At VFH’s first public Think and Drink event on October 22, VFH Fellow Lulu Miller joined with cellist Wes Swing to provide Charlottesville audiences “an existential adventure”—a lively outdoor presentation on the dangers of categorization, set to an original musical score.

As a preview to her forthcoming book, Miller focused on the work of David Starr Jordan, a founder of the eugenics movement, and traced the history of forced sterilization in the U.S. from the 1880s to the current day. Cellist Wes Swing brilliantly scored the story with gorgeous but haunting looping melodies, creating a captivating aura for humanities exploration.

Q & A With Lulu and Wes

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Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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