Comics creators and VCU alumni Charles Vess (B.F.A. '74/A) and Reilly Brown (B.F.A. '03/A) come to campus to talk about their careers and the comics industry. Vess' award-winning work has appeared on the covers of Marvel and DC publications as well as in books and art galleries. Brown is a writer and artist on comics including The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hercules and, perhaps most notably, Deadpool.
Moderator Aaron Gilchrist (B.S. '03/H&S), anchor of News4 Today for NBC Washington, leads a panel of his illustrious fellow alumni: best-selling novelist David Baldacci (B.A. '83/H&S; H.L.D. '01), artist and MacArthur Fellowship winner Tara Donovan (M.F.A. '99/A); renowned trauma surgeon Tom Scalea, M.D., (M.D. '78/M) and health policy leader Marilyn Tavenner (B.S. '83/N; M.H.A. '89/AHP) in a discussion about their careers and the influence of their alma mater.
Rickey Laurentiis, winner of the 2016 Levis Reading Prize for Boy with Thorn, reads from his book and then participates in a Q&A session with the audience.
Modern neuroscience presents new opportunities and challenges for national security. Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D., author of Mind Wars, explores the implications of this issue for the present and future.
Angela Flournoy, winner of the 2016 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for The Turner House, reads from her book and is then joined by her agent and editor for a discussion of the evolution of the book from original idea to first draft to published work.
Acclaimed multi-genre prose fiction writer Colson Whitehead presents his latest book, the National Book Award–winning novel The Underground Railroad, a haunting fusion of historical fiction and magical realism that tells the story of a pair of slaves who attempt to escape the South using an actual secret network of tunnels and tracks beneath the earth.
Universities generate an enormous amount of intellectual property, including copyrights, trademarks, patents, Internet domain names and even trade secrets. Until recently, universities often ceded ownership of this property to the faculty member or student by whom it was created or discovered. Increasingly, though, universities have become protective of this property, behaving like private firms, suing to protect trademarked sports logos, patents and name brands. Yet how can private rights accumulation and enforcement further the public interest in higher education? What is to be gained and lost as institutions become more guarded and contentious in their orientation toward intellectual property? In this lecture, law professor Jacob H. Rooksby, J.D., M.Ed., Ph.D., uses a mixture of research methods to grapple with those central questions, exposing and critiquing the industry's unquestioned and growing embrace of intellectual property from the perspective of research in law, higher educ
Marni Davis, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Georgia State University, presents her book Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition. The book discusses the involvement of Jews in the trafficking of alcohol during Prohibition and how this involvement inflamed anti-Semitism and brought to the surface tensions within the Jewish community over Jewish identity and the interest in full integration into American culture.
Noah Scalin, artist-in-residence at the VCU School of Business, discusses his Book Creative Sprint and leads the audience in a creativity-stretching activity.
Although civil rights historians have evolved a rich literature that addresses the politics of racial discrimination in education, public accommodations, housing and labor, they have a shallow understanding of racial discrimination in public libraries. Wayne Wiegand, Ph.D., professor of library and information studies emeritus at Florida State University, follows court records and newspapers of young black resilience, energy and determination to desegregate Jim Crow–era public libraries. Open These Hallowed Doors, his latest book, documents their activities and brings to the present generation the largely untold story of their courage and resolve.