Humanities Research Center Events – Fall 2014

Meet our Authors

Members of faculty in the Humanities at VCU have an impressive record of scholarly productivity and are recognized, both nationally and internationally, for their significant contributions to our understanding of the human condition across cultures, throughout the past, and in the present. Our new “Meet VCU’s Authors” series invites members of the Richmond community as well as colleagues and students from VCU and other local universities to come and meet VCU’s authors as they talk about their recently published books and answer questions about their work.  All are welcome! Co-sponsored by VCU Libraries.

Ryan K. Smith, Associate Professor of History and author of Robert Morris’s Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder (Yale University Press, 2014)

September 24, 2014
7.30pm
Humanities Research Center, 
Seminar Room 201
Valentine House, 920 W. Franklin Street


Gregory D. Smithers, Associate Professor of History and author of Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History (University Press of Florida, 2013)

October 8, 2014
7.30pm
Humanities Research Center, 
Seminar Room 201
Valentine House, 920 W. Franklin Street


Katherine Saunders Nash, Associate Professor of English and author of Feminist Narrative Ethics: Tacit Persuasion in Modernist Form (Ohio State University Press, 2014)

November 5, 2014
7.30pm
Humanities Research Center, Seminar Room 201
Valentine House, 920 W. Franklin Street


Speaker Series

Natasha Trethewey, United States Poet Laureate (2012-2014), winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, will read from her poetry and engage in conversation with VCU’s Professor Claudia Emerson, acclaimed poet and winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. This event is co-sponsored by VCU Libraries and the Office of the President.

September 17, 2014
6:00 pm
Commonwealth Ballroom, Student Commons


James Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association and formerly Professor of History at the University of Chicago, will talk about the AHA’s Tuning Project, which has brought together faculty from across the country to develop a common language that communicates to employers and a general audience the significance and value of a degree in the humanities.

October 3, 2014
3.30pm
Richmond Salon I-II, Student Commons


E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University, will perform his play Sweet Tea, based on his book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South (University of North Carolina Press, 2008) on October 29. Professor Johnson will also give a lecture on October 30 about his current research project on queer sexuality and performance in the black church. These two events are co-sponsored by the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

October 29, 2014
8:00 pm
Grace Street Theater

October 30, 2014
3.30pm
Richmond Salon I-II, Student Commons


Anne Helmreich, Senior Program Officer at the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and formerly Associate Professor of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University, will be speaking about the future of Digital Art History along with the implications for Digital Humanities in general; earlier in the day Professor Helmreich will be leading faculty and graduate students in a more informal discussion about the future of digital resources and digital publication. Co-sponsored by the Department of Art History.

November 20, 2014
3.30 pm
Forum Room, Student Commons


Workshops

Brigette Pfister, Director of Sponsored Programs in the Humanities and Sciences at VCU, and Richard Godbeer, Professor of History and Director of the Humanities Research Center, will lead a workshop on opportunities for research support within and beyond VCU.

September 26, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Humanities Research Center, Seminar Room 201
Valentine House, 920 W. Franklin Street


Dr. Robert Porter will lead a workshop on applying for grants in the humanities and social sciences, co-sponsored by the Office of Research and the College of Humanities and Sciences. Dr. Porter has presented grant writing workshops at leading universities and medical schools internationally, and is national leader in the growing field of research development. In 2013, the Office of Research invited Dr. Porter to offer grant writing training to new investigators at VCU entitled “Strategies for Success in Sponsored Research.” That event was an overwhelming success, with attendees stating that the session was “very focused,” “insightful,” and “fantastic!” Dr. Robert Porter will return to VCU on October 15 and 16, 2014 to present several grant writing workshops for graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff. The session devoted to the humanities and social sciences will include detailed discussion of funding opportunities offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Key elements of the NEH grant review process will be covered, and excerpts from successful proposals will be highlighted. Specific grant programs will be reviewed, together with eligibility requirements, funding levels, and lists of projects recently funded by each program. Additionally, participants will be guided to numerous opportunities posted by private foundations.

Registrationhttps://redcap.vcu.edu/rc/surveys/?s=G746oQ5eJQ

October 16, 2014
1:00 – 4:00 pm
VCU Globe
West Grace Street Student Housing North, 1030J


Christopher Rogers, Editorial Director at Yale University Press, will lead a workshop on strategies for preparing a book manuscript for successful submission to a university press.

October 23, 2014
3.30pm
Humanities Research Center, Seminar Room 201
Valentine House, 920 W. Franklin Street


Anne Helmreich, Senior Program Officer at the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and formerly Associate Professor of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University, will lead an informal discussion about the future of digital resources and digital publication.

November 20, 2014
12:00 pm
Humanities Research Center, Seminar Room 201
Valentine House, 920 W. Franklin Street


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