We hope you enjoy this month’s Humanities Broadsheet — a compilation of events organized by or featuring members of the Washington University community, as well as our colleagues in the greater humanities community in the St. Louis area. 

With the restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, many public events have moved online. Things change quickly these days, so we recommend you check with organizers for the latest details before you head out or log on.

As you’ll see below, there’s always something going on! 

Organizers may submit events to cenhumcal@wustl.edu.
Visitors to Washington University should be aware of the university’s Health and Safety Protocols.
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Humanities Broadcast

The Humanities Broadcast section spotlights virtual public events featuring WashU faculty and scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, organized by internal and external hosts. If you are a faculty member with an upcoming public lecture, please let us know and we will include it here! Email us at cenhumcal@wustl.edu and please include the URL for the event page at your host institution.


3 MARCH  |  12 PM
Reflections on Craft: Connecting Creative and Scholarly Practice
CHARLES JOHNSON — philosopher, novelist, screenwriter and professor emeritus at University of Washington — is the keynote speaker for the Faculty Book Celebration. He will be joined by a panel of Washington University faculty: Rebecca Copeland, professor of Japanese language and literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Joanna Dee Das, assistant professor of dance in the Performing Arts Department; Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters at the Departments of English and of African and African-American Studies; and Shreyas R. Krishnan, assistant professor in illustration at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. This discussion will be moderated by Ignacio Infante, associate professor of comparative literature and Spanish, and associate director of the Center for the Humanities. In-person attendance is limited to members of the Washington University community, and all are invited to join via Zoom. Faculty Book Celebration, co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and University Libraries.
IN PERSON: Olin Library, Room 142

3 MARCH  |  4 PM
Let Your Talent Be Your Guide
CHARLES JOHNSON is the professor emeritus at University of Washington. Johnson will describe the journey that took him from being a cartoonist and journalist in his late teens and early 20s to becoming a novelist, philosopher, literary scholar, essayist, short story and screen writer, and a college professor. The spirit of this journey is captured in a statement by John Muir: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Two members of the Washington University faculty will briefly speak on their own new book releases: Diana Montaño, assistant professor in the Department of History, will be introduce Electrifying Mexico: Technology and the Transformation of a Modern City. Julia Walker, associate professor of the Department of English and associate professor and chair of the Performing Arts Department, will introduce Performance and Modernity: Enacting Change on the Globalizing Stage. In-person attendance is limited to members of the Washington University community, and all are invited to join via Zoom. Faculty Book Celebration, Center for the Humanities.
IN PERSON: Olin Library, Umrath Lounge

7 MARCH  |  4 PM
Eating While Black
New work by Psyche Williams-Forson, professor and chair of the Department of American Studies, University of Maryland; and Rafia Zafar, professor of English, of African and African-American Studies, and of American Culture Studies, Washington University in St. Louis, on African American food, identity, stigma and respect. Williams-Forson is author of Eating While Black: Food Shaming and Race in America, and Zafar is author of Recipes for Respect: African American Meals and Meaning. For more information and upcoming talks, please visit the Agri-Food Workshop website here: https://sites.wustl.edu/agrifood/agri-food-workshop/. Department of Anthropology.


8 MARCH  |  7 PM
A Discussion about The Neutral Ground
C.J. HUNT will discuss his recent documentary, The Neutral Ground. The film documents New Orleans’ fight over monuments and America’s troubled romance with the Lost Cause. In 2015, Hunt was filming the New Orleans City Council’s vote to remove four confederate monuments. But when that removal is halted by death threats, he sets out to understand why a losing army from 1865 still holds so much power in America. Hunt will be in conversation with Sue Mobley, director of research at Monument Lab and the visiting fellow for arts and culture at the American Planning Association. WashU’s own Geoff Ward, professor of African and African-American Studies and director of the WashU & Slavery Project, and Rebecca Dudley, a PhD candidate in anthropology and AMCS Harvey Fellow, will also be part of the conversation. Memory for the Future Studiolab and American Culture Studies program.

9 MARCH  |  4 PM
Crisis in Ukraine: Past, Present and Future
The Office of the Provost and Crisis & Conflict in Historical Perspective, Department of History, invite you to join a thoughtful discussion with a panel of distinguished Washington University faculty members. Panelists are as follows: Andrew Betson, Professor of Military Science, Gateway Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army; Krister Knapp (moderator), University Teaching Professor and Executive Coordinator, Crisis & Conflict in Historical Perspective, Department of History; Leila Sadat, the James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law, Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the ICC Prosecutor; Janis Skrastins, Assistant Professor of Finance, Olin Business School; and James Wertsch, David R. Francis Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Global Studies, Director Emeritus of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy. Office of the Provost and Department of History.

