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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Soul of a People

Soul of a People
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Join us for a talk and book signing for David Taylor’s Soul of a People. His book explores the lives and experiences of a handful of people who were on the Federal Writer's Project in the 1930s and offers a glimpse of America at a turning point. Drawing on new discoveries from personal collections, archives, and recent biographies, a new picture has emerged in the last decade of how the participants' individual dramas intersected with the larger picture of their subjects. This book illuminates what it felt like to live that experience, how going from joblessness to reporting on their own communities affected artists with varied visions, as well as what feelings such a passage involved: shame, humiliation, anger, excitement, nostalgia, and adventure. Also revealed is how the WPA writers anticipated, and perhaps paved the way for, the political movements of the following decades, including the civil rights movement, the women's rights movement, and the Native American rights movement. This event is part of the Virginia Literary Festival.


MLK Revealed

MLK Revealed
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

A discussion on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with Hampton Sides, author of Hellhound on His Trail about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the largest manhunt in American history, and Nick Kotz, author of Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws that Changed America chronicling the roles of President Johnson and Dr. King in the passage of the 1964, 1965, and 1968 civil rights laws. The discussion will be moderated by Edward L Ayers, president of the University of Richmond. This event is part of the Virginia Literary Festival.


The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia's People
Monday, January 11, 2010 — Saturday, October 30, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases

Raising his glass at a July 4th celebration in 1852, a young Irish-American resident of Richmond toasted "the land we live in; not forgetting the land we left." The sentiment reflects the history of more than four centuries of Virginia immigrants, who nurtured the traditions of their homelands even as they participated in the mainstream Virginia economy and culture. Their stories come alive in this exhibition, which explores the lives of immigrants from a wide variety of homelands who settled in every part of the state. Current debates over the treatment of illegal immigrants in the state and the nation make this a timely exhibition.


The Art of Liberty
Friday, May 07, 2010 — Saturday, November 06, 2010
Place: Café Extension

This year marks the 65th anniversary of both V-E Day (Victory in Europe, May 8) and V-J Day (Victory over Japan, August 15). To commemorate the occasions and to honor those who fought overseas and on the home front, The Art of Liberty highlights a few of the WWII posters sent to the Library of Virginia as part of the Federal Depository Library program.