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3/23/23, 8:00 PM

Program and Social

The Center at Belvedere


Women's History Month Literary Social

For Women’s History Month, join Charlottesville NOW for a Virginia Festival of the Book event and social gathering afterward (or just come for the social if you can't make the author event).

The Center at Belvedere (540 Belvedere Blvd. -- free parking)
4:00pm Unsung Women with Rosalyn Story*
5:00pm Social at Greenberry’s Coffee Co. at The Center

About the Book
Sing Her Name, a novel by Rosalyn Story, follows two musically gifted women whose lives overlap across the boundaries of time—a 19th century concert singer whose career is thwarted by racism and a talented 21st century waitress who has a chance to revive the singer’s name and reach her own success—if her family ties don’t hold her back.

*This not a ticketed event. Arrive early to ensure seating.

Coffee Chat

Coffee Chat



Catch up with long-time friends and make new ones! Join Cville NOW members and friends at C'ville Coffee and Wine for conversation over your beverage of choice. Or grab some lunch--a variety of sandwiches and salads are on the menu.

'This War Will Set Us Free'

Mali Lucas-Green talks about her enslaved ancestor’s escape to freedom across the Rappahannock River in 1862 and his journey back into Confederate territory to free his family.

Moses Lucas and his wife Mildred, Lucas-Green’s great, great, great, grandparents, were among the enslaved who emancipated themselves during the Civil War—helping force the emancipation question by crossing into Union territory.

Lucas-Green’s presentation draws on two decades of research into her family history, after discovering in her great-grandfather’s library the first-person account of the escape, dictated by Moses Lucas.

An educator and artist, Mali Lucas-Green is founder and CEO of Infinite Inquiry, which provides adventurous educational expeditions by road for middle grades students. Lucas-Green travels “with an investigative lens to seek truth-telling...the multiple truths that exist in a complex society such as these great United States.”

Life After Roe

Life After Roe


Dr. Christian Chisholm, a nationally recognized expert in maternal and fetal medicine at UVA Medical Center, explains how the abortion bans in areas of the U.S. are affecting the practice of medicine and the best care of women. In a call to action, Han Jones, Political Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, and Tannis Fuller, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Abortion Fund, discuss their organizations' work and the immediate and potential impacts of abortion bans on all pregnant persons locally and across Virginia.

Demystifying Dobbs

UVA Law professor Anne Coughlin and UVA professor Bonnie Gordon discuss the legal principles, case history and cultural history behind the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health.

Gun Violence Against Women and Children

Panelists include experts from local and national gun sense organizations and local agencies that support survivors:

 Mike Fox and Katie Fox, 
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; Gayle Oko,
 Sandy Hook Promise; Madison Furgurson
, Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE); and Renee Branson, Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA).

Saving Our Planet: Starting in Our Community

In recognition of Earth Day 2022, we showcase local efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. Climate Protection Program Managers from Albemarle County (Gabe Dayley) and Charlottesville (Susan Elliott) present these governments' plans and progress. University of Virginia's Sustainability Director (Andrea Ruedy Trimble) shares the University's climate action goals and accomplishments. Charlottesville Tree Commission Chair (Peggy Van Yahres) shares the Commission's climate mitigation strategies. Co-sponsored by Piedmont Group of Virginia's Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Bringing Global Feminism Home

For Women's History Month, and on International's Women's Day, powerhouse presenters Kolieka Seigle, DemocraShe and Jan Strout, Bozeman CEDAW Initiative reveal the intersection of domestic policy and international policy on women's rights worldwide. They cover such topics as reproductive justice (global gag rule), constitutional equality, violence against women, and feminist foreign policy. And they answer questions such as what the heck is CEDAW? (Hint: UN treaty barring all forms of discrimination against women, ratified by nearly all the world's countries, but not the U.S.!) Also presenting is high school student Prasidha Padmanabhan, who got one of the largest school systems in the U.S. to include more women's history in the curriculum and who is Founder and Director of WEAR, an organization created to write women back into history, and combat sexism through education, advocacy, and fighting for women's rights.

Racial Justice: Making Amends

Lotte Lieb Dula, a descendant of slaveholders, and founder and lead curriculum developer of Reparations 4 Slavery, unpacks family histories to see how every American family is affected by white supremacy. For white families wishing to walk the path of racial healing through a better understanding of US history, family history and institutionalized racism and its devastating effects, there is no better introduction.

Plight of Afghan Women

Panelists: Rangina Hamidi, Professor, Arizona State University (former Minister of Education in Afghanistan); Ellie Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation; Harriet Kuhr, Director, international Rescue Committee of Charlottesville; and Afghan Student Association, University of Virginia.


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