Comics creator and educator James Sturm's major works, including graphic novels Market Day and The Golem's Mighty Swing, have garnered international acclaim for their powerful art and social consciousness. He visits VCU to share insights into his career and the comics world.
Stephen R. Bissette offers VCU a look into his legendary career in the comics industry. His art for DC Comics' Saga of the Swamp Thing, a collaboration with writer Alan Moore and inker Jon Totleben, and his work on the horror anthology Taboo are particular touchstones for creators and fans alike.
Every year, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award is presented to an author whose first novel has been selected by a panel of judges as a specimen of fine, original writing that will endure as a work of art. At this year's award night, Ramona Ausubel, 2013 winner for No One Is Here Except All of Us, reads from her book and discusses the hard work that carried her from the initial drafts to publication.
Viola O. Baskerville, long involved in elective politics at the city and state levels and now CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, talks about African-American involvement in Virginia Girl Scouting throughout the organization's 100-year history, focusing on the important work of Scout leaders from Richmond, Norfolk, Fredericksburg and beyond.
The VCU Office of Research and VCU Libraries launch a new speaker series, the Sanger Series, designed to address ethical issues and trends that affect research, scholarship and creative expression. A focus of the series is ethics and intellectual property in the digital age. John Wilbanks, a well-known national voice on many topics related to medical and health informatics and human subjects in the digital age, presents the inaugural lecture.
VCU Libraries celebrates the release of the autobiography of noted civil-rights activist Edward H. Peeples, Jr., Ph.D., with an evening panel discussion featuring Peeples in a conversation on his life's mission with his book contributors, Nancy MacLean, Ph.D., and James H. Hershman, Jr., Ph.D., moderated by John Kneebone, Ph.D.
Jack D. Spiro, D.H.L., Ed.D, has long enlightened audiences and fueled community dialogue with his thought-provoking lectures on some of the most important topics in the Jewish culture and faith. This year, he consults the wisdom of Abraham, Job and philosopher Baruch Spinoza to reflect upon the timeless problem of evil.
From medieval times to Thomas Jefferson to today's digital revolution, scholarship and research have given rise to intellectual property that is different in fundamental ways from the properties of writers and entertainers such as Alice Munro or Justin Bieber. What distinguishes the intellectual properties involved in learning? How does intellectual property of the academy earn and retain its value? The intellectual properties of learning are now taking on greater legal prominence, through various open access initiatives, with profound implications for what, where, and how we teach, as well as the ways in which we publish. Learn more about what promises to be the great digital opening of the university to the world at large.