Please join us on Monday, November 6th at 6 p.m. in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts for a talk given by our 2017-2018 Common Book Dreamland Author, Sam Quinones.



Welcome Week Discussion groups (Monroe Park and MCV Campuses, throughout the day on 8/21/2017 and 8/22/2017)

These hour-long discussions, led by VCU faculty, staff, and graduate students, focus on Part I of Dreamland. They provide an opportunity for incoming first-year students to delve into the book personally and academically as they begin their university studies.

Interdisciplinary Student-Led Discussions, ASPiRE Residence Hall, October 2017

These informal discussions bring together students from Focused Inquiry classes, the Living Learning Communities (ASPiRE, Globe, Lead), the Graduate School, and the MCV campus. Considering Dreamland through these different disciplinary lenses gives each of us a deeper understanding of the problems explored in Dreamland, and a more nuanced view on possible solutions.


Panels and Speakers

Speaker Series on Addiction and Recovery

Sept 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6; 7 pm, MCALC 1107; Sponsored by the Well

Each event features VCU students and alumni sharing their recovery stories. Each talk will be followed by Q & A.


"The Opioid Epidemic, Dreamland & Mindfulness: Overlapping Trends, Different Outcomes," Linda Hancock (Director, The Well) and Kevin Britton (VCU student), Tuesday, Sept 19, 12:30-1:30, Honors College


Common Book Panels

This series features panelists from throughout the VCU and Richmond communities who will discuss addiction, treatment and recovery through legal and medical lenses. Offering different perspectives and experiences, the panelists—including scholars, policy-makers, legal specialists, medical professionals, and individuals who have been personally affected by addiction—will shed light on the personal and societal impact of addiction, and will discuss ways that the opiate epidemic has been and should be regarded. This series is co-sponsored by I2CRP.

Panel #1: Wednesday, Oct 11, 5:30-7:00 pm, MCALC 1201. Panelists include Danielle Dick, Ph.D. and Christopher Rashad Green.

Panel #2: Thursday, Nov 16, 4:30-6:30, Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium. Panelists include Sebastian Tong, MD, and Kate Neuhausen, MD.


Movie screenings

Thursday, Sept. 14 from 5 - 7:30 p.m., Larrick Center, Jackson Ward Conference Room

Please join VCU Libraries and USC&A for a viewing of Oxyana, a buffet dinner, and discussion on the film. Space is limited. RSVP here. More information about the VCU Libraries Film Series is available here.