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The Alexandrian Society is one of the oldest and most highly-regarded academic organizations at Virginia Commonwealth University. Since its founding in the 1960s, The Alexandrian Society has been a student organization dedicated to the study of history and the promotion of excellence in historical scholarship at VCU. Its commitment to historical inquiry, active members, and sponsored events have led to its recognition as one of the elite campus organizations by faculty and students alike.
The Society is sponsored by the Department of History, and has been under the direction of Professor Bernard Moitt since 2006. The organization welcomes all VCU students interested in the study of history and historical topics, regardless of a student's concentration or declared major. Membership to the society provides networking opportunities both within and outside of our campus, as well as various other opportunities for academic and personal success.
The Alexandrian Society holds weekly meetings throughout the semester. This semester, they are held every Wednesday morning in the conference room of the Department of History building on Virginia Commonwealth University's campus, located at 811 South Cathedral Street. Please feel free to attend a meeting on any given Wednesday. We are always welcoming guests and new members!
The spring 2021 lecture series brought together a group of talented faculty from around the country and across the globe to speak about historical topics such as monuments, capitalism’s impact on enslaved people, the African diaspora, and female slaveholders in Jamaica. Topics and speakers included:
The Rams in the Real World speaker series (fall 2020) featured VCU alumni who inspired VCU students to build a foundation for a successful transition from the academic to the professional world. Speakers included Ranya Chakra (Abi-Fallah), M.D., Stephen E. Davenport, Robert Houghtaling, Sai Iyer, and Precious Lewis.
Cuba in Transitions - Perspectives on a Hispanic Caribbean Society
April 22, 2015
Comparative Emancipation in the Atlantic World
March 11, 2013
Atlantic Migration during Slavery, Part 2
April 25, 2012
Atlantic Migration during Slavery, Part 1
April 27, 2011
Slavery, Revolution and Freedom: Haiti and the Atlantic World
April 14, 2010
The symposium was an exploration of the history of Haiti (formerly the French colony of Saint-Domingue), including the Haitian Revolution, the impact of the revolution on the Caribbean and the United States, as well as its politics, society, and culture from revolutionary times to the present.
Social Relations during Slavery in the Atlantic World
April 23, 2009
From Africa to Brazil: Continuity and Change in the Atlantic World
April 9, 2008
200 Years Hence: 1807-2007, Abolition and Survival in the Atlantic World
March 28, 2007
A Brazilian “Gallery of Illustrious Men of Color"
February 26, 2019
Beyond Jamestown: Why 1619 Matters in African and Atlantic World Contexts
November 13, 2019
William Hardin Burnley and the Black Atlantic
April 18, 2019
African American Soldiers in Europe during World War I
November 5, 2014
Lord Cornwallis vs. Anopheles Quadirmaculatus: How Mosquitoes and Malaria Helped Win the American Revolution, 1780-81
November 16, 2009
A Determined Revolution: African Americans Respond to the Emancipation Proclamation
November 9, 2011
St. Christopher's Journey: African Spiritual Narratives of the Early American South
November 19, 2008
Black Women and the Domestication of Free Labor in America's Cotton South
November 28, 2007