School of World Studies Society Connects Students

School of World Studies Society Connects Students

November 7, 2018

Neha Pondicherry, a VCU Junior double majoring in International Studies and biology, decided to start the School of World Studies Society to help students across the school’s four interdisciplinary programs feel more connected to each other and cohesive as a unit. The group met for the first time last week to discuss their goals, upcoming events and leadership opportunities.

2018 Student Research Conference This Week

2018 Student Research Conference This Week

November 5, 2018

Presented by VCU’s School of World Studies, the 2018 Student Research Conference is only days away and promises to showcase amazing undergraduate scholarship as well as a powerful keynote speaker. The conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, November 8 and 9 in the VCU Student Commons and features over 60 student presentations on topics ranging from the micro-culture of Catalonia, Spain to gentrification in Richmond.

SWS Professor Isabelle Richman Receives Accessibility Award

SWS Professor Isabelle Richman Receives Accessibility Award

October 15, 2018

Assistant professor of Religious Studies, Isabelle Richman, Ph.D., J.D., received the faculty award for student support due to her work as adviser to the Association for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions, a newly founded student group with about 40 members.

The Jewish Deli Revival: Buying and Selling American Jewish Nostalgia

The Jewish Deli Revival: Buying and Selling American Jewish Nostalgia

October 8, 2018

The Jewish deli holds a special place in the American culinary landscape at large, but is especially important for American Jews interacting with their community and culture. Rachel B. Gross, the John & Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University,  will discuss the evolving role of the traditional deli for Jewish Americans on November 26, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Room 1107 of the Academic Learning Commons.

Demonic Deliverance: Exorcism in Africa and Latin America

Demonic Deliverance: Exorcism in Africa and Latin America

October 8, 2018

The Exorcist is an iconic film, but merely a fictional depiction of a dramatic spiritual rite actually performed by real people. Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, Canada, Dr. Kate Kingsbury explores the reality of exorcism as practiced in Africa and Latin America in her upcoming lecture Demonic Deliverance to be held on Monday, November 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Hibbs 407. 

Deadline Extended for Student Research Conference

Deadline Extended for Student Research Conference

October 1, 2018

Due to high demand, the deadline for submissions to the 2018 Student Research Conference has been extended to Friday, October 5, 2018.

Heavenly Bodies Lecture Brings

Heavenly Bodies Lecture Brings "Haute Macabre" Art to VCU

September 24, 2018

Most people don’t associate death with beauty, but Paul Koudounaris’s work is perhaps best described as “haute macabre” for the ways in which he explores the interplay of artistry and burial. For more than a decade, the art historian and photographer has been capturing the bizarre beauty of human remains used as decorative elements in sacred spaces that would put a haunted house to shame. He will be discussing bejeweled skeletons from the Counter Reformation on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at VCU’s Cabell Library Lecture Hall, Room 303.

Lecture on the Importance of our Urban Catholic Schools

Lecture on the Importance of our Urban Catholic Schools

September 5, 2018

Students and their parents have more options than ever when it comes to choosing a school that best reflects their values and priorities. Catholic education remains a popular choice for many American families today. The upcoming VCU lecture "The Importance of our Urban Catholic Schools" on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 4 to 6 pm in Room 303 of the Cabell Library Lecture Hall will explore the ongoing role of Catholic schools in Richmond and beyond.

VCU School of World Studies professor awarded grant for multidisciplinary research on Zambia’s Bantu Expansion

VCU School of World Studies professor awarded grant for multidisciplinary research on Zambia’s Bantu Expansion

August 27, 2018

Archeology uses material evidence to uncover the truth about the human past, often undoing long-held assumptions and inaccurate understandings of early human societies. Anthropology professor at VCU’s School of World Studies Matthew Pawlowicz’s work in Zambia hopes to uncover the actual lifestyles and worldview held by those who lived in the central part of the country during the Bantu Expansion from 500 CE to 1500 CE.

Waybright and students celebrate 25 years of archaeological projects in Israel

Waybright and students celebrate 25 years of archaeological projects in Israel

July 26, 2018

Jonathan Waybright, instructor of religious studies and internship coordinator, has connected VCU students to archaeological projects in Israel for the past 25 years. Since 2009, VCU School of World Studies students have participated in Hebrew University archaeological field schools at Khirbet Qeiyafa, Tell Lachish, and recently, Khirbet Arai, Israel, celebrating a decade of partnership.

Rector publishes articles in RVAMag

Rector publishes articles in RVAMag

June 13, 2018

Amy Rector, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology, contributed two recent articles to RVAMag.com - one on her research in South Africa's bone vaults and another offering a critique of a recent RichmondMoms.com article on being a mother in RVA.

