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VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
November 27, 2012

Unveiling of Historic Marker

In November of 1909, eighteen women met at the home of Anne Clay Crenshaw and organized the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia (ESL). ESL became the largest and most influential women's suffrage organization in Virginia. A historic marker commemorating the founding of ESL was unveiled Tuesday in front of the Crenshaw House which now house VCU's Center for Public Policy. The unveiling was followed by the annual Crenshaw Lecture, featuring Lorraine Gates Schuyler from U of R on the topic “After the Right to Vote.” VCU Libraries has an online exhibit about the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia. Read about the unveiling at VCU News

Anthropologist Speaks on Primate Evolution

Dr. Callum Ross from the University of Chicago discusses the topic "Fossils, Phylogeny and Feeding: Integrative approaches to primate evolution" as part of the Anthropology Speaker Series on Friday, November 30 at 3 pm. Learn more here.

Alexandrian Society Lecture

The Alexandrian Society hosts a lecture by Dr. Maurice Jackson of Georgetown University of entitled “Why We Celebrate Anthony Benezet’s Tercentenary Along With the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.” Wednesday, December 5, at 4 pm in the Commons Theater. Details can be found here.

Phi Kappa Phi Induction 

Our congratulations to Dr. Wendy Kliewer, Chair of the Department of Psychology, alumnus and Dean's Council member Thomas Beatty, and the 77 dedicated students from the College of Humantites and Sciences who were recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at a ceremony at the Virginia Museum. Dean Coleman was the keynote speaker, and helped present certificates and pins to the students from the College. Learn more about Phi Kappa Phi at their website.

Reflections on the Roots of Soul

Dr. Raymond H. Tademy speaks on the topic “We ain’t misbehavin’ it’s how we got ovuh!” Reflections on Roots of Soul: The Psychology of Black Expressiveness on Friday, November 30 at 6:30 as part of the Department of African American Studies Community Course Series. The lecture will be held at the East District Family Resource Center. Details can be found here.

Excellence in Virginia Government Awards

The Wilder School will celebrate the accomplishments of Virginians who have made distinctive contributions to the practice of government and to the well-being of our communities and our citizens at the 8th Annual EVGA Awards. Friday, December 7 at 11:30 am. More information can be found at the Wilder School.

CHS Retired Faculty Luncheon

Retired faculty from the College will gather on December 17 in the ASPiRE dormitory on Grace Street for our annual luncheon. The luncheon will feature remarks by Dean Coleman followed by a tour of the ASPiRE facilty by Mary Slade. Current faculty who are teaching an ASPiRE course are also invited to attend. Please RSVP to Shirley McDaniel.

VCU Libraries Offer Live Chat

VCU Libraries has asked us to spread the word about their new live chat service, which allows users remote, real-time access to research librarians. Chat hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 10 pm, Friday, 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 6 to 10 pm. Click this link to access chat and click the chat bubble. For more information, contact Sue Robinson.

VSSA Seeks Papers for Conference

The Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) welcomes proposals from faculty members, graduate students and undergraduates for the Annual Conference, which will be held at VCU, April 5-6, 2013. To be considered for inclusion in the program, please submit the proposal by 5 p.m. on December 14, 2012. Full details can be found on our blog.

VCU Airs New TV Ad

VCU has released a new ad to express appreciation to the alumni donors who have made recent contributions to the university. VCU raised more money last year than ever before, according to President Rao. The ad features a familiar face, alumnus Brian McDaniel, who worked until recently as a Development Assistant in the Dean's Office.

More about the ad is at VCU News.

Physics Colloquia Friday

R. Stephen Berry of the University of Chicago will speak on "Connecting Dynamics with Topographies of Energy Landscapes" on at 4:00 pm Friday, November 30th in Room 2310 at 701 W. Grace Street. More about the topic can be found on the Dept of Physics website.

Holiday Socks Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Holiday Socks program has been extended to Thursday, November 29th. if you picked up a stocking to fill for those in need please return it to Gail Bartee in the Dean's office as soon as possible.

GSWS Fall/Winter Art Show

The Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies announces its Fall/Winter art show entitled "The Politics of Place and the Poetics of Space." It features work by VCU students, faculty, and community members exploring the theme of how our bodies interact with various spaces and the political, social, emotional, and creative ramifications of these interactions. The opening reception is Wednesday, November 28 from 4-6 pm. Details are at their Facebook event page.

More news . . . 

More images of the unveiling of the Historic Marker.

A gallery of pictures from Dept. of Psychology's "Psychology Fair."

VCU News reports on "Life After the Military."

A gallery of pictures from the Cabell First Novelist Award Ceremony.

VCU students on the set of "Lincoln."

Dr. Rao's most recent Update.

December commencement schedule.

Stories of Great Students Needed

Dr. Rao's office has sent an email requesting stories about student's who will be graduating in December for Dr. Rao's graduation speech. From the email: "For example, someone who has overcome great odds to graduate, someone who is using his or her classroom experiences to make a difference in the community/world, someone who has helped others along the way, someone who is 'making it real'..." Please send suggestions to Gregg Johnson at

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Faculty Spotlight

The College of Humanities and Sciences congratulates Dr. Samy El-Shall, Professor in the Department of Chemistry, who was recently elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Election to APS Fellowship is recognition by Dr. El-Shall's peers of his outstanding contributions to physics. Read more.

Alumni Spotlight

Alumnus Ken Pope (BS, MPA) works as an attorney for the County of Hillsborough, FL. He tells us "I learned more from my experience with peers and professors, rather than the books. The people and cultures were so different than where I grew up in the suburbs.” He has fond memories of professors Bob Holsworth, Nelson Wikstrom, and Husain Mustafa. Read his complete profile here.

Student Spotlight

Graduate student Emilia Philips recently did a written interview about VCU and the MFA in Creative Writing program with a website for writers named LitBridge. She tells Litbridge "VCU MFA students wear shoes, buy local, worship within different belief systems or none at all, can read, vote, don’t always say “ya’ll”..." Read her interview at this link.

Upcoming CHS Events

Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch November 28
Anthropology Speaker Series: Callum Ross November 30
"Reflections on Roots of Soul" November 30
Physics Colloquia November 30
Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch December 4
"Psychological Residuals of Slavery in the African American Psyche" December 7
EVGA Awards December 7
Images of Slavery in Richmond December 14
"Australopithecine" Exhibit ongoing at Cabell Library

Selected VCU Events

Massey Opening Night Shopping Spree at The Bizarre Bazaar November 28
Artist Lecture by Arlene Shechet November 29
Avenue Q Through Dec. 2

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