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Candice Millard is a bestselling historian whose epic and meticulously researched books unearth some of US history's greatest moments and figures. A former editor and contributing writer at National Geographic magazine, Millard digs deep into her stories and shares riveting anecdotes with the audiences of her lectures.

Sunday, March 3, JAC, Robins Pavilion 151 (24 seats (16%) remaining)
Come enjoy a singing travelogue of Europe featuring Soprano Caroline Whisnant, Pianist Charles Staples, and Video Guru Dennis King.

Tuesday 3/12, JAC, Robins Pavilion 151 (19 seats (19%) remaining)
In 2016 this program was brought to the OSHER community and now will revisit old favorites in addition to new stories and music in this mixed media, music and storytelling presentation. Our storytellers Judy Boland and Meg Laughon will join Pianist Dr. Charles Staples, Cellist Arowyn Almeida and Singers Dennis King & Amy Barefoot. Afterwards you can enjoy a slice of pie while visiting with the presenters.

Thursday, May 9, TBD - UR Campus
If you are familiar with the library resources but want to go beyond the basics, this session will explore some of the more interesting and unusual digital collections and databases. This is an advanced session that builds on the information introduced in Bounty of Boatwright.

Tuesday, Mar 5, BLIB Seminar 2 Room 181
The geological evolution of the American West is a tale of continental collisions, volcanoes, earthquakes, and upheaval. This lecture will explain how the map of today can be explained by the paroxysm of the past in a fast-moving introductory overview of the power of geological processes to shape our modern landscape.

Tuesday, May 7, BUS, Ukrop Auditorium Q162
Come hear the personal stories and real experiences from Ukraine as lived and told by Michael Warchol our Communications and Events Manager for the Office of International Education. As he notes, 'Serving in the Peace Corps many years ago initiated a real shift in my thinking on the world and the work I do. With the start of the war and renewed focus on Ukraine, I again have found new purpose and new work through sponsoring and supporting Ukrainian refugees.'

Monday, 4/22, BUS, Ukrop Auditorium Q162
Rachel Beanland is the University of Richmond's 2023-24 Writer-in-Residence. She will talk about her books and her journey as a writer. Co-sponsored by Osher and the Friends of the Library.

Wednesday, April 10, INTC, Commons
Join Dr. Lauranett Lee and Elizabeth Schlatter for a private tour of the exhibit 'Rendered Fusion: Clay, Connection and Attention.'

Every day, starting on 03/18/24 and ending on 03/18/24, THCX - Harnett Museum ( No seats currently available )
Every day, starting on 04/22/24 and ending on 04/22/24, THCX - Harnett Museum ( No seats currently available )
FIELD TRIP Attendees will visit Shalom's Powhatan farm location to learn all about Shalom Farms' food justice initiatives. We'll discuss Shalom's mission, purpose and programming with the beautiful farm as our backdrop and then segue into an in-depth tour of our fields (complete with tasting opportunities, of course!) where we can dig in to Shalom's crop selection and agriculture practices.

Tuesday, May 7, Shalom Farms ( No seats currently available )
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that 'the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.' As daughters, Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby found a way to live Dr. King's dream. Their presentation will draw on lessons from their book, 'Cousins: Connected Through Slavery, A Black Woman and a White Woman Discover Their Past and Each Other.'

Wednesday, April 17, JAC, Robins Pavilion 151
We have a great group of women in our basketball program. Let's support them with our presence and cheer them on! Come join the fun and swell the crowd for the nationally televised game against Rhode Island.

No session is currently available for registration

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One of the most heralded films of 2021, Questlove's Academy-Award-winning documentary 'Summer of Soul' revisits the 1969 Harlem Cultural Arts Festival. Obscured by memories of the Woodstock Festival which took place that same year, vivid archival footage from the summer-long Harlem concert series was mostly forgotten. On Monday, we will screen 'Summer of Soul' and briefly discuss it. On Tuesday, presenters Bill Pike and Joe Vanderford will chart the evolving muse of Steve Wonder, post-1969.

Monday 3/18, BUS, Ukrop Auditorium Q162
Join Martha Wright, Assistant Curator of Academic and Public Engagement with UR Museums, to discuss the two new student-centric initiatives beginning this academic year. We will explore the student-curated exhibition of student-sourced artworks in the Booth Lobby of the Modlin Center, followed by the reimagination of Pickels Gallery as a curricular gallery. There will also be some general discussions about how art can represent life, challenge us to think differently, and invite close looking observation.

Tuesday 4/30, TBD - UR Campus ( No seats currently available )
Take a walking tour of the UR campus, named the nation's most beautiful campus in the Princeton Review's most recent college guide. Learn about the history of the University, enjoy the beautiful landscaping and architecture, and hear some stories along the way. The walk will be about 2.5 miles in length and will require climbing steps and walking on various surfaces. Walking shoes and water are recommended.

Tuesday, May 14, THCX, Sculpture outside Modlin Center ( No seats currently available )
Join University of Richmond's Natural Area Steward for a tour of the Eco Corridor. This engaging walking tour will cover the history of the eco corridor, the restoration and the future of a green campus resource. Please wear comfortable shoes and come prepared to enjoy the beautiful nature unfolding in the eco corridor on the University campus. Offered twice: please register for only one session.

Thursday 3/28, Entrance to the Gambles Mill Eco-Corridor ( No seats currently available )
Thursday 4/11, Entrance to the Gambles Mill Eco-Corridor ( No seats currently available )
FIELD TRIP Join this on-site tour for a walk through the museum, along with a comprehensive overview of the history of the Holocaust incorporating the stories of survivors who made Richmond their home.

Friday, April 26, VA Holocaust Museum
The trends continue! While we will always have history, fine art wonderful food, beautiful wineries, and great beer, Richmond's sports tourism continues to grow. It now claims the biggest slice of the tourism pie. Come hear how our tourism numbers have bounced back post- Covid, and how our current and soon-to-be-completed venues attract great sporting events.

Monday, March 25, BUS, Ukrop Auditorium Q162