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Student Spotlight: Martin Townes

Martin Charles Townes, an anthropology major in the School of World Studies, traveled this summer to South Africa for a study abroad trip led by Assistant Professor Amy Rector Verrelli. Martin’s group visited the Natural History Museum in Pretoria and received unprecedented access to its hominid fossil collection. They were able to see and touch […]

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Alumni spotlight: Christine Stoddard

Founder and Editor of Quail Bell Magazine, Christine Stoddard, BA English ’12 H&S, BA Film ’12 SoA, Cert Product Innovation ’12 SoB, is a full-time writer and visual storyteller, contributing writing, photography, and visual art to publications, new media, museums, and television. While at VCU, she started Comicality Magazine, wrote for Ink, contributed comics and articles to The […]

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Alumni spotlight: Matt Greene

Matt Greene, BS Psychology ’06, describes his whole-animal butcher shop and market JM Stock Provisions as “a real bootstraps sort of thing.” What he is referring to is the independent, entrepreneurial labor of love he and his business partner undertook in opening the Charlottesville-based business. Making quality, locally sourced meat and poultry available to his […]

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HRC Speaker Series: Cornel West

September 3, 2015 “Invoking Our Collective Memory” On September 3, Cornel West, one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals and a tireless champion of racial justice, will launch the Humanities Research Center Speaker Series with a keynote address. Dr. West has written nineteen books, including Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his new memoir, Brother West:  Living and Loving Out Loud.  […]

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HRC Speaker Series: Kathy Merlock Jackson

September 10, 2015 Song and Story in Disney’s Song of the South On September 10, Kathy Merlock Jackson (Professor and Coordinator of Communication at Virginia Wesleyan College) will speak about the cultural politics of Disney’s Song of the South. First released in 1946, Song of the South was an ambitious and innovative cinematic experiment combining live actors with animation. But the film’s […]

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HRC Speaker Series: James Loewen

September 29, 2015     “What Does the Civil War Mean in Richmond Today?”   On September 29, James Loewen, one of America’s most provocative public historians, will speak about Civil War memory in Richmond, Virginia, and the South.  Dr. Loewen’s research focuses on how Americans remember their past and the ways in which that past has been misrepresented in […]

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HRC Speaker Series: William J. Maxwell

October 13, 2015 “F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature” On October 13, William J. Maxwell (Professor of English and of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis) will speak about his new book, F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature. Drawing on nearly 14,000 pages of recently […]

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HRC Speaker Series: Kristen Green

October 19, 2015 “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, A Virginia Town, A Civil Rights Battle” On October 19, journalist Kristen Green will talk about her new book, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, A Virginia Town, A Civil Rights Battle. Virginia’s Prince Edward County refused to abide by the Supreme […]

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Django Unchained: Screening and Panel Discussion

October 27, 2015 Django Unchained is Quentin Tarantino’s most commercially successful and perhaps his most controversial film. Some critics have condemned the film’s representation of race and slavery, while others have defended Tarantino against these attacks. Many aspects of the film have attracted the attention of scholars and a recent collection of essays edited by VCU […]

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HRC Speaker Series: Nicole Myers Turner

November 18, 2015 “Powering the Pulpit: Religion, Race, and Politics in Post-Emancipation Virginia” On November 18, Nicole Myers Turner, who has just accepted a position in VCU’s Department of History as an expert in African American History, will speak about her current book project, “Faith and Freedom: The Politics of Black Religious Institutions in Post-Emancipation Virginia.” […]

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