News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
November 1, 2016

Set Aside Time for Your Writing

Are you interested in generating more scholarly writing? Do you have a research project you’d like to start or finish? Write on Site is a new initiative providing faculty a designated space and time to research and write away from the demands of the office or the home. You can set your writing goals and share them with other writers and researchers across the university, and you can commiserate and support each other. November 11, December 2, and December 16 from 8 AM to noon in room 4110 of the Academic Learning Commons. Contact Cristina Stanciu or Enoch Hale with questions.

Know Your Title IX

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies presents Know Your IX: A Panel Discussion on College Sexual Assault and Dating Violence... and What VCU is Doing to Help on November 1 from 6:30-8:00 PM in Temple 1164. Learn about the newly implemented “You Have Options” law enforcement reporting system on campus, resources provided through the Well and psychological services, and non-VCU organizations and resources. Contact Bethany Coston for more information.

Quest Global Impact Awards Informational Session

The Global Education Office is hosting an informational session for faculty and staff interested in submitting a proposal for the 2017-2018 Quest Global Impact Awards in the Larrick Student Center on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 from noon to 1 PM. Awards are designed to develop new and innovative programs to advance VCU's global priorities. For more information, contact Meredith Katz or click here

Talk on International Adoptions

Dr. Richard Lee, a 1996 graduate of the counseling psychology doctoral program, will speak on Contesting and Creating Narratives About Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in International Adoption. Dr. Lee is a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and editor of the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. The talk will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 4 PM in the Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace Street. Reception and light hors d’oeuvres to follow. Learn more.

HRC Speaker Series: Clint Carroll

The Humanities Research Center and the Science, Technology and Society Program present Dr. Clint Carroll, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, on Landscapes of Renewal: Cherokee Adaptation and Environmental Governance. Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 5.00 pm in VCU Globe 1030J, 830 W. Grace Street. Free and open to the public.

Requests for Scholarly Leave

The College recognizes the importance of scholarly leave to the professional growth and intellectual renewal of our faculty. Leave is designed to help faculty invigorate their research and teaching activities, and faculty requesting leave should have compelling and specific reasons for that request. Requests for scholarly leave for the 2017-2018 academic year will be due on Monday, November 21, 2016. As per the instructions, please email the request form, your narrative and your CV to Winnie Chan.

Americanization of Native Americans

The VCU Department of English will host a lecture by Cristina Stanciu as a part on its ongoing First Friday lecture series. Print Culture, Native Education, and Americanization at Carlisle Indian Industrial School, 1879-1918 will draw on a key archive for studying Americanization in a Native American context: the records of Carlisle Indian Industrial School, the first federally-funded off-reservation boarding school started in 1879 in Carlisle, PA. Friday, November 4 at 3:00 PM in Hibbs 308. All First Friday events are free and open to the public.

Documentary on Larry Levis to Premiere

A Late Style of Fire, a newly completed documentary film about the poet and former VCU faculty member Larry Levis, will make its Virginia premiere at the Virginia Film Festival on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 5, at 3:45 PM at St. Anne's-Belfield School, 2132 Ivy Road, in Charlottesville. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film's director, screenwriter, filmmaker and MFA alumna Michele Poulos. Learn more. View the film trailer here. More on

Broad Street Magazine Now Available

The new issue of Broad Street, Maps & Legends, is now available. It features an essay about searching for F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's original gravesite, and the flappers and Southern belles around it, by Bryant Mangum (English), and an interview with cinematic effects designer TyRuben Ellingson. The magazine is edited by a team of graduate and undergraduate students in different disciplines, under the leadership of Susann Cokal (English). Copies of Broad Street are at the Student Media Center, 817 West Broad Street.

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Meet VCU's Authors: Cliff Edwards

Cliff Edwards, Professor of Religious Studies, will talk about his latest book, Van Gogh’s Ghost Paintings: Art and Spirit in Gethsemane, on November 9, 2016 at 7.00 PM in the Multipurpose Room, Second Floor (Rm. 250) of Cabell Library. Admission is free and all are welcome! Learn more.

