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20th Annual French Film Festival This Weekend

The Twentieth Annual French Film Festival, co-sponsored by VCU and the University of Richmond, begins tomorrow at the Byrd Theater in Carytown. The festival was co-founded and organized by Dr. Peter Kirkpatrick from the School of World Studies along with Dr. Françoise Kirkpatrick from the University of Richmond. The Festival has distinguished itself over the years with numerous North […]

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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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MATX Guest Speaker Marc LaFountain Hosts Conversation About Social Blogging

http://youtu.be/0vlD14uEQKI Guest speaker Marc LaFountain recently discussed social blogging on Tumblr with VCU students at a seminar sponsored by MATX. Marc LaFountain was the third employee of Tumblr, the social blogging platform. This video contains excerpts from that conversation. MATX is VCU’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in Media Art & Text. The program is a joint […]

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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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A Celebration in African American Studies

The Department of African American Studies will celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding students from academic disciplines across the University at A Celebration in African American Studies on Friday, March 23rd. Vocal and instrumental music performances will be provided by the Elegba Folklore Society, Inc. Newly donated paintings to the department by artist Costanza Knight will […]

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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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Assistant Professor Wins Fulbright Research Grant

Dr. Craig Larson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, has won a Fulbright Research Grant to work with Gunnar Brinkmann at the University of Ghent on advancing research on graph theoretic independence number algorithms. Gunnar Brinkman is best known for discovering the Brinkmann graph in 1992; a 4-regular graph with 21 vertices […]

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Dean’s Society Enjoys Ram’s Victory Over UNI

Dean Jim Coleman welcomed members of the Dean’s Society and members of the Humanities and Sciences staff to a hospitality suite at the Siegel Center to watch the Rams take on the University of Northern Iowa during the BracketBusters tournament on February 17th. The Rams put on a great show for everyone in attendance the […]

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Nine VCU Faculty Researchers Present at the 15th Annual International Public Relations Research Conference

The VCU School of Mass Communications has had a record-breaking research year – nine researchers will present seven papers at the 15th Annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC) to be held March 8 – 10 in Miami, Florida. IPRRC is an academic research conference that is devoted entirely to public relations (PR) research. During […]

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VCU Partners with the Jain Community

    This past December, VCU faculty and members of the Jain Society met to ceremonially announce to the public their partnership to develop more curricular and co-curricular programs in Jain Studies. The Religious Studies Program in the School of World Studies offers an array of courses and programs in world religions, cultures, and spirituality.  […]

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