Events

2022-23

All events at the HRC are free and open to all. Please join us!

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Thinking at the End of the World: The Work of the Environmental Humanities

September 7, 2022

A landfill piled high with trash

The speaker for this virtual event is Stephanie Foote, Jackson and Nichols Chair and Professor of English at West Virginia University.


Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire

September 9, 2022

Jonathan M. Katz
Jonathan M. Katz

The speaker for this event is Jonathan M. Katz, freelance journalist and author of "Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire"


Pipeline Populism: Grassroots Environmentalism in the 21st Century

September 12, 2022

Kai Bosworth, Ph.D.
Kai Bosworth, Ph.D.

The speaker for this event is Kai Bosworth, Ph.D., assistant professor of international studies in the School of World Studies at VCU and author of "Pipeline Populism: Grassroots Environmentalism in the 21st Century."


Celebrating the Humanities at VCU

September 16, 2022

Rainbow-colored confetti against a blue background
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The Humanities Research Center welcomes you to our 2022 opening ceremony and celebration at the ICA Forum!


Almost Dead: Slavery and Social Rebirth in the Black Urban Atlantic

September 26, 2022

Michael Dickinson, Ph.D.
Michael L. Dickinson, Ph.D.

The speaker for this event is Michael Lawrence Dickinson, assistant professor of African American history at VCU and author of "Almost Dead: Slavery and Social Rebirth in the Black Urban Atlantic"


Gathering Futures: Speculative Fiction as Transformative Possibility During the Climate Crisis

October 3, 2022

Phoebe Wagner
Phoebe Wagner

The speaker for this event is Phoebe Wagner, writer, editor, and academic working at the intersection of climate change and speculative fiction.


Ageism Unmasked

October 10, 2022

Tracey Gendron, Ph.D.
Tracey Gendron, Ph.D.

The speaker for this event is Tracey Gendron, associate professor and Chair of the Department of Gerontology at VCU and author of "Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End it"


Intersections: Black and Indigenous Sound in the Early Atlantic World

October 15, 2022

Illustration: Black king, under the usual parasol, participates in the solemnity of his coronation. Note the musical instruments: some of European origin, such as the viola, and others of African origin, such as the atabaque and the marimba.
Carlos Julião, “Coroação de um Rei negro nos festejos de Reis” (18th century)

"Intersections" focuses specifically on Black and Indigenous sound, music and auditory culture in the early Atlantic world.


Fractures of Memory: Indigenous Futurisms and Experiential Symbolism

October 19, 2022

Ethan Brown and Federico Cuatlacuatl
Ethan Brown and Federico Cuatlacuatl

The speakers for this event are Ethan Brown, Pamunkey artist and filmmaker and Karenne Wood Native Artist-in-Residence at the HRC, and Federico Cuatlacuatl, artist and filmmaker.


Inventing Laziness: The Culture of Productivity in Late Ottoman Society

October 24, 2022

Melis Hafez, Ph.D.
Melis Hafez, Ph.D.

The speaker for this event is Melis Hafez, associate professor of History at VCU and author of "Inventing Laziness: The Culture of Productivity in Late Ottoman Society"


WAMPUM Framework: Indigenous Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

November 3, 2022

Kelsey Leonard
Kelsey Leonard

The speaker for this virtual event is Kelsey Leonard, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Waters, Climate, and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.


Water and Land: Indigenous Performance as Invitation to Action

November 10, 2022

Bethany Hughes
Bethany Hughes

The speaker for this virtual event is Bethany Hughes, assistant professor in the Department of American Culture and a core faculty member in the Native American Studies Program at the University of Michigan.


Research Fridays: Grant Writing in the Humanities

November 11, 2022

Person typing on laptop in a cafe

In this informal session, we will discuss potential projects, grant opportunities and ideas, and everything to do with grant writing in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.


Silver Veins, Dusty Lungs: Mining, Water, and Public Health in Zacatecas, 1835-1946

November 14, 2022

Rocio Gomez, Ph.D.
Rocío Gomez, Ph.D.

The speaker for this event is Rocío Gomez, assistant professor in Latin American History at VCU and author of "Silver Veins, Dusty Lungs: Mining, Water, and Public Health in Zacatecas, 1835-1946."


The Recovery of Cherokee Author John Milton Oskison (1874-1947)

November 17, 2022

Lionel Larre
Lionel Larré

The speaker for this event is Lionel Larré, president of Bordeaux Montaigne University, where he teaches American history with a focus on Native American history and on representations of Native Americans.


The Seed Keeper Reading and Discussion

November 17, 2022

Diane Wilson
Diane Wilson (Photo credit: Sarah Whiting)

The speaker for this event is Diane Wilson, writer, speaker, educator, and author of "The Seed Keeper" (Milkweed, 2021).


Dismantling Institutional Whiteness: Emerging Forms of Leadership in Higher Education

January 23, 2023

Mangala Subramaniam and M. Cristina Alcalde
Mangala Subramaniam, Ph.D. and M. Cristina Alcalde, Ph.D.

The speakers for this event are Mangala Subramaniam, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and M. Cristina Alcalde, Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University.


Travel and African American Imagination: A Conversation between Dr. Michael Ra-shon Hall and Dr. Kimberly Nichele Brown

February 6, 2023

Dr. Michael Ra-shon Hall and Dr. Kimberly Nichele Brown
Michael Ra-shon Hall, Ph.D. and Kimberly Nichele Brown, Ph.D.

The speakers for this event are Michael Ra-shon Hall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English at VCU, and Kimberly Nichele Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at VCU.


The Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane Film Screening

February 15, 2023

Shawn Utsey
Shawn Utsey, Ph.D.

The HRC presents a film screening of “The Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane,” with filmmaker Shawn Utsey, Professor of Psychology at VCU.


Beyond Sustainability: Climate Justice Charrette

February 15, 2023

Illustrated mushrooms and foliage on a paper background

Beyond Sustainability invites students to join us for a design workshop that seeks to address the systemic roots of our unsustainability problems on campus and in our world as a whole.


How Digital Technology Produces Fascism

February 17, 2023

David Golumbia
David Golumbia, Ph.D.

The speaker for this event is David Golumbia, Associate Professor of Digital Studies in the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Growing Kale, Shifting Power and Building Food Sovereignty

February 21, 2023

Malik Yakini
Malik Yakini

The speaker for this event is Malik Yakini, co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.


Spring '22 Residential Fellows’ Research Presentations

February 24, 2023

Jonathan Molina-Garcia, Michael Dickinson, Kevin Clay, Michael Hall and Indira Sultanić

The HRC residential fellows for Spring '22 will each give presentations on their research during their fellowship, under the theme of "Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice."


Petro-Time

March 2, 2023

Heather Davis
Heather Davis

The speaker for this event is Heather Davis, assistant professor of Culture and Media at The New School in New York.


The Unexpected Dante: A Mystery Solved

March 13, 2023

Bernardo Piciche
Bernardo Piciché, Ph.D.

The speaker for this event is Bernardo Piciché, Associate Professor of International Studies in the School of World Studies at VCU.


How to Prepare a Successful Application for a Fulbright Scholar Award

March 17, 2023

Jill Blondin and Jeff Wing
Jill Blondin, Ph.D. and Jeff Wing, J.D.

The speakers for this event are Jill Blondin, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, and Jeff Wing, J.D., Assistant Dean and Director of the National Scholarship Office at VCU.


The Unrepentant Oscar Wilde

April 3, 2023

Nicholas Frankel
Nicholas Frankel, Ph.D.

The speaker for this event is Nicholas Frankel, Professor of English at VCU.


Humanities & Public Interest Technology: Leading the Ethical Governance of Innovation

April 12, 2023

SylvesterJohnson
Sylvester Johnson

The speaker for this event is Sylvester Johnson, founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities.


Do Whales Judge Us?: Interspecies History and Ethics

May 1, 2023

Bathsheba Demuth
Bathsheba Demuth, Ph.D.

The speaker for this event is Bathsheba Demuth, Assistant Professor of History and Environment and Society at Brown University.


Interested in our offerings from prior years?

Each of the following pages offers a section at the bottom that lists topics and speakers from the past: