At the overgrown, long-neglected East End Cemetery, the Richmond burial site of untold thousands of African-Americans dating back to 1880, Virginia Commonwealth University professor Susan Bodnar-Deren, Ph.D., and her students were picking up trash and clearing brush and ivy from a grave plot on a recent Friday when Bodnar-Deren spotted something buried amid the mud and debris.
The Center for Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs will host symposiums this semester that explore the topics of race and policing in communities, and terrorism and radicalization in an open society.
Opal Tometi, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, will speak at Virginia Commonwealth University on March 31. Tometi, an activist who has worked at the intersection of racial justice and immigrant rights for more than a decade, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St. in Richmond.
With the start of the spring 2016 semester, the curtain rose on the 35th year of the Department of Dance and Choreography in the VCU School of the Arts. In recognition of this landmark, the department leadership reflected on the department’s past and focused on its future, which is dedicated to embracing the university’s core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.