World Studies Newsletter, October 11th, 2017

January 5, 2017


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Cinematheque: About Elly (Iran)
October 11th, 7-9 pm, Grace Street Theater

The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. Directed by Asghar Farhadi, 2009. Run Time: 119 min. For more information:

State & Local Government Career Fair
October 12th, 12-3 pm, Richmond Salons

All VCU students and alumni are invited to connect with local, state, and federal government agency representatives to explore career and internship opportunities. Recommended dress is professional. This fair will be held in the Richmond Salons on the second floor of the University Student Commons. Co-hosted by VCU Career Services and VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. A complete list of attending organizations is available at

OMSA Presents an Afternoon with Patricia Michelsen-King
October 12th, 4-5:15 pm, University Student Commons, Suite 214

Featuring SWS Professor, Patricia Michelsen-King. Michelsen-King serves as a consultant to judiciaries throughout the country on the development of foreign language interpretation services. She is Federally Certified and interprets in Virginia federal and state courts. Presently she is the Coordinator of the SETI Program and teaching at VCU. For more information:

Meet VCU's Author Series: Isabelle Richman
October 12th, 7-8:30 pm, Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room

Isabelle Richman, Coordinator and Faculty Associate of Religious Studies at VCU, will talk about her book, Sojourner Truth: Prophet of Social Justice (Routledge, 2016).

The President's Forum on Social Justice
October 13, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm, Commonwealth Ballroom

The President's Forum on Social Justice continues conversations held in the spring, and offers faculty, staff, and students another chance to share their voices on critically important issues for our community. Forum participants will engage in moderated tabletop conversations to raise concerns related to social justice at VCU, in our nation and in the world, and work together to offer solutions. Registration is required for any of the three forum sessions: at 10:30am, 1:30pm, or at 7:00pm. For additional information and to register, visit the Division for Inclusive Excellence website: You can also call the Division at: 828-8947, and the Office of the President at: 828-1200.

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session
October 13, 4-5 pm, 830 West Grace Street, 1030J

VCU Globe and the National Scholarship host Christopher Sorensen from the American Councils. The information session will be held at VCU Globe (830 W. Grace) in Room 1030C. Mr. Sorensen will be talking with students interested in applying for the Summer 2017 Critical Language Scholarship Programs. CLS offers fully-funded 8-10 week summer programs in the following languages: Chinese/Mandarin, Japanese, Russian. Other languages are offered for those students with intermediate, advanced levels. For more information: or If you are unable to attend the information session, please schedule an appointment:

October 13, 4-5 pm, Richmond Salons I-II

This event is part of the Humanities Research Center's Fall 2016 Speaker Celebrating Forty Years of LGBT Activism at VCU. Dr. Marc Stein, Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History, San Francisco State University, present "Students, Sodomy, and the State: LGBT Campus Struggles in the 1970s". For more information, please visit:

Wilder Symposium on Race and American Society
October 17, 10 am - 4:30 pm, Singleton Center & the Grace Street Theater

The Wilder School is sponsoring "Race and American Society: 50 Years after the Kerner Commission Report" Mon., Oct. 17, from 10 a.m to noon in the Singleton Center and 2-4:30 p.m. in the Grace Street Theater. The daylong discussion will examine the legacies of this landmark report and what they mean for race and ethnic relations in the U.S. today. For more information, contact Shirley McDaniel, or (804) 827-0867. Free and open to the public.

VCU Common Book Initiative: "Meet Me in the Bottom"
October 18, 5:30-7:30 pm, Harris Hall Auditorium, Room 101

Attend a screening of VCU professor and documentarian Shawn Utsey’s 2009 film, “Meet Me in the Bottom: The Struggle to Reclaim Richmond’s African Burial Ground,” followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Latin American Immigrants in Virginia, the Challenges They Face
October 18, 6-8 pm, 830 West Grace Street, Room 1030J

Co-sponsored by the VCU Global Education Office and the Division for Inclusive Excellence. Featuring Dr. Jennifer Bickham-Mendez, Associate Professor of Sociology, College of William and Mary, Dr. Debra Rodman, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies, Randolph-Macon College, and Ms. Carolina Bautista Velez, Co-Director of the Wayside Center for Popular Education.

Cinematheque: Horse Money
October 18, 7 pm, Grace Street Theater

The time is now, a numbing and timeless present of hospital stays, bureaucratic questioning, and wandering through remembered spaces... and suddenly it is also then, the mid '70s and the time of Portugal's Carnation Revolution, when Ventura got into a knife fight with his friend Joaquim. Directed by Pedro Costa, 2014. Run Time: 103 Minutes. For more information:

National Scholarship Office Information Session: RISE/SMART
October 19, 12-1 pm, School of Engineering, East Hall, Room 2219

The National Scholarship Office will hold an information session on the RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) and SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation). For more information, please email

Global Cafe
October 19, 12:30-2 pm, Richmond Salons

The Global Education Office invites all members of the university community to the Global Cafe. This informal time of socializing offers the opportunity for international and American students, faculty, staff and community visitors to meet, develop friendships, relax, contribute ideas, and discuss a wide variety of topics in a casual setting. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. Contact Pam Haney with questions or comments at 804-828-8309.

National Scholarship Information Session: RISE/SMART
October 25, 2-3 pm, School of Engineering, West Hall, Room 104
The National Scholarship Office will hold an information session on the RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) and SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) scholarships. For more information, please email

Cinematheque: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Iran)
October 25, 7-9 pm, Grace Street Theater

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, A place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014. Run Time: 101 minutes. For more information:


World Studies Opportunities

DEADLINE: Submit Abstracts by Friday, October 14th for the 22nd Annual World Studies Student Research Conference!
Make sure to submit your abstracts for the 22nd Annual World Studies Student Research Conference on November 3rd and 4th. All undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline are invited to submit abstracts. Topics can be on anything related to Anthropology, Foreign Languages, International Studies & Religious Studies. Ideas for themes include: art and culture, social justice studies, immigration, sustainability, global health, & women's rights. Abstracts can submitted HERE. For more information, contact Kelsey Steenburgh:

Study Abroad First Advising Session (FAS) at the Global Education Office
Info sessions about opportunities abroad are everyday Monday-Friday 12:30pm-1:30pm (no appointment necessary). Learn about the types of study abroad programs available, funding options, and earning academic credit abroad. Take your studies of the world beyond the compass! For more information, email:

If there is any information you wish to share on the newsletter, please email Kelsey Steenburgh at
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