News and Events

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Spring 2023 News and Events

Fall 2022 News and Events

  • Guest Lecture: The art historian and archaeologist Dr. Neville McFerrin will share a talk on her research in the ruins of ancient Roman Pompeii: "Andromeda Unbound: Re-Thinking Gender in the House of the Dioscuri" (Oct. 10, 6:00 PM, Center for the Sciences M73).
  • Students are also invited to an informal, drop-in, BYO brown-bag lunch discussion with Dr. McFerrin at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Lab. There will be opportunity to discuss her research, applying to graduate school in the humanities, art history, and archaeology, and to demonstrate some of the new technology and equipment available in the lab. (Oct. 10, 12:00–1:30 PM, Humanities Lab, Hemphill Hall, 4th floor)
  • GAME ON! Join professors from PHRE and the Departments of History, Political Science, and Sociology as they face off on the Bonnie's bowling lanes. Free pizza will be on hand too! (Oct. 26, 6:00–8:00 PM, The Bonnie Game Room 
  • The Honors College is hosting Mountains, Rivers, and Roads, a symposium on sharing interests and experiences relating to Appalachia from all corners and vantages. PHRE’s own Dr. Paul Thomas will be sharing a talk, “The Old Witch of Shawesville” on October 22 at 1:30 PM, Kyle 201, and Dr. Geoff Pollick will be sharing the outline of a new research project, “Understanding Arnheim: Religio-Racial Place-Making in the New River Valley of Virginia, 1838–1887” on October 22 at 2:00 PM, Kyle 204.  A full schedule of food trucks, talks and presentations, and other events is posted at
  • On November 10, the Department of Political Science will host the second Wicked Festival, Kyle 340, 5:00-7:30 PM. The Wicked Festival showcases students from across campus who are working on solving complex, or wicked, public problems. It builds from the work of Dr. Paul Hanstedt, whose book Creating Wicked Students, spurred the creation of the festival. Hanstedt’s idea is that students will face tough problems in their lives as citizens, so college classes should prepare them to tackle those problems. Part of the goal is to make the students the authorities on their problems and solutions and for them to share those with festival attendees. If you’re interested in sharing some of your own research at this event, reach out to a PHRE faculty member to ask for more information