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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
January 5, 2015
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
October 2, 2014
Kunal Kapoor, Fulbright Scholar and Religious Studies Alumn, to speak at TEDxVCU.
Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL) at the Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV)
October 10, 2014
This past weekend, October 10-12, the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL) presented some of their work at the Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV) annual meeting, which was held in Richmond, Virginia.
SWS Professor Oliver Speck's new book explores Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'
September 4, 2014
Oliver Speck, Ph.D., an associate professor of film studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the editor of a newly published collection of scholarly essays exploring Quentin Tarantino's successful and controversial "Django Unchained".
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
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
September 12, 2014
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
May 1, 2014
Check out this video produced by Danny Schmidt that highlights one of the cooperative projects done with Jamestown Rediscovery.