Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War

Wednesday: Mar 16

A Celebration of Pulitzer Authors: Ayad Akhtar, Rick Atkinson, and Lawrence Wright

Wed. March 16, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Pulitzer Prize winning authors Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced), Rick Atkinson (The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945), and Lawrence Wright (Thirteen Days in September: The Dramatic Story of the Struggle for Peace) will discuss their Pulitzer-winning work as well as their current writing.

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Tags: Arts, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, History

Thursday: Mar 17

The Civil War, Experienced

Thu. March 17, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Historians Will Kurtz (Excommunicated from the Union), James Robertson (A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary), and Brent Tarter (Daydreams and Nightmares) discuss their Civil War histories, which closely examine religion, the daily life of a Richmond-based clerk, and the impact of secession on families.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Battlefield America: The War on the American People

Thu. March 17, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Author and constitutional attorney John Whitehead will discuss his most recent book, including how our current state of affairs—with militarized police, NSA surveillance, SWAT team raids, drones, private prisons, asset forfeiture schemes, over-criminalization and more—evolved.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War

WWII and the Strength of Individuals

Thu. March 17, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


The Lodge at Old Trail

330 Claremont Lane, Crozet, VA 22932

Authors Robert H. Gillette (Escape to Virginia:From Nazi Germany to Thalhimer’s Farm), Brian Murphy (81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska’s Frozen Wilderness),and Therese van Houten (Papa’s War: From the London Blitz to the Liberation of Holland) discuss incredible stories in these three books.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Nonfiction

A State of Many Nations: Immigration and the Changing Face of Virginia

Thu. March 17, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


UVa Culbreth Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Author Tom Gjelten (A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story), Cuban-American author Gustavo Pérez Firmat (A Cuban in Mayberry), and photographer Lloyd Wolf (Living Diversity: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project) present a combination of stories, data, and images related to Virginia’s changing demographic and the faces, cultures, and voices of non-Anglo and non-white immigrants.
NOTE: This program is FREE, although tickets are required. Please click the Buy Ticket button on the program page to reserve your tickets.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, Law / Supreme Court

Friday: Mar 18

Saturday: Mar 19

Dark Tales of Contagions: Including Convoluted Science, Strange Politics, and Checkered Histories

Sat. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Karen Masterson (The Malaria Project: The U.S. Government’s Secret Mission to Find a Miracle Cure) and Sonia Shah (Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond) discuss the origins of infectious diseases, how they have been battled, and predictions about what’s to come.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Health / Mind / Body

An Evening with Bryan Stevenson – SOLD OUT

Sat. March 19, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

NOTE: This program is sold out. If tickets become available, they will go on sale at The Paramount box office 10 minutes before the program begins.

Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption) will speak about his experiences as a social justice lawyer and how these continue to influence his life-long work to support criminal justice system reform as well as anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, Law / Supreme Court

Sunday: Mar 20

A Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Sun. March 20, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses Vietnam, war, and literature, including his novel, The Sympathizer, and his nonfiction exploration of a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both the Americans and the Vietnamese, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, and Vietnam.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, History, Language / Culture / Folklife