Q&A with Brian Daugherity on the battle for — and against — educational opportunity in Prince Edward County, Virginia

Q&A with Brian Daugherity on the battle for — and against — educational opportunity in Prince Edward County, Virginia

May 15, 2019

History professor, Brian Daugherity, recently discussed his new book, “A Little Child Shall Lead Them: A Documentary Account of the Struggle for School Desegregation in Prince Edward County, Virginia," as part of the the University of Virginia Press’ Carter G. Woodson Institute Series. He explained how echoes of the school desegregation fight in Prince Edward County continue to be felt today. Click here to read more about Brian's insight into the history of desegregration as it relates to his book.


Graduate School Orientation

Graduate School Orientation

May 28, 2019

The VCU Graduate School Orientation for new students will take place on Tuesday, August 13 starting at 10:00 am in the lobby at the Singleton Center. Please click here for additional details about the orientation.   

The VCU History Department M.A. Program Orientation for graduate teaching assistants and new students will take place on Monday, August 19. Orientation for graduate teaching assistants will start at 5:00 pm in the History Department conference room at 811 S. Cathedral Place. The new student orientation will start at 6:00 pm at the same location. For questions and additional information, please contact Emilie Raymond, Director of Graduate Studies, History Department.

Celebrating 25 Years of the History M.A. Program!

Celebrating 25 Years of the History M.A. Program!

May 16, 2019

Save the Date! September 21, 2019 From 11:00 am to 2:30 pm

Join VCU History graduate students, alumni, and faculty on September 21 as we celebrate our past and inspire our future! 

At 11:00 am, join Professor John Kneebone for a walking tour exploring the ever-changing Monroe Park Campus with attention to the architectural and academic histories of the landscape. The tour will begin at the History Department at 811 S. Cathedral Place.

At 12:30, we will gather on the third floor of Cabell Library for lunch and a special program featuring:

  • Professor George Munro, VCU History department
  • Michael Lynch (class of 2001), Senior Historian at U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and Assistant Professor at U.S. Army War College
  • Kerry Dahm (class of 2013), Editorial and Research Assistant, Thomas Jefferson Papers: Retirement Series, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
  • Peighton Young, current M.A. student (class of 2020)

Special guests include retired faculty Professors William Blake, Alan Briceland, Harold Greer, John Kneebone and Bob Talbert.

Registration details coming soon! 


Kudos to History Faculty for Recent Accomplishments

Kudos to History Faculty for Recent Accomplishments

May 24, 2019

The History Department is pleased to announce some recent faculty accomplishments!

John Kneebone has won the University Award of Excellence, an award which comes out of the President's Office and is open to all faculty from both campuses in the university. This is a great honor for him and celebrates everything he has accomplished as a faculty member and chair in the History Department as well as through his service to the university. John will be formally presented with this award during the university's fall convocation in August.

Karen Rader has been elected as the future president of the History of Science Society. She will serve for two years as the society's vice president, then become president for two years, and finally transition to president emerita for another two. This is a prestigious position, which reflects her status within the history of science community and her commitment to professional service.

Greg Smithers has been named as one of the the College of Humanities and Science's eminent scholars. This award is a testament to Greg's research productivity and excellence in scholarship. He will hold this position for five years.

Brooke Newman has been named as the interim director of the VCU Humanities Research Center (HRC). She will lead the HRC through its upcoming transition to a new permanent director.

Summer Program Offers Chinese Students Experiential Learning in VA

Summer Program Offers Chinese Students Experiential Learning in VA

April 25, 2019

2019 will be the 15th year of VCU's American Studies Program. Launched in 2005, the American Studies Program (ASP) was designed for Chinese students who already have a strong command of English but want to test their English ability in a real-life university environment. ASP is a four-week academic/cultural immersion program that includes lectures from university professors and tours of local cultural and heritage sites. Many VCU history faculty will be involved with teaching the students about the history of Virginia, colonial America, indigenous peoples, the Civil Rights Movement, and much more. The American Studies Program director is history professor John Herman. Additional history faculty who will be leading some of the lectures include professors Daugherity, Dickinson, Eastman, Meacham, Raymond, Shivley, Smith, Smithers, and Thurber. 

In addition to the academic lectures, the program will incorporate visits to historic Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Monticello, Washington DC and New York City, as well as networking and English conversation with current VCU students.

This year's program starts July 8 and runs through August 2. For more information about the program, and to register, please see https://global.vcu.edu/outreach/specialprograms/americanstudies-china/ or contact Professor John Herman at (804) 828-2856.