9 MARCH  |  7 PM
International Writers Series: Anca Roncea
In this virtual reading and discussion, Anca Roncea, translator and doctorate student in Washington University’s Comparative Literature program (track for international writers), will discuss her translation of Tribar from the Romanian by Andra Rotaru (Saturnalia Books, 2022). Roncea will be joined in discussion by Mary Jo Bang, poet, translator and professor of English at Washington University. University Libraries.

31 MARCH  |  3:30 PM
Joint Book Launch: The New Sex Wars and Porn Work with Brenda Cossman and Heather Berg
Join us for a joint book launch spotlighting the new work of Brenda Cossman, professor of law at the University of Toronto, and Heather Berg, assistant professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at Washington University, followed by a conversation moderated by Rebecca Wanzo, chair and professor of women, gender and sexuality Studies, Washington University. Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto.

WashU Events

1 MARCH  |  12:30 PM
Raising Queens: The Important Role of Racial Socialization in the Lives of Black Girls
SHERETTA BARNES is an associate professor in the Brown School and a developmental psychologist. Brown School Open Classroom.

1 MARCH  | 6 PM
From Skokie to Charlottesville: American Antisemitism in Court
JAMES LOEFFLER is the Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of the Jewish Studies Program and Professor and the Jay Berkowitz Chair in Jewish History in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. The recent Charlottesville trial of white supremacists for organizing a violent 2017 rally raised the specter of another famous American court case, the 1977 Skokie Affair, when the U.S. Supreme Court permitted neo-Nazis to march in the town home to the largest American community of Holocaust survivors. Each case raised profound questions about free speech and hate speech, race and religion. In this lecture, historian and author Loeffler, who covered the Charlottesville trial for The Atlantic, will compare the cases and discuss what they reveal about the role of law in the struggle against antisemitism. Department of Jewish, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
IN PERSON: Hillman Hall, Room 70

2 MARCH  |  12:30 PM
Impacts of the Myanmar Coup: Human Rights Violations and Effects on Mental Health
KHIN (JUE JUE) MIN THU is a social worker at Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii, and Hnin Thet Hmu Khin is a doctoral student at Mahidol University in Thailand. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been in the news since the February 2021 military coup, due to the human rights violations of the junta in power. The situation is so severe that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called it a “reign of terror.” Learn more about the situation on the ground in Myanmar and to consider the mental health impacts on the population of 54 million as a result of the violence. Brown School Open Classroom.

2 MARCH  |  5 PM
A Conversation with CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, AB ’91, MD, MPH
FENG SHENG HU, dean of Arts & Sciences, professor of biology and of earth and planetary science, and Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor in Arts & Science, will host a discussion with Rochelle P. Walensky, AB ’91, MD, MPH, director of Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The discussion will include Dr. Walensky’s highlights from her current role as the CDC director and how her academic path at Washington University helped prepare her. Due to anticipated high attendance, Dr. Walensky will answer only pre-submitted questions during the presentation. Registered attendees are encouraged to submit questions on the registration form. University Advancement.

The book, music and lyrics are by Jonathan Larson. This performance is directed by Ron Himes. The choreography is by Heather Beal, and the musical direction by Henry Palkes. The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning rock musical shares the story of a group of struggling artists living in in the East Village as they try and make their way in the world. Set in another time of pandemic (HIV/AIDS), we track a year of their lives as they seek out their artistic voices and negotiate all matters of the heart. Performing Arts Department.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Edison Theatre

3 MARCH  |  8 PM
Reading by Orla Tinsley
ORLA TINSLEY is an award-winning writer, educator, producer, literary critic and activist. They began writing about healthcare injustice for people with cystic fibrosis in Ireland at the age of 18. Their first book, Salty Baby, debuted in the top five and was nominated as Best Newcomer at The Irish Book Awards. They have received numerous awards including Medical Journalist of the Year, Tatler Magazine’s Woman of the Year, National Young Person of the Year and the American Ireland Fund’s Spirit of Ireland award. In 2018, they received the Human Rights Award from the Bar of Ireland for their lifelong work on organ donation as a healthcare activist and educator. In 2019, the Public Institute of Ireland awarded them the lifetime achievement award of the President’s Medal for Storytelling. They currently teach creative nonfiction at the Irish Writers Center. Department of English.

