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Wednesday: Mar 20

American Addictions: Our Opioids Crisis

Wed. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Beth Macy (Dopesick), and Chris McGreal (American Overdose) share the results of their many years of reporting on America’s opioid epidemic, where and how it began, the corporate greed at its epicenter, the innumerable lives affected, the ignored warnings, and the ongoing consequences, which touch every community.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Health / Mind / Body, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

True Crime: Taking Back the Power

Wed. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Co-authors Victoria Bruce and William Oldfield (Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society Review) and Patricia Miller (Bringing Down the Colonel) discuss incredible true stories that changed history and the research that went into their captivating books detailing those events.

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Tags: Crime Wave, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice

#Charlottesville: Perspectives on August 2017

Wed. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Claudrena Harold and Louis Nelson (Charlottesville 2017) join Hawes Spencer (Summer of Hate) in a discussion of the historic events of August 11 and 12, 2017, when alt-right hate groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

Extraordinary Times: New Early American Histories

Wed. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Robert Parkinson (The Common Cause) and Douglas Winiarski (Darkness Falls on the Land of Light) discuss their acclaimed books, presenting important new discoveries and voices from early American political and religious history, and examining themes that echo true today.

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Tags: African-American, American Indian, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Spirituality / Religion

Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America

Wed. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Alissa Quart (Squeezed:Why Our Families Can’t Afford America), discusses her reporting, research, and personal experience covering the financial pressures on American families stemming from rising medical and childcare costs, harsh employment policies, underemployment, and more, in conversation with Allison Pugh.

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History Embodied: Public Monuments & Power—SOLD OUT

Wed. March 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy (Monumental) and former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu (In the Shadow of Statues) discuss their experiences working as elected representatives and examining the history behind and presented by public monuments in their cities.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice

History Embodied: Public Monuments & Power—Live-stream Viewing

Wed. March 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy (Monumental) and former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu (In the Shadow of Statues) discuss their experiences working as elected representatives and examining the history behind and presented by public monuments in their cities.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Tech Wars: How Social Media Undermines Democracy

Wed. March 20, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location:

UVa Garrett Hall

235 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, Va.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Cyberwar) and Siva Vaidhyanathan (Antisocial Media) discuss ways in which social media challenges contemporary democracy by undermining responsible journalism and supporting innumerable tools for false messages and interference in U.S. elections, among other tactics.

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

Thursday: Mar 21

Generals Behaving Badly: Benedict Arnold, Robert E. Lee, and Anthony Wayne

Thu. March 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Joyce Malcolm (The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life), John Reeves (The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee: The Forgotten Case Against an American Icon) and Mary Stockwell (Unlikely General: “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America) discuss three of the most controversial military leaders from the first American century.

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

Southern Discomfort: Journalists Explore Guns and Drugs

Thu. March 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors and journalists Thomas Kapsidelis (After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings) and Pam Kelley (Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South) discuss challenges and resilience in confrontations with violence and social disintegration in the contemporary American South.

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Tags: African-American, Asian-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Nonfiction

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

Thu. March 21, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

UVa Clark Hall - Room 108

UVa Central Grounds, 291 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Author and journalist Earl Swift (Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island) will read from his latest work and discuss the history of, and contemporary stories from, the two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction. This program, an Environmental Sciences graduate seminar, is open to the public.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

All of Our Rights: America’s Legacy of Inequality

Thu. March 21, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Carol Anderson (One Person, No Vote), Michael Eric Dyson (What Truth Sounds Like), and Martha S. Jones (Birthright Citizens) discuss their award-winning works focused on American rights, racism, and resistance.

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

Friday: Mar 22

Rebels With a Cause

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hal Crowther (Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers: A Gallery of Memorable Southerners) and Charles Marsh (Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith & Justice) discuss their collections of biographical essays on unexpected and underappreciated leaders in struggles for justice and equality.

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

Environmental Elegies: Sharing the World with Plants & Animals

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Clinton Crockett Peters (Pandora’s Garden) and Susan Hand Shetterly (Seaweed Chronicles) discuss the flora and fauna with which humans share the world, and how they influence and interact with our lives in integral and unexpected ways.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Global, Nonfiction, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Civil War: Places, Politics, and Armies

Fri. March 22, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Historians  J. Matthew Gallman (coeditor of Civil War Places), Stephen E. Maizlish (A Strife of Tongues), and Elizabeth R. Varon (Armies of Deliverance) discuss their newest work, explorations of the American Civil War, slavery, and pre-war politics.

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Organizing for the Common Good: Labor Unions & Strikes in America

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jessica Salfia (55 Strong) and Lynn Waltz (Hog Wild) discuss their personal experiences with and research into contemporary labor unions and strikes in America, from the West Virginia teachers’ strike to the world’s largest meatpacking union.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Business, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

Political (Dis)harmony: Music & Social Movements

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time), Tim Mohr (Burning Down the Haus), and Imani Perry (May We Forever Stand) discuss the roles played by music and musicians in organizing social movements, past and present.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Folklife, Global, History, Music, Nonfiction, Social Justice

New Writing on Climate Change: A Dialogue on Responsibility

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Mike Gunter Jr. (Tales of an Ecotourist), Susan Hand Shetterly (Seaweed Chronicles), and Rick Van Noy (Sudden Spring) discuss the people and wildlife that they’ve encountered in their work, as well as the threats that climate change poses for them and the impacts that it has already had, from Downeast Maine to the Gulf Coast of the American South, and across the globe.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Global, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Writing to Save Our World: A Celebration of Environmental Writing

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Southern Environmental Law Center

201 West Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Earl Swift (Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island) will speak at the 25th Annual Celebration of the Reed Award for Environmental Writing presented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science

Women and War: Untold Stories

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Heath Lee (The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home) and Eileen Rivers (Beyond the Call: Three Women 0n the Front Lines in Afghanistan) discuss the impact of America’s foreign wars on two generations of women, first the Vietnam era P.O.W. wives who confronted an uncaring U.S. government to women of our era themselves fighting in a distant land.

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

Saturday: Mar 23

Hate / Speech: Confronting Discrimination with Free Expression

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Editor Arjun Sethi (American Hate: Survivors Speak Out) and author Nadine Strossen (Hate: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship) discuss discrimination, hate, and free speech in America, identifying ways to counteract vitriol and work toward reconciliation.

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Tags: African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Language / Culture / Folklife, Latinx, Law / Supreme Court, LGBTQ, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Terrorists: Psychology, Ideology and Circumstance

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Prudence Bushnell (Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings) and Farhana Qazi (Invisible Martyrs: Inside the Secret World of Female Islamic Radicals) probe the catalysts, thoughts and situations motivating terrorists in the Middle East and Africa, and failures of the U.S. national security community to understand these.

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

Anti-Semitism and a Defense Against Hatred in America

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jonathan Weisman, journalist and author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, will discuss his book and Judaism, hate, the rise of white nationalism, and how we can fight anti-Semitism in America.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Spirituality / Religion

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

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

Location:

Greene County JMRL Library

222 Main Street, Stanardsville, VA 22973

Author and journalist Earl Swift (Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island) will read from his latest work and discuss the history of, and contemporary stories from, the two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

Future Tense: Writers You’ll be Reading for the Next 25 Years

Sat. March 23, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Mitchell S. Jackson (Survival Math), José Olivarez (Citizen Illegal), and Sarah Smarsh (Heartland) share and discuss their deeply personal works of nonfiction and poetry, each representing an eye-opening look into larger social and political issues in America.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Family / Aging, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, Latinx, Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing, Social Justice

Sunday: Mar 24

A World Built on Bondage: Racism and Human Diversity in Award-Winning Fiction

Sun. March 24, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Esi Edugyan (Washington Black) and John Edgar Wideman (American Histories) discuss the meanings of race, violence, and freedom, as explored in their acclaimed fiction. Edugyan and Wideman each received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for an earlier novel; they are accompanied in conversation with Award jury member Rita Dove.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Headliners, History, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian