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Fall Grad Fest

Fall Grad Fest

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

James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
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.

James Branch Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room (250)
Library Fest

Library Fest

Incoming and current students can get to know VCU Libraries, register their laptops, tour Cabell Library, meet key staff and enter to win big prizes.

James Branch Cabell Library
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.

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Science Hub Drop-in Hours for STEM Students

Science Hub Drop-in Hours for STEM Students

STEM students in introductory courses are invited to drop in for answers to questions, problem solving, tutoring and mentoring and getting to know their teachers. Faculty members from math, chemistry, biology and physics will offer joint "open hours" in the Cabell Library Multipurpose Room (250) on Wednesdays 2 to 4 p.m. and Fridays 9 to 11 a.m.

James Branch Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room (250)
Real Life Film Series

Real Life Film Series

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.

Health and Wellness Library, Gateway Building
The Emancipation of Evan Walls: A Conversation with Author and VCU Alumnus Jeffrey Blount

The Emancipation of Evan Walls: A Conversation with Author and VCU Alumnus Jeffrey Blount

Acclaimed author and VCU alumnus Jeffrey Blount discusses his book The Emancipation of Evan Walls, then participates in a Q&A session moderated by Jeanne Meserve.

James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
Hands Off! Interpreting the Fourth Amendment

Hands Off! Interpreting the Fourth Amendment

In recognition of Constitution Day, political scientist John Augenbaugh, Ph.D., and historian Carolyn Eastman, Ph.D., discuss the history of the fourth amendment and the evolving nature of searches and seizures in law enforcement.

James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
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. Stay all day or just for the sessions that interest you.

James Branch Cabell Library, Room 205
Levis Reading Prize Night

Levis Reading Prize Night

Jenny Xie, winner of the 2019 Levis Reading Prize for Eye Level, reads from her book, then participates in a Q&A session with the audience.

James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
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.

James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
Hallow-screen 2019

Hallow-screen 2019

You're invited to put on your best Halloween digs—make-up, pirate's patch, fake teeth, blood-spattered shirt, witch hat or whatever scares your friends the most—and have your picture shot against a green screen at Cabell Library. You'll have a choice of creepy backgrounds. Your photo will be posted to a shared folder from which you can download it and share. Bring your friends.

James Branch Cabell Library, the Workshop
VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Night

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Night

Ling Ma, winner of the 2019 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for Severance, reads from her book and participates in a Q&A session.

James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
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 joins with hundreds of organizations around the world to mark GIS Day on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. In connection with this year's VCU Common Book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, the speakers will discuss GIS-related work they do for the RVA Eviction Lab.

James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
Richmond Indie Comic Expo

Richmond Indie Comic Expo

VCU Libraries hosts the first annual Richmond Indie Comic Expo (RICE). The VCUarts student-run expo features panel discussions and art for sale from VCU alumni and local comics creators.

James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
Advance Your Research Webinars

Advance Your Research Webinars

A series of online workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers, designed to help make your research process better, faster and smarter.

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Dissertation and Thesis Writing Retreat

Dissertation and Thesis Writing Retreat

VCU Libraries invites doctoral candidates, master's thesis writers and others working on major writing projects to a series of writing retreats. Ample writing space with big tables and power strips will be available each day. Drop in anytime and stay as late as you like. Optional sessions will be offered on a variety of topics. During the session times, participants can either attend the session or continue writing.

James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
Spring Grad Fest

Spring Grad Fest

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

James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
Open Textbook Workshops

Open Textbook Workshops

Learn about and explore free textbook alternatives by attending a one-hour workshop and writing a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library to benefit other instructors considering the adoption of open textbooks. Receive a $200 professional development stipend for your efforts.

James Branch Cabell Library, Room 205
It Takes a World to Make a Meal: The Human Costs of Feeding Virginia’s Elites

It Takes a World to Make a Meal: The Human Costs of Feeding Virginia’s Elites

Enslaved people were instrumental in maintaining and developing the culinary traditions of 18th-century Virginia, particularly as well trained cooks and dining attendants. Leni Sorensen, Ph.D., food historian, talks about meals and the people who cooked them, from Martha Blogett's Cawson Plantation in the Tidewater to Mount Vernon.

Tompkins McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Special Collections and Archives Reading Room
19th Annual Black History Month Lecture: Red, White, Black and Blue: Documenting America's Racial Illiteracy by Keith Knight

19th Annual Black History Month Lecture: Red, White, Black and Blue: Documenting America's Racial Illiteracy by Keith Knight

Award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight returns to VCU to present Red, White, Black and Blue, a cartoon slideshow that tackles racial illiteracy in America. A public reception will follow the presentation.

James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
Transgressed: A Discussion by Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz

Transgressed: A Discussion by Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz

Guadalupe-Diaz, an alum of VCU's Department of Sociology, with a certificate in gender violence intervention, presents his original research into violence against transgender people, the focus of his new book Transgressed, then engages in a dialogue with the audience.

James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
Webinars from the Workshop

Webinars from the Workshop

A series of webinars designed by the VCU Libraries Innovative Media Workshop, focused on collaborative technology tools to aid teachers and online coursework, led by Multimedia Teaching and Learning Librarian Oscar Keyes.

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Wednesdays in the Workshop

Wednesdays in the Workshop

Stop by the VCU Libraries Innovative Media Workshop every Wednesday for hands-on demonstrations of the proper usage of resources, services and workspaces, all of which are free and open to all members of the VCU community. Sessions start at 3 p.m. and are held in the Workshop in the lower level of Cabell Library unless otherwise noted.

James Branch Cabell Library, Innovative Media Workshop
The Workshop’s Open Mak(ing)Space

The Workshop’s Open Mak(ing)Space

Do you miss the Workshop and all the making that happens there when the space is physically open? Come hang out with the Workshop crew virtually as we attempt to figure out ways to keep making stuff together with creative technologies. Attendees can either respond to a creative prompt along with the whole group or join others attendees in a breakout room to work on your own projects separately. All sessions end with time to share what you made.

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Workshop: Making Face Masks at Home

Workshop: Making Face Masks at Home

This virtual workshop covers the basics of creating your own cloth face mask with common household materials and tools. A few different methods, including no-sew solutions, will be demonstrated. Neither previous sewing experience nor access to a sewing machine are required.

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Open Chats on Data

Open Chats on Data

Open drop-in virtual chats for discussing research data in all its forms. Data and methodology enthusiasts are invited to come together, share work and connect during this remote-learning time. Research Data Librarian Nina Exner hosts.

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