The Berglund Seminar Series helps generate meaningful discussions and debates outside of the classroom on topical—and sometimes controversial—subjects.
Each semester the Honors College invites faculty and community partners to participate in our Berglund Seminar and Diverse Conversations series. The purpose of the series is to generate meaningful discussions and debates outside of the classroom on topical—and sometimes controversial—subjects.
VCU faculty have presented on a range of subjects from e-cigarettes, to 3D printing museum artifacts, to representation and identity. We have also had community partners discuss topics like affordable housing, the GRTC Pulse and Richmond transit system and helping families of inmates.
Our Diverse Conversations are designed to bring a small group (10-15) of students together to engage in conversation around topics of diversity and inclusion specifically. In contrast, the Berglund Seminars can be on a variety of topics and are open to the public.
Honors students can earn five engagement points for attending a Bergldund Seminar.
Title: Hollywood Cemetery's Hidden Stories / or Richmond National Cemetery: Union Graves in the Heart of the Confederacy
Speaker: Ryan Smith, Ph.D.
Date and Time: October 28 at 4 p.m.
This seminar will attempt to show why the cemetery is important to us today and what connections it has to Richmond's wider memorial landscape.
Title: Women's Lifespan Development Research Lab: A Review of Recent Findings
Speaker: Mary Hermann, J.D., Ph.D.
Date and Time: November 3 at 4 p.m.
In this seminar, the founder and director of the Women's Lifespan Development Research Lab will share findings from recent research lab projects. These projects include the experiences of working mothers in multiple fields, including experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, the experiences of African American women in the workforce, and the experiences of women at midlife. Social justice advocacy implications will be discussed. Information about the lab will be provided.
Title: Research and Education in Rwanda: Common Ground in the Land of 1,000 Hills
Speaker: Dr. Dennis Hopkinson
Date and Time: November 4 at 6 p.m.
Hopkinson will cover his research in Rwanda over the last three years, in which he collaborated with local researchers on multiple projects. He will explore sepsis and acute coronary syndrome in Rwanda, discuss barriers to taking blood pressure medications, and describe our exciting Vitamin C in sepsis clinical trial. He will also discuss the project we have just launched, in which we are working to understand delivery of critical care in order to improve critical care education in Rwanda.
Title: Increasing educational equity via prevention of problematic behaviors in preschool and elementary school
Speaker: Kevin Sutherland, Ph.D., and Kristen Granger, Ph.D.
Date and Time: November 16 at 4 p.m.
Children and students with and at-risk for emotional/behavioral disorders receive fewer learning opportunities and positive interactions with their teachers early in school, and these interaction patterns continue into later school years. These negative school experiences contribute to poor outcomes later in life, including school dropout, mental health problems and involvement with the juvenile justice system. In this seminar, Sutherland and Granger will describe how they developed and evaluated a prevention program, BEST in CLASS, that trains and supports teachers to improve their use of evidence-based practices to support young children and students in order to improve teacher-child relationships and interactions. They will briefly describe BEST in CLASS and discuss implications for future work in this area.
Title: Unlearning History, 30 Years of Excavating in The Near East: A RAM'S perspective
Speaker: Jon Waybright, Ph.D.
Date and Time: November 19 at 4 p.m.
In this presentation Waybright will discuss three main topics of VCU's Study Abroad program to the Middle East. Topic 1 - Unlearning History - How interpretations and understandings of evidence change in a single generation. Topic 2 - Rams Dig! VCU archaeology programs to Israel and their contributions to the History of the Ancient Near East. Topic 3 - An invitation to join the summer 2022 VCU team to Hazor Israel.