Chair in Catholic Studies Lecture Series

School of World Studies

Chair in Catholic Studies Lecture Series

The School of World Studies is hosting the annual Chair in Catholic Studies Lecture Series on Thursday, September 27 and Thursday, October 4. The lectures are as follows:

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“Australopithecine!” Exhibit at Cabell Library

The ‘Were-Apes’ of Africa and the Evolution of Hominids Australopithecines. They were part-ape and part-human – “were-apes” – and they lived only in Africa. Australopithecus sediba, a sensational new fossil find from South Africa was amongst the last of them. The species appears to have died out around two million years ago, but its anatomy […]

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Dr. Bernard Means Scans Artifacts from the Betsy in 3D

Dr. Bernard Means, Project Director for the Virtual Curation Unit for Recording Archaeological Materials Systematically (V.C.U.-R.A.M.S.), and his team of VCU Anthropology students, recently visited the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to perform 3D scans of artifacts from the 18th century collier brig Betsy. The Betsy was scuttled in 1781 in the York River at Yorktown,VA during […]

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The Virtual Curation Unit @ VCU

http://youtu.be/N6BPIuFYep0 Bernard Means, Ph.D. is an instructor of Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) as well as the Project Director for the Virtual Curation Unit for Recording Archaeological Materials Systematically (V.C.U.-R.A.M.S.), a research effort funded by the Department of Defense’s Legacy Program, and conducted jointly with John Haynes, a VCU alumnus who is now with Army […]

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Edward Abse, Ph.D., Presents “Surveying a Shamanic Landscape: Anthropological Fieldwork with the Mazatec Indians of Southern Mexico”

http://youtu.be/58fd7fOhkbQ The School of World Studies hosts Edward Abse, Ph.D., as he presents research based on his two years of studying shamanism and religious life of the Mazatees, a Native American people of the Sierra Madre Oriental in Mexico. Dr. Abse is a cultural anthropologist, specializing in the anthropology of religion (shamanism; ritual and cosmology; […]

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Costly Coverage: Religious Freedom and Reproductive Rights in the Birth Control Debate

Are women’s constitutional rights to contraception in danger? Should faith-based employers be permitted to opt out of contraceptive coverage from their federally mandated health insurance plans? Four panelists will debate the issue at a public conversation, featuring diverse and opposing views, that assesses religion’s effects on women’s fundamental rights in society and in American and […]

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“Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint” – Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut’s Book Gains International Recognition

http://youtu.be/oZTGaztkwLo Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut’s most recent book, Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint has quickly gained international appeal as recent attention has been paid to the Mexican Catholic “folk Saint” Santa Muerte and her large following of devotees – which range from women with unfaithful husbands or lovers to drug traffickers and […]

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The Virtual Curation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has obtained funding from the U.S. Department of Defense in the amount of $49,000 for a project developed in partnership with an archaeologist for Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ) and notable VCU alumnus, John Haynes. Project V.C.U.-R.A.M.S ., or the Virtual Curation Unit for Recording Archaeological Materials Systematically, involves three-dimensional (3D) […]

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VCU Professor of Anthropology Christopher A. Brooks Publishes “Through the Voices of Men: South African Men Speak about HIV”

Dr. Christopher A. Brooks has produced his second work focusing on HIV, Through the Voices of Men: South African Men Speak about HIV. Dr. Brooks is a Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of the Anthropology Program in the VCU School of World Studies. From the book’s press release: “In this age of global media, few are unaware of […]

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Dr. Bernard Moitt leads study abroad program in Barbados for 12th year

VCU faculty are leading more than two dozen study abroad opportunities this summer.  Most are full, but it’s not too late to start thinking about next year. For the 12th year, Dr. Bernard Moitt, Chair of the History Department, will lead a study abroad program in Barbados. Atlantic History and Culture in Barbados July 15 […]

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