Now Accepting Submissions for the Student Research Conference!

Now Accepting Submissions for the Student Research Conference!

September 19, 2019

We are now accepting submissions for the 2019 Student Research Conference to be held on Friday, November 15 in the VCU Student Commons! We invite undergraduate and graduate students in the social sciences and the humanities at VCU and other universities and colleges to submit proposals for paper presentations and special sessions. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, October 4, 2019!

 

Dubnov to Speak on Upcoming Israeli Elections

Dubnov to Speak on Upcoming Israeli Elections

August 2, 2019

Join us for a discussion on the historical perspectives on the increasingly fragile balance between the Jewish and Democratic Components of Israel today on Thursday, September 5 at 7 p.m. in Room 303 of the James Branch Cabell Library. Professor Arie Dubnov, Ph.Dl, the Max Ticktin Chair of Israel Studies at George Washington University, will unravel the complexities of the upcoming Israeli elections. Presented by the VCU Program in Judaic Studies, SHALOM Israel RVA and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, this talk is free and open to the public. 

Anthropology Professor Amy Rector Awarded $390,000 Grant to Study Human Evolution

Anthropology Professor Amy Rector Awarded $390,000 Grant to Study Human Evolution

June 17, 2019

It’s a common misconception that human evolution has progressed in a linear fashion starting with our earliest primate ancestors 55 million years ago and culminating with Homo sapiens as we are today. However, the reality is far more complex with human evolution branching into several species not only living simultaneously but even interbreeding. Research by anthropology professor Amy Rector, Ph.D., in Ethiopia’s Afar region has been focused on exploring this evolutionary diversity and has just been awarded a $390,000 collaborative  grant by the National Science Foundation. This grant is the largest single grant received by VCU’s Anthropology program!

Oliver Speck to Co-host Q&A session at 2019 EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival

Oliver Speck to Co-host Q&A session at 2019 EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival

May 28, 2019

The weeklong 2019 EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival kicks off Friday, May 31 at 6:30 PM with a screening of Austrian and Korean movies in DC’s Korean Cultural Center. School of World Studies professor Oliver Speck will co-host a Q&A session after the films with George Mason University professor Jihye Moon.

International Studies Professor Rohan Kalyan Screens Documentary

International Studies Professor Rohan Kalyan Screens Documentary "Badiou" in Festival Circuit

April 25, 2019

French philosopher Alain Badiou was largely unknown in the United States outside leftist circles until several of his books, most notably “Being an Event”, were translated into English a few years ago. International Studies professor Rohan Kalyan, along with his brother Gorav, have helped increase awareness of Badiou through their recent documentary “Badiou” which has been making the festival circuit this year.

Religious Studies Professor Esther Nelson Featured in Kuwaiti Newspaper!

Religious Studies Professor Esther Nelson Featured in Kuwaiti Newspaper!

March 29, 2019

It has been nearly a decade since Egyptian author and Qur’anic scholar Nasr Abu Zayd passed away but his intellectual legacy continues to influence VCU Religious Studies professor Esther Nelson. The two became close in the early 2000s when Nelson was living in Saudi Arabia and they collaborated on the book “Voice of an Exile: Reflections on Islam” in 2004. Earlier this month, Kuwaiti news outlet Subahiya News interviewed Nelson about her recollections and reflections on Zayd.

French Film Festival Has Movies for All Majors

French Film Festival Has Movies for All Majors

March 26, 2019

While the French Film Festival is an obvious draw for students of French and cinema, it will be showing movies of interest to majors from all disciplines across campus.

Film Icon Thierry Lhermitte Headlines French Film Festival... Again!

Film Icon Thierry Lhermitte Headlines French Film Festival... Again!

March 20, 2019

Thierry Lhermitte has been a famous heart throb and comedic actor in France since the 1970s when he made his debut as part of the comedy troupe “Le Splendide.” Here in Virginia, Lhermitte is also a cultural ambassador who was the first actor to personally present a movie at the French Film Festival. He returns to Richmond this year as an honored guest for not only a screening but also a master class and homage.

Social Justice Themes Guide French Film Festival

Social Justice Themes Guide French Film Festival

March 18, 2019

Like VCU as a whole, the French Film Festival is grounded  on core values centered on inclusivity and social justice. The four themes guiding the selection of films this year are: human and civil rights; immigration; reconciliation; and environmental engagement. Some movies focus strongly on one specific theme while others deal with multiple issues.

