a wide range of webinars and in-person workshops to help researchers at all levels in the health sciences master online tools and other resources and strategies that benefit research projects. Topics include making the most of PubMed, finding scientific and medical images, using Creative Commons, mining databases and searching for reliable consumer health information.

Transcribathon

Transcribathon

VCU Libraries and the Superscripts, a student group within the VCU Department of English, present a transcribathon here in James Branch Cabell Library. "A transcriba...what?" you may ask. At the transcribathon, people get together to transcribe and encode handwritten Early Modern documents in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library's Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project. Although all of the documents have been scanned and are available in digital form, they have not been previously transcribed completely, and those who are familiar with handwriting from the period know that deciphering such documents is not always easy. 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.

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, 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.

GIS Day

GIS Day

In celebration of the importance of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and maps and their ability to connect people, regions and systems, VCU Libraries is joining with hundreds of organizations around the world to mark GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The theme is GIS for All; #GIS4ALL.

Wednesdays in the Workshop: DIY Metalworking: Making a Metal Keychain

Wednesdays in the Workshop: DIY Metalworking: Making a Metal Keychain

The VCU Libraries Innovative Media department presents Wednesdays in the Workshop. The equipment and spaces in the Workshop are free and open to all members of the VCU community. 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 to 4 p.m. and are held in the Workshop in the lower level of Cabell Library unless otherwise noted.

Experience Virtual and Mixed Reality

Experience Virtual and Mixed Reality

The VCU Libraries Innovative Media department invites the VCU community to Tech 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 Tech Tuesdays run from noon to 1 p.m. and are held in Tompkins-McCaw Lecture Room.

Meet VCU's Authors: Brooke Newman

Meet VCU's Authors: Brooke Newman

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.

Dissertation and Thesis Writing Retreat

Dissertation and Thesis Writing Retreat

VCU Libraries invites ABD students, doctoral candidates and masters thesis writers to a winter writing retreat Jan. 7 and 8. Spacious writing space with big tables and power strips will be available 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. each day. Optional sessions will be offered on a variety of topics. During the session times, participants can either attend the session or continue writing, and time between sessions is dedicated writing time, when all participants are encouraged to focus solely on their writing. VCU Writing Center coaches will be available for one-on-one consultations, and librarians will be available for one-on-one consultations about the research process. Coffee, tea and snacks will be served all day.

OpenCon Virginia

OpenCon Virginia

OpenCon Virginia brings 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 includes 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.

17th Annual Black History Month Lecture

17th Annual Black History Month Lecture

African-American soldiers returning home after their service often encountered injustice and insult instead of honor and respect. Join us at VCU Libraries' 17th Annual Black History Month Lecture for a moving and thought-provoking discussion about how our society treated African-American veterans after their service and how that affected them and their communities.

26th Annual William E. and Miriam S. Blake Lecture: Art of Pimen Sofronov presented by Roy Robson, Ph.D.

26th Annual William E. and Miriam S. Blake Lecture: Art of Pimen Sofronov presented by Roy Robson, Ph.D.

The VCU Department of History presents the 26th annual William E. and Miriam S. Blake Lecture in the history of Christianity. This year's lecture features Roy Robson, Ph.D., who shares his research on the Art of Pimen Sofronov.

Science Speak: Communicate Your Research

Science Speak: Communicate Your Research

We live in a world where science informs our everyday decisions, from what kind of car to drive to the best diet for long-term health. In order for us to make those decisions well, scientists must be able to communicate their research beyond traditional academic spheres. The VCU Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and VCU Libraries present a session on science communication for researchers, faculty and students.

2nd Annual Transgender and Non-Binary Policy Forum: The Future of Transgender and Non-Binary People

2nd Annual Transgender and Non-Binary Policy Forum: The Future of Transgender and Non-Binary People

This forum focuses on how public policies affect transgender and non-binary people, covering a range of current-day policy issues such as immigration, military readiness and criminal justice.

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African-Americans in Civil War Medicine

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African-Americans in Civil War Medicine

Tompkins-McCaw Library hosts the traveling National Library of Medicine exhibit "Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African-Americans in Civil War Medicine." The exhibit covers the history of African-Americans working in medicine during the Civil War.

34th Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture, featuring Rabbi Jill Jacobs: Where Justice Dwells: Judaism, Social Justice and the Rabbis of T'ruah

34th Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture, featuring Rabbi Jill Jacobs: Where Justice Dwells: Judaism, Social Justice and the Rabbis of T'ruah

Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, speaks about the mission, accomplishments and ongoing efforts of her organization, which mobilizes rabbis, cantors and other concerned American Jews to protect human rights in North America and Israel. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. A public reception will follow.

Franklin Street Artistic Mansions II: A Lecture and Walking Tour with Charles Brownell, Ph.D.

Franklin Street Artistic Mansions II: A Lecture and Walking Tour with Charles Brownell, Ph.D.

The Brownells return to VCU Libraries for an encore lecture on the historic architecture and interior design found in the once glittering mansions on West Franklin Street in the heart of VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. Following the one-hour lecture, the Brownells lead a walking tour of West Franklin Street. A reception follows.

Real Life Film Series: Unseen Enemy

Real Life Film Series: Unseen Enemy

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.

Qualitative Brown Bag

Qualitative Brown Bag

In honor of VCU's new Graduate Credential in Qualitative Research, VCU Libraries presents bite-sized support offerings and tips to whet your appetite for qualitative research. Discover new books and videos on qualitative collection and analysis. Learn about preserving and sharing the insights you gain. Grow your toolkit of analytical software in different paradigms. Share your methods interests with like-minded VCU researchers. Bring your lunch.

Health Sciences Webinars and Workshops

Health Sciences Webinars and Workshops

VCU Libraries offers a wide range of webinars and in-person workshops to help researchers at all levels in the health sciences master online tools and other resources and strategies that benefit research projects. Topics include making the most of PubMed, finding scientific and medical images, using Creative Commons, mining databases and searching for reliable consumer health information.

Questioning Cinema Film Series: A Fantastic Woman

Questioning Cinema Film Series: A Fantastic Woman

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.

Advance Your Research: Get Ready for Summer (Research)!

Advance Your Research: Get Ready for Summer (Research)!

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.

Unmasked: A Visual Dissection Part II

Unmasked: A Visual Dissection Part II

Nickolai Walko, a graduate of the VCU School of the Arts, has developed a unique and eye-catching form of image-making that hybridizes classical drawing and pop art. After placing a layer of black masking tape on a brightly colored panel or wall, covering the surface from edge to edge, he draws elaborate designs, often anatomical, directly on the tape and then, using an X-Acto blade, meticulously cuts out sections of the tape to create a strong-contrast image. Finally, to prevent tape decay, he sprays the work with a polyurethane coating. Given his anatomical subjects, Walko appropriately likens his elaborate process to a medical operation, with the tape serving as skin and the removing of the tape representing the exposed anatomy. At this show at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, he showcases his anatomical creations, some of which have been inspired by materials from the library collection.

Access 4 All

Access 4 All

Students, faculty, staff, community members and other interested stakeholders are invited to Access4All, a symposium and interactive presentation space focused on accessibility solutions.

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