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VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
April 04, 2017

Employee Giving Campaign Underway

VCU's Employee Giving Campaign began yesterday, April 3rd. As an employee of the College you are one of our most important advocates and you make a difference every day. We hope you will consider supporting the College in an area that is near and dear to you during the campaign. Our philanthropic participation sends a powerful message to our alumni, parents, students, and other stakeholders. Gifts of all sizes are important and received with gratitude. You have many giving options including a payroll deduction. Learn more.

2017 Faculty Council Research Awards

The Faculty Council of the College is offering a limited number of competitive grants for full-time faculty. Preference will be given to those who have not received funding in the past, or if previously funded, have submitted a report of their expenditures. Preference will also be given to applicants who have no other financial sources and for whom funds will make a positive difference in their scholarship and/or lead to future external funding proposals. The deadline to apply is April 10th. Learn more.

Immigration and Race Symposium

The Division for Inclusive Excellence presents the Immigration and Race Symposium on Wednesday April 5th. The symposium will feature four scholars as the keynote panelists; Dr. Melis Hafez (History), Mona Siddiqui (Wilder School), Dr. Saltanat Liebert (Wilder School), and  Dr. Javier Hidalgo (Leadership Studies, UR). They will discuss the opportunities and challenges that immigrants in the US face, with a focus on race and ethnicity. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

'Hidden Figures' Scientist Visits Friday

On Friday, April 7th Dr. Christine Darden will be coming to VCU. Her inspiring story was featured in Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, a book by Margot Lee Shetterly. Dr. Darden is a retired NASA mathematician, data analyst and aeronautical engineer especially recognized for her research on sonic booms despite facing tremendous obstacles as an African-American woman. Darden’s visit is sponsored by the Departments of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics; African-American Studies; and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and will be from 4:15 - 5:15pm in room 1107 of the Academic Learning Commons. More information.

Lecture on Heart Failure and Exercise

Kinesiology and Health Sciences presents their 2017 Health and Physical Activity Lecture on April 6th featuring Dr. David C. Poole (Kansas State University). His lecture, Heart Failure and Exercise: Novel Insights, will begin at 6:00pm in room 1107 of the Academic Learning Commons. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Staff Senate Walkathon Wednesday

The VCU Staff Senate presents the annual Marquita Aguilar Walkathon on Wednesday, April 5th starting at 11:30am at the University Student Commons Plaza. This walkathon helps create scholarships for undergraduate students in need of financial assistance and promotes a healthy lifestyle while doing it. Learn more, register or donate.

Jane Austen Then and Now

The Humanities Research Center and English present Devoney Looser (Arizona State University) on Wednesday, April 5th as part of their spring speaker series. Her lecture on Jane Austen then and Now: Reinventing a Literary Legend will begin at 4:00pm in room 1030J of VCU Globe (830 W Grace St). Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Dr. McCullough's Last Lecture

Psychology invites you to enjoy a final lecture by Dr. James McCullough on Monday, April 17th ahead of his upcoming retirement. The title of the lecture is Swimming Upstream, which will include a brief overview of his memoir-in-progress illustrating how his Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy for chronic depression evolved over time. The event will be from 4:00pm - 6:00pm in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall (303). If you cannot attend the event, but would like to submit a written tribute or sentiment to Dr. McCullough, complete this form.

VCU Libraries' Transcribathon

VCU Libraries is holding their annual Transcribathon on April 7th in the Lecture Hall (303) of the Cabell Library from noon until 4:00pm. At the transcribathon, people transcribe and encode handwritten Early Modern documents. Although all of the documents have been scanned and are available in digital form, they have not been previously transcribed, and those who are familiar with handwriting from the period know that deciphering such documents is not always easy. The event is free and open to the public. No prior experience with paleography is required. Learn more.

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VCU Visiting Writers Series April 13th

The English MFA program welcomes Gretchen Comba (The Stillness of the Picture) and Karen Solie (The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out) on Thursday, April 13th as part of the VCU Visiting Writers Series. Comba and Solie will both talk about their work as well as answer questions. The event will begin at 7:00pm in the VCU Cabell Library. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Countdown to VCU's Common Book Event

This year's VCU Common Book author, Bryan Stevenson will be at the Siegel Center on Wednesday, April 12th to talk about his book Just Mercy. He will speak with VCU students, staff, and the greater Richmond community about his book and his ongoing work with the Equal Justice Initiative. The event will begin at 6:00pm and is free and open to the public. Learn more.

VCU Student Research Weeks

The 7th Annual VCU Student Research Weeks are about to kick off and continue through the month of April. Both undergraduate and graduate students will present their research to their faculty and peers during these events. Every year there are more and more submissions and this could be VCU's biggest one yet. Learn more and view the schedule.

Save the Date: Grant Writing Seminar

On May 17th, the College Office of Sponsored Programs will hold an all-day Grant-Writing Seminar. A speaker from the GWSW consulting firm will lead the event, and they will provide information that will be relevant to all fields across the College. The presentation is not aimed specifically at new faculty and should offer insights that are extremely useful to even experienced and successful proposal writers. Spots are limited so RSVP here as soon as possible.

Religious Studies Lecture

The Humanities Research Center and Religious Studies presents Objects of Devotion: Religion at the Nation's History Museum by Peter Manseau, Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. The event will begin at 4:00pm at the Cabell Library Lecture Hall on April 11th. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Radical Listening: ICA Seeks Input

The Institute for Contemporary Art is hosting a Radical Listening event on April 10th. They want to hear about your hopes and dreams for what the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) can do to be a convener and catalyst for VCU, Richmond, and beyond. The event will be from 5 - 6:30pm in the VCU Student Commons Theater. Admission is free and all are welcome. RSVP today and learn more.

Black Panther Party Forum

The Department of African American Studies presents The Black Panther Party: Legacies and Lessons, a forum to engage in a discussion with members of the VCU and broader Richmond community on the history of the Black Panther Party, featuring former Panthers Jihad Abdulmumit, Pamela Hanna, and Sekou Odinga. Tuesday, April 11, 7:30pm at the The Depot (814 W. Broad St). Free and open to the public. Learn more.

NSO Seeks Fulbright Candidates

The National Scholarship Office (NSO) is soliciting nominations for the 2018-2019 Fulbright Student Scholarship program. Strong candidates for the Fulbright will include students and recent alumni with strong academic backgrounds (although a perfect GPA is not required), potential international interests, and a desire to explore new cultures and learn about different parts of the world. If you know of current students or recent alumni who might be good candidates for the Fulbright, please submit their names to the NSO through our nomination form. If you can provide the nominees V# or email address that will help to ensure that we identify and contact the correct student/alumni.

Calling All Authors

The RVA Lit Crawl is looking for authors from VCU to fill two time slots for group readings. The 1st annual event will be April 21st and 22nd in venues all around Richmond. The goal is to highlight the amazing authors who make the greater Richmond area their home, while offering a unique and engaging series of events for Central Virginia residents and visitors. If you are interested in participating, please contact Meriah Crawford.

The Black Artist in Perspective

The Department of African American Studies presents Shawn Theodore, a multidisciplinary Philadelphia-based artist on The Black Artist in Perspective. Theodore focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of African American identities and otherness, while exploring concepts of race, spirituality, patriarchy, matriarchy and class structure within disappearing Black communities. Wednesday, April 12th from 4pm - 6pm at the Depot, 814 W Broad St. Contact Chioke Ianson for information.

Faculty Spotlight:

Cristina Stanciu received a $6,000 summer stipend from the National Endowment of the Humanities in support of her second book, “The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1879-1924,” which is under contract with Yale University Press. Additionally, Cristina has been named one of 20 scholars who will take part in the NEH Summer 2017 Institute at the Library of Congress, "On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories and the Land.” The participants will explore emerging new perspectives and theoretical approaches to Native American and Indigenous Studies. Read more at VCU News. Congratulations Cristina!

Student Spotlight:

Brittney Maddox is one of the organizers of the Black Minds Matter project. Constantly reading and seeing violence on social media can make people feel stress and anxiety. Brittany explains that when these build up they can cause racial battle fatigue, which can then have a huge impact on day to day life. "There’s a stigma between seeking mental health in the black community. Not only is it a conversation for black students, alum and the faculty here, it’s also for mental health professionals who are our allies, who want to help, but they just might not know where to start." Read more from WCVE News.

Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Jennifer Wells Orr (Biology '89) is a finalist for the 2017 North Carolina Doctor of the Year award as part of NC Doctors' Day. She is a beloved OB-GYN dedicated to improving women’s health, she says it is her privilege to take care of women and makes it a priority to work in appointments for patients who continue to want to see her – even when they’ve moved to other states or overseas. She relocated to Morehead City in 2010 and opened GirlTalk & Gynecology. Read more.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Apr 05: HRC Spring 2017 Speaker Series: Devoney Looser
• Apr 07: ALPS: Jeremy LeCrone
• Apr 07: Sonic Boom: Christine Darden
• Apr 11: Memories and Memorials in Indian Country: or How Living Memory Creates the Past
• Apr 13: Faculty Scholarship Recognition Brunch
• Apr 13: VCU Visiting Writers Series: Gretchen Comba & Karen Solie
• Apr 14: The 11th Annual Student Research Conference
• Apr 14: SPUD: Dr. Chris Reina
• Apr 14: ALPS: Jeff Ledford
• Apr 14: Physics Colloquia: Julio Alvarez
• Apr 17: Last Lecture: Dr. James McCullough

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Selected VCU Events

• Apr 04: 2017 VCU Tech Fair
• Apr 05: 13th Annual Marquita Aguilar Walkathon
• Apr 05: Global Cafe
• Apr 05: Immigration and Race Symposium
• Apr 07: Transcribathon
• Apr 11: Objects of Devotion: Religion at the Nation's History Museum

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