4 MARCH  |  3 PM
Listening Through the Firewall: A Sonic Narrative of Communication Between Taiwan and China
SARAH PLOVNICK is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at University of California, Berkeley. This presentation explores the recent history of the Taiwan Strait (1949-present) from the perspective of audio communication. A focus on sound provides a way to reconceptualize the region, moving beyond the limitations of political borders to highlight salient moments in which individuals formed connections despite communication restrictions. These moments range from the iconic voice of Teresa Teng emanating from loudspeakers and radios in the 1970s to the boom of the Taiwan-based Mandopop industry in the 1990s to more recent social media interactions. The space of the Taiwan Strait is often discussed in contemporary media only in relation to political tensions. This research, in contrast, provides a nuanced, on-the-ground perspective of the role of cross-strait communication in the daily lives of Taiwanese and Chinese individuals. Department of Music.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Music Classroom Building, Room 102

4 MARCH  |  3 PM
World Literature as Process and Relation: East Asia’s Russia and Translation
HEEKYOUNG CHO is an associate professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington and the author of Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature (2016). This talk discusses world literature models through an examination of Russian and East Asian literary relations and translation-related issues. Through the discussion of recent world literary theories with a focus on East Asia-Russia literary interactions, translation, circulation, literary prizes and ethical approaches to world literature, this talk argues that we are best served by thinking of world literature not as an entity that operates by inclusion and exclusion or as a single diffusion network defined by hierarchical and competitive relations but as a totality of entangled literary and cultural relations and processes through which new meanings and implications are generated. Rethinking world literature as a new lens, rather than as an object to know, also provides new perspectives that allow us to understand the world better through various literatures and their connections. East Asian Languages and Cultures.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Eads Hall, Room 103

4 MARCH  |  6 PM
Film Screening + Artist Talk: Dario Robleto
DARIO ROBLETO is an artist, researcher, writer, “citizen-scientist” and teacher. His research-driven practice results in intricately handcrafted objects that reflect his exploration of music, popular culture, science, war and American history. Robleto uses unexpected materials, such as melted vinyl records, dinosaur bones, meteorites, glass produced by atomic explosions and lost heartbeat recordings from the 19th century, and he transforms these artifacts from the vast inventory of humanity’s collective past into delicately layered objects that are sincere and personal meditations on love, death, eroding memory and healing. His work has been exhibited widely and is held in prominent collections including the Harvard Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Sam Fox School.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Brown Hall, Room 100

7 MARCH  |  6 PM 
Artist Talk: Chitra Ganesh
Artist Chitra Ganesh discusses her multidisciplinary practice of experimental storytelling, intertwining the past, future and our turbulent present to create speculative worlds that are tethered to culture and history yet unbound by the limitations of contemporary reality. RSVP required. Kemper Art Museum.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

8 MARCH  |  12:30 PM
A Queer Perspective on Successful Aging
VANESSA D. FABBRE is an associate professor at the Brown School. This presentation will introduce the experiences of transgender and gender-expansive older adults in the context of successful aging, a paradigmatic concept in the field of gerontology. More specifically, the presentation will highlight the experience of pursuing a gender transition in later life and what this means for new ways of thinking about aging “successfully” in a diverse and inequitable society. Brown School Open Classroom.

9 MARCH  |  4 PM
The Disinherited: Christianity and Conversion in Calcutta in the 19th Century
MOU BANERJEE is an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This talk is based on the so-called “Great Tagore Will Case,” which created a scandal in Calcutta, the capital city of the British Indian empire, in the mid-19th century. By looking closely at the events that precipitated this legal battle, Banerjee will trace the evolution of the Lex Loci Act in India. This was a legal dispute regarding inheritance between two of the most influential members of colonial Bengali aristocracy, father and son, and involved properties valued at hundreds of thousands of sterling pounds. Prosonnocoomar Tagore, the first Indian member of the Viceregal Legislative Council, disinherited his son and heir Gyanendramohan Tagore (the first Indian barrister) because of his conversion to Christianity in 1851. Prosonnocoomar left his property to his nephew, Maharaja Jatindramohan Tagore. This was contested by his son, and the case went from the civil court in Calcutta to the Privy Council in London, from 1861 to 1880. It resulted in a tangled web of family lore that included tales of betrayal, generational curses and reincarnation. Banerjee will analyze this case as a microhistory of the loss of social and moral capital on the part of Indian converts to Christianity. Religious Studies program.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Crow Hall, Room 201

