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In support of our mission and grounded in the liberal arts tradition, the University of Richmond has resolved to examine, understand, and communicate our past more fully and inclusively.

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Population ecology and the impact of climate change

Biology professor Kristine Grayson talks about her work, including how climate change is affecting amphibians and reptiles. See her interview with President Crutcher.Watch now

President Crutcher confronts complexities of racism on PBS NewsHour

UR’s president talked with special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault about race and leadership in complicated times.Read story

President Ronald A. Crutcher announces intention to step down in 2022

President Crutcher announced that he has asked the Board of Trustees to prepare to launch the search for his successor, with the goal of the next president taking office no later than July 1, 2022.Read his letter

COVID-19 Response & Planning

Ensuring the health of the campus community is a responsibility we all share and will require a shared commitment from each of us as we modify the way we live, learn, and work together.Learn more
Students learn best not only when they’re challenged to tackle hard questions and engage viewpoints different from their own, but when they’re also taught to have these conversations in thoughtful ways. Institutions of higher education are uniquely positioned to model substantive and civil disagreement.
Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher

Recent essays

A strong ensembleBalance, cooperation, service, and commitment to a common purpose define Richmond’s response. Read More
A better futureDuring the summer, President Crutcher sent a message to alumni about the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd. The following is an excerpt. Read More
Competing perspectivesWe must push our students — and ourselves — to understand and consider viewpoints different than our own. Read More
Early to risePresident Crutcher reflects on his 5 a.m. start to each day, how he spends his time, and why he does it. Read More
Sunday morningsPresident Crutcher reflects on how the community that nurtured him as a young man influences how he leads the University of Richmond. Read More
The path we walk togetherThe university is great today because of the loyal support of generations of Spiders. Read More
A challenging call

Our sometimes uncomfortable past can lead to conversations that point to ways forward.

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An unfiltered view

One of the most important reasons I mentor is that it helps me better understand our students’ perspectives and needs.

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On the roadThoughts from a year of travel meeting and talking about Spiders Read More
A better pathUniversities have an important role in how we talk to and differ from each other. Read More
The value propositionSome of my most consequential financial decisions have involved recognizing true value. Read More
On labelsHow others see us can have a profound effect on how we see ourselves. Read More
On listeningThe importance of listening as a strategy for engaging meaningfully with one another. Read More
Academic excellence, in their own words
President Crutcher talks with faculty about the ideas that inspire them.
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On selflessnessSelflessness is less about what we do as a society than about who we are. Read More

Videos

A Sonata of Gratitude: Celebrating the Presidency of Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher

A Sonata of Gratitude: Celebrating the Presidency of Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher

June 10, 2021

Population Ecology and the Impact of Climate Change

Population Ecology and the Impact of Climate Change

Biology professor Kristine Grayson is a field ecologist whose areas of expertise include population ecology, the spread of invasive forest pests, migration in salamanders, and the impact of climate change on all of these species. The primary goal of her research program is to understand the ecology and physiology of animals in changing environments. Note: The interview and some content for this episode of Spider Talks was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chemistry and the Power of Mentorship

Chemistry and the Power of Mentorship

Carol Parish is a nationally recognized leader in computational and theoretical chemistry. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular behavior of energy related materials and biomolecules. She is frequently honored for her commitment to mentoring undergraduates and increasing the number of underrepresented students in the sciences. Note: The interview and some content for this episode of Spider Talks was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Intersection of Rap Lyrics and the Law

The Intersection of Rap Lyrics and the Law

Erik Nielson is a liberal arts professor in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. An expert in hip hop culture, Nielson specializes in the intersection of rap lyrics and the law. He is a much sought after expert witness for court trials and is frequently quoted in national media related to the use of rap lyrics as part of the prosecution. Note: The interview and some content for this episode of Spider Talks was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional footage was collected in the fall of 2020.

The Integral Nature of Music and the Arts

The Integral Nature of Music and the Arts

A pianist and harpsichordist, Joanne Kong is an internationally known for her musicianship. She is the longtime Director of Accompaniment and Coordinator of Chamber Ensembles. She's also one of today's most sought after and compelling veganism advocates, and travels the globe promoting a vegan lifestyle. Note: The interview and content for this episode of Spider Talks was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Landscape Ecology and Protecting our National Parks

Landscape Ecology and Protecting our National Parks

Todd Lookingbill is a professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment and also teaches biology courses. He is an expert in landscape ecology and protected areas' management. Lookingbill works with the National Park Service, The Forest Service, and other management agencies to educate people on how to be responsible stewards of natural land. Note: The interview and some content for this episode of Spider Talks was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional footage was collected in the fall of 2020.

The History of Mathematics and the Language of Change

The History of Mathematics and the Language of Change

Della Dumbaugh has been a professor of mathematics at the University of Richmond for more than 25 years. She teaches across the mathematics curriculum, including calculus, linear algebra, and number theory. She also specializes in the history of mathematics. Note: The interview and some content for this episode of Spider Talks was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional footage was collected in the fall of 2020.

Zebrafish, Genetics, and Curing Disease

Zebrafish, Genetics, and Curing Disease

Biology professor Isaac Skromne is a development biologist who uses zebrafish in his research related to bone disease and the central nervous system. His research projects are supported by both the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. His areas of expertise include development, genetics, and neuroscience.

President Crutcher

President Crutcher's cello interlude during COVID-19

Musicians worldwide are hosting informal concerts in their homes to lessen anxiety and bring joy in the current pandemic environment. University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher, a classical musician, offered a cello performance from his home as a way to provide a measure of inspiration, encouragement, and comfort. Crutcher performed two pieces, including the first movement of the Eccles Sonata in G minor and “The Swan,” which comes from “The Carnival of the Animals,” a musical suite by the French Romantic composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns.

Trade Policy and International Relations

Trade Policy and International Relations

Maia Linask is an economics professor in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. Her research examines the political economy of trade policy, specifically related to international relations. She also studies the interaction of trade policy and product quality. Linask teaches microeconomics and international trade.

An important video message to our Spider community

An important video message to our Spider community

Group Dynamics and Ethical Leadership

Group Dynamics and Ethical Leadership

Donelson Forsyth is a professor in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. A social and personality psychologist, Forsyth studies groups, leadership, ethical thought, and moral judgment. He teaches courses on “Group Dynamics” and “Leadership and the Social Sciences”. He is a prolific author with more than 150 books, chapters, and articles on ethics, groups, and leadership.

Wrongful Convictions and Exonerations

Wrongful Convictions and Exonerations

Mary Tate is a clinical professor of law and director of the Richmond School of Law's Institute for Actual Innocence, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020. Professor Tate and her students work to identify and exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals. Her scholarship focuses on post-conviction issues, innocence commissions, and the problem of wrongful convictions.

Art Music & Music as Medicine

Art Music & Music as Medicine

April Greenan is a musicologist and liberal arts professor who teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses through the University of Richmond’s School of Professional & Continuing Studies. Her research centers on 18th century Western art music and the cultivation of an art music tradition in the U.S. Another major theme of her research is the intersection of music and medicine.

Performance as a Tool for Social Change

Performance as a Tool for Social Change

Associate Professor of Theatre Patricia Herrera’s teaching and research focus on contemporary theater and performance, with an emphasis on social justice, identity politics, and transnationalism. Her areas of study also include Latinx cultural productions, documentary theater, and gender and performance.

The Changing Political Landscape

The Changing Political Landscape

Ernest McGowen, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, researches political behavior, campaigns, and elections, especially with respect to race and ethnicity. He's also studied behavior in young and African American voters, gerrymandering, and youth activism.

Constitutional History and the Reconstruction Amendments

Constitutional History and the Reconstruction Amendments

Law Professor Kurt Lash is one of the country's leading constitutional law scholars. Founder and director of the Richmond Program on the American Constitution, he has published widely on constitutional history, theory, and law; religious liberty; and free speech. One main area of his scholarship focuses on the Reconstruction Amendments, specifically the 14th Amendment.

A Well-Grounded Brain and Behaviorceuticals

A Well-Grounded Brain and Behaviorceuticals

Kelly Lambert is an award-winning professor of behavioral neuroscience in the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on unique aspects of decision-making and the best strategies for protecting and enhancing the brain's ability to navigate life's uncertainties. She also studies the hand-brain connection, emotional resilience, and comparative animal behavior.

Class of 2019

Class of 2019 'Spiders Take on the World'

"It's an ending and a beginning, simultaneously." See what the Class of 2019 had to say about their time at Richmond, what's ahead for their futures, and what they'll miss most about the place they call home.

The Implications of Diversity

The Implications of Diversity

Sociology professor Bedelia Richards is a race, ethnicity, immigration, and education scholar. Her research addresses the implications of the growing diversity in the United States' black population, and promotes critical thinking about how institutions of higher education can better serve students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and communities. For more information about Richards’ research, visit https://bre.is/hz3RIeeWf

Seeing the World Through Costume Design

Seeing the World Through Costume Design

Theatre professor Johann Stegmeir is an expert in costume and makeup design, as well as costume construction. Stegmeir has designed costumes for opera, theatre, dance, feature films, and television all over the world. Recently, he served as a costume designer for the 2017–18 North America premier of Alma Deutscher's Cinderella.

Leadership in Literature, Film, and Performance

Leadership in Literature, Film, and Performance

Jepson School of Leadership Studies associate professor Kristin Bezio integrates the study of literature into the Leadership Studies curriculum. Her areas of specialization include leadership in literature, film, and performance, and cultural and political history in Early Modern England. The footage and photos for the aerial section of this video are courtesy of Host of Sparrows Aerial Circus and Double Take, Lauren Olinger, and Barbara Shore Portrait.

The Art of Public Speaking

The Art of Public Speaking

Linda Hobgood is the director of the Speech Center and professor of rhetoric and communication studies. She specializes in public speaking, speech writing, personal communication, and political rhetoric. She is always seeking ways to improve communication skills in both the workplace environment and the public setting.

Human Rights and Modern Day Slavery

Human Rights and Modern Day Slavery

Political science professor Monti Datta’s research focuses on human rights and modern day slavery. He helped launch the Global Slavery Index, which assesses the prevalence of human trafficking across the world. Datta teaches classes on international relations, research methods, and global governance.

Season

Season's Greetings from UR (2018)

Happy Holidays to Spiders everywhere — from your University of Richmond home.

Engaging Students To Get Results

Engaging Students To Get Results

Accounting professor Joe Ben Hoyle, who has worked at the University of Richmond for 40 years, is a beloved faculty member who is well known for a unique approach to teaching. A champion of the Socratic Method, Hoyle’s main goal is to engage each one of his students from the moment they walk into his class.

Changing Attitudes Through Scholarship

Changing Attitudes Through Scholarship

Jennifer Nourse is an anthropologist whose research focuses on Indonesia. She's explored a wide range of topics, including religion, healthcare, and politics. Students marvel over the unique treasures in her office, and she is also one of only a small group of people in the world who speak the Indonesian dialect Lauje.

Global Perspectives and the Value of Language

Global Perspectives and the Value of Language

Yvonne Howell is a professor of Russian and international studies. She speaks five languages and is an expert on Russian and East European culture. She is dedicated to exposing University of Richmond students to global perspectives. *Photos in this piece were drawn from a collection of images that include sights in both St. Petersburg and Kyiv.

University of Richmond

University of Richmond's Princeton Rankings

The Princeton Review - College and Beyond has named UR as the No. 3 Best-Run College in the 2019 edition of "The Best 384 Colleges" college guide.

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University of Richmond 'Move In Day 2018'

We welcomed the Class of 2022, which is among UR's most academically talented.

Leadership and the Heroes Journey

Leadership and the Heroes Journey

Psychology professor Scott Allison researches heroes – how we construct them, why we need them, and why we are sometimes happy when they fall. He is an editor of the Heroism Science journal, and has written numerous books focusing on heroes and leadership.

Commencement 2018

Commencement 2018

The University of Richmond’s Class of 2018 is heading to coveted jobs and graduate schools all over the world. But as any alum will tell you, the Spider connection is for life.

Astrophysics and Big Data

Astrophysics and Big Data

Astrophysicist Jack Singal is a physics professor whose research focuses on our universe. A major theme of his research is light — both the kinds our eyes can and can’t see. His work helps us understand all the things that make up the universe.

Writing and Thinking Critically

Writing and Thinking Critically

Joe Essid directs the university's writing center, and writing across the curriculum program. As a scholar, he studies changing patterns of literacy, and how technology alters notions of good writing. He's also the campus beekeeper.

Chemical Biology and Cancer Research

Chemical Biology and Cancer Research

Chemistry professor Julie Pollock is a chemical biologist who focuses on developing programs that advance public health and medical research. Her primary focus is on cancer. Specifically, understanding how cancer develops and progresses. Pollock prides herself on her work with undergraduates, who she involves in every aspect of her research.

Modern U.S. History and Civil Rights

Modern U.S. History and Civil Rights

Professor Julian Hayter says today’s students often lack a deep knowledge of the history of the 20th century and the forces that came to define the American City during this time. He uses contemporary issues, such as civil rights and historical monuments, to help students better understand the forces that shape how politics truly operate.

Anti-Corruption Law and the Olympics

Anti-Corruption Law and the Olympics

The Olympic Games provide a fascinating case study to how various countries address the reality of corruption. Professor Andy Spalding uses the games to help his students better understand the impact and role of anticorruption at the international level.

Happy Holidays (2017)

Happy Holidays (2017)

The University of Richmond really knows how to light up the holidays. We hope your season is bright!

Behind the Scenes: Klemperer Trio Rehearsal

Behind the Scenes: Klemperer Trio Rehearsal

Sharp Series Lecture with Dr. Crutcher (Feb. 28, 2016)

Sharp Series Lecture with Dr. Crutcher (Feb. 28, 2016)

Spiral Up: Lessons in Music, Leadership, and Liberal Education

Sharp Viewpoint Series: Ed Gillespie (R) and Ralph Northam (D)

Sharp Viewpoint Series: Ed Gillespie (R) and Ralph Northam (D)

A conversation with the candidates for the Virginia Gubernatorial Race.

A Holiday Greeting (2016)

A Holiday Greeting (2016)

Warmest wishes from Richmond for a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year.

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