Schedule

8:00 AM

11:00 AM

More Lasting Than Bronze: Word and Art as Grass Roots Monuments

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

Location:

Virginia Center for the Book

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (located in the Jefferson School City Center)

Paul Farber (Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia), conceptual visual artist Veronica Jackson, and Robert Schultz (War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Memorials) discuss their engagement with communities to develop monuments representative of those communities, memorials that are conveyed through words, art, photography, and more.

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Tags: Arts, Publishing / Books / Writing

Celebration Brunch: A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

Sun. March 22, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its sixteenth annual Celebration of the African American Literary Tradition, including brunch, musical and spoken word performances by community youth, a tribute to book festival authors, book sales and signing. Tickets required.

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Tags: African American, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

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

1:00 PM

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

Finding Yourself in Fiction: Self-Discovery and Re-Discovery

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

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Gabriel Bump (Everywhere You Don’t Belong), Lindsay Lerman (I’m From Nowhere), and Aatif Rashid (Portrait of Sebastian Khan) discuss their novels about the trials and triumphs of self-discovery, including the first blush of adulthood as well as the re-discovery that comes after loss.

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Tags: African American, Family / Aging, Fiction, Humor, Language / Culture / Folklife, Spirituality / Religion

2:00 PM

The Life and Music of Flory Jagoda

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

Location:

Congregation Beth Israel

301 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Author Debbie Levy (The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her Music) and musician Susan Gaeta celebrate the life and music of beloved Sephardic musician Flory Jagoda. Levy will read from and discuss her children’s picture book about Jagoda, and Gaeta will perform selected pieces written by the singer-songwriter.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Folklife, Music, StoryFest / Youth