Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to these scholarship award winners who wrote about the 2017 VCU Common Book, Dreamland, and the opioid epidemic after discussing it in their Focused Inquiry classes with FI faculty members Julie Markham, Scott Brookman, Chris Jackson, and Joseph Schaub. Scholarship winner – Marena Benoit Honorable mention – Jessi Bailey Honorable mention – Kelsy Boyle Honorable mention… Continue Reading Scholarship Winner

Study Abroad in Greece

Last year, VCU’s Department of Focused Inquiry ran its first ever study abroad program to the American College Greece in Athens. As part of President Rao’s initiative to provide opportunities for experiential education, Thad Fortney taught a section of UNIV 211 “Food for Thought” a course designed to introduce students to interdisciplinary studies. Students traveled… Continue Reading Study Abroad in Greece

Faculty Member Publishes Book

New Focused Inquiry faculty member, Dr. Incoronata “Nadia” Inserra, has published a book with the University of Ilinois Press. Global Tarantella: Reinventing Southern Italian Folk Music and Dances was supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the L. J. and Mary C. Skaggs Folklore Fund. On the publisher’s website, the book is described as… Continue Reading Faculty Member Publishes Book

FI Students Get their Hands Dirty

Check out the latest story from VCU’s Service Learning blog: Students Support New School Farm Project And talk about VCU’s Community Engagement!  This service learning class is taught by an FI Professor, the Community Food Collaborative’s board president is an FI Professor, and the Vice-Chair of the Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District Board is… Continue Reading FI Students Get their Hands Dirty

FI Professor’s Novel Released this Month

September marks the long-awaited release of Wirewalker, the first novel by Focused Inquiry professor Mary Lou Hall.  The story is set in a fictional city of Jackson City, Virginia, and centers on the unexpected friendship between a vulnerable boy and a Great Dane.  The publisher, Penguin Random House, describes it as “a novel about self-reliance, difficult choices, and… Continue Reading FI Professor’s Novel Released this Month