CFA Institute supports diversity at the 2018 Festival


We are proud to announce that CFA Institute is a sponsor of select 2018 programming to support our initiative on diversity, which seeks to increase the diversity of participating authors and attract more diverse audiences to the Festival. Conversations that broaden one’s thinking, that help support empathy, and that welcome all participants are more important to our community—and our nation—than ever. As an advocate for diversity in investment management, CFA Institute is proud to sponsor the Virginia Festival of the Book’s initiative on diversity.

In the 2018 Festival, CFA Institute will sponsor these eight FREE programs:

  • Smart Women Got it Done: Code Girls—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. Co-sponsored by Women United in Philanthropy.
  • China’s Rise: International Relations—Amitai Etzioni (Avoiding War with China) and Howard French (Everything Under the Heavens) take on U.S.-China relations through history, strategy, and current events.
  • Vietnamese Memory: A Graphic Novel Reading—Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do) reads from her evocative illustrated memoir about the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives.
  • Overcoming the Uncomfortable: Middle-Grade Fiction with Heart—Tracey Baptiste (Rise of the Jumbies), Dusti Bowling (Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus), and Natalie Dias Lorenzi (A Long Pitch Home) discuss the characters, settings, and challenges featured in their popular and empathetic novels for middle-grade readers.
  • African-American Heroes: Lives Told in Pictures—Lesa Cline-Ransome (Before She was Harriet), James Ransome (Be a King), and Carole Boston Weatherford (Schomburg) read from and discuss their historical picture books, which tell important stories of African-American heroes in the Civil Rights and social justice movements.
  • The Fight for Women’s Right to Vote—Johanna Neuman (Gilded Suffragists) and Elaine Weiss (The Woman’s Hour) discuss the efforts of suffragists and the campaign to achieve women’s right to vote, an almost 100-year-old story that continues to resonate today with its aspects of civil rights, tactics, race, and class.

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