Group of alexandrian society students on history doorstep

Alexandrian Society

The Alexandrian Society is one of the oldest and most highly-regarded academic organizations at Virginia Commonwealth University. Since its founding in the 1960s, The Alexandrian Society has been a student organization dedicated to the study of history and the promotion of excellence in historical scholarship at VCU. Its commitment to historical inquiry, active members, and sponsored events have led to its recognition as one of the elite campus organizations by faculty and students alike.

The Society is sponsored by the Department of History, and has been under the direction of Professor Bernard Moitt since 2006. The organization welcomes all VCU students interested in the study of history and historical topics, regardless of a student's concentration or declared major. Membership to the society provides networking opportunities both within and outside of our campus, as well as various other opportunities for academic and personal success.

Meeting Times and Dates

The Alexandrian Society holds weekly meetings throughout the semester. This semester, they are held every Wednesday morning in the conference room of the Department of History building on Virginia Commonwealth University's campus, located at 811 South Cathedral Street. Please feel free to attend a meeting on any given Wednesday. We are always welcoming guests and new members!

Symposia and Lectures

Spring 2022 Symposium

Social and Racial Injustice in the 21st Century: America at a Crossroads symposium was held on April 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Fall 2021 Lecture Series

The fall 2021 lecture series featured Professor John Harris, Ph.D. of Erskine College, author of The Last Slave Ships and Professor Alejandro de la Fuente, Ph.D. of Harvard University, author of Becoming Free, Becoming Black. Both lectures are recorded and can be found on the History Department YouTube page

Spring 2021 Lecture Series

The spring 2021 lecture series brought together a group of talented faculty from around the country and across the globe to speak about historical topics such as monuments, capitalism’s impact on enslaved people, the African diaspora, and female slaveholders in Jamaica. Topics and speakers included:

Rams in the Real World: Building Successful Careers with a VCU Degree

The Rams in the Real World speaker series (fall 2020) featured VCU alumni who inspired VCU students to build a foundation for a successful transition from the academic to the professional world. Speakers included Ranya Chakra (Abi-Fallah), M.D., Stephen E. Davenport, Robert Houghtaling, Sai Iyer, and Precious Lewis.

Past Events