Jade Chang, winner of the 2017 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for The Wangs vs. the World, reads from her book and is then joined by her agent and editor for a discussion of the evolution of the book from original idea to first draft to published work.
VCU alumna Eva Dillon returns to campus to talk about her bestselling book, Spies in the Family. With rich insights into Cold War politics, the book is "a riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer—the astonishing true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War."
National Book Award finalist Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains, delivers a lecture on the Virginia-specific roots of the radical political right.
VCU Libraries and the ICA look back at the celebrated and influential artist and VCU faculty member Richard Carlyon (1930–2006) in a one-night program and art showing featuring some of his multimedia creations. The event, held inconjunction with a retrospective exhibit at the Reynolds Gallery, marks the recent acquisition of Carlyon's papers and digital works by VCU Libraries to preserve and make available to researchers.
Acclaimed historian and author Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., discusses his book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, for which he won the National Book Award.
In 2018, the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the Sanger Series lectures explore the deadly pandemic, the valiant search for the virus that caused it and the ways it changed medicine and our world. Pioneering virologist and alumnus Jeffery Taubenberger, Ph.D., considers lessons that can be learned from the 1918 influenza pandemic.
VCU Libraries celebrates the 3-millionth addition to its library collections in 2018 with a series of events called Milestones. The 2,999,999th volume is The Virginia Feminist Oral History Project, 2013–2014 by Megan Shockley, Ph.D., a collection of born-digital oral histories made available online through Special Collections and Archives via a finding aid. Shockley's donation of this material makes it possible for VCU Libraries to preserve and provide access to the voices of second-wave feminists throughout Virginia. In a talk titled "Listening to Progressive Women: The Virginia Feminist Oral History Collection," she discusses her work on and findings from the project.
Solmaz Sharif, winner of the 2018 Levis Reading Prize for Look, reads from her book and then participates in a Q&A session with the audience.
VCU Libraries celebrates the 3-millionth addition to its library collections in 2018 with a series of events called Milestones. The 3-millionth volume is Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury by Blessen C. Eapen, M.D., and David X. Cifu, M.D., a seminal work based on years of research and leading-edge practice in the treatment of traumatic brain injury, including current translation research conducted at VCU. This book is an important addition to Tompkins-McCaw Library's Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) collection, one of VCU Libraries' Collections of Distinction. At the event, Cifu gives remarks on the significance of the book. A celebration, featuring music by Deborah Saidel (flute) and Jacquelin Spears (cello), follows the remarks.
Charles Brownell, Ph.D., lectures on the historic architecture and interior design found in three significant homes on W. Franklin St. in the heart of VCU's Monroe Park Campus. Following the one-hour lecture, Brownell will lead a tour of these W. Franklin St. artistic mansions.
Jonathan D. Sarna, Ph.D., university professor, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun professor of American Jewish history, and chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, presents his book Lincoln and the Jews: A History. The book details a new aspect of Abraham Lincoln's remarkable relationship with American Jews that impacted both his path to the presidency and his policy decisions as president.
VCU Libraries celebrates the 3-millionth addition to its library collections in 2018 with a series of events called Milestones. The 3,000,001st volume is Wa Hair Swinging Dance by VCU alumna Colette Fu, a pop-up book that captures the fervent movement of women from the Wa people of China engaged in a traditional harvest dance. The book is a valuable addition to VCU Libraries' Book Art Collection, a nationally significant collection in high demand by artists and scholars. In a talk titled "Pop-up Book Wonderlands," Fu discusses her work.