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Race in the Multiethic Literature Classroom book cover

August 26, 2024

Race in the Multiethnic Literature Classroom

12:00 p.m. (Online)

Cristina Stanciu, Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Gary Totten, Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, along with a few contributors, will present an overview of their edited volume Race in the Multiethnic Literature Classroom.

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Bill Newmann

September 9, 2024

Isolation and Engagement: Presidential Decision Making on Foreign Policy from Kennedy to Nixon

12:00 p.m. (Online)

The speaker for this event is William Newmann, Associate Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of Isolation and Engagement: Presidential Decision Making on China from Kennedy, to Nixon.

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Mar Hicks
Mar Hicks

September 19, 2024

How the Humanities and STEM Can Find Common Ground in the History of Technology

4:00 p.m. (In person)

The speaker for this event is Mar Hicks, PhD, Associate Professor of Data Science at the University of Virginia.

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Medicine Literature and a Desire Called Utopia

Rishi Goyal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Medical Humanities major, Columbia University

The Borders of AIDS and the Uses of Disease

Karma Chávez, PhD, MPH
Bobby and Sherri Patton Professor of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and Department Chair, UT Austin

Brian Daugherity

Faculty Spotlight: Brian Daugherity

Written by Maggie Unverzagt Goddard, Postdoctoral Fellow, History Dept.; Associate Director, Health Humanities Lab; Co-Director, Public Humanities Lab


As the Co-Director of the Public Humanities Lab at the HRC, Brian Daugherity draws on his extensive experience using collaboration as a methodology. Combining history and education, his work is not just limited to learning about the past; rather, Daugherity focuses on the past to learn important lessons and to find how it connects with the present.

Brian Daugherity's research focuses on the implementation of the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision in Virginia. He teaches courses on the History of the Civil Rights Movement, the History of Virginia, and the History of the United States since 1865. Daugherity also has taught a number of traveling courses, including an interdisciplinary class on the civil rights movement in the South, and another on the history of Virginia via a month-long boating trip down the James River.

In 2014, Daugherity co-taught “Footprints on the James: The Human and Natural History of Virginia” with James Vonesh and Dan Carr, two VCU biology professors, to explore the history and biology of the James River watershed, and how the two disciplines overlap and intersect. Along with their students, the faculty traveled a roughly 150-mile section of the James via sea kayak, canoe, raft, and bateau while backpacking and camping along the way... [Read the full spotlight]

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