Tags: History

Wednesday: Mar 21

The Civil War: Personal Stories, Stunning Tales

Wed. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Barbara Bellows (Two Charlestonians at War), John Bicknell (Lincoln’s Pathfinder), and Cate Lineberry (Be Free or Die) discuss their recent books, histories from the Civil War era that provide new and valued insights into the counterpoint of two soldiers from Charleston, resounding impacts of political campaigns, and Robert Smalls’ triumphant choice to free himself and his family from slavery.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Dialogue Across Grounds: Race, Gender, and Identity

Wed. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Poet Remica Bingham-Risher (Starlight & Error), fiction writer Lisa Ko (The Leavers), and young adult novelist Nic Stone (Dear Martin) discuss race, gender, and identity across genres, offering perspectives on immigration, family, and police brutality, among other topics, encouraging thoughtful dialogue within our community.

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Tags: African-American, Asian-American, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Family / Aging, Fiction, Gender, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Poetry

Revolutionary War: Fiction & Horrific Fact

Wed. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charles McRaven (The Rifling) and Robert Watson (The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn) discuss their recent books, a novel with a Revolutionary War basis, and an astonishing true story of thousands of Americans imprisoned, and killed, on the HMS Jersey, a prisoner of war ship.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, History

Thursday: Mar 22

The Great War: Social Currents, Chemistry & Consequences

Thu. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Theo Emery (Hellfire Boys) and Will Englund (March 1917) discuss their work of the Great War era, delving into world-changing impacts of small decisions, technological innovations, social injustices and mores, as the early twentieth century faced the consequences of war.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global, History

Smart Women Got it Done: Code Girls

Thu. March 22, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Author Liza Mundy (Code Girls) and WWII cryptographer Dorothy Braden Bruce share the story of thousands of American women recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy to serve as codebreakers, facing sexism and misogyny while keeping their involvement secret.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, History

Friday: Mar 23

Hidden Lives: Exploring Our Relationships with Animals

Fri. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

1035 Emmet Street North, Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Barbara King, (Personalities on the Plate), Abbie Gascho Landis (Immersion), and Maryn McKenna (Big Chicken) discuss our surprising connections to animals through the food we eat, water we drink, and medications we need.

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Tags: Business, Environment / Science, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, History, Nonfiction, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Inhumane Acts: Guantánamo and More

Fri. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Mark Fallon (Unjustifiable Means), Andrea Pitzer (One Long Night), Larry Siems, editor, and Mohamedou Ould Slahi, author (Guantánamo Diary: Restored Edition) discuss the history of concentration camps and the American government’s disturbing use of torture and secrecy at the detainee camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. Slahi will participate via Skype from Mauritania, due to travel restrictions.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global, History, Law / Supreme Court, Social Justice

American Studies: Dick, Ike & DARPA

Fri. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

John Farrell (Richard Nixon: The Life), Will Hitchcock (The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s), and Sharon Weinberger (The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency that Changed the World) discuss their masterful portraits of the Presidents and the secret work of DARPA and where their stories collide.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

The Civil War: Reconstruction, Treason & Memory

Fri. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Ed Ayers (The Thin Light of Freedom), Barbara Gannon (Americans Remember Their Civil War), and Cynthia Nicoletti (Secession on Trial), discuss their recent work Civil War histories, exploring the war through the perspectives of similar counties in Virginia and Pennsylvania, through the question of prosecution of Jefferson Davis for treason, and through our public efforts to commemorate and remember.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Speculative Fiction: Mythologies, Magic, and Time Travel

Fri. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

1035 Emmet Street North, Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors S.A. Chakraborty (City of Brass), Katherine Locke (The Girl with the Red Balloon), and Lana Popovic (Wicked Like A Wildfire) discuss their works of supernatural and futuristic fiction.

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Tags: Fiction, History, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy, StoryFest / Youth

Loving, Learning, Voting: Virginia Civil Rights

Fri. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Sheryl Cashin (Loving), Margaret Edds (We Face the Dawn) and Julian Heyter (The Dream is Lost) discuss their histories of interracial intimacy, the legal struggle for racial equality in education, and implementation of voters’ rights and mobilization, specific to the civil rights struggles faced in Virginia.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Law / Supreme Court, Social Justice

Racist Ideas in America: From Slavery to Black Lives Matter

Fri. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Ruth Caplin Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (in the same building as Culbreth Theatre)

Ibram X. Kendi (Stamped from the Beginning), one of the nation’s most prolific and accomplished young professors of race, writing and speaking to both scholarly and general audiences, delivers a keynote lecture.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Social Justice

Exploring Land and History

Fri. March 23, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

S. Max Edelson (The New Map of Empire), Lynn Rainville (Virginia and the Great War), and Camille Wells (Material Witness), discuss the inexorable ties of history to land, conquest, and conflict.

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Tags: Global, History, Nonfiction

Histories of Food & Eating: African-American Perspectives

Fri. March 23, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Kelley Fanto Deetz (Bound to the Fire) and Adrian Miller (The President’s Kitchen Cabinet) discuss histories of food and eating, from enslaved cooks to the personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every first family since George and Martha Washington.

