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Three VCU professors to discuss "Hidden Figures" at Feb. 21 event

January 18, 2018

Three knowledgeable discussants will participate in VCU Libraries' Questioning Cinema screening of the much-lauded Hidden Figures film on Feb. 21. They are:

Victor Chen, a sociologist and an assistant professor at VCU. His work examines inequality and social stratification, work and labor markets, as well as poverty and social mobility. His most recent book, Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy, provides a vivid account of the experiences of auto workers as changes in the economy made well-paid assembly line jobs harder to find. Chen’s work has been featured in various news outlets, including the Atlantic, New York Times, NPR, and BBC News.  

Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and associate professor at VCU with appointments in the School of Engineering and the School of Education. Her research has spanned varying topics including diversity, inclusion and equity in higher education, STEM-H education, international development STEM activities and biomedical signal/image processing. During her career she has also focused on inspiring underrepresented students in STEM fields. In 2015, she was honored at VCU’s Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment ceremony with both the faculty award as well as the Riese-Melton Award — the top recognition given at the annual event — for her efforts to make VCU a diverse and inclusive community.

Emilie Raymond. historian and an associate professor at VCU. She specializes in 20th century American politics and culture.  Her work focuses on Hollywood and politics, as well as the influence of the civil rights movement, women’s activism and conservatism in American life.  She is the author of 'From My Cold, Dead Hands': Charlton Heston and American Politics and Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil Rights Movement. Raymond is also the director of the annual VCU Southern Film Festival.

The ongoing Questioning Cinema series invites students, faculty, staff and the greater community to screenings of landmark films in recent cinema history that tackle challenging themes in the humanities, arts and sciences. The films are followed by a short discussion on the overall themes and subject matter of each film. Popcorn and beverages will be provided at each screening. The Feb. 21 event begins at 5 p.m. in Cabell Library's Lecture Hall. Details and to sign up

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