News and Events for VCUCHS Alumni and Friends
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
October 30, 2012

CHS Faculty and Alumni Honored at the Library of Virginia Literary Festival

David Wojahn, director of the creative writing program in the Department of English, won the 2012 Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry for "World Tree" at the recent Virginia Literary Festival. Alumnus Tom Robbins won the Lifetime Achievement Award, while "The Sixth Man" by alumnus David Baldacci was the winner of the People's Choice Awards in the fiction category. Read the complete article in the Times-Dispatch.

The Banquet of Lady-Tuesday

The Religious Studies Society invites you to a lecture by Alessandra Fiorentini on a unique ritual practiced by women in several diverse communities. The Sofreh-ye Bibi-Seshanbeh (The Banquet of Lady-Tuesday) is a votive ritual that transcends both national and religious boundaries. November 1, 2 pm in the Commons Theater. Details at this link.

Blake Lecture: "Before There Was Facebook..."

John Plotz, Ph.D., Professor of English, Brandeis University will give a talk entitled Before there was Facebook: The Long History of Distraction and Absorption as part of the Blake Lecture Series. His Guggenheim project, Semi‐Detached: The Aesthetics of Partial Absorption, is about what it means to get partially drawn into a work of art. November 1 at 4 pm in the Commons Theater. View and download the event flyer here.

Justin Torres Reading and Discussion

Justin Torres, winner of the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, will read from his book, We the Animals on Thursday, November 8 at 7 pm at the Grace Street Theater. After his reading, Torres will discuss the journey of his novel from its original idea to the published book. A book sale, signing, and reception will follow. Register online here.

School and Department Graphics

Graphics for each school and department in the same typeface as the new College of Humanities and Sciences identity are now saved on the P drive in the folder P:\HUMS_HAS\Identity. There are folders for web graphics (72dpi) and print graphics (300dpi). There are also seperate folders for School and Department graphics and CHS graphics. Feel free to use these on publications, email signatures, etc.

Free Community Course Series in African American Studies Offered

Come explore the history, culture, politics, and contemporary life of persons of African descent living in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas. This course, free and open to the community, includes lectures, films, and discussion. Fridays at 6:30 through December 14th. Read the complete list of topics and speakers here.

Lecture: "Hymen Wars"

STS presents writer and historian Hanne Blank presenting “Hymen Wars: The Two-Thousand-Year Battle over Women’s Bodies and the Diagnosis of Virginity” on Tuesday, November 6th. Hanne Blank is the author of several books including Virgin: The Untouched History, Unruly Appetites and Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. November 6. Details here.

"Legal Culture in the Post-Revolutionary South"

Laura Edwards, Professor of History at Duke University speaks on "Legal Culture in the Post-Revolutionary South" presented by the Department of History with generous support from The Society of the Cincinnati. Her research focuses on women, gender, and the law in the nineteenth-century South. The lecture will be held on November 7 at 5 pm in the Commons Theater. More information about the lecture can be found here.

Screening of "The Mirror"

"The Mirror," a film by Andrei Tarkovsky, will be screened on November 7 at 7 pm at Cabell Library. Mary Beth Reed from Film Studies, Richard Bargdill from Psychology and Gina Kovarsky from Russian Studies will provide pre and post-screening comments about the film. Full details here.

Student Archaeology Opportunity

This summer, a team of 20 VCU student volunteers will join Hebrew University’s excavation of Khirbet Qeiyafa Israel. Encourage your students attend a presentation on this Field School opportunity offered through the Global Education Office and meet with past VCU volunteers. November 8 at 7 pm. More information can be found here.

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Our gallery of pictures from the Fall Faculty Meeting

Jen Thompson of the Wilder School Discusses the Upcoming Election

Read the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Diversity Newsletter

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Psychology major wins Alumni Volunteer Service Award

Dr. Chesnut Discusses Santa Muerte on Latin Pulse

Nominations for University Awards

Dr. Rao and BOV are seeking nominations for Honorary Degrees, the Edward A. Wayne Medal, and the Presidential Medallion, to be awarded at future Commencement ceremonies and future December and May Commencement speakers. Nominations are due November 5th. The nomination form is here.

Fenn Lecture Featuring Vicki Wysocki

The 2nd annual John B. Fenn Memorial Lecture will be held on November 15, 2012 from 6 – 7:30 pm in the Common’s Theater. Our speaker will be Dr. Vicki Wysocki from the Ohio State University, previously VCU faculty. For additional information, contact Andrea Moreau, Details at this link.

The Election is Over, Now What?

In a few days we’ll know who the next president will be, and the results of the House and Senate elections. How might changes in that dynamic play out over the next four years? On Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 pm, the VCU Office of Government Relations will host a panel to discuss the aftermath of the election. More information at the Wilder School website.

Planning to Visit the Dean's Staff?

Members of Dean Coleman's staff have relocated to offices on Grace Street, and others have moved from Harrison House to Blanton. African American Studies is now occupying the top two floors of Harrison House. A list of new office locations can be found here.

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.

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Student Spotlight

Samra Khawaja, an undergraduate in the School of Mass Communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science, was one of six students featured when VCU introduced its "Make it Real" campaign. Learn more...

Faculty Spotlight

Fred Hawkridge. faculty emeriti, served in a number of leadership roles at VCU, including professor, chair of the Dept. of Chemistry, executive associate dean and interim dean of the College. Dr. Hawkridge retired in June 2011. In this video current faculty discuss his influence on their work. The Fred M. Hawkridge Fund in Chemistry was established in his honor in 2012.

Faculty Spotlight

Helayne Spivak, former Chief Creative Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness, joined the VCU Brandcenter on August 15, 2012 as its director. She will oversee financial and personnel management of the school, as well as fundraising and outreach to individuals and firms in the advertising industry and brand community. Learn more....

Upcoming CHS Events

Blake Speaker Series November 1
Banquet of Lady Tuesday November 1
"Barack Obama: Continuity and Change in African American Politics" November 2
GSWS Brown Bag Lunch November 5
STS Lecture"Hymen Wars" November 6
Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch November 6
"Legal Culture in the Post-Revolutionary South" November 7
Religious Studies Field Opportunity November 8
Hole in the Head November 9
Cabell First Novelist Award November 8
"The Election is Over, Now What?" November 13
Anthropology Speaker: Buck Woodward November 14
John Fenn Lecture November 15
"Black Women, Tyler Perry and the Burden of Representation" November 16
Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch November 28
"Reflections on Roots of Soul" November 30
Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch December 4
"Psychological Residuals of Slavery in the African American Psyche" December 7
Images of Slavery in Richmond December 14
"Australopithecine" Exhibit ongoing at Cabell Library

Selected VCU Events

SPSS Statistics Software Training November 1
Faculty Recital: Sheri Oyan on saxophone November 2
Living with COPD November 6

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