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Tags: African-American, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, History, Nonfiction

Things Unseen: Race in America Today

Fri. March 23, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Ruth Caplin Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (in the same building as Culbreth Theatre)

Garnette Cadogan, Kima Jones, and Kevin Young discuss their contributions to The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, exploring and reacting to race in America in a present-day response to James Baldwin’s 1963 examination, The Fire Next Time.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction

Democracy: Good & Bad Government

Fri. March 23, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors David Goldfield (The Gifted Generation) and Nancy MacLean (Democracy in Chains) discuss their work, relating the history of American government support for the betterment of the entire nation and the six decade effort to alter the rules of governance, taking power from the majority to restrict democracy itself.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

Fri. March 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

UVa Ruth Caplin Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (in the same building as Culbreth Theatre)

Michael W. Twitty (The Cooking Gene) wanted to know more about his roots and heritage, so he went on a multi-state, international journey to discover his place in Southern food history and his place in the American story. Searching for his food roots and family routes across the South, he discovered a way to bring all Southerners to the table in a spirit of culinary celebration and spiritual and racial reconciliation. He will share his story in this solo presentation.

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Tags: African-American, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, History, Southern / Appalachian

Reading Under the Influence

Fri. March 23, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Location:

Common House

206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Hermione Hoby (Neon in Daylight), Irène Mathieu (orogeny), Nathaniel Rich (King Zeno), and SJ Sindu (Marriage of a Thousand Lies) give short readings of their work during this annual “late-night” Festival program. Just steps away from the Omni Hotel, enjoy the work of acclaimed emerging writers in an informal setting, with music, drinks, and mingling.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Fiction, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Gender, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, LGBTQ, Music, Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing, Southern / Appalachian

Saturday: Mar 24

African-American Heroes: Lives Told in Pictures

Sat. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Lesa Cline-Ransome (Before She was Harriet), James Ransome (Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You), and Carole Boston Weatherford (Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library) read from and discuss their historical picture books for children, which tell important stories of African-American heroes in the Civil Rights and social justice movements.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Biography / Memoir, Education / Teaching, History, Nonfiction, StoryFest / Youth

Youth in Revolt: Fiction That Refuses to Conform

Sat. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

1035 Emmet Street North, Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes (The Sleeping World), Cara Hoffman (Running), and SJ Sindu (Marriage of a Thousand Lies) discuss their novels about young people and the fight to find oneself amidst the tumult and politics of the modern world.

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Tags: Asian-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Family / Aging, Fiction, Global, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, LGBTQ

Civic Activism: 1960s Protests for Equal Access

Sat. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Andrew Kahrl (Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline) and Wayne Wiegand (The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism) discuss their work. Robert Williams, who protested at the Danville Public Library in 1960, will also participate.

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Tags: African-American, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Civic Activism: 1960s Protests for Equal Access

Sat. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Andrew Kahrl (Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline) and Wayne Wiegand (The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism) discuss their work. Robert Williams, who protested at the Danville Public Library in 1960, will also participate.

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Tags: African-American, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice

The Gilded Age: Exploring the Arts, Architecture, and Social Activism

Sat. March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Denise Kiernan (The Last Castle), Donna Lucey (Sargent’s Women)and Johanna Neumann (Gilded Suffragists) share their highly-regarded works on the fine arts (John Singer Sargent’s portraits), architecture (the Biltmore estate in Asheville, NC), and the women’s suffragist movement (seen through the involvement of women in New York’s social class) during the Gilded Age.

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Tags: Arts, Biography / Memoir, History

Roots of White Nationalism and the Alt-Right

Sat. March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Kathleen Belew (Bring the War Home), Nancy MacLean (Democracy in Chains), Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (How We Get Free), and Vegas Tenold (Everything You Love Will Burn) discuss the root causes and champions of the alt-right, and the wide-ranging impacts of the movement on American social equality and democracy.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice

The Fight for Women’s Right to Vote

Sat. March 24, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Johanna Neuman (Gilded Suffragists) and Elaine Weiss (The Woman’s Hour) discuss the efforts of suffragists and the down-to-the-wire campaign to achieve women’s right to vote, an almost one-hundred-year-old story that continues to resonate today with its aspects of civil rights, tactics, race, and class.

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Tags: Gender, History, Social Justice

In Pursuit of Truth: An Evening with the National Book Awards

Sat. March 24, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

2017 National Book Awards finalists Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Never Caught) and David Grann (Killers of the Flower Moon) join 2017 National Book Awards longlisted author Kevin Young (Bunk) in a discussion of the stories and facts their books bring to light, the hidden impacts of racism and social inequality in America that their work speaks to, and ultimately, the pursuit of truth in their award-winning nonfiction. National Book Foundation executive director Lisa Lucas moderates.

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Tags: African-American, American Indian, Arts, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, History, Nonfiction

Sunday: Mar 25

Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty

Sun. March 25, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location:

Monticello’s David M Rubenstein Visitor Center

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Eminent scholar John Boles (Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty) explores Thomas Jefferson’s expansive intellectualism/defenses of political and religious liberty, overturning conventional wisdom while acknowledging aspects of Jefferson which trouble us today. Meet Jefferson the architect, scientist, bibliophile, gourmet, and family man.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, History

Jamestown: The Truth Revealed

Sun. March 25, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

James Monroe’s Highland

2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

William Kelso (Jamestown: The Truth Revealed) discusses the extraordinary discoveries he and his collaborators made to locate the site of the 1600s Jamestown settlement, including invaluable recent excavations that have helped to provide a more complete picture of the settlement and its place in history.

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Tags: History

Writing the American Story: Diverse Voices in Distinguished Books

Sun. March 25, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award recipients Peter Ho Davies (The Fortunes), Tyehimba Jess (Olio), and Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures), accompanied in conversation with Award jury member Rita Dove, will share their writing and insights about race and culture, with a particular focus on the August 2017 events that took place in Charlottesville.

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Tags: African-American, Asian-American, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Gender, Headliners, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Poetry