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Keynote Address, Elizabeth Rush 

October 13, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Rush will speak about her book, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore.  The virtual keynote address is free and open to all VCU students, faculty, staff and the public. No registration is required beforehand. To access the livestream, visit rvav.com/commonbook-keynote

Virtual Discussion with the Chesterfield Public Library

Saturday, October 16th, 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Join the Chesterfield County Library in a virtual discussion of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, led by Thaddeus Fortney, Assistant Professor with the Department of Focused Inquiry.  A limited number of copies of the book will be given away to participants.Register at: https://bit.ly/3lTS8A9

Social Work and Climate Change: Lessons on Interdisciplinary Response

Tuesday, October 19, 12 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Join the VCU School of Social Work for Social Work and Climate Change: Lessons on Interdisciplinary Response from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 19. This fishbowl-style discussion will feature environmental scientists and activists, and social workers demonstrating how each field would approach a relevant case involving climate change and its effects on vulnerable communities.The event is in conjunction with the VCU Common Book, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, by Elizabeth Rush, and is sponsored by the School of Social Work's C. Bernard Scotch Fund. Register today: bit.ly/SSW-climatechange

Book Clubs, Richmond Public Library

Starting September 1

Beginning  September 1, Richmond Public Library will distribute copies of Rising to groups in the community that will form book clubs to discuss the book.  Contact cyberlibrarian@richmondgov.com for more information.

Climate Justice Day!

November 3, time TBA, Cabell Library Room 303

For students (and all others) looking for what to do next after reading and discussing the Common Book Rising, numerous Climate Justice groups—mostly led by students!—will be hosting a catered networking event on the evening of Wednesday, November 3rd (exact time TBA) in room 303 Cabell Library. This space will be a great way to learn about (and consider joining!) local advocacy groups and build ideas for new activism. Questions? Feel free to contact Dr. Beth Kreydatus, eakreydatus@vcu.edu or Dr. Bill Muth, wrmuth@vcu.edu

Black Space Matters, a video series collaboration between the Institute for Contemporary Art and Duron Chavis

The Common Book Program is co-sponsoring a viewing of this video series, which features Duron Chavis' work dealing with the importance of black spaces--particularly in Richmond--and sustainability at the intersection of food justice, social justice, arts, and resiliency. The series is filmed at the ICA’s Resiliency Garden. The series will launch in late fall 2021 or early spring 2022.

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