World Studies November 8th Newsletter

November 8, 2016


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Unearthing the Judean Kingdom: The Fourth Expedition to Tel Lachish, Israel
November 9, 7-9 pm, Academic Learning Commons, Room 1201

The Religious Studies Program and the Center for Judaic Studies invite you to join Dr. Garfinkle of the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University Jerusalem, for the most up to date picture of the birth of the Judean kingdom available. Using recent archaeological discoveries from both Khirbet Qeiyafa and Tel Lachish Israel, Dr. Garfinkle exposes key links between the biblical narrative and the material culture remains the early Judeans left behind. As a consortium member of the Lachish Expedition, VCU SWS students have made exciting and important discovers over the years through the archaeological study abroad field school and their contributions will be highlighted in the program. Questions? Contact Jon Waybright in RELS Program (

Meet VCU's Author Series: Cliff Edwards
November 9, 7-8:30 pm, Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room

Gogh’s Ghost Paintings: Art and Spirit in Gethsemane (Cascade Books, 2015). Ghost Paintings cover one of the most significant and revealing paintings by the world famous artist Vincent van Gogh was never seen by anyone but the artist himself. The painting was so important to the artist that he painted it twice. He was so conflicted about the painting that he destroyed it twice. Cliff Edwards argues that these two unique paintings are at least as important to understanding the artist and his work as are the two thousand or more paintings and drawings that do exist. In Van Gogh’s Ghost Paintings, Edwards invites his readers on a journey that begins in a Zen master’s room in Japan and ends at a ruined monastery and its garden in the south of France. Recovering the intent and nature of van Gogh’s “ghost paintings” becomes a “zen koan” waiting to be solved. The solution offers access to the deepest levels of the artist’s life as painter and spiritual pilgrim, illuminating the relationships of joy and suffering, of discovery and creation, and of religion and the arts in van Gogh’s life and work. For more information:

Questioning Cinema: The Man Who Knew Infinity
November 10, 5 - 8:30 pm, Grace Street Theater

Explore diversity in science, genius and the importance of mathematical proofs through Matt Brown's The Man Who Knew Infinity. This 2015 biopic tells the little-known story of the life and academic career of the pioneer mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, played by Dev Patel, and his friendship with his mentor, G.H. Hardy, played by Jeremy Irons. Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematical genius, leaves his native India just before World War I to study at Cambridge University. There, he struggled to follow his religious inspiration while adapting to Western academic practice in order to prove his theorems for the mathematical establishment. At the event, attendees will view the film, then discuss the themes behind it and learn how to use library and online resources to question what we've seen.

The Debt Collective: Take, Remake, Liberate
Thursday, November 10, 5 - 8:30 pm, MCALC Room 2201

Join VCU Student Power and the Sociology Department at VCU as we host a panel of folks from the Debt ​Collective, an organization of debtors and allies who have come together to collectively build and leverage power. They will be talking to us about their work and the unique position student debtors are in right now, and what it looks like to build a movement around this pressing issue. After the panel there will be a reception in Founders Hall with free food and drinks provided. Come out and get plugged in!!

OMSA Cultural Excursion: Great American Indian Exposition
November 12, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Join the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs as they explore American Indian culture through art, dance, and food. Transportation and admission provided - Seating is limited. To reserve your space, call: 804-828-6672.

Native American History Month Speaker
November 14, 4 - 5 pm, VCU Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C&D

The History Department is sponsoring this event during Native American History Month. Speaker: Alan Gallay, Lyndon B. Johnson Chair of History at Texas Christian University Title of talk: The Parameters of Colonialism: Conceptualizing American Indians in Elizabethan England. Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 at 4 PM Place: VCU Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C&D Faculty contact is: Greg Smithers,

Richmond World Affairs Council Presents: Essential Elements for a Solution in Syria
November 14, 5pm, `Jefferson Hotel, Empire Room
The Richmond World Affairs Council presents Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson ( Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary). Colonel Wilkerson presents: 'Essential Elements for a Solution in Syria' as part of the Dominion Speaker Series. For more information: These events are free for students.

