World Studies September 26th Newsletter

September 27, 2016


Events, News & Opportunities

September 27, 2016

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VCU Study Abroad Fall Fair 2016
September 28th, 10 am - 2:30 pm, Commons Plaza

Hosted by VCU's Global Education Office. Join study abroad program providers, fellow students who have studied abroad and Education Abroad staff as well as travel agencies for the Fall 2016 Study Abroad Fair. For more information, email

Sullivan Catholic Studies Lecture
September 28, 4-6 pm, Commonwealth Ballroom B, University Student Commons

Catholic Studies in the School of World Studies will be hosting Dr. Jalane Schmidt as part of the Sullivan series. Her lecture is titled "A Virgin in the Streets: Religion, Race, and Revolution in Cuba". For more information, please contact Dr. Andrew Chesnut at

Meet VCU's Author Series with David Koogan
September 28th, 7-8:30 pm, Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room

Meet VCU's Authors kicks off with a talk by the English Department's David Coogan. Professor Coogan will discuss his new book Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail. The edited collection grew out of Professor Coogan's work in the Open Minds Project between VCU and the Richmond City Jail.

VCU's Fall Graduate & Professional Fair
September 29th, 10 am - 1pm, University Student Commons

Hosted by the Office of Admissions and co-sponsored by the Graduate School and VCU Career Services. Students will have an opportunity to learn about graduate schools, professional schools and gain information on the graduate admissions application process from schools across the country. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Joy Rush at 804-828-6916 or email

Fall 2016 Anthropology Speaker Series
September 29th, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Forum Room, University Student Commons

The Anthropology Program in the School of World Studies hosts the Fall 2016 Anthropology Speaker Series. This week's lecture features Jan Hoffman French, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Richmond. Her lecture is entitled "Legalizing Identities: Becoming Black or Indian in Brazil's Northeast". 3:00-4:30 pm, Forum Room, University Student Commons. For more information please contact Christopher Brooks:

Transcending Male-female Boundaries: A Sikh Perspective
October 1st, 1-3:30 pm, Forum Room, University Student Commons

The Sikh Student Association of VCU presents Harinder Singh, co-founder of Sikh Research Institute, Co-Founder Panjab Digital Library, Organizer of Free Akal Takht. This will be a journey to explore gender roles set by society. For more information, please email or

Trials and Triumphs, 1974-76: The Struggle for Recognition of VCU's first Gay Student Group
October 4th, 12 - 1 pm, Cabell Library Lecture Hall

Current VCU faculty and students who have been exploring this dramatic episode will tell the story of what prompted the lawsuit against VCU's Board of Visitors, and the twists and turns leading to eventual victory in 1976. A panel of alumni, including the first two spokespersons for GAS, will then share their memories of that struggle and of life for LGBTW students in the 70's For more information:

Cinematheque: Hard to Be a God (Russia, 2013)
October 4th, 7 - 9 pm, Grace Street Theater (934 W Grace St.)

A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God’s place? Run Time: 177 Minutes. For more information:

National Scholarship Information Sessions: Boren Awards
October 6, 2-3 pm, VCU Globe, Room 1030C

The National Scholarship Office will hold an information session on the Boren Awards. Boren Awards are funded through the National Security Education Program. They provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. Boren Awards are targeted at geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. For more information, please email

Humanities Research Center Fall 2016 Speaker Series
October 6, 5 - 6 pm, VCU Globe, Room 1030J

Topic: Applying Indigenous Legal Traditions to Conceptualizing Water Justice Speaker: Dr. Deborah McGregor, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University 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.

World Studies Opportunities

Foreign Language Conversation Groups at the Campus Learning Center
All VCU students are invited to the Foreign Language Conversation Groups. You do not need to be enrolled in language classes to attend conversation groups. They are one hour in length and take place in Hibbs Hall B030:

Thursdays: 11am-12 pm with Mathilda and Anne-Sophie
Thursdays: 5-6 pm with Hannah and Dorothy

Mondays: 2-3 pm with Tessa and Lexus

Fridays: 2-3 pm with Savannah and Maiya

Mondays: 1-2 pm with Anthony and India
Fridays: 3-4 pm with Savannah and Maiya

Conversation Group Leader Bios

Paid Internship with the Governor's Office
As social justice internship furthering community engagement using outreach, content development, social media and online resources. The team is looking to fill the internship immediately. The internship is through Share Our Strength/ No Kid  Hungry Virginia working directly with the First Lady of Virginia & the Governor's Office. For more information, log into HireVCURams and search for Job ID #21219.

Internship Opportunities with the Borgen Project
The Borgen Project, an innovative, national campaign that works with U.S. leaders to improve their response to the global poverty crisis, has several internship and volunteer openings in the fields of HR, PR/Marketing to Writing and Editing. Internship programs are based online, so can be undertaken from any location. For more information on the internship positions, please click here.

World Studies News

Professor Bernard K. Means 3-d scans America's oldest tambourine for the Jamestown Settlement Museum through the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. Read the VCU news article.
Religious Studies:

R. Andrew Chesnut, Bishop  Walter Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies and a professor of religious studies, was featured in a VCU news article about his research and interviews on exorcisms.
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