Sandra Lim, winner of the 2015 Levis Reading Prize for The Wilderness, reads from her book and participates in a Q&A session with the audience.
Why do universities make significant distinctions among ownership of data, inventions and scholarly works? What are researchers and scholars giving away when they sign with publishers? What perils are inherent in consulting NDAs, CDAs and other industry agreements? What work belongs to faculty, and what belongs to students? University writers grapple with such questions on a daily basis, but there seem seldom to be simple, clear answers. University Counsel Madelyn Wessel navigates the complex and much-contested issue of intellectual property.
Boris Fishman, winner of the 2015 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for A Replacement Life, reads from his book and is then joined by his agent for a discussion of the evolution of the book from original idea to first draft to published work.
For nearly two decades, cartoonist Keith Knight has been creating funny, politically astute comic strips touching upon some of the most divisive issues of our time, including racially motivated police violence. In this year's VCU Libraries Black History Month Lecture, Keith Knight presents a slide show that uses comics to take our country to task on the subject of race.
During Black History Month, 2016, the VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture and VCU Libraries explore a different side of the paradox that is the film The Birth of a Nation: namely, the reaction to this film by African Americans in Virginia and across the country.
The currency of science is publishing. Producing novel, positive and clean results maximizes the likelihood of publishing success because those are the best kind of results. There are multiple ways to produce beautiful results: 1) be a genius, 2) be lucky, 3) be patient or 4) employ flexible analytic and selective reporting practices to manufacture the desired results. In a competitive marketplace with minimal accountability, it is hard to resist 4). The result is a glut of papers that appear beautiful only because they mask their less-than-rigorous methodologies. But there is a way to stop this. Researchers must be rewarded not for their results, but for how they got them. With transparency as their chief objective, researchers won't stop aiming for beautiful papers, but when they gets them, it will be clear that they earned them.
Jack D. Spiro, D.H.L., Ed.D, writes, My final Brown-Lyons Lecture will be devoted to exploring the world of Judaism (and the world itself) through the lens of the Hebrew prophets—the enduring values they espoused, especially the commitment of their lives, in word and deed, to the inseparable bond between justice and compassion. The Hebrew prophets are the supreme teachers of values the Jewish people ever created and among the greatest our world has ever known. What made them so extraordinary? What does their message mean for us today? Let us count the ways as their message lives on...
This lecture focuses on identification and mitigation of actual or perceived conflicts in research, clinical care, education and university business practices as they impact the university's mission. Lynn Zentner, JD, distinguishes individual conflicts of interest in research from institutional conflicts of interest in research; explains why institutional conflicts of interest matter and how they can, if unaddressed, negatively impact the university's integrity in research, in education and in clinical care; and discusses how an institutional conflicts-of-interest program focusing on research can and must expand its scope in order to comprehensively address all aspects of business practices that impact the university mission.