News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
August 25, 2015

Faculty Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Our Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 1, from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm in the Commonwealth Ballrooms, Student Commons. Please R.S.V.P. by August 28th to Marquita Aguilar at

Catholic Studies Series for Fall Features Lectures on Pope Francis

The Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Catholic Studies Lecture on Wednesday, September 2 features Reverend Monsignor Kevin Irwin, a priest of the archdiocese of New York, who will present a talk titled, Pope Francis’s Teaching on the Environment, in the Student Commons, Richmond Salons III & IV at 4:00 pm. The Sullivan Catholic Studies Lecture Series will also present two talks on September 9 featuring Bernard Piciché, associate professor in the School of World Studies, and writer and photographer Elizabeth Harper. A symposium will be held on September 16 on the topic of, Pope of the Periphery: The Papacy of Francis.

FileDrop Replaced With FileLocker

VCU is replacing FileDrop with FileLocker. The new system allows you to easily share large files (up to 2GB) with other people inside and outside of the VCU community via email. New features include allowing non-VCU users to send files to VCU recipients, an email look-ahead when entering email addresses in the “To” field, and tracking of who has downloaded files. Users who have already sent files in the Filedrop system will be able to retrieve them until August 28th. Learn more about FileLocker here.

Staff Senate Scholarship Awards

The VCU Staff Senate has selected eight undergraduate students as the recipients of the 2015 Virginia's Caring University Scholarship. Six of the scholarship recipients have majors in the College and one of the recipients, Robert Breckenridge, is part of our wonderful HASTECH Team. Luis Martinez (World Studies), Vena Reed (English), Valeria Rivas-Cruz (Biology), Ebony Dominique Moore (Mathematical Sciences/Statistics), Kiera Rohan (Psychology) and Tania Valencia (Sociology) will be honored at the scholarship awards ceremony on October 6, 2015. A formal invitation will be sent.

Southern Film Festival Sept. 10-12

This year’s Southern Film Festival will be held Sept. 10–12 and will feature four movies centered around the theme of Southern musical traditions and stereotypes. The festival kicks off Thursday, September 10 with a keynote lecture from Humanities Research Center speaker Kathy Merlock Jackson: You Can’t Run Away from Trouble’: Song and Story in Disney’s ‘Song of the South'. The festival will also include two live musical performances by The Hot Seats and the VCU Black Awakening Choir. Read more at VCU News.

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NEH Summer Stipends Competition

The internal deadline to apply for a 2016 NEH Summer Stipend Award is this Friday, August 28. As an added incentive for CHS faculty, the two candidates chosen internally are eligible to receive $3000 if they complete and submit their application by the Oct. 1 deadline. Submit complete proposals by email to Rob Tombes at Proposals will be reviewed by an internal panel and the top two candidates will be notified by Tuesday, September 8. At that time, constructive feedback will be provided by the review panel, so that those candidates can revise and submit their applications to NEH by October 1st.

HRC Research Groups & Workshops

The Humanities Research Center is invites you to join the following groups: a group focused on issues of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, led by Myrl Beam ( The particular focus of the group's discussions will depend on the interests expressed by those who join and will be determined when the group gathers for its first meeting. The Vernacular Languages in Media, Literature, and Culture research group will relaunch this fall led by Winnie Chan ( and David Golumbia ( Writing The First Book provides a supportive and rigorous forum in which junior faculty can engage with each other as they work on their first scholarly monographs; led by Chris Cynn ( Find out more about the research groups here.

Theatre VCU 2015-16 Productions

The Theatre Department at VCU has a great lineup of performances for the school year. The next production will begin on Thursday, September 10. Junta High, inspired by the terrors of war, depicts the nightmares of an American high school turned war-zone and powerfully sheds light on fanaticism and the world in which we live in. View the complete production schedule for 2015-16 here. More information on purchasing tickets can be found here.

Visiting Writers Series Announced

The Department of English MFA Program in Creative Writing annually invites writers to campus for public readings. This year's series will begin with Nick Flynn, author of three memoirs, one of which has been made into the film Being Flynn. Thursday, September 10, 7:00 pm at the Scott House. View the 2015-16 Visiting Writers Series schedule here.

