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VCU 50: Commemorating History Symposium

On Nov. 30, Virginia Commonwealth University will host a day-long symposium titled, “Commemorating History: Challenges and Opportunities” to reflect on its history across the past 50 years, and VCU’s deep connections to the legacies of the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) and the Richmond Professional Institute (RPI).

Institutions of higher education have made considerable contributions to our states and communities, but they have also had difficult and, at times, deeply troubled histories.

VCU officially came into being in 1968 when The Wayne Commission recommended merging MCV and RPI into a single university.

When VCU opened, it was a time of unrest, student activism and social change grounded in the Civil Rights Movement.

Now 50 years later, we are again deeply engaged with a range of challenges and social tensions playing out on American college campuses.

Whether struggling with the memorialization of “The Lost Cause” or tragic events linked with the social unrest in the 1960s and 1970s, Symposium participants will take the opportunity to examine the connections between VCU’s past and future.

Alumni, current students, current and emeriti faculty, administrators and community members are invited to attend a day of panels, presentations and breakout sessions on how VCU has evolved across the past five decades.

Additional event details and registration information will be available soon. For questions, please contact Kevin Allison, Ph.D. at or (804) 827-0027.

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