Featured Events

The Common Book Program, in partnership with ASPiRE, the Division of Community Engagement, the Division of Inclusive Excellence, the ICA, LEAD, and VCU Globe, is excited to announce a Solidarity Drive (Solidaridad y Apoyo en Richmond) to benefit children in need in Richmond. We are seeking donations of new or gently used stuffed animals, children's books (especially Spanish/English), winter coats, and non-perishables.

Boxes for these items will be available through the end of October with our campus partners in this donation drive in the following locations:

  • 5th floor of Harris Hall in the FILL (University College, 1015 Floyd Ave.)
  • The lobby of these Living-Learning Program residential halls: ASPiRE (835 W. Grace); GLOBE (912 W. Grace); and, LEAD (1000 W. Grace) 
  • The atrium of the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), (601 W. Broad)
  • University Student Commons (907 Floyd Ave): 1st floor next to information desk
  • The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), University Student Commons, Room 215
  • The School of World Studies Office (312 N. Shafer)
  • The Monroe Park Barnes & Noble (1111 W. Broad)
  • The Division of Community Engagement (1103 W. Marshall & 901 W. Franklin, Room 208)
On Monday, Oct. 15, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., a donation box will be available in Cabell 303 during the Common Book panel and discussion on Immigration Issues in Richmond event. And, on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 9 a.m. - noon, Professor Anita Nadal and students from her SPAN 322 class will be at the Barnes & Noble collecting items, including children's books (which the bookstore will also provide for sale on site). Click here for flyer. Please join us in collecting items for children in our Richmond community. Each and every donation will make a difference!
 

Flyer for Trauma-Informed Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Diverse Populations, Thursday, Nov 1, 5:30-7:30 Kontos Medical Sciences Building AuditoriumTrauma-Informed Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Diverse Populations

Thursday, Nov 1, 5:30-7:30

Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium

This panel will provide a forum for practitioners and academics experienced in trauma-informed care to discuss their work and the value of trauma-informed care, with a specific focus on the benefit when working with young refugees.

Upcoming Events

Please join us on Wednesday, November 14th at 6 p.m. in the Siegel Center for a talk given by our 2018 Common Book Tell Me How It Ends author, Valeria Luiselli.

Panels and Speakers

Undocumented Immigrants and Medical Care

Tuesday, Sept 25, 12-1 pm

McGlothlin Medical Education Center 3-101

 

Immigration Issues in Richmond

Monday, Oct 15, 4-5:30 pm

Cabell Library, Room 303

This VCU Common Book event brings together VCU faculty, Dr. Gabriela Leon-Perez and Dr. Oswaldo Moreno, Sacred Heart Center Family Protection Advocate Gustavo Angeles, VCUstudent and co-founder of UndocuRAMs Yanet Limon-Amado, and Richmond attorney and immigration law specialist, Jacob Tingen, to discuss the local impact of immigration policy and practice. Come and engage with these experts as they talk to us about how the current implementation, and shifts in perception on immigration policy, impact members of the Latinx community in Richmond, Virginia. Flyer link here.

 

Flyer for Trauma-Informed Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Diverse Populations, Thursday, Nov 1, 5:30-7:30 Kontos Medical Sciences Building AuditoriumTrauma-Informed Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Diverse Populations

Thursday, Nov 1, 5:30-7:30

Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium

This panel will provide a forum for practitioners and academics experienced in trauma-informed care to discuss their work and the value of trauma-informed care, with a specific focus on the benefit when working with young refugees.

 

 

 


Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Organized by the Division for Inclusive Excellence (all Common Book readers are encouraged to attend).

 

Language Into Music: The Latin Beats

Antonio Garcia, Jazz Director

How do language and culture inspire Latin music? We'll explore Afro-Cuban, New Orleans, and a bit of Brasilian music to uncover clave, streetbeat, partido alto, and more.

Monday, Sept 17, 1-2 pm
Location: Student Commons SGA Senate Room Chambers

 

Wanda Hernandez

Wanda Hernandez is the former curator of Nuestras Historias at the Valentine Museum. From 1990 to 2010, the American South had the fastest growing Latino populations in the United States. Richmond, Virginia along with other southern localities is undergoing a dramatic demographic and cultural shifts. Learn about why Latinos came to this small city and the impact the Latino community has had on Richmond.

Friday, Sept 21, 1-2 pm
Location: Student Commons Commonwealth A

 

Pueblo sin Comida

Steven Casanova, Artist, Puerto Rican Activist

Discussion on how moving people affect food and how moving food affects people. What is the Latinx relation to food in the United States? Learn about how immigration affects not only the diets of people immigrating but the foods of their communities and the country as a whole.

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2-3 pm
Location: Student Commons Virginia Room A

 

Afro-Latinx Presentation: Anita A. Nadal

Friday, October 12 12-1 p.m.,  OMSA, University Commons, Room 215 
 

 

Global Education Event

Organized by the VCU Global Education Office (all Common Book readers are encouraged to attend).

Professor Audelino Sac Coyo: Social and political forces pushing immigration of Indigenous people to the U.S.

As a Maya-K’iche’ political scientist, Audelino Sac Coyoy currently teaches at the Universidad Rafael Landívar Campus de Quetzaltenango in Guatemala. He was an elected delegate from the council of elders on the government committee for the Definition of Indigenous Sacred Places as part of the Guatemalan Peace Accords. With many years of consulting and program direction for the United Nations, CARE, the International Labor Organization, Dr. Sac is a valuable voice to be heard in today’s current climate.

This event is co-sponsored by the Highland Support Project and VCU Institute for Women’s Health.

Monday, October 22, 2018, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: VCU Globe, Room 1030J, 830 West Grace Street


Movie Screenings


The Trade

Thursday, Sept 20, 11-1 pm

VCU Student Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Avenue

The Wilder School Criminal Justice program presents a viewing and discussion of The Trade, "SHOWTIMES'S" character-driven verité-style docu-series seeks to break through the simplistic and often erroneously counterproductive assumptions surrounding the opioid phenomenon by spotlighting those affected: friends and neighbors, sisters and brothers caught in the crisis. The Trade explores the opioid epidemic from the intimate perspective of growers, addicts and law enforcement on both sides of the border. The interwoven narrative transcends the headlines to convey with humanity and nuance the scope and gravity of the crisis.

The discussion following the film features: The Hon. Shannon L. Taylor, Commonwealth's Attorney for Henrico County, and Michael Zohab, President and Founder of Virginia Recovery Foundation and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services

Free and open to the public. For more information contact cookak@vcu.edu

Poster for the movie Sin NombreSin Nombre

Monday, Sept 24, 5:30-7:30 pm

Academic Learning Commons, Room 1107

The movie screening will be followed by a brief discussion facilitated by Professor Anita Nadal from VCU School of World Studies and Thad Fortney, Faculty in the Department of Focused Inquiry, who will connect the film to the Common Book Tell Me How It Ends. Refreshments will be available prior to the film screening.

To view the flyer, please click this hyperlink.

Clínica de Migrantes

Thursday, Sept 27, 5-7 pm

Larrick Student Center, Court End Ballroom

Register for this Sept. 27 event.  A buffet-style dinner will be provided at the movie, first come, first served.

This film shows the faces of real people in the middle of the immigration debate and asks if the United States can continue withholding basic necessities from an estimated 11 million undocumented residents.

Following the film, a discussion will be led by Mark Ryan, M.D., a VCU professor and family physician at VCUHealth who practices at and is the medical director of the Hayes E. Willis Health Center in south Richmond, where approximately 25% of the patients are Latinx and another 40% are uninsured.

Parking is available for a fee in the 8th Street parking deck. For special accommodations, or to register offline, please contact Thelma Mack, research and education coordinator, at mackta@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0017.

The Real Life Film Series is a partnership between VCU Libraries and University Student Commons and Activities.

 Poster for the movie Under the Same MoonUnder the Same Moon

Wednesday, Oct 3, 5:30-7:30 pm

Academic Learning Commons, Room 1107

The movie screening will be followed by a brief discussion facilitated by Professor Anita Nadal from VCU School of World Studies and Thad Fortney, Faculty in the Department of Focused Inquiry, who will connect the film to the Common Book Tell Me How It Ends. Refreshments will be available prior to the film screening.

To view this flyer, please click this hyperlink.

Author Talk


Valeria Luiselli, author of Tell Me How It Ends

Wednesday, Nov 14, 6 pm

Siegel Center

Free and open to the public

Discussions Groups


Welcome Week Discussion groups (Monroe Park and Medical Campuses, throughout the day on 8/20/2018 and 8/21/2018)

These hour-long discussions, led by VCU faculty, staff, and graduate students, provide an opportunity for incoming first-year students to delve into the book as they begin their university studies.

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