9 MARCH  |  6 PM
Middle East-North Africa Film Series
Footnote (Hearat Shulayim) is a 2011 film directed by Joseph Cedar. Eliezer Skolnik (Shlomo Baraba) and his son Uriel Skolnik (Lior Ashkenazi) are both bibilical scholars. The father has toiled in obscurity, whereas his son is an academic superstar. A comically unfortunate mishap is about to further fracture their already tenuous and awkward relationship. This 2011 Academy Award nominee examines with a sweet and a heartfelt spirit the difficulties of academia and father-son relationships. Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies.
IN PERSON: Washington University, McDonnell Hall, Room 162

10 MARCH  |  4 PM
Economies of Compassion and Medicine in Colonial Korea
SONJA M. KIM is an associate professor at Binghamton University. Drawing from literature of emotions and ethics, this presentation illustrates the construction of compassion, conveyed by the cultural idiom insul, as a central component of medical services and physicians’ professional identities in colonial Korea. Proper performance of compassion, benevolent charity or other scripted emotional expressions was valued as conducive to a salubrious environment between care-providers and their patients. Failings, however, indicate fissures in structures of care and the contingent nature of medical compassion. This study demonstrates how changing material and moral economies in the medical landscape necessitated, at the same time made impossible, medical compassion in colonial Korea. This produced lingering affects that informed postcolonial health reform discussions. Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

10 MARCH  |  6 PM
Panel Discussion for ‘Behind the Sheet’
The Medical Humanities minor is sponsoring a panel discussion to spark conversation about themes presented in The Black Rep’s production of Behind the Sheet. Co-hosts for the panel are Ron Himes, founder and producing director of The Black Rep; and Rebecca Messbarger, PhD, director of Medical Humanities. The panelists are Dr. Dineo Khabele, chair, Department of OB/Gyn and the Mitchell & Elaine Yanow Professor at the Washington University School of Medicine; Sowande' Mustakeem, associate professor of history and of African and African-American studies at Washington University; and Yolonda Wilson, PhD, associate professor of health care ethics at Saint Louis University. Hedwig Lee, professor of sociology and co-director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity at Washington University, will moderate the discussion. Medical Humanities minor.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Women’s Building, Formal Lounge

10 MARCH  |  6 PM
Why the Romans Should Care about Roman Law: The Perspective of the Early Empire
MATTHIJS WIBIER is a lecturer in ancient history at University of Kent, UK.
Department of Classics.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Umrath Hall, Room 140

11 MARCH  |  3 PM
Pan African Capital 
HANNAH APPEL is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-editor of The Promise of Infrastructure. She is the author of 2019’s The Licit Life of Capitalism: U.S. Oil in Equatorial Guinea. Department of African and African-American Studies.

11 MARCH  |  3 PM
Sports & Society Reading Group: Athletes and Vaccines
The Sports & Society reading group will meet to discuss athletes and vaccine resistance (Novak Djokovic, Aaron Rodgers and Kyrie Irving being prominent examples). Readings will be sent to those who RSVP. If you’re interested in joining us, e-mail co-organizer Noah Cohan for Zoom link and copies of the reading material. American Culture Studies.

11 MARCH  |  6:30 PM
Lecture: Brian Floca
Children’s book author and illustrator Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of the children’s books Locomotive (winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal), Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (recently revised and expanded), Lightship and The Racecar Alphabet, among others. His latest book, Keeping the City Going, a tribute to healthcare and other essential workers who stayed on the streets and on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic, was recently published. Sam Fox School.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Steinberg Hall, Auditorium

12 MARCH  |  2 PM 
Public Tour: Twentieth-Century Abstraction 
Student educators lead interactive tours in the permanent collection, exploring 20th-century abstraction in a range of mediums. Join Jay Buchanan, graduate student in the Department of Art History & Archaeology at Washington University, on this hour-long tour. Kemper Art Museum.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

14 MARCH  |  12 PM 
Ageism: What It Is, How It Hurts and How to Combat It
NANCY MORROW-HOWELL, the Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy, Brown School; and director, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging. Morrow-Howell’s research, advocacy and educational efforts have centered around changing work environments and employment policies to enable people to work longer; restructuring educational institutions so that individuals can educate themselves across the life course; enabling older adults to engage in volunteer and service work; and supporