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For some enslaved people in the south, escape to Mexico offered their best route to freedom. (Illustration/Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

When the Underground Railroad ran to Mexico

Feb. 9, 2022

In upcoming talk, VCU professor will detail when an estimated 10,000 people journeyed south to escape slavery.

“The New Eagle Creek Saloon,” an installation at The Kitchen by artist Sadie Barnette that reimagines the first Black-owned gay bar in San Francisco. moore's residency is presented in connection to the installation. Photo courtesy of The Kitchen.

Professor’s ‘nightlife-in-residency’ explores queer nightlife, club culture

Feb. 2, 2022

‘My hope is that this project, which is so focused on feeling, sensation, lingering and community, reminds people to feel,’ madison moore said.

mike hunnicutt flanked by two of his v.c.u. students

Thanking Our Teachers

Feb. 1, 2022

The impact of a great teacher on a student is immeasurable; just ask the students and alums below. Through their dedication to their field, their students and their community, teachers – professors, advisers, mentors, teaching assistants – can leave an impression that lasts long after the semester ends. We’d like to give a shoutout to those in VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences who continue to guide and inspire our students. Break out the tissues!

Stephen Breyer's decision to retire comes at a key time for President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, according to John Aughenbaugh, an associate professor of political science.

What will be the impact of Stephen Breyer’s retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court?

Jan. 26, 2022

Breyer will retire from the court after serving for more than 27 years, allowing President Joe Biden to nominate a successor.

The new cohort of scholars at VCU's Humanities Research Center includes faculty from the College of Humanities and Sciences and schools of the Arts and Education. (File photo)

Meet the 5 interdisciplinary scholars who will be residential fellows this year at VCU’s Humanities Research Center

Jan. 19, 2022

The fellowship program provides faculty the opportunity to work on projects around a similar theme.

‘Heart of Atlanta’: Alum’s book tells the story behind the first legal challenges to the Civil Rights Act

Jan. 19, 2022

Ronnie Greene writes about the bravery of five Black ministry students and pastors who became unsung heroes of the civil rights movement.

Thinking of hitting the refresh button? Here’s how members of the VCU community took their lives in new directions.

Jan. 14, 2022

Following their hearts and passions led these students, faculty, staff members and graduates to make big changes, from switching majors to starting new careers.

Joe Cates. “I’ve always been curious. I’ve always wanted to understand things better and there’s no better way to do that than to teach others.” (Photo by mx.bex, courtesy of Joe Cates)

Starting over: Joe Cates’ journey from chef to professor

Jan. 14, 2022

Cates spent the first part of his professional life as a chef and restauranteur before a stint in rehab helped put him on a different path.

Jessica Seppi. “The more statistics classes I took, the more I realized I needed to make this decision. I wanted to do what makes me happy.” (Courtesy of Jessica Seppi)

Starting over: Jessica Seppi took a class that caused her to change direction, and she couldn’t be happier

Jan. 13, 2022

The transfer student pivoted from broadcast journalism to statistics after discovering a love for applying math to the real world.

Unfolding history: VCU students contribute to massive Holocaust research project

Jan. 11, 2022

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s History Unfolded project is using crowdsourcing to better understand what Americans knew about the Holocaust from reading local newspapers.