VCU Libraries announces its 2012-13 VCU Libraries Presents series of programming. The diverse programs, all of which are free and open to the public are:
- John J. Nance, a medical and aviation safety consultant, will speak on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building, 1217 E. Marshall St. He will discuss his ideas on leadership, responsibility, transparency and accountability as outlined in his book, "Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care."
- Richmond author Kitty Snow will discuss her book "From a Richmond Streetcar," which features rare historic photos of Richmond, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives, 901 Park Ave.
- Justin Torres, the 2012 recipient of the Cabell First Novelist Award, will speak on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace St. Torres will read from his prize-winning novel "We Are the Animals" and discuss the publishing process.
- Peter Neufeld, co-founder of the Innocence Project, and Marvin Anderson, who was exonerated after 15 years in prison through the use of DNA evidence, will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave. Their lecture is titled "Justice for All: Race, Wrongful Conviction and the Innocence Project."
- Jack Spiro, D.H.L., Ed.D., director of the VCU Center for Judaic Studies, will speak on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave. His lecture "Is Life Meaningful? A Jewish Response" will address the Jewish perspective on the search for the meaning of life.
- A panel of Virginia history experts will discuss the impact of a failed Virginia slave rebellion. Details to be announced.
- Carmen Foster, a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia, will speak in March 2013. Her lecture "Another Untold Story of Race and Richmond" will reveal the history of Hartshorn Memorial College, a private school for African American women that became a part of Virginia Union University in 1932. Details to be announced.
Additional programs are being planned.
All events are free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street and West Main Street parking decks. Doors generally open 30 minutes before the program begins.