Our Fellows present their research and writing projects during lunchtime talks during the Fall and Spring academic semesters, typically every other Tuesday. These presentations—free and open to the public—are offered during the lunch hour, between noon and 1 pm, at the VFH Conference Center at 145 Ednam Drive. A casual lunch is provided for attendees.
A sampling of recent talks have included presentations on the events of 1963 in Danville associated with the Civil Rights Movement, immigration issues along the U.S. Mexican border, and election day demographics of the Alexandria residents who currently act out their lives on the PBS drama Mercy Street.
Spring 2016 Semester talks are listed below, and upcoming talks can also be found on the VFH Events Calendar.
February 2 – Whit Sheppard
Slow Train to Eminence: The Life of Arthur Ashe
February 9 – Henry Wiencek
Making the American Renaissance: the Extraordinary Collaboration of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Stanford White
February 23 – Lisa Spaar
Gather Ye Rosebuds: The Thorns and Blossoms of Anthologizing Poetry
March 16-18 – at the Virginia Festival of the Book: participation by 19 current or former VFH Fellows, including Hanadi Al-Samman, Mary Bly, Stephen Cushman, Mark Edmundson, Corrine Field, Lesley Francis, Hilary Holladay, Preston Lauterbach, Philip Levy, Mary Lyons, Jennifer Bickham Mendez, Debra Nystrom, Greg O’Malley, Bob Schultz, Lisa Russ Spaar, and Charlie Thompson.
March 29 – Jennifer Greeson [this is a new date]
Blood in Common: Languages of Nation in the 1805 Constitution of Hayti
April 19 – Paul Dafydd Jones
On Patience: A Theological Exploration
May 3 – Martien Halvorsen-Taylor
An Entry into the Biblical Book of Job