VCU Libraries sponsors many educational and literary events. All events are free and open to the public. To join our mailing list and receive information about upcoming events, please contact Antonia Vassar at (804) 827-1165 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To receive email announcements, we invite you to join the Friends of the Library.
To attend events
For events on the Monroe Park campus, parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. On the MCV campus, parking is available in the 8th Street parking deck. Doors generally open 30 minutes before a program begins. Seating is first-come, first-served. For additional information or special accomodations, call events coordinator Gregory G. Kimbrell at (804) 828-0593.
Find previous years' events in the events archive.
David C. Wojahn, professor of English, talks about his new book, From the Valley of Making: Essays on the Craft of Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2015). The book seeks to examine the state of American verse as it enters the first decades of a new millennium, focusing on both the challenges and opportunities of an ancient art as it tries to adapt to the cultural, technological and political transformations of our turbulent era. Each of the essays in this book makes an impassioned and nuanced argument against the so-called marginalization of poetry in contemporary American culture.
James Ryan, dean of the Harvard School of Graduate Education, presents "Five Miles Away, a World Apart: Five Years Later." A leading expert on law and education, Ryan will revisit his Richmond-based book, Five Miles Away, a World Apart, as a means of discussing the current state of education. Ryan has written extensively about the ways in which law structures educational opportunity. His articles and essays address such topics as school desegregation, school finance, school choice, standards and testing, pre-K and the intersection of special education and neuroscience.
Faedah Totah, associate professor of political science, talks about her new book, Preserving the Old City of Damascus (Syracuse University Press, 2014). One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and a major cultural and religious center, Damascus is a repository of numerous civilizations, ancient and modern, that embody the collective national, as well as Arab/Islamic, memory. Although a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, the Old City attracted the interest of investors only toward the end of the last century.
Tompkins-McCaw Library presents a new exhibit on MCV's Base Hospital 45, in service of France during World War I. This unit of health-care workers was formed in 1917 and commanded by Dr. Stuart McGuire, who at the time was dean of the Medical College of Virginia. The unit was deployed to France in July 1918 and worked out of a converted infantry barracks in Toul, roughly eight miles from the front lines. The hospital treated 17,438 casualties, although only 350 lives were lost. The exhibit features artifacts from the library's Special Collections and Archives department.
Rob Sabatini applies the same pursuit of knowledge, attention to detail and excellence in technique to his profession of periodontics as he does to his avocation—wildlife photography. A boyhood love of the outdoors and an early interest in amateur photography have grown into a passion of adulthood. In 2009, he learned of a rookery of great blue herons on the James River in downtown Richmond. He hit the river with his first camera and an old 100-300mm lens and discovered a creative outlet that has taken him into the plains of East Africa, the river banks of the Amazon Basin, to U.S. national parks and his own backyard in search of images of glorious wildlife. The images in this exhibit were chosen to highlight some of Rob’s favorites over the past three years, with selections that highlight subjects from both travel expeditions and more local venues. The 2015 exhibition at Tompkins-McCaw is his first.