October 12

11:50 AM

In Justin Gest’s timely and groundbreaking book, Majority Minority, he studies six of the world’s societies that have undergone this monumental demographic shift, in order to understand the power of perception and reaction, and the paths governments can take to reduce the appeal of nativism. TIME Magazine Correspondent Molly Ball says, “Gest’s clear-eyed analysis puts our vicious national divides into perspective and argues that they can, in fact, be solved—if we make the right choices.” Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 

Location: Tallwood House, 4200 Roberts Road, Fairfax. Or register to watch via Zoom. 


12 PM

In her “techno-lit” poetry collection, Breakpoint, game designer Betsy Aoki leads readers into a world of Halo, Japanese folklore, robot factories, and code as poetry. Attendees will use their own tech to generate poetry in this interactive event. Breakpoint blends technology and the Asian-American experience in what poet Colleen J. McElroy calls, “an evocative mixture of sensual experiences, and mathematically infused linguistic patterns.” Aoki makes machines speak, while also giving voice to the women who are part of the technological future.

Location: Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room C, 4477 Aquia Creek Lane, Fairfax.

1:30 PM

In the novel Any Other Family, Eleanor Brown explores the nature of love, family, and support. When three sets of parents who adopted four biological siblings to keep them from being separated find out another newborn is on the way, the delicate bonds they’re building threaten to break. Entertainment Weekly says Brown “explores the meaning of motherhood and the limits of a blended family.” 

Location: Wilkins Plaza Tent, between the Johnson Center and Horizon Hall

3 PM

Re-examine feminist theory through a South Asian lens using ancient sculpture, mystic folk poetry, philosophy and more with Anu Aneja, author of Feminist Theory and Aesthetics Within: A Perspective from South Asia. Meenakshi Malhotra says it “explore[s] and reimagine[s] feminist aesthetics and gender binaries through diverse art forms including clay sculpture from the Indus valley, rasa theory, and the ‘rekhta’ ghazal.” Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies.

Location: Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room C, 4477 Aquia Creek Lane, Fairfax.

4:30 PM

In LaNitra Berger’s sweeping book, Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of South African Modern Art: Audacities of Color, she examines how a white artist became South Africa’s most prolific painter of Black, Jewish, and Colored life while maintaining controversial positions on race. Art Historian Peter Chametzky says, “Berger’s subtle and very timely study brilliantly mines Stern’s story and her works’ imagery to extract from them essential insights into global modernism, art under apartheid, and Stern’s conflicted legacy.” Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies, and African and African American Studies.  


This is a virtual event. Register for free: 

 In Surviving Solitary: Living and Working in Restricted Housing Units, criminologist Danielle Rudes examines the damaging conditions of solitary confinement that up to 40% of  incarcerated people face – not just for dangerous behaviors, but for minor infractions as well. Rutgers University Law School professor Todd Clear says, “Rudes has provided an always eloquent, admirably fair, and sometimes shocking portrayal of what our incarceration policies have given us.” In Surviving Solitary, Rudes advocates for improvement over harm. 

Location: Wilkins Plaza Tent, between the Johnson Center and Horizon Hall

7 PM

Please join the editors and contributors of In Between Spaces: An Anthology of Disabled Writers, for a roundtable discussion. In Between Spaces is the first anthology from Stillhouse Press. Our panelists will discuss their favorite books by disabled authors, what brought them to writing, and reflect on their experiences collaborating on In Between Spaces.

This is a virtual event. Register for free:

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