Kaveh Akbar, winner of the 2018 Levis Reading Prize for Calling a Wolf a Wolf, reads from his book and then participates in a Q&A session with the audience.
Reporter Gina Kolata explores the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic. "The 1918 flu epidemic puts every other epidemic of this century to shame," she says. "It was a plague so deadly that if a similar virus were to strike today, it would kill more people in a single year than heart disease, cancer, strokes, chronic pulmonary disease, AIDS and Alzheimer's disease combined. The epidemic affected the course of history and was a terrifying presence at the end of World War I, killing more Americans in a single year than died in battle in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War." 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.
Comic industry giant Mike Mignola comes to Richmond to join in conversation with TyRuben Ellingson, chair and professor of the VCUarts Department of Communication Arts. Mignola is best known for his distinctive art style and creation of the pulpy genre-bending Hellboy, a multimedia franchise rooted in comics and spanning live-action movies, animation, games and more. Blending elements of horror, detective fiction and super heroes, Hellboy has become a fan favorite since it appeared in 1993. In addition to his work as a graphic novelist Mignola has also served as a concept designer, production designer and executive producer on multiple films. On the eve of the release of a Hellboy movie reboot, Mignola sits down with longtime friend, Ellingson, for an evening of unscripted conversation.
Hernán Diaz, winner of the 2018 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for In the Distance, reads from his book. Afterward, he joins in a panel featuring Chris Fischbach, publisher at Coffee House Press, and Heather Cleary, a translator and writer and one of the founding editors of the digital, bilingual Buenos Aires Review.
African-American soldiers returning home after their service often encountered injustice and insult instead of honor and respect. At VCU Libraries' 17th Annual Black History Month Lecture, moderator Jeffrey Blount leads a moving and thought-provoking discussion about how our society treated African-American veterans after their service and how that affected them and their communities.
Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, speaks about the mission, accomplishments and ongoing efforts of her organization, which mobilizes rabbis, cantors and other concerned American Jews to protect human rights in North America and Israel. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition.
The Brownells return to VCU Libraries for an encore lecture on the historic architecture and interior design found in the once glittering mansions on W. Franklin St. in the heart of VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. Following the one-hour lecture, the Brownells lead a walking tour of W. Franklin St.