Master Classes Make French Cinema Accessible

Master Classes Make French Cinema Accessible

March 11, 2019

As part of this year’s French Film Festival, VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art state-of-the art auditorium will be home to  eight free master classes with the Festival’s creative talent. Held on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29, these classes offer insight into the art of filmmaking directly from professionals actors, producers and screenwriters themselves.

SWS Alumna Plays Vital Role in Recent Repatriation

SWS Alumna Plays Vital Role in Recent Repatriation

March 4, 2019

Illegally obtained artifacts seized by the FBI in 2014 have just been repatriated to China last week in part due to the efforts of VCU alumna Liz Ale. Currently a Master’s student at Purdue University, Ale is part of a team of collections and repatriation consultants helping the FBI analyze over 7,000 objects from around the world which the FBI found in an Indiana home.

Mar Góngora receives John K. Walsh Award

Mar Góngora receives John K. Walsh Award

January 18, 2019

Professor of Spanish Mar Góngora, Ph.D., is the 2019 recipient of the John K. Walsh award for her piece “Sobre héroes y monstruos: la decoración de Vélez Blanco y la literatura de su tiempo.” The award is given by La corónica, a journal dedicated to the study of medieval Iberian literature founded in 1972.

SWS Student Ashley Leahman Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

SWS Student Ashley Leahman Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

December 7, 2018

Studying abroad has been integral to VCU student Ashley Leahman’s life; she spent her junior year of high school in Zaragoza, Spain and is currently at University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Earlier this month, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recognized Leahman’s commitment to international education by awarding her a $1,000 Study Abroad Grant.

Collection Drive for Richmond-Area Migrant Children to Culminate at Common Book Talk

Collection Drive for Richmond-Area Migrant Children to Culminate at Common Book Talk

November 13, 2018

While the crisis facing undocumented children in the United States can seem overwhelming, the VCU community is rallying around this cause through a collection drive called “Solidaridad y Apoyo en Richmond” (Solidarity and Support in Richmond). The drive will culminate Wednesday evening at 6 in the Siegal Center as part of a public lecture by  Valeria Luiselli, author of “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions,” a book about the plight of undocumented children facing deportation from the United States, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s 2018 Common Book.

 

School of World Studies Society Connects Students

School of World Studies Society Connects Students

November 7, 2018

Neha Pondicherry, a VCU Junior double majoring in International Studies and biology, decided to start the School of World Studies Society to help students across the school’s four interdisciplinary programs feel more connected to each other and cohesive as a unit. The group met for the first time last week to discuss their goals, upcoming events and leadership opportunities.

2018 Student Research Conference This Week

2018 Student Research Conference This Week

November 5, 2018

Presented by VCU’s School of World Studies, the 2018 Student Research Conference is only days away and promises to showcase amazing undergraduate scholarship as well as a powerful keynote speaker. The conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, November 8 and 9 in the VCU Student Commons and features over 60 student presentations on topics ranging from the micro-culture of Catalonia, Spain to gentrification in Richmond.

SWS Professor Isabelle Richman Receives Accessibility Award

SWS Professor Isabelle Richman Receives Accessibility Award

October 15, 2018

Assistant professor of Religious Studies, Isabelle Richman, Ph.D., J.D., received the faculty award for student support due to her work as adviser to the Association for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions, a newly founded student group with about 40 members.

The Jewish Deli Revival: Buying and Selling American Jewish Nostalgia

The Jewish Deli Revival: Buying and Selling American Jewish Nostalgia

October 8, 2018

The Jewish deli holds a special place in the American culinary landscape at large, but is especially important for American Jews interacting with their community and culture. Rachel B. Gross, the John & Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University,  will discuss the evolving role of the traditional deli for Jewish Americans on November 26, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Room 1107 of the Academic Learning Commons.

Demonic Deliverance: Exorcism in Africa and Latin America

Demonic Deliverance: Exorcism in Africa and Latin America

October 8, 2018

The Exorcist is an iconic film, but merely a fictional depiction of a dramatic spiritual rite actually performed by real people. Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, Canada, Dr. Kate Kingsbury explores the reality of exorcism as practiced in Africa and Latin America in her upcoming lecture Demonic Deliverance to be held on Monday, November 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Hibbs 407. 

Deadline Extended for Student Research Conference

Deadline Extended for Student Research Conference

October 1, 2018

Due to high demand, the deadline for submissions to the 2018 Student Research Conference has been extended to Friday, October 5, 2018.

Heavenly Bodies Lecture Brings

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

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.

School of World Studies Professor Awarded Grant for Multidisciplinary Research on Zambia’s Bantu Expansion

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.