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice
November 15, 4 pm, OMSA Office, Room 215, Student Commons

OMSA is hosting Lea Whitehurst, a community organizer with the Direct Action * Research Training (DART) Center, for an info session to discuss careers in community organizing with individuals interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice. To find out more about DART or to apply, visit: For more questions, contact Sarah Storar at

Study Abroad Coffee Bar
November 16, 10 am - 2:30 pm, Rodney's Lounge, Shafer Court Dining Center

Want to study abroad this summer? Come in from the cold and have coffee, tea or hot chocolate with Education Abroad staff and faculty members to find out more about programs during spring break and summer 2017. You will also meet other students who have studied abroad and hear their perspectives. Students from all disciplines are invited to come and enjoy warm drinks and snacks while learning about their study abroad options! For more information:

7th Annual Crenshaw Lecture
November 17, 1 - 3 pm, Richmond Salons III-IV, University Student Commons

The Crenshaw annual lecture series is named in honor of Anne Clay Crenshaw, a founder of the Equal Suffrage League (ESL) of Virginia in 1909 who hosted the first meetings of the ESL in her home at 919 W. Franklin Street in Richmond, now home to the VCU Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. The first Crenshaw Lecture was given in 2009 as part of the Centennial Celebration of women’s suffrage movement in Virginia. The lectures are part of the Crenshaw Initiative program, directed by Dr. Catherine Ingrassia, Executive Associate Dean of the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences,and honorarily chaired by Mrs. Monica Rao, VCU’s first lady. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information or special accommodations call (804)828-6710.

2016 Alexandrian Society Fall Lecture Series
November 17, 4 pm, Forum Room, University Student Commons
The 2016 Alexandrian Society Fall Lecture series, with support from the History Department, welcomes Dr. Caroline Emmons (Hampden-Sydney College). Topic: A Tremendous Job To Be Done: African American Women in the Virginia Civil Rights Movement Admission is free and all are welcome. For more info contact

A National Culture without the Nation: Italy and the Invention of Being Italian in Dante's Opera
November 18, 12 - 1 pm, VCU Globe, Room 1030J
The Fashion Department at VCU hosts Dr. Lorenzo Pubblici, PhD (Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy), who will present on a National Culture Without the Nation: Italy and the invention of being Italian in Dante's opera. Pizza will be served and afterwards there will be a Q&A with the guest lecturer!

Fall 2016 Anthropology Speaker Series
November 18, 3 - 4:30 pm, Commons Theater University Student Commons
The School of World Studies Anthropology program features Noel Boaz, Affiliated Research Professor, VCU, in this week's Anthropology Speaker Series Lecture. His lecture is entitled: 'Paleoanthropological Exploration of the Early Sahara in Libya's Eosahabi River Valley'. 3:00 pm, Commons Theater. For more information, contact: Christopher Brooks,


World Studies Opportunities

Job Opportunity with FrogTutoring
Frog Tutoring, an educational technology platform that facilitates private, 1 on 1 tutoring, is looking for students to work as tutors as well as mentors throughout the community and surrounding cities. Tutors receive great pay ($30/hr), flexibility in schedule as well as driving compensation and periodic and referral bonuses. For more information and how to apply, visit:

Program for Refugee and Immigrant Youth Seeks Tutors and Volunteers to Lead Workshops in the Arts
The Tuckahoe YMCA's STAR program provides a one-of-a-kind safe space for refugee and immigrant youth to adjust to life in the US, receive homework help, gain exposure to the arts, and develop a connection to the community. We serve 40 recently arrived students at Quioccasin Middle School on Mondays-Thursdays from 3:30-5, tutoring them in ESL, playing sports, and offering them workshops in dance, painting, sports, cooking, etc. We need tutors who can commit to coming at least once a week throughout the school year, and also individuals who can offer one-time workshops in their skill or craft. We are currently in specific need of volunteers who can speak French. For more information, please contact Lyra Bartell (

Volunteer Opportunity with Higher Achievement
Higher Achievement is looking for committed individuals to be Academic Mentors and Study Hall Aides for middle school students in Richmond and Henrico. Volunteers will teach a small group of 5th-8th graders in an academic subject one night a week. For more information:

2017-2018 Teaching Assistant Program in France
Every year the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. offer approximately 1,200 teaching assistantships for American citizens and permanent residents of the United States to Teach english in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion. Applications for the 2017-2018 are now available online at


International Film Festival

Saturday, November 12 - Thursday, November 17
In celebration of International Education Week, the VCU Global Education Office is pleased to present the following film series:

Saturday, November 12: Ramchand Pakistani – Based on a true story, this film depicts a Pakistani Hindu family’s anguish after a young boy accidentally crosses the Pakistan-Indian border during a period of war-like tension in this disputed region.  
Sunday, November 13: A Separation – Winner of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this movie is a humanizing depiction of the struggles that arise following a couple’s decision to separate in modern-day Iran. 
Monday, November 14: No – This Academy Award-nominated film captures the advertising campaign designed to oust the Chilean military dictator, Augusto Pinochet, during a national referendum in 1988. 

Thursday, November  17: Omar – Set in the West Bank, this Academy Award-nominated film illustrates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the brutality that a group of young Palestinian friends face within their community. 
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