World Studies October 26th Newsletter

October 26, 2016


VCU School of World Studies Newsletter

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Cineforum: Enrico IV
October 27, 5:30-7:30 pm, Academic Learning Commons, Room 2201

The Italian Program will host another cultural event, where they will view the Italian Film, Enrico IV (Henry IV) by director Marco Bellocchio. The movie is an adaption of the play Enrico IV by Luigi Pirandello. Pirandello won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1934 and became famous for his plays, short stories, and novels that frequently dealth with themes of madness, perception, reality, and Pirandello's own approach to humor. After the movie there will be a discussion led by our own undergraduates at VCU! Bring a friend or family and come join us on October 27. Movie has English subtitles.

Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU: A Conversation with Billie Jean King
October 27, 6-8 pm, Stuart Siegel Center

A Conversation with Billie Jean King Thursday October 27 at 6pm Siegel Center Billie Jean King, social justice pioneer, sports icon, and tireless advocate for women and LGBTQ people, will talk about our journey toward inclusion and equality in sports and in life. This event is part of the Humanities Research Center's Fall 2016 Speaker Series, Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU. The series is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Division for Inclusive Excellence, the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, the Division of Student Affairs, VCU Athletics, the VCU Libraries, VCU Alumni Rainbow Rams, the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Equity and Access Services, and Equality VCU. For more information, please visit Admission is free and all are welcome!

Chrysalis Society Fall Lecture with Professor Cliff Edwards
October 27, 7-9 pm, Chrysalis Gathering Space, 3527 Ellwood Ave, 23221

Chrysalis Society Fall Lecture by Professor Cliff Edwards: "The Mystery of the Night Cafe: a close study of the Van Gogh Painting". With author Cliff Edwards, we follow a trail of clues from a Yale art gallery to a neighborhood in Arles from a novel by Emile Zola to a largely forgotten image of Jesus that hung in Van Gogh's bedroom. For more information:

Amnesty International Local Group
October 27, 7pm, Urban Farmhouse (Rocket's Landing location)

Amnesty International, a human rights advocacy group, will be holding their first interest meeting next Thursday, October 27th at Urban Farmhouse, 4821 Old Main St. For more information and to RSVP, please email: Preetha Palasuberniam:

Fall 2016 Anthropology Speaker Series
October 28, 3-4 pm, Commons Theater, University Student Commons

The School of World Studies Anthropology program features Marshall Brooks, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health for VCU in this week's Anthropology Speaker Series. His lecture is entitled: 'Disenchanted Lives: Apostasy and Ex-Mormonism Among the Latter-day Saints'. 3:00 pm, Commons Theater. For more information, contact: Christopher Brooks,

Reviving Hope: Successes in the Middle East with Bill Corcoran
October 28, 4-6 pm. Academic Learning Commons, Room 1107

The International Studies Program in the School of World Studies presents a talk with Bill Corcoran, ANERA President. ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) is a leading development and relief organization operating in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon.

GSWS College Sexual Assault and Dating Violence and What VCU is Doing to Help
November 1, 6:30-8 pm, Temple Building, Room 1164

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." Join us on November 1 from 6:30-8:00p in Temple 1164 to hear more about statistics and studies on victimization and perpetration, including the voices of LGBTQIA+ college students and students of color; the newly implemented “You Have Options” law enforcement reporting system on campus and what it means for survivors of violence; VCU-specific resources provided through the Well and psychological services; and non-VCU organizations and resources outside 'the system'.

Global Cafe
November 2, 12:30-2, Virginia Rooms, University Student Commons

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.

22nd Annual Student Research Conference
November 3-4, Richmond Salons, University Student Commons

The VCU Community is invited to join the School of World Studies as undergraduate students present their research in this year's 22nd Annual Student Research Conference on November 3rd and 4th. Additional sessions will be held on World Studies Internships and International Scholarship opportunities for students. For the conference program and schedule, visit: For questions, please contact Kelsey Steenburgh: The conference is free and open to the public!

Humanities Research Center Fall 2016 Speaker Series
November 3, 5-6 pm, VCU Globe, Room 1030 J, 830 West Grace Street

Topic: Landscapes of Renewal: Cherokee Adaptation and Environmental Governance. Speaker: Dr. Clint Carroll, Assistant Professor of Ethic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder. As we ponder the implications of climate change and environmental damage inflicted by human behavior, alternative sources of energy such as wind and water are attracting increasing attention. But less attention is being paid to alternative knowledges, or different ways of conceptualizing our relationship with our environment. This speaker series features three leading scholars of Native American Knowledge as it relates to the environment. These three scholar activists explore Indigenous knowledge systems and their applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development. They offer different ways of engaging with our world and exciting possibilities for our collective future. For more information:

Communications, Media & Creative Fair
November 8, 12-3 pm, Richmond Salons & the James River Terrace

This annual career fair is an excellent opportunity to network with employers hiring graduates for careers and internships in: advertising, broadcast and print journalism, corporate communication, communication arts, creative marketing, event planning, graphic design, public relations, printing and social media management.

Cinematheque: Leviathan
November 8, 7-9 pm, Grace Street Theater

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014, 140 minutes. For more information:

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:

World Studies Opportunities

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

World Studies News

Viva La Muerte! Mexico's Death Trinity of Day of the Dead, Santa Muerte and La Catrina
Newest Huffington Post article from R. Andrew Chesnut, Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies.
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