Schedule

11:45 AM

2:00 PM

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. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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

Depictions of Disability in Fiction

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

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Elizabeth Earley (Like Wings, Your Hands) and Raymond Luczak (Flannelwood) discuss their novels and the decision to embrace characters with disabilities, who are too often left out of or underrepresented in contemporary fiction. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Family / Aging, Fiction, Health / Mind / Body, LGBTQ

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. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: American Indian, Gender, History

4:00 PM

Share the Ride: Travel and Life

Wed. March 18, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Tory Bilski (Wild Horses of the Summer Sun), Cassandra Kircher (Far Flung), and Peter Zheutlin (The Dog Went Over the Mountain) share their personal journeys, including expeditions to familiar and new locations with memorable travel partners. Come, share the ride! FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us

Wed. March 18, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Rachel Louise Snyder (No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us) shares the research and reporting involved in this deep examination of what lies behind domestic abuse, the intense psychological terrorism that can spiral into family violence and lost lives. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, Health / Mind / Body

Education: Forging a Future for All

Wed. March 18, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Gerard Robinson (Education for Liberation), Kimberly Jenkins Robinson (A Federal Right to Education), and Ethan Schrum (The Instrumental University) consider how we arrived at current disparities in U.S. educational policy and practice—from grade school failures to poor prison education to post-war university missions—and discuss potential reforms in policy and legislation. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Education / Teaching, Nonfiction

Following Bird Migrations: Kenn Kaufman

Wed. March 18, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Author, artist, naturalist, and conservationist Kenn Kaufman (A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration) provides a keynote presentation on his lifelong work as a birder—since age six, Kaufman has observed, followed, and documented birds around the globe. His latest book explores the world of spring migration and how birds’ migratory paths and schedules have been affected by changes brought about by climate and human development. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Environment / Science, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

6:00 PM

JMRL Same Page Presents: Jacqueline Woodson

Wed. March 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Same Page community-wide reading series invites residents to discuss Jacqueline Woodson’s National Book Award winning memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming. Woodson will read from her work and take community questions before signing books, which will be available for purchase onsite. For more about Same Page, visit jmrl.org/samepage. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, Fiction, JMRL/Same Page, StoryFest / Youth

Finding Stories, Finding Ourselves: Photography

Wed. March 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Photographers and writers Timothy Duffy (Blue Muse: Timothy Duffy’s Southern Photographs), Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor (co-authors of Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922), and Robert Schultz (co-author of War Memoranda) present striking photography, particular processes, and contemplations of barriers related to class and race and national origin. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: African American, Arts, Southern / Appalachian

Bus Lines Community Poetry Reading

Wed. March 18, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location:

Downtown Transit Center

615 E Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Bus Lines puts poetry on the move by soliciting poems from throughout the Charlottesville community and posting them on city buses. Our winning poets will share their work with the public in this lively, joyous, family-friendly reading. Come celebrate with us! FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing

African Dance, Drum, and Story Time

Wed. March 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Gordon JMRL Library

1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA

Lillie Williams, with drummer Darrel Rose, will tell the stories of Anansi and the Sky Kingdom and Anansi Gives Wisdom to the World by Patricia C. McKissack. This story time will include dancing, drumming, singing, and lots of audience participation. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: African American, Music, StoryFest / Youth

Celebration of Challenge Into Change, featuring Jaquira Díaz

Wed. March 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Carver Recreation Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Listen to and honor the Women’s Initiative’s “Challenge Into Change” essay contest participants while celebrating the power of storytelling as a way towards healing and empowerment. Jaquira Díaz (Ordinary Girls: A Memoir) will read from her work, contest participants will be recognized, and the top three award recipients will read from their own work. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Family / Aging, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Language / Culture / Folklife, Latinx, LGBTQ, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Social Justice