Tags: History

Wednesday: Mar 18

Intimate Hardships: Women in War and Imprisonment

Wed. March 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hear Charlotte McDaniel (Stories Untold), Kara Dixon Vuic (The Girls Next Door), and Monica Zgustova (Women’s Voices From the Gulag) share the untold accounts of women affected by conflict, through marriage to servicemen, through service on the front lines, and imprisonment in the Soviet Gulag.

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

Native Americans and America’s Founding Stories

Wed. March 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Early-America historians James Rice (Virginia 1619) and Susan Sleeper-Smith (Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest) share their examinations of the lives of native Americans during the founding era of the United States, including the beginning of native dispossession and the oft-overlooked roles of indigenous women.

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Tags: American Indian, Gender, History

Thursday: Mar 19

WWII in Europe: Tales of Bravery and Collusion

Thu. March 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

The Center

1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Authors William Geroux (The Ghost Ships of Archangel), Mary M. Lane (Hitler’s Last Hostages), and Eric Lichtblau (Return to the Reich) offer captivating stories from the European theater of World War Two, including an extraordinary tale of Allied ships crossing the Arctic, an ongoing story of the fine art confiscated by Hitler’s Germany, and a Holocaust refugee who returned to operate behind enemy lines.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Shifting Perspectives on the Civil War Experience

Thu. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Historians James J. Broomall (Private Confederacies), William B. Kurtz (co-editor, Soldiers of the Cross), and Thavolia Glymph (The Women’s Fight) share their research and writing from the personal side of the Civil War. These books follow the lives of Southern men, Catholic chaplains and sister nurses, and the role of women to provide new and important perspectives for our understanding of the War.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Women in Historical Fiction

Thu. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Cary Holladay (Brides in the Sky), Laura Kamoie (Ribbons of Scarlet), and Deb Spera (Call Your Daughter Home) discuss the strong female characters and detailed research process in their acclaimed historical fiction.

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Tags: Fiction, Gender, History

Giving for Greater Good

Thu. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Brennan Gould, executive director of the Charlottesville Albemarle Community Foundation,  Martin Lehfeldt and Jamil Zainaldin (coauthors, The Liberating Promise of Philanthropy), and Ken Woodley (The Road to Healingprobe the transformative use of economic support as one tool to address historical inequalities, along with the challenges in developing that societal and financial backing. Exploring Southern history along with the uses of philanthropy and reparations, the discussion offers valuable stories for nonprofit organizations, board members, donors, and their communities.

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Tags: African American, Arts, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

Exploring LGBTQ Stories and Histories

Thu. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Julia Koets (The Rib Joint), Jeff Mann (LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia), James Polchin (Indecent Advances) will discuss their recent books—memoir, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction—sharing stories of LGBTQ lives, including the complex balances found between Southern and queer identities, and uncovered histories of gay lives lived in secret and lost to violence.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Fiction, History, LGBTQ, Poetry, Southern / Appalachian

Science, Public Policy, and Law

Thu. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Authors Sarah Milov (The Cigarette), Igor Volsky (Guns Down), and James C. Zimring (What Science is and How it Really Works) delve into the history behind manipulations of scientific studies for economic and political gain, within a discussion of how science works and how much confidence we can place on scientific claims.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Health / Mind / Body, History

Seeking Truths, Writing Violent Crime in the Rural South

Thu. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Casey Cep (Furious Hours) and Emma Copley Eisenberg (The Third Rainbow Girl) discuss their examinations of violent crime and imperfect justice in rural communities and the overreaching impact felt by community members and those who came to investigate and report. These stunning books include courtroom drama, individuals whose lives were devoted to uncovering unachievable truths, and small towns terrorized by fear.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, History, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

Time and Place in Historical Fiction

Thu. March 19, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sara Collins (The Confessions of Frannie Langton), Michael Parker (Prairie Fever), and Deb Spera (Call Your Daughter Home) discuss their historical novels and how archival research and deeply developed characters can be used to evoke a time and place amidst rich narratives.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Gender, History

Friday: Mar 20

Does Good Exist?