Public Interactive Art Project at VCU

You're invited to participate in UNITY, an interactive art project made up of 32 large poles. Each pole is labeled with an identifier. For example, “I’m a parent,” “I speak English as a Second Language,” “I identify as LGBTQ.” With yarn, participants tie to each pole with which they identify. A canopy of interconnectedness forms as more people participate. The installation will be in front of Cabell Library November 17 - 20. Sponsored by the Department of Psychology and the Division for Inclusive Excellence. Learn more in this video.

CVC Campaign Reminder

The Commonwealth of Virginia Charitable (CVC) Campaign, "Virginia is for Givers," takes place this year from October 17 through December 21.  Through payroll deduction, credit card payment, check or cash, you may donate to charities throughout the Commonwealth, as well as nationally and internationally. You can also designate your gift to one of the VCU affiliated charities. More information is here, including how to make your donation.

October Faculty Senate Meeting

Minutes from the October 4, 2016 Faculty Senate meeting are now online here. The meeting included a presentation on VCU Health, including plans for new facilities (Children’s Pavilion, the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, and the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center), as well as plans for outdated facilities. For complete minutes and related files, visit the Faculty Senate website.

Political Science Hosts Election Fest

The Department of Political Science will be hosting an Election Fest on the Commons Plaza from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on election day, November 8th, featuring a mechanical bull, games/prizes, carnival food, election predictions, arts/crafts, info about IDs, info about polling locations, info about what's on the ballot and more! If you don't know the location of your polling place, you can find it here.

The Parameters of Colonialism

Alan Gallay, Lyndon B. Johnson Chair of History at Texas Christian University, will speak on The Parameters of Colonialism: Conceptualizing American Indians in Elizabethan England as part of the History Department's Native American History Month observances. Monday, November 14, 2016 at 4 PM at the Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C&D. View the flyer here.

Share Your News and Events With Us

If you have news to share this is a great place to do it! Please submit news and events to Janelle Scutt 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:

Kirk Warren Brown, associate professor of social psychology and health psychology has edited the first-ever volume dedicated to hypo-egoic phenomena with co-editor Mark Leary, PhD, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. The Oxford Handbook of Hypo-egoic Phenomena, (Oxford University Press), offers investigations into a variety of hypo-egoic phenomena that collectively have widespread implications for personal, social, and societal welfare. “In this volume, readers will find theoretical perspectives from philosophy and several major branches of psychology to inform our understanding of the nature of hypo-egoicism and its expressions in various domains of life.” Read more.

Alumni Spotlight:

Michelle Turner (B.S.’93/H&S) will be honored at VCU Alumni’s upcoming Volunteer Service Awards, celebrated biennially, to honor alumni who have worked with particular devotion to serve the VCU community. Michelle is the winner of the Eugene H. and Rosalia C. Hunt Alumni Pride Award, awarded to a graduate who has shown outstanding service in one of VCU Alumni’s constituent organizations. Other recipients include current College of Humanities and Sciences student and creative and strategic advertising major Sarah Kilmon (Class of 2017). Read more.

Student Spotlight:

Renee Adonteng, a junior majoring in mathematical science, recently received a $3000 award from the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund to pursue her career in mathematics. Renee is interested in working in risk insurance and would love a career in actuarial science. She would also like to become a college professor and give back to the community and teach or tutor children who may be having trouble in math. Congratulations Renee!

Upcoming H&S Events

• Nov 1: College Sexual Assault and Dating Violence and What VCU is Doing to Help
• Nov 3: Chemistry Fall Seminar
• Nov 3: Psychology Speaker Series: Richard M. Lee
• Nov 3: Humanities Research Center Fall 2016 Speaker Series: Clint Carroll
• Nov 4: Forensic Science Graduate Open House
• Nov 8: Chemistry Fall Seminar
• Nov 9: Meet VCU's Author Series: Cliff Edwards

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Selected VCU Events

• Nov 1: OCSS Meet, Eat and Greet
• Nov 1: VCU Globe Open House
• Nov 2: Global Cafe
• Nov 2: Quest Global Impact Awards Information Session
• Nov 7: Teaching STEM so That Your Students Actually Learn
• Nov 7: Ram Rally
• Nov 10: Ram Fest
• Nov 14: Night at the Improv

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