What happens when we stand up for what we think is right? A new podcast explores dissent in America.
Today (Monday Sept. 17) is Constitution Day, and to honor the occasion we’re launching a new podcast series from With Good Reason and James Madison’s Montpelier called American Dissent. Hosted by Kelley Libby, the series is about “We the People, pushing back, in the pursuit of a better America.” American Dissent aims to educate and […]
2018 Afrikana Independent Film Festival
Sorry To Bother You director headlines 2018 Afrikana Independent Film Festival Boots Riley, writer-director of the summer breakout, indie film hit, Sorry to Bother You, is headlining the third annual Afrikana Independent Film Festival (AIFF) in Richmond, November 29 – December 2, 2018. Tickets are available at https://www.afrikanafilmfestival.org/buy-tickets Virginia Humanities is once again co-sponsoring the […]
Personal Connections: African Migration to Roanoke
Panel discussion that examines current trends and challenges in global migration by looking at the issue through the eyes of African women who have migrated to the Roanoke Valley through the U.S. refugee resettlement program. This event serves as a counterpart to the exhibition “Reclamation: Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection,” on view in the museum’s […]
Think & Drink with Earl Swift
Chesapeake Requiem: A Conversation with Earl Swift Virginia Humanities hosts a free community event in partnership with The Bridge PAI and New Dominion Bookshop. Journalist Earl Swift will discuss and read from his new book about Tangier Island, in conversation with Virginia Humanities’ Sarah McConnell, host of the award-winning radio program With Good Reason. Described as “a brilliant, soulful, […]
Book Launch: Chesapeake Requiem
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Described as “a brilliant, soulful, and timely portrait of a two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction,” Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island is the culmination of Earl Swift’s longtime fellowship at Virginia Humanities.
The Refugee and Immigrant Experience in Virginia
Panel Discussion New Virginians: The Refugee and Immigrant Experience in Virginia Presented by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities in conjunction with the Library’s annual Anne and Ryland Brown Teachers Institute, Virginia Humanities’ David Bearinger, director of Grants and Community Programs, moderates this conversation on the refugee and immigrant experience in Virginia in the […]
Old Traditions/New Virginians Folklife Celebration
Explore the sights and sounds of the “New Old” traditions of migrants who have come to Virginia within the last 30 years. This Folklife Celebration features traditions as varied as Vietnamese đàn bầu music (a one-stringed instrument), the exquisitely colorful Guatemalan alfombra (sawdust carpet) and dance, Hindustani raga singing, a Bolivian tinku dance group, and […]
A three-part learning series, presented by Virginia Humanities The three-day #UnmaskingCville experience offers a safe space for candid and solution-centered dialogue about racism, led entirely by Charlottesville youth and young adults. #UnmaskingCville is not just talk. By the end of the series, participants will feel more empowered and be better equipped to dismantle racism and […]
Our Civil Rights: A Common Table Series
Facilitated by Ina Dixon, a PhD student at UNC-Chapel Hill, Our Civil Rights: Our Common Table is a discussion series exploring the history of food and race in the South, as well as in our local community. Our Civil Rights: Our Common Table is a program of Virginia Humanities and takes place on the second-to-last […]
Clockwise from top left: Bol Gai Deng, Nhi Le, Pryalal Karmarkar and family, Julia Garcia, Elena Zemmel, Isabel Castillo
New project captures the stories of immigrants and refugees living in all parts of Virginia
More than two dozen “immigration stories” are being collected by Virginia Humanities, working in partnership with the Library of Virginia and with support from Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration/American Evolution.
Dyvonne King (left) and Jahonna Scott (right) recording an original song about the Unsung Heroes of Historic Brookland Park.
Using a process known as “Transformative Language Arts” local youth gather oral histories and bring them to life using creative writing, storytelling, songwriting, and dramatic performance.
Branded Head by Hank Willis Thomas. © Hank Willis Thomas
Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection
The Taubman Museum of Art will present “Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection”, featuring more than one hundred works from various media highlighting the global migration of peoples across the world. The exhibiting artists create work that investigates the universal conversation of migration, history, race, and representation in art being made today. […]