VCU’s Authors Travel to Local Libraries

Meet VCU’s Authors Series in Local Libraries

February 5 – May 14, 2019

VCU’s authors visit local libraries to speak on a variety of topics. The complete schedule is below.

Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil Rights Movement

Henrico County Tuckahoe Library – Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 PM
Henrico County Libbie Mill Library – Monday, April 15, 7:00 PM
Henrico County Fairfield Library – Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 PM

Emilie Raymond, professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss her book Stars for Freedom about the civil rights movement and black celebrities.  Focusing on the “Leading Six” trailblazers – Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dick Gregory, and Sidney Poitier – Raymond reveals how they not only advanced the civil rights movement in front of the cameras, but also worked tirelessly behind the scenes, raising money for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legal defense, leading membership drives for the NAACP, and personally engaging with workaday activists to boost morale.

Nature’s Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia

Henrico County Libbie Mill Library – Monday, February 11, 7:00 PM

Kathryn Shively, associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss her book Nature’s Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia. Using soldiers’ letters, diaries, and memoirs, plus a wealth of additional personal accounts, medical sources, newspapers, and government documents, Kathryn Shively reveals how these soldiers strove to maintain their physical and mental health by combating their deadliest enemy–nature.

Once Upon a Shrine: Stories from an Unusual Field Site

Henrico County Fairfield Library – Tuesday, February 12, 2:00 PM  

As part of a multi-country project exploring spiritual experiences in different religions and cultures, Dr. Vivian Dzokoto, associate professor of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, interviewed traditional priests at the shrines of African deities in rural Ghana during the summer of 2017. This talk is a reflection on what she observed there.

Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail

Henrico County Sandston Library –  Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 PM
Henrico County Fairfield Library – Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 PM

Dr. David Coogan, associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss his book, Writing Our Way Out, the creative culmination of a writing class that began in the Richmond City Jail in Virginia, and grew into a journey to re-entry. Compiled in a narrative by their instructor, Dr. Coogan, these stories explore the conditions, traps, and turning points on the path to imprisonment in modern America, as well as the redemptive and rehabilitative power of memoir.

The Cherokee Diaspora: An Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement, and Identity

Henrico County Libbie Mill Library – Monday, March 4, 7:00 PM

In this revealing history of Cherokee migration and resettlement, Gregory Smithers, professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, uncovers the origins of the Cherokee diaspora and explores how communities and individuals have negotiated their Cherokee identities, even when geographically removed from the Cherokee Nation headquartered in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

3D Archaeology in Far North India

Henrico County Twin Hickory Library – March 12, 7:00 PM
Chesterfield County Central Library – April 16, 7:00 PM

The state of Uttarakhand in northern India is known as the “Land of the Gods” because of the numerous pilgrimage centers scattered across this rugged landscape, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas. In this talk, Dr. Bernard Means, Project Director for the Virtual Curation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University, discusses his visits to India and attempts to preserve historical artifacts with 3-D scanning technology.

Keep on Keeping On: The NAACP and the Implementation of Brown v. Board of Education in Virginia

Henrico County Fairfield Library – Thursday, March 14, 7:00 PM

Brian J. Daugherity, associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss his book Keep on Keeping On, the first book to offer a comprehensive view of African Americans’ efforts to obtain racial equality in Virginia in the later twentieth century.

Native Southerners: Indigenous History in the Southeast from Origins to the Trail of Tears

Henrico County Sandston Library –  Monday, April 1, 7:00 PM
Henrico County Fairfield Library – Monday, April 23, 7:00 PM
Richmond Public Library Main Branch – Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 PM

Gregory Smithers, professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University and award-winning historian, will discuss his Native Southerners, a sweeping narrative of American Indian history in the Southeast from the time before European colonialism to the Trail of Tears and beyond.