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Recognizing Those Who Served: VCU History Department

Nov 8, 2021

In recognition of Veterans Day, history student Nyah Graham interviewed two members of the VCU History Department staff – adjunct instructor John Lemza, Ph.D. and undergraduate student advisor Ryan O’Hallahan, both of whom served in the U.S. military.

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Coming Back Together: Student perspectives

Nov 11, 2021

Hear from students Dylan Seay of the Alexandrian Society and Emmet Angle-Davis of History Now about the importance of in-person get-togethers, and what they have learned by navigating through the difficulty of the pandemic.

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Coming Back Together: History Now’s Fall Revival

Nov 9, 2021

We’re so pleased to be back! History Now has been a vital way to forge connections within the history department’s undergraduate student community. See what they’ve been up to recently.

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The Removal of Richmond’s Lee Monument

Nov 5, 2021

History professor Michael Dickinson writes about the impact of the Lee statue removal and what is next for Richmond.

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Graduate Program Community & Connections During Covid

Nov 1, 2021

VCU history director of graduate studies reflects on the importance of community and connections for students in the midst of very difficult times.

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Ada Lovelace Day: Celebrating the achievements of the first computer programmer in history

Oct 12, 2021

Could you imagine computer programming before the modern computer? Professor Karen Rader lends her perspective on the life of Ada Lovelace and the celebration of women in STEM throughout history.

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The Crisis of Latinx Visibility

Oct 7, 2021

Professor Johanna Londoño discussed the difficulty of visualizing Latinx majority neighborhoods in built environments that are going through processes of urban change, such as urban renewal and gentrification.

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Do you really know the history of the American Revolution?

Sep 22, 2021

Do you really know the history of the American Revolution? Historian Mary Beth Norton's research shows a different and more detailed story than what you may have learned in high school.

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Preserving Cultural Heritage: the history behind Hispanic Heritage Month

Sep 21, 2021

Professor Daniel Morales writes about the history behind Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a repost from a news story published September 30, 2020.

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9/11 and the Constitution: A Conversation

Aug 30, 2021

VCU Libraries is hosting a video conversation on how 9/11 radically changed how the Constitution is interpreted.

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Brian Daugherty named recipient of Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s William M.E. Rachal Award

Aug 19, 2021

The award to Brian Daugherity is in recognition of an article documenting African American activism in Goochland County in the Jim Crow era.

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Here’s how New York City survived a deadly outbreak — in the 1790s

Apr 21, 2021

Through the eyes of front-line medical worker Alexander Anderson, a forthcoming book by Professor Carolyn Eastman will explore how New York grappled with yellow fever epidemics.

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John C. Powers reappointed chair of Department of History

Mar 12, 2021

Powers has worked at VCU for the past 14 years, serving most recently as an associate professor in the Department of History.

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Ana Edwards is preserving Black history — and sharing it with others

Feb 23, 2021

The VCU alumna and chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, will receive the VCU history department’s highest honor for graduate alumni March 18.

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Alum's art projections transform the Lee monument — and land the cover of National Geographic

Dec 14, 2020

In an interview with VCU News, history graduate Alex Criqui discusses the work he and artist Dustin Klein have put into Reclaiming the Monument — a project they hope brings people together.
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