Theatre Director to Give Annual Cornis-Pope Lecture

VCU's interdisciplinary doctoral program in Media Art & Text (MATX) presents the annual Cornis-Pope Lecture featuring Dr. Noreen Barnes, director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Theatre. Dr. Barnes will give a talk titled, Theatre History, Microhistory: The Curious Career of Robert Craig on Friday, September 4 at 3:00 pm at The Depot (814 W. Broad St.) Learn more about this year's event here. This faculty lecture series honors Marcel Cornis-Pope, Ph.D., professor of English, the MATX program’s founding director and an internationally recognized scholar in literary theory and modern and postmodern literature. View the flyer here.

Berglund Seminar Series Invitation

The Honors College invites faculty to participate in the Berglund Seminar Series. The purpose of the series is to present honors students with a variety of topics and interests at the University. It is also a great opportunity for faculty to highlight their research, practice for an upcoming conference, or spread the word about a course they'll be teaching. Speakers are asked to sign up using this Google document. Contact Kendall Hicks at with any questions. For a complete list of sessions and topics, review the Honors College Calendar.

UCI Bike Races Planning Information

VCU will be open during the bike races. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24-25 will be high impact days and the Monroe Park Campus will be on limited work status. Information about academic schedules, telecommuting and parking can be found here. Daily road closures are anticipated to begin one hour before the scheduled races start and road openings will begin one hour after race completion. For those traveling to VCU during the races, it is recommended you start planning your routes. A comprehensive summary of daily road closures can be found here.

Interim Policy on Sexual Misconduct

VCU's interim Sexual Misconduct/Violence and Sex/Gender Discrimination policy is now online. VCU does not tolerate any type of sexual misconduct; violence nor sex/gender discrimination. This policy covers expectations for every member of our community, including how to report violations of the policy, the investigation, adjudication and disciplinary processes for both students and employees. View the policy here.

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If you have news to share this is a great place to do it! Please submit news and events to Denise Johnson at We will submit your news and events to the VCU Calendar, Telegram, this newsletter and our social media outlets. Keep your colleagues informed by keeping us informed!

Faculty Spotlight:

Karen Rader, associate professor in the Department of History, and her co-author, Victoria Cain, have been honored by the History of Education Society with the society’s 2015 Book Prize for their book, Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science & Natural History in the Twentieth Century. The committee said it selected the book because it, "represents excellent research on an area that we have known far too little about – the history of informal education....the book engages wonderfully rich sources, documents change over time, and adeptly accounts for nuance and opposing voices in those changes.” Congratulations Karen!

Alumni Spotlight:

Founder and Editor of Quail Bell Magazine, Christine Stoddard, BA English ’12 H&S, BA Film ’12 SoA, Cert Product Innovation ’12 SoB, is a full-time writer and visual storyteller, contributing writing, photography, and visual art to publications, new media, museums, and television. While at VCU, she started Comicality Magazine, wrote for Ink, contributed comics and articles to The Commonwealth Times, published in Amendment, and translated/hosted Capital News Service segments for WVCW. “VCU student media helped me develop the skills and confidence to make that possible.” Read more about Christine on our website.

Student Spotlight:

Marques “M.arques B.erry” Berry, a senior in the Department of English, and sophomore Jake Barkley, a creative advertising major in the Robertson School, made their debuts at Epic Fest, an annual music festival, this summer. Marques and Jake performed a set together at the first event, Epic Art Battle. While both students plan to pursue careers in music, they believe their academic studies are strengthening their artistic pursuits. “This is my mentality — take what you learn from your formal education and apply it to your life,” Jake said. Read more at VCU News.

Upcoming H&S Events

Mark Your Calendars:
• Sep 02: Catholic Studies Lecture: Pope Francis’s Teaching on the Environment
• Sep 03: HRC Speaker Series: Cornel West
• Sep 04: Cornis-Pope Lecture in Media Art & Text: Theatre History
• Sep 08: John B. Fenn Chemistry Lecture
• Sep 09: Catholic Studies Lecture: Educating Youth in the Catholic Reformation & Rome's "Sculptural Skeletons"
• Sep 10: HRC Speaker Series: Kathy Merlock Jackson discusses Disney’s Song of the South
• Sep 10: Visiting Writers Series: Nick Flynn
• Sep 10-12: Southern Film Festival
• Sep 16: Meet VCU’s Authors: David Wojahn
• Sep 29: HRC Speaker Series: James Loewen talks Civil War memory in Richmond

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Selected VCU Events

• Aug 28: VCU Women's Soccer Vs. Charleston
• Aug 30: VCU Men's Soccer Vs. Coastal Carolina
• Sep 07: Labor Day - University Closed
• Sep 10: Theatre VCU Presents: Junta High
• Oct 01: Oehler Lecture by James Ryan

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