Congratulations to SWS faculty members Bernard Means, Tony Brinckwirth and Anita Nadal for being awarded GEO Quest Global Impact awards

Congratulations to SWS faculty members Bernard Means, Tony Brinckwirth and Anita Nadal for being awarded GEO Quest Global Impact awards

March 2, 2015

Dr. Means’ project “Building a Virtual and Real Exhibit of India’s Past.” will formalize a partnership with Dr. Vinod Nautiyal of HNB Garhwal University, India, involving 3D scanning of artifacts recovered from excavations in the Trans-Himalayan region

The Smithsonian ‘Human Origins’ is coming to Richmond

The Smithsonian ‘Human Origins’ is coming to Richmond

March 2, 2015

Chesterfield’s central library will host the exhibit that covers many of the same themes that explore the evolution of man over 6 million years. The exhibit itself will include panels, public talks, hands-on displays and videos. Dr. Amy Rector will be conducting some of the panels and public talks. The “Exploring Human Origins” exhibit is a part of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Initiative.

Italian students get a grant to intern at Milano Expo

Italian students get a grant to intern at Milano Expo

January 1, 2015

Out of 1,000+ applicants,two Italian students from VCU were selected to join a group of 60 students to represent the United States as an Ambassador for 'Wave 2' of Expo Milano 2015. 

Congratulations to SWS Alumna Mariana Zechini on Her Forthcoming Publication

Congratulations to SWS Alumna Mariana Zechini on Her Forthcoming Publication

January 6, 2015

Mariana Zechini forthcoming publication is titled ‘Digital Zooarchaeology: Using 3D Technology on Archaeofaunal Collections’ and will appear in the Quarterly Bulleting of the Archeological Society of Virginia. 

SWS Dr. Christopher Stevenson Ground-breaking Research on the Rapa Nui Population

SWS Dr. Christopher Stevenson Ground-breaking Research on the Rapa Nui Population

January 2, 2015

Along with a team of some of the best researchers in the world, Dr. Stevenson researched and developed new techniques that changed the debate about human history and the demographical dynamics on Easter Island. 

VCU professor Bernard Means to give webinar on 3D printing in education

VCU professor Bernard Means to give webinar on 3D printing in education

January 5, 2015

Bernard Means, VCU professor of anthropology and Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory, to give Makerbot's monthly webinar on Tuesday, January 20th from 3:00-4:00pm. 

VCU in French Speaking Africa Forum

VCU in French Speaking Africa Forum

October 1, 2014

Sponsored by the VCU Institute for Women’s Health, the October 13th VCU in French-Speaking Africa forum focused on joint clinical trials of a probiotic supplement for HIV-positive women in Ségou, Mali. 

SWS Graduate Kunal Kapoor to speak at TEDxVCU

SWS Graduate Kunal Kapoor to speak at TEDxVCU

October 2, 2014

Kunal Kapoor, Fulbright Scholar and Religious Studies Alumn, to speak at TEDxVCU. 

SWS Students presentation at FLAVA

SWS Students presentation at FLAVA

September 1, 2014

Congratulations to SWS students Lindsay Fitzgerald, Minsun Kim, Samantha McCartney, Luke Nelson, Amanda Radke and Taron Ware on their presentation at the 2014 FLAVA Annual Conference.

ICAZ 2014: Digital Scanned 3-D Reproduced Elements of Extinct Species; The Future Examines the Past

ICAZ 2014: Digital Scanned 3-D Reproduced Elements of Extinct Species; The Future Examines the Past

September 8, 2014

Bruce Manzano presented a poster at the ICAZ 2014 ( International Council of Archaeozoologists meeting in San Rafael, Argentina) featuring research by the Virtual Curation Laboratory and collaborators at the University of Kentucky (Bruce Manzano), the University of West Florida (Mariana Zechini) and Christopher Begley (Transylvania University). He also displayed printed replicas of passenger pigeon bones. You can see the abstract for the poster here.

SWS Wanda Capers is a finalist for the Dorris Budd Douglas Award

SWS Wanda Capers is a finalist for the Dorris Budd Douglas Award

September 10, 2014

Congratulations to Wanda Hewlett Capers from the School of World Studies for been nominated as a finalist for the 2014 Dorris Budd Douglas Award

SWS Professor traces evolution of Grimm fairy tales

SWS Professor traces evolution of Grimm fairy tales

September 12, 2014

Over the summer, SWS Professor Godwin-Jones began to update his database of Grimm fairy tales — which features both German and English translations — starting with "Cinderella." 

SWS Students Learning Archaeological Field Methods

SWS Students Learning Archaeological Field Methods

June 2, 2014

If you want to follow some VCU students learning archaeological field methods in an experiential setting, Bernard Means has created a Facebook page for just that. 

Summer Times Means Busy Times at the Virtual Curation Lab

Summer Times Means Busy Times at the Virtual Curation Lab

May 1, 2014

Check out this video produced by Danny Schmidt that highlights one of the cooperative projects done with Jamestown Rediscovery. 

Congratulations to Peter Kirkpatrick

Congratulations to Peter Kirkpatrick

May 9, 2014

SWS Associate Professor of French and Cinema Peter Kirkpatrick was voted the 2014 "Most Successful Diplomat" by Style Weekly and the French Film Festival was voted the " Best Film Festival" for the year. Congratulations!

Study Abroad Season is Here

Study Abroad Season is Here

May 19, 2014

SWS French students at the Richmond International Airport ready to go on their study abroad with The French West Africa Project. 

May Means Graduation at VCU

May Means Graduation at VCU

May 30, 2014

Congratulations class of 2014! Check out the pictures of the ceremony on the SWS Facebook page.