VCU Common Book 2016-2017

Tuesday, October 4: 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.

Thursday, October 13: From Telemedicine to the Secure Care Unit

Noon-1 p.m., Tompkins-McCaw Library, Lecture Room 2-010   Brown-bag lunch. Bring your lunch. Drinks and cookies provided. Please register.

As outlined by Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy, too often, the health care provided to incarcerated people is inadequate. Working as part of a community alliance with 30 Virginia Department of Corrections’ facilities, the physicians and nurses who work in VCU Health’s Telemedicine Center and the Secure Care Unit ensure access to health care for those behind bars. This speakers offer perspectives from nurses and doctors who provide care to inmates. Students as well as professionals and hospital staff are invited to attend this informative and engaging session.

Tuesday, October 18: "Meet Me in the Bottom"

5:30-7:30 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.

Wednesday, November 2: Healing in a Broken System: Memoirs from Jail

6-8pm, 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.

Other Upcoming Common Book Programming:

Just Mercy in the Richmond City Justice Center: The Richmond City Justice Center, in partnership with Open Minds and ASPiRE, will host reading groups comprised of VCU enrolled students and Justice Center residents. Participation is currently open only to Open Minds and ASPiRE enrolled students and residents of the Justice Center.