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


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

Undocumented Immigrants and Medical Care

Tuesday, Sept 25, 12-1 pm

McGlothlin Medical Education Center 3-101

Immigration Issues and RVA

Monday, Oct 15, 4-5:30 pm

Cabell 303

Trauma-Informed Care and Refugee Populations

Thursday, Nov 1

Location TBA

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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