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Explore existential questions with Lulu Miller (Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life), Maggie Paxson (The Plateau), whose personable books cross disciplines to blend science, biography, and history with memoir and introspection to delve deep into philosophical and moral issues.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science, History, Nonfiction

A Conversation with Vashti Harrison

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Vashti Harrison (Little Legends) discusses her work as an acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books, her formative experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, and her hopes and plans for the future of her creative career.

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Tags: African American, Arts, Headliners, History, Social Justice, StoryFest / Youth

Saturday: Mar 21

American Politics: The Southern Strategy to 2020

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Khalilah L. Brown-Dean (Identity Politics in the United States), Angie Maxwell (The Long Southern Strategy), and Katherine Stewart (The Power Worshippers) share historical contexts, group identities, and alignments related to racism, religious conservatism, and anti-feminism used to define political viewpoints in Southern and national politics in the U.S.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

Family and Fate in Historical Fiction

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Andrea Bobotis (The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt), Curdella Forbes (A Tall History of Sugar), and Kirmen Uribe (Bilbao—New York—Bilbao) discuss their historical novels, tracing family stories and individual fates across the globe and over the course of various decades.

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Tags: Fiction, Global, History, Language / Culture / Folklife

Correcting the Narrative: Black Genealogies

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Bettye Kearse (The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family) and Kevin Levin (Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth) share their deeply-researched works in a conversation about black genealogies—actual family histories that were denied and suppressed, and fictive historical tales that blossomed a hundred years after the Civil War.

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

Learning from Economic Policy Shifts: Who Profits?

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Matt Stoller (Goliath) and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Race for Profit) discuss the perils of seemingly well-intentioned government policy shifts to promote access, stabilization, and development—and the disaster of the resulting discrimination, domination, and destruction.

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

World War II in the Pacific: New Histories

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors David Dean Barrett (140 Days to Hiroshima: The Story of Japan’s Last Chance to Avert Armageddon) and Richard B. Frank (Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War) share their World War II histories, deeply focused on the origins and the endgame of the Asia-Pacific theatre.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Family Secrets in Fiction

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Andrea Bobotis (The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt), Susan Richards Shreve (More News Tomorrow), and Michael Zapata (The Lost Book of Adana Moreau) discuss the fictional family secrets that form the backbones of their novels, as well as their use of narrative and character development to build suspense.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Global, History

Sunday: Mar 22

A Foundation for the Future: Thomas Jefferson’s University

Sun. March 22, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location:

Monticello’s David M Rubenstein Visitor Center

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join co-editor John Ragosta and contributors Carolyn Eastman and Ervin Jordan (The Founding of Thomas Jefferson’s University) in a discussion on the development of the University as a foundational institution of public education, dedicated to continually evolving in the theory and practice of educating future generations of Americans.

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Tags: History, Nonfiction

Taking Apart the Berlin Wall: History, Memory, and Spies

Sun. March 22, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Paul Farber (A Wall of Our Own), Hope M. Harrison (After the Berlin Wall), and Steve Vogel (Betrayal in Berlin) share histories and cultural appreciations of the Berlin Wall, examining what it means to Americans, how activists have chosen to commemorate it, and digging deeply beneath it for a Cold War tale of wiretapping.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Class, Church, and Place in Southern Black Communities

Sun. March 22, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

James Monroe’s Highland

2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

William Andrews (Slavery and Class in the American South), Daniel Thorp (Facing Freedom), and Nicole Myers Turner (Soul Liberty) share critical new studies of the lives of Southern blacks. Their works use slave narratives, land documents,  local archives, church records, and geospatial mapping to unearth authentic accounts and provide new perspectives.

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Tags: African American, History, Southern / Appalachian, Spirituality / Religion