Revolutionary America's Quest for a Russian Ally: Society of the Cincinnati Annual Lecture

Revolutionary America's Quest for a Russian Ally: Society of the Cincinnati Annual Lecture

October 27, 2020

Join us October 27 at 5:30 p.m. to hear from our own Professor George Munro at the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia Annual Lecture titled Revolutionary America's Quest for a Russian Ally. Online, free and open to the public. Register today!

Virtual History Course Fair

Virtual History Course Fair

October 21, 2020

History majors, minors, and those who are interested in learning history, we invite you to visit the virtual course fair website. Each of the course catergories have links to a slide show with course descriptions and all the information you need prior to registration. 

Rams in the Real World: Alexandrian Society Event Series

Rams in the Real World: Alexandrian Society Event Series

October 28, 2020

The Alexandrian Society, under the direction of Professor Bernard Moitt, is pleased to present Rams in the Real World: Building Successful Careers with a VCU Degree featuring Ranya Chakra (Abi-Fallah), MD, VCU history alum, class of 2012. Join them October 28 at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

Historical Connections and National Dignity: Reflections on Latinx Heritage Month

Historical Connections and National Dignity: Reflections on Latinx Heritage Month

October 8, 2020

Professor G. Antonio Espinoza provides his reflections of what Latinx Heritage Month means to him. Espinoza is an associate professor of history specializing in the intersection of politics, society, and education in Modern Latin America

New book by former VCU president, history professor tells four-decade history of the university

New book by former VCU president, history professor tells four-decade history of the university

October 9, 2020

In “Fulfilling the Promise: Virginia Commonwealth University and the City of Richmond, 1968–2009,” VCU President Emeritus and University Distinguished Professor Eugene P. Trani, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of History Emeritus John T. Kneebone, Ph.D., tell the story of VCU from its founding in 1968 through the end of Trani’s tenure as president in 2009, and the university’s role in Richmond. 

Hiding in Plain Sight: Second Annual Greer Lecture

Hiding in Plain Sight: Second Annual Greer Lecture

October 6, 2020

On October 6 we were pleased to hear from Erika Denise Edwards, associate professor of Latin American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, at the Second Annual Harold and Laura Greer Lecture titled Hiding in Plain Sight: Black Women and the Making of a White Nation. Recording of the lecture is coming soon!

Preserving Cultural Heritage: The history behind Hispanic Heritage Month

Preserving Cultural Heritage: The history behind Hispanic Heritage Month

September 30, 2020

Daniel Morales provides some insight into the history of Hispanic Heritage Month. Morales is an assistant professor of history specializing in public history, Latinx history, immigration, and United States history.

Meet alumnus Marc Noble

Meet alumnus Marc Noble

September 21, 2020

VCU Department of History alumnus ​Marc Noble​ (BA ‘72/H&S) generously established the Marc Noble Scholarship in the History of Technology award in 2013. As a student, Marc recalls the frustrations of navigating financial aid, student loans and tuition payments while balancing schoolwork and a job in a bustling metropolitan city.

“I know all too well what it feels like to be a struggling student, trying to balance working to pay for school and hours spent studying.”

Silver Veins, Dusty Lungs

Silver Veins, Dusty Lungs

July 7, 2020

Professor Rocio Gomez’s latest book, Silver Veins, Dusty Lungs has been published by University of Nebraska Press. In the book, Professor Gomez illustrates that the human body and the environment are not separate entities but rather in a state of constant interaction.

Confronting the Memorial Landscape

Confronting the Memorial Landscape

June 24, 2020

History professors Michael Dickinson, Emilie Raymond, and Ryan Smith note that we are “witnessing a watershed moment in the history of Virginia’s commemorative landscape.” Read what they have to say about the historian’s role of informing and contextualizing “discussions about memorialization, Richmond history, and racial oppression.”

Virginia’s recognition of Juneteenth a ‘step in the right direction,’ VCU history professor says

Virginia’s recognition of Juneteenth a ‘step in the right direction,’ VCU history professor says

June 18, 2020

Professor Michael Dickinson says the holiday’s recognition by Virginia is a step in the right direction and should signal increased efforts to address the nation’s legacy of racial inequality.

Black Realities and White Statues

Black Realities and White Statues

June 18, 2020

Professor Michael L. Dickinson shares Black Realities and White Statues: The Fall of Confederate Monuments - featured in Black Perspectives by the African American Intellectual History Society.

Removal of Aunt Jemima brand is ‘long overdue,’ VCU history professor says

Removal of Aunt Jemima brand is ‘long overdue,’ VCU history professor says

June 17, 2020

With news breaking about the discontinuation of the Aunt Jemima brand, Professor Gregory Smithers provides his expertise on the history of the brand, and why its removal is long overdue. 

History Diversity and Inclusion statement

History Diversity and Inclusion statement

June 15, 2020

We, the VCU History Department, support the efforts of our students, the university, and the community to root out the systemic racism present in our nation both in the past and in the present. 

Rumors of War Arrives in the South

Rumors of War Arrives in the South

May 26, 2020

Artist Kehinde Wiley’s "Rumors of War" at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  "viscerally bridges past and present while pointing a challenging way forward," writes professor Ryan Smith in the American Association of History article, Rumors of War Arrives in the South

The media needs historians

The media needs historians

May 29, 2020

“Impeachment. Electoral battles. Pandemics. Economic collapse. Political polarization. When so much feels unprecedented and uncertain, historians understand not just how we got to where we are today, but the deeper lessons of how individuals, leaders, and governments have grappled with these challenges before.”  That is why the media needs historians, explains WaPo's Made by History co-editor Katheryn Brownell.

Alumnus honors memorable faculty heroine with memorial scholarship

Alumnus honors memorable faculty heroine with memorial scholarship

April 24, 2020

Alumnus Fred Wayne recently established the Dr. Ruth Douglas See Scholarship to support students who, like Dr. See, have an academic interest in or work on issues of social and economic justice.