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Humanities Research Center to host slate of speaker events this fall

The center, part of the College of Humanities and Sciences, will feature events headlined by experts on a variety of topics, ranging from gerrymandering to Richmond’s historic cemeteries.
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The Humanities Research Center at Virginia Commonwealth University has announced a slate of events this fall.

The center, part of the College of Humanities and Sciences, will feature VCU faculty authors presenting their research on topics such as gerrymandering, African American families and Richmond cemeteries. Additionally, the center will feature speakers from across the country as part of its annual Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice Speaker Series.

Also this fall, the center is launching HRC Research Fridays, a series of talks and workshops on topics such as grant writing, mentoring unrepresented minority faculty, difficult moments in teaching social justice and more.

The events are open to the public, but registration is required for the virtual events.

Meet VCU's Authors: Ryan K. Smith, Ph.D.
Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.

Smith, a professor in the Department of History in the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU, is the author of “Death and Rebirth in a Southern City: Richmond's Historic Cemeteries.”

Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound
Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.

The speaker for this virtual event is Daphne A. Brooks, Ph.D., the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of African American Studies and a professor of theater studies, American studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Yale University. This event is part of the HRC Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice Speaker Series.

Meet VCU's Authors: Kathryn Murphy-Judy, Ph.D., in conversation with Betsy Starnes of Virtual Virginia
Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.

Murphy-Judy is a professor of French in the School of World Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU and co-author with Victoria Russell of “Teaching Language Online: A Guide for Designing, Developing, and Delivering Online, Blended, and Flipped Language Courses.” Murphy-Judy will be in conversation with Betsy Starnes of Virtual Virginia. 

Latinx Precarity, Permissibility, and Persistence
Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.

The speaker for this virtual event is Christopher González, Ph.D., a professor of English, founder and director of the Latinx Cultural Center, and associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University. This event is part of the HRC Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice Speaker Series.

Meet VCU's Authors: Robert Volpicelli, Ph.D., in conversation with Nick Frankel, Ph.D.
Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.

Volpicelli is an associate professor of English at Randolph-Macon College, and will join Frankel, a professor in the Department of English in the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU, for a conversation about Volpicelli's book “Transatlantic Modernism and the U.S. Lecture Tour.” 

Meet VCU's Authors: Faye Z. Belgrave, Ph.D.
Oct. 25 at 4 p.m.

Belgrave, university professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU, is co-author of “African American Families: Research, Theory, and Practice.” 

Meet VCU's Authors: Alex Keena, Ph.D., in conversation with Michael Latner, Ph.D.
Nov. 1 at 4 p.m.

Keena, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU, is co-author of “Gerrymandering the States: Partisanship, Race, and the Transformation of American Federalism.” He will join Latner, a professor of political science at California Polytechnic State University and senior fellow at the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion
Nov. 11 at 6 p.m.

The speaker for this virtual event is Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Ph.D., an American historian, writer and activist, and a professor emerita of ethnic studies at California State University East Bay. This event is part of the HRC Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice Speaker Series.

Meet VCU's Authors: Kim Case, Ph.D., and Salena Brody, Ph.D.
Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.

Case is director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at VCU and co-author of “Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice.” Brody, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas, contributed a chapter on white privilege and how it functions in the classroom.

Savage Conversations
Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

The speaker for this event is LeAnne Howe, the Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature at the University of Georgia. This event is part of the HRC Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice Speaker Series.

For a full list of events, including Research Fridays, please visit the Humanities Research Center's events page.

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