News

Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground

Listing a Threatened Burial Ground on the National Register of Historic Places

April 29, 2022

Professor Ryan Smith details the collaborative efforts behind nominating Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground for the National Register of Historic Places.

professor sylvester johnson speaking at the podium

Blake Lecture Highlights Ethical Questions about AI

April 29, 2022

Professor Andrew Crislip provides a recap of April 7th's Blake Lecture, "Will Robots Feel Pain?" featuring Sylvester Johnson, Ph.D.

Michael Dickinson

Almost Dead: A story of resistance and survival

April 28, 2022

In “Almost Dead” Michael Dickinson, Ph.D. examines how the thousands of captives who lived, bled and resisted in the urban Atlantic survived to form dynamic communities and hold on to their humanity.

greg smithers

Writing Two-Spirit Histories

April 28, 2022

Professor Gregory Smithers reflects on an important conversation that led him to write Reclaiming Two-Spirits in a more thoughtful and deliberate way than he has ever written before.

ryan ohallahan

Helping Students with What Comes Next: Professional Development Course for History Majors

April 28, 2022

Professional development course provides history majors with the tools and skills they need to be successful in the job market after graduation.

Gregory Smithers, Ph.D. (Courtesy Gregory Smithers)

For centuries, Two-Spirit people had to carry out Native traditions in secret. Now, they’re ‘making their own history.’

April 25, 2022

History professor Gregory Smithers’ new book, “Reclaiming Two-Spirits,” centers the narrative of Two-Spirits in their role as keepers of knowledge.

Peter Stone

Effects of Climate Change on Historical Sites: A conversation with Peter Stone, Ph.D.

April 22, 2022

For Earth Day, VCU history student Nyah Graham spoke with history professor Peter Stone about the effects of climate change on historic sites.

Sylvester A, Johnson, Ph.D., founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities; Michael Lynch, Ph.D.; Andrew Crislip, Ph.D., William E. Blake Chair in the History of Christianity at VCU; William E. Blake, Ph.D. professor emeritus at VCU. (Department of History)

A longtime military officer and historian returns to VCU

April 15, 2022

Michael Lynch, Ph.D., receives the 2022 Graduate Alumni Achievement Award from the Department of History.

Laura Ping

A Tale of Two Bloomer Costumes

April 14, 2022

Professor Emilie Raymond spoke with Laura Ping (M.A. 2007) about her latest publication, "A Tale of Two Bloomer Costumes."

Richmond's Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground is located at the intersection of North Fifth and Hospital streets and has been neglected for generations. Photo courtesy of Ryan Smith, VCU Department of History.

Long-neglected Black cemetery in Richmond added to Virginia Landmarks Register

March 18, 2022

A VCU history professor is part of a team that has worked for years to win state and federal recognition of the Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground.