Marc Boston author residency March 2018
The Power of Rhythm and Rhyme
Author Marc Boston (The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff) and a select number of students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia will present their original stories and poetry at this fun event for the whole family. Enjoy paletas from La Flor Michoacana Mexican Ice Cream Shop, snacks from the Food Lion […]
Banking on Freedom
Watch the livestream recorded June 2, 2019 at New Dominion Bookshop.
Hear Shennette Garrett-Scott, author of Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal read from her book and take questions at New Dominion Bookshop in this public book talk from June 2, 2019. Between 1888 and 1930, African Americans opened more than a hundred banks and thousands of other financial institutions. Banking […]
A Conversation About Race
with Dr. Beverly Tatum - Recorded May 30, 2019
“A Conversation About Race with Dr. Beverly D. Tatum” is an Understanding Hampton Roads forum sponsored by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation in partnership with Virginia Humanities. This community event, held May 30, 2019 at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, Virginia, featured a discussion with Tatum, author of “Why Are All the Black Kids […]
The Long History of Racism and Police Violence in Chicago (and America)
Legendary Civil Rights lawyer Flint Taylor presents his recently published book, “THE TORTURE MACHINE: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago.” In addition to describing his work to uncover the use of torture in the Chicago Police Department, Taylor will discuss his involvement in other landmark civil rights cases, including the 1969 state-sponsored murder of Black […]
Book Festival Live Streams
If you couldn’t make it to Central Virginia to attend our Festival of the Book in person this year or missed a program due to a scheduling conflict, you can catch up with live video captured at the following events. Photos and audio of even more programs are available at VaBook.org. Festival of the Book […]
Staff Picks for the 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book
Virginia Humanities is proud to announce three titles from the 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book as our inaugural group of “Virginia Humanities Staff Picks.” Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom, Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell S. Jackson, and Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez all powerfully reflect our organization’s commitment to diverse […]
Book Artist, Frank Brannon. Courtesy of Frank Brannon.
Watsini: Return to the White World
Paper and book artist Frank Brannon, in residence at Virginia Humanities in 2016-17 as the Robert C. Vaughan Fellow and now an educator with Northern Virginia Community College, will discuss the publications from his fellowship regarding the historical Cherokee Phoenix newspaper, published between 1828 and 1834. His talk will include reflection on his ten years […]
Festival of the Book & CFA Institute Announce 2019 Partnership
The Virginia Festival of the Book—a program of Virginia Humanities celebrating its 25th year of bringing writers and readers together to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture—today announced the second annual partnership with CFA Institute to support select 2019 Festival programming with a focus on diversity and inclusion. As an advocate for […]
Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. demonstrates printing techniques during a visit to Charlottesville on 11/17/18. Photo by Pat Jarrett/Virginia Humanities
Kennedy will conduct dozens of partner workshops in public schools and with nonprofit organizations, as well as community printmaking events to demonstrate the art of letterpress printing and invite residents and visitors to create their own posters in his bold and colorful signature style.
Catch Ten Virginia Humanities Fellows at the Festival of the Book
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 […]