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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Everything but the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks

Everything but the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Join us for a talk and book signing for Bryant Simon's Everything but the Coffee. Simon spent five years visiting more than 400 Starbucks locations in 10 countries around the world while researching his book. Everything but the Coffee probes the company's psychological, emotional, political, and sociological power to discover how Starbucks' explosive success and rapid deflation exemplify American culture at this historical moment. Most importantly, it shows that Starbucks speaks to a deeply felt American need for predictability and class standing, community and authenticity, revealing that Starbucks' appeal lies not in its coffee but in the easily consumed identity it offers.


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.