News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
March 10, 2015

Faculty Council Research Grants

The Faculty Council of the College of Humanities & Sciences is offering a limited number of competitive grants ($500-$1000) for full-time Faculty in the College. Preference will 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. Applications must be completed on this one-page form and electronically submitted as an attachment to Dr. Joseph Turner, President of the H&S Faculty Council, at, by April 1.

Student Entrepreneurship Program 

Students in the Humanities and Sciences can take their business ideas to the next level with our "Go For It!" pre-accelerator program. The program will provide qualifying students in the College of Humanities and Sciences with a stipend of up to $5,000 over the summer to take part in an intensive program that aims to help them develop their business plans and get their companies or products off the ground.

Read more at VCU News. Encourage motivated students to learn more and apply at this link.

Graduation Regalia Information

Spring Commencement exercises will take place on Saturday, May 9, at the Richmond Coliseum. For information on departmental ceremonies, visit the graduation website. Regalia must be ordered by Friday, April 17. For more information, contact Corey Boone at or visit this link.

Reminder: Award Nominations Due

Nominations are due soon for the College's Faculty and Classified Staff Awards to be given at the Spring Awards Ceremony on April 15. The deadline for faculty awards is March 13 and the deadline for staff is March 18. You can find the staff awards nomination form here. View the list of awards and criteria for faculty awards here.

Talk on Sexual Assault & Title IX

The Philosophy and Public Affairs Lecture Series features a discussion on sexual assault on campus and Title IX on March 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts with Professor Michael Tooley of the University of Colorado and Professor Heidi Lockwood of Southern Connecticut State University. View the event poster here.

Register for Title IX Workshops

All CHS staff and faculty are invited to attend a Title IX workshop by Peter Lake on March 16 and March 17 in the Student Commons. Three sessions will be offered. You may submit questions/topics in advance of the training to, or send an anonymous question to 700 W Grace Street, Suite 3200, c/o Anne Stratton. Register at one of these links:
March 16, 1 - 4 pm
March 17, 9 am - Noon
March 17, 1 - 4 pm

Rescheduled: Former Intelligence Director David Gompert

David Gompert, former U.S. Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, will give a talk titled Is Iraq Lost? If So, Who Lost It? at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 18, in Academic Learning Commons, Room 2104. The lecture is part of the Global and Human Security Speaker Series of the Department of Political Science. Read more about this event at VCU News.

Broad Street Magazine gets National Visibility and Recognition

Broad Street Magazine, an interdisciplinary journal that features narrative writing, poetry and art, is the subject of a two-page spread in The Writer magazine. The article can be found here. The latest Pushcart Prize anthology includes two "special mentions" for work published in their very first issue. David Wojahn, professor in the Department of English, received another special mention for a piece he published in Blackbird. View Broad Street online.

Visiting Writer Jennifer Grotz

Jennifer Grotz, will speak at VCU on Thursday, March 19, 7:00 pm at the Scott House. Jennifer is the author of three books of poetry, including The Window Left Open, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2016. Her own poems have appeared widely in journals such as The New Yorker, New England Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and in three volumes of the Best American Poetry series. View the complete schedule here.

More News . . .

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Robertson School: Dr. Clarence Thomas teaches students the value of media representation for minorities

Sociology: Dance With the Past - VCU Instructor Christine Mowery Featured

Psychology: Dr. Eissenberg featured in an article on the FDA's plan for e-cigarettes

English, Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies,
World Studies: New scholarship enables former Richmond jail residents to study at VCU

View photos from the School of World Studies Alumni Reception.

World Studies: Brazil: Policeman Ricardo Mendes performs exorcism on drunk man before arresting him. VCU Professor Andrew Chesnut Interviewed

African American Studies: Nathan Connolly discusses his book, "A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Making of Jim Crow South Florida"

Forensic Science: Students represent VCU at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 67th Annual Meeting

English: Trapped between Yelp and a hard place - Expert Quote from VCU Assistant Professor David Golumbia

Psychology: Winter 2015 Issue of ZEITGEIST

View photos from Homecoming 2015 events.

English: At home with her memory: Claudia Emerson remembered

Robertson School: VCU hosts group from ‘other’ Georgia

World Studies: Truth and Fiction, VCU professor interviews with Good Reason Radio NPR program

Psychology: 5 Parenting Strategies for Dealing with Feelings

President Obama Speaks in Selma [Complete Speech]

UCI Road World Championship changes schedule to better serve city commuters

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

History Hosts Virginia Forum

The History Department will host the 2015 Virginia Forum Thursday, March 12 through Saturday, March 14 in the Academic Learning Commons. For more information and to register, visit the 2015 Virginia Forum website. View the 2015 Virginia Forum flyer here and the 2015 Virginia Forum program here.

The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities

The Humanities Research Center Speaker Series features Amandullah de Sondy, University of Miami, who will speak about his recent book, The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities, on Thursday, March 19, 3:30-4:30 pm in the Student Commons, Forum Room. View the flyer here. de Sondy will also present a documentary, City of Borders, and lead a discussion on Friday, March 20, 3:30-4:30 pm, Academic Learning Commons, Room 2100.

Evolution of a Late Prehistoric Native American Province

Dennis Blanton, James Madison University, will discuss Capachequi: The Evolution of a Late Prehistoric Native American Province on Friday, March 20 in Temple, Room 1169 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. View the full schedule for the Spring 2015 Anthropology Speaker Series here.

RVA Creativity Awards

Each year the Creative Change Center recognizes 10 Richmonders who have used their creativity to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, etc. to accomplish something big, bold or outside of the box. Their awards recognize the spirit of creativity - finding new and novel ways to approach art, business, and life. Watch a video about the awards here.
Apply here.

Rescheduled: Remembering Claudia Emerson

VCU will remember the late Claudia Emerson, professor of English, on Monday, March 23, at 7:00 pm, at the Grace Street Theatre. Students, colleagues, and alumni of the creative writing program will read from her poems and make brief remarks. She was the author of five collections of poetry, and her work was featured in multiple literary journals. She won numerous awards and fellowships including the Pulitzer Prize. For more information, visit the Department of English's website.

Rescheduled: Environmental History & Sustainability Lecture

Tarynn Witten, associate professor in the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity, will give a lecture titled Is It Complicated or Is It Complex? A Complexity Theorist Takes On Sustainability on Friday, March 27 at the Academic Learning Commons, Room 1105, 4:00-5:30 pm. Presented by the Science, Technology, and Society program. More information here.

Chen Authors Book about the Great Recession and Today's Economy

Victor Chen, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, has authored a new book titled Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy. The book explores the economy in the years after the Great Recession, through experiences of unemployed men and women, and how the long-term unemployed struggle in today’s unfair economy to support their families and rebuild their lives. You can pre-order the book at

Share Your News With The College

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:

Oliver Speck, associate professor in the School of World Studies, recently filmed a video about what it's like to be a humanities professor at VCU. In the video, Oliver shares his passion for film studies and the connection he has with his students. "It's great to see students understand these wonderful works of art...there are really passionate discussions. I get out of students these interesting viewpoints I would like to see." He talks about the positive aspect of the diverse VCU community and urban environment. He also discusses the constant evolution of the film industry and how that applies to film education. Watch the video here.

Staff Spotlight:

Gail Bartee Canter has worked at VCU for 22 years, with 16 of those years dedicated to the College. She currently works in the Dean's Office as a Business Manager and recently joined the Humanities Research Center team as the Office and Fiscal Manager. She is also the 2014 – 15 College of Humanities & Sciences Staff Council Treasurer. For Gail, the best part of her job is working with faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds. In her spare time, Gail enjoys singing and playing the guitar and attending music festivals while traveling with her family in their RV. Read more about Gail at our website.

Alumni Spotlight:

Gina Pido (B.S./MC ‘14) knows a thing or two about the tedious job and internship hunt after graduation. As a creative advertising and psychology major at VCU, Pido learned how to set herself apart from other candidates. She became a visual communications intern for Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Texas and is the first VCU intern they’ve ever had. Now, she is planning to move to New York this summer for the Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP). “I decided to apply to MAIP because it’s something my professor recommended to me,” Pido said. “She encouraged multicultural students to apply. VCU is a really diverse school and they support all students no matter your background.” The Robertson School has more.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Mar 12-14: The Virginia Forum: Hosted by the Department of History
• Mar 16: Biology Seminar Series
• Mar 18: Is Iraq Lost? If So, Who Lost It?
• Mar 19: The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities
• Mar 19: Philosophy and Public Affairs: Debate on Title IX
• Mar 19: VCU Visiting Writers - Jennifer Gotz
• Mar 20: Capachequi: The Evolution of a Late Prehistoric Native American Province
• Mar 20: City of Borders: Documentary Screening & Discussion with Amandullah de Sondy
• Mar 23: Remembering Claudia Emerson

*See the complete calendar*

Selected VCU Events

• Mar 08-15: Spring Break
• Mar 18: A Symposium on Gender Violence and Campus Safety Policy Issues
• Mar 22: VCU´s 5th Flamenco Festival

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