Catch Ten Virginia Humanities Fellows at the Festival of the Book

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Our residential Fellowship program has been supporting scholarship in the public humanities since 1986 and has a growing alumni base that is approaching 400 Fellows.

They arrive from all over the world, sometimes just for a semester, sometimes for longer. While with us, they read, write, and research their topic and then go on to publish their work, sometimes several years after their time at Virginia Humanities.

This year, we are proud to welcome the following ten authors back to present their work at the 25th annual Virginia Festival of the Book (March 20-24 in Charlottesville and Albemarle). 

Virginia Humanities Fellows

(year of Fellowship in parentheses)

Doug Winiarski, (2017) Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in 18th-Century New England

2018 Bancroft Prize winner, Douglas Winiarski teaches Religious studies and American studies at the University of Richmond. His presentation occurs Wednesday, March 20 at 4 pm on the panel “Extraordinary Times: New Early American Histories.”

Tom Kapsidelis, (2016-2017) After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings

Thomas Kapsidelis, a freelance journalist, retired as an editor after 28 years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. His presentation with the panel “Southern Discomfort: Journalists Explore Guns and Drugs” occurs Thursday, March 21 at 12 pm.

Mary Carter Bishop, (1991) Don’t You Ever

Mary Carter Bishop is a prize-winning investigative reporter, who worked at the Roanoke TimesThe Philadelphia InquirerThe Charlotte Observer, and other newspapers over 35 years. She presents, as part of the panel “Hand-Me-Down Identities: Memoirs with Parents” on Friday, March 22, at 12 pm.

Earl Swift, (2012-2018) Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

An independent author and Virginia-based journalist from Tidewater Virginia, Earl Swift will speak on three separate days, on three separate panels. Look for him on Thursday, March 21, at 3:30 pm in Clark Hall; on Friday, March 22 at 4 pm at the Southern Environmental Law Center; and, Saturday, March 23, at 4 pm at the Greene County Library.

Herbert (Tico) Braun, (2004) La nación sentida. Colombia 1949. El país se busca en sus palabras

Tico Braun teaches Latin American History at the University of Virginia. A citizen of Colombia and the United States, he writes in both English and Spanish. His presentation occurs Friday, March 22 at 4 pm on the panel “The Attractions of Power: Latin America.”

Jeff Hantman, (1989) Monacan Millennium: A Collaborative Archaeology & History of a VA India People

Jeffrey Hantman is professor emeritus in anthropology at the University of Virginia. His presentation occurs Friday, March 22 at 4 pm on the panel “Native Lives: Past and Present,” which is hosted by the Virginia Humanities Fellowship program.

Greg Smithers, (1991, 2019) Native Southerners: Indigenous History from Origins to Removal

Gregory Smithers is a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He has written extensively about indigenous histories in North America and Australia, and will join Hantman during the presentation occurring Friday, March 22 at 4 pm on the panel “Native Lives: Past and Present,” hosted by the Virginia Humanities Fellowship program.

Catherine Kerrison
Preston Lauterbach

Preston Lauterbach, (2015-2016) Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers

Preston Lauterbach, an independent author with a home base near Charlottesville, is presenting his third book as part of the panel “Complicated Lives in the Civil Rights Era,” on Saturday, March 23 at 10 am.

Catherine Kerrison, (2012) Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America

Catherine Kerrison teaches history at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. A presentation on her latest book, will occur Saturday at 12 pm as part of the panel “Extraordinary Lives in Group Portraits.”

James Horn, (1990) 1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy

James Horn is the president of the Jamestown Resdiscovery Foundation. From Richmond, he will present the latest of his five books on colonial American history on Sunday, March 24, at 1 pm as part of the panel “Reexamining the Birth of a Nation: Jamestown and 1619.”

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