“[T]he Empathy Project is a collaborative, project-based learning assignment in which students design a test of human empathy and pitch it to a hypothetical business,” explains Focused Inquiry Professor Micol Hutchison in an article in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning.   In the article, “The Empathy Project: Using a Project-Based Learning Assignment…

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VCU’s Own Cherry Blossom Festival

By Nicole Anderson Ellis | April 1, 2016

No need to visit DC to celebrate this harbinger of spring or savor traditional Japanese culture.  This Sunday, April 3, from 12:30-4:30 VCU’s Japanese Student Association is hosting its 2nd Annual VCU Cherry Blossom Festival in the Student Commons Plaza.  Entertainment will include traditional drumming by VCU taiko club, featuring FI Professor Paul Yoon.  Join us!Read More

FI Professor Designs Essay-Grading App

By Nicole Anderson Ellis | April 1, 2016

“The idea came to me while watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” explained Professor DeSucof, a tenured member of the Focused Inquiry faculty team.  “I was trying to grade synthesis essays and watch at the same time, and realized it would be soooooooooo much easier if I could focus completely on the show.” And…

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2016 BIS Orientation Schedule

By Kristin Reed | February 29, 2016

Considering an interdisciplinary studies degree? Here’s our orientation schedule for this spring: Jan. 14, 9:00am Jan. 26, 4:00pm Feb. 9, 3:00pm Feb. 17 10:00am Feb. 23, 4:00pm Mar. 16, 10:00am Mar. 22, 4:00pm April 5, 4:00pm April 14, 9:00am April 27, 10:00amRead More

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Student Profile: Eric Stanley

By Kristin Reed | February 29, 2016

Eric Stanley is a recent graduate from VCU’s BIS program. Eric presents improvisational violin performances which can be found on his YouTube channel. He has more than 116,000 subscribers and over 16 million total views.Read More

Faculty Symposium: “Thinking Bodies”

By Kristin Reed | February 23, 2016

Thinking Bodies (in Focused Inquiry) Andrea Westcot Friday 26 February 2016 · 3:30PM, Harris 5182 How do our students learn best?  This is one of the guiding questions of the project of the Department of Focused Inquiry.  This interactive, cooperative symposium explores the ways that embodied pedagogy can be a useful, even crucial, tool in helping our students…

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Join us this Wednesday for a lecture by Dr. Jill Lepore, author of our 2015-2016 Common Book!

By Kristin Reed | February 23, 2016

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By Teaching, They Learn: FI Students’ Serving St. Joseph’s Villa

By Nicole Anderson Ellis | February 17, 2016

In the first century AD, Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger observed, “Docendo discimus,” or “by teaching, we learn.” In 2016, Focused Inquiry Professor Elizabeth Kreydatus is letting her students experience this first hand.  As part of a service learning section, these first year VCU students mentor teens from St. Joseph’s Villa, a non-profit serving Richmond…

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Learn more about Focused Inquiry and ASPiRE student work at Carver Promise

By Kristin Reed | January 15, 2016
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Teaching in the Humanities Workshop Series

By Kristin Reed | January 15, 2016

Alternatives to the Paper: Exploring Creative Assignments and Digital Possibilities February 9, 2016, 2-3.30pm  Humanities Research Center, Seminar Room 201, 920 W. Franklin Street Looking to get more than the traditional 3-5 page essay often used in humanities classes? Tired of worrying about plagiarism?  Thinking about how to change things up a bit in your writing…

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