Events

Upcoming Events

All events at the HRC are free and open to all.

The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Culture

January 29, 2024

Cristina Stanciu and book cover
Cristina Stanciu

The speaker for this event is Cristina Stanciu, PhD, Associate Professor of English at VCU and author of The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1879-1924.


Recovery in Practice

February 2, 2024

John Freyer
John Freyer

The speaker for this event is John D. Freyer, artist, author and Associate Professor of Cross Disciplinary Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Breathing Life into Black Wombs: Ableism, Misogynoir, and the Reproductive Injustice within the Medical Industrial Complex

February 8, 2024

Anna LaQawn Hinton
Anna LaQuawn Hinton

The speaker for this event is Anna LaQuawn Hinton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Disability Studies and Black Literature & Culture in the English Department at the University of North Texas.


Cliffhanger!: The First Movie Superheroes

February 12, 2024

Christopher Irving
Christopher Irving

Christopher Irving, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts, presents the history of the first superhero movies, the 1940s cliffhanger serials.


“Have You Seen the Nurse?": A Conversation with St. Philip School of Nursing Alumnae

February 22, 2024

Victoria Tucker
Victoria Tucker

Tori Tucker, RN, PhD, VCU Health System; Residential Fellow, Humanities Research Center will speak with St. Philip School of Nursing Alumnae Mary Gilbert Holmes, RN and Burlette Cooke Trent, RN in this Living Legacies event.


Justice Undone: Women Accused of Nazi-Era War Crimes

February 23, 2024

Jessica Trisko Darden
Jessica Trisko Darden

The speaker for this event is Jessica Trisko Darden, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the (In)Security Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University.


A Decolonizing Ear: Documentary Film Disrupts the Archive

February 26, 2024

Olivia Landry
Olivia Landry

The speaker for this event is Olivia Landry, PhD, Associate Professor in the School of World Studies at VCU and author of A Decolonizing Ear: Documentary Film Disrupts the Archive.


Living Legacies: Navigating Medicine with Dr. Philip E.B. Byrd Jr.

February 27, 2024

Philip E.B. Byrd, then and now
Philip E.B. Byrd Jr.

The speaker for this event is Philip E.B. Byrd Jr., MD, School of Medicine Alumnus 1969


Medicine, Marginalization and Resistance: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

March 12, 2024

Grace Gipson, Adin Lears, Gabriela León-Pérez, and Victoria Tucker
The HRC 2023-24 Residential Fellows

The speakers for this event are Grace Gipson, Adin Lears, Gabriela León-Pérez, and Victoria Tucker.


African Musicians in the Atlantic World: Legacies of Sound and Slavery

March 25, 2024

Mary Caton Lingold
Mary Caton Lingold

The speaker for this event is Mary Caton Lingold, PhD, Associate Professor of English and director of the PhD Program in Media, Art, and Text (MATX) at VCU, and author of African Musicians in the Atlantic World: Legacies of Sound and Slavery.


Mini Memoir Writing Workshop with Sonja Livingston

March 28, 2024

Sonja Livingston
Sonja Livingston

The speaker for this event is Sonja Livingston, Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of four books, including Ghostbread, a memoir of childhood poverty which won an AWP Book Prize for Nonfiction and has been widely adopted for classroom use.


Interconnections: The Research and Writing Process for ‘Joy Rides Through the Tunnel of Grief’

April 8, 2024

Jessica Hendry Nelson
Jessica Hendry Nelson

The speaker for this event is Jessica Hendry Nelson, Assistant Professor in the MFA program and English Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, and author of Joy Rides through the Tunnel of Grief.


Claiming Space in the “Birthplace of America:” Latin American Immigrants and Struggles for Belonging in Williamsburg, Virginia

April 11, 2024

Jennifer Bickham Mendez
Jennifer Bickham Mendez

The speaker for this event is Jennifer Bickham Mendez, PhD, Professor and Chair of Sociology at William & Mary.


Reading the Invisible Script: How Black Dance Pioneers of the 1930s-40s Danced Between the Lines

April 22, 2024

Gaynell Sherrod and her book
Gaynell Sherrod

The speaker for this event is E. Gaynell Sherrod, PhD, dance educator, choreographer, historian, and professor in the Department of Dance + Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Isolation and Engagement: Presidential Decision Making on China from Kennedy, to Nixon

September 9, 2024

Bill Newmann
William Newmann

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


Entitled Opinions: Doxa After Digitality

September 23, 2024

Caddie Alford next to her book
Caddie Alford

The speaker for this event is Caddie Alford, PhD, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing in the Department of English at VCU, and author of Entitled Opinions: Doxa After Digitality.


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: