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 Programs (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.

Discussion with VCU Police Department Academy Cadets

Micol Hutchison, PhD, will facilitate a discussion on Dreamland with the VCU Police Department's cadets. Each year, the new VCU Police Academy cadet class reads the VCU Common Book as part of its training for working at the university. 

Health Sciences Academy

In partnership with VCU's Health Sciences Academy, Focused Inquiry students will visit Marshall High School, exploring medical, social, and societal issues arising from opiate/opioid use and misuse. Nov 2, 11:00 am



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. This interdisciplinary panel will provide students at all levels with different perspectives on addiction and recovery. Considering the topic through both academic, research-based lenses and personal, experiential lenses, our panelists, including Danielle Dick, Ph.D., Christopher Rashad Green, and Severin Didriksen, share their expertise on addiction and recovery with audience, through short presentations followed by an informal Q & A.

Panel#2: Monday, Oct 23, 1:00-2:00 pm, MCALC 4100 (interactive telecast) or Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium. "Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic: Health Care and Public Health," an interactive panel presentation and conversation with Virginia Department of Health Chief Deputy Commissioner, Dr. S. Hughes Melton; Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, Dr. M. Normal Oliver; and Program Director for VCU's Rams in Recovery and Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor, Tom Bannard. These experts will focus on the opioid crisis in Virginia and its impact on public health. 

Panel #3: Thursday, Nov 16, 4:30-6:30, Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium. The Common Book Program and I2CRP (a 4-year track program for medical students committed to serving  medically underserved populations) are co-sponsoring this panel discussion that will consider the impact of the opioid epidemic in Richmond through a medical lens. Panelists are Matthew Keats, MD, MMM, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services; Sebastian Tong, MD, MPH, VCU Department of Family Medicine & Population Health; Cheryl DeHaven, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services; and Mike Shea, VCU alumnus and RAMs in Recovery participant.


Movie Screenings


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


Oxyana (by popular demand, a second VCU screening)

Monday, Oct. 2, 6-8 p.m., MCALC 1104 

Join us for a second VCU screening of "Oxyana," a documentary about Oceana, West Virginia, which some have regarded as the epicenter of the opioid epidemic. The movie will be followed by a brief discussion. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.