Related Events

The official Common Book Calendar of Events can be found here; see below for events I think might be of particular interest around Richmond (and feel free to email me if you have more to add!)


Thursday the 8th: The Thread of Truth (Writing Our Way Out)

Saturday the 10th: The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade

Thursday the 15th: “(In)Famous: Thomas Jefferson’s Intellectual and Ethical Understanding of Slavery” 

15th-19th: Southern Film Festival 

Friday the 16th: Just Mercy Discussion Space (11:00 a.m. , Student Commons Room 215), OMSA PLUS Constitution Day PLUS VCU’s Mental Health Fair (lots going on!!)

Wednesday the 21st: “Body Politics” with Roxane Gay


Tuesday, the 4th: Trials and Triumphs, 1974-6: The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s First Gay Student Group

ALSO Tuesday, the 4th: Why Trust the Cops? 7-9 p.m., Commonwealth Ballroom A, Student Commons: Police officer or officer of the peace? Come hear VCU Police Chief John Venuti, along with members of other law enforcement agencies, talk about policing with a purpose, building trust, and community-engaged policing.

Tuesday the 18th:  “Meet Me in the Bottom”
5:30-7:30 pm Harris Hall Auditorium (Room 101); Attend a screening of VCU professor and documentarian Shawn Utsey’s 2009 film, “Meet Me in the Bottom: The Struggle to Reclaim Richmond’s African Burial Ground,” followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Thursday the 27th: A Conversation with Billie Jean King


Wednesday the 2nd: Healing in a Broken System: Memoirs from Jail; 6pm – 8pm, Larrick Court End Ballroom B

Attend a panel presentation and discussion with the co-authors of “Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail,” as they discuss life, death, and health issues surrounding addiction, violence, and mental health as factors leading to crime, and explore the healing power of writing.
Co-sponsored with International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship program (I2CRP) and the American Medical Student Association at VCU School of Medicine. Refreshments will be provided.



Thursday the 26th: “And What About the Police? An Informal Q & A with VCU Police Chief Venuti” 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Hibbs 303; refreshments provided! (Note: this event with a 200-250 word reflection post is worth 2 EC points)


Thursday, the 9th: Screening of The Prison in Twelve Landscapes with filmmaker, Brett Story

Time TBA, Academic Learning Commons, Room 1107

This film is about incarceration, yet we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film explores a series of landscapes across the United States where prisons do work and affect lives. From a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, this film reveals a larger social and economic system impacted by large-scale incarceration. (Note: this event with a 200-250 word reflection post is worth 2 EC points)

Sunday the 19th: Generation Dream 2017; 3:30 – 6 p.m., Grace Street Theater

“Generation Dream 2017” will showcase a variety of performances by young people, inspired by the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Students are encouraged to create performances relating to the criminal justice system and youth incarceration. (Note: this event with a 200-250 word reflection post is worth 2 EC points)



Thursday the 4th: “What does it mean to radically reimagine a city’s public memory?” 12 – 2 p.m., Location TBD

Students from colleges and universities across the Richmond area, alongside community members, will participate in roundtable discussions tied to the central question, “What does it mean to radically reimagine a city’s public memory?”  (Note: this event with a 200-250 word reflection post is worth 2 EC points)

12: Bryan Stevenson comes to Richmond! (Note this event with a 300-400 word reflection post is worth 4 EC points)


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