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Performance as a Tool for Social Change
Episode 18

Performance as a Tool for Social Change

Patricia Herrera, Associate Professor of Theatre

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
Episode 17

The Changing Political Landscape

Ernest McGowen, Associate Professor of Political Science

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
Episode 16

Constitutional History and the Reconstruction Amendments

Kurt Lash, E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in Law

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
Episode 15

A Well-Grounded Brain and Behaviorceuticals

Kelly Lambert, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience

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.

The Implications of Diversity
Episode 14

The Implications of Diversity

Bedelia Richards, Associate Professor of Sociology

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
Episode 13

Seeing the World Through Costume Design

Johann Stegmeir, Associate Professor of Theatre

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
Episode 12

Leadership in Literature, Film, and Performance

Kristin Bezio, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies

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
Episode 11

The Art of Public Speaking

Linda Hobgood, Director of the Speech Center, Rhetoric and Communication Studies

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
Episode 10

Human Rights and Modern Day Slavery

Monti Datta, Associate Professor of Political Science

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.

Engaging Students To Get Results
Episode 9

Engaging Students To Get Results

Joe Ben Hoyle, Associate Professor of Accounting

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
Episode 8

Changing Attitudes Through Scholarship

Jennifer Nourse, Associate Professor of Anthropology

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
Episode 7

Global Perspectives and the Value of Language

Yvonne Howell, Professor of Russian and International Studies

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.

Leadership and the Heroes Journey
Episode 6

Leadership and the Heroes Journey

Scott Allison, Professor of Psychology

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.

Astrophysics and Big Data
Episode 5

Astrophysics and Big Data

Jack Singal, Assistant Professor of Physics

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
Episode 4

Writing and Thinking Critically

Joe Essid, Director of the Writing Center

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
Episode 3

Chemical Biology and Cancer Research

Julie Pollock, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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
Episode 2

Modern U.S. History and Civil Rights

Julian Hayter, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies

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
Episode 1

Anti-Corruption Law and the Olympics

Andy Spalding, Professor of Law

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.

Welcome to Spider Talks

The University of Richmond is known for its outstanding academic quality — where accomplished faculty of diverse fields, backgrounds, and perspectives can flourish and have a distinctive voice. Spider Talks is a video series that presents an informative dialogue between President Ronald A. Crutcher and faculty to discuss their passion for creating new knowledge through innovative teaching, impactful research, and collaborative academic experiences. Spider Talks is produced by University Communications and is delivered each month during the spring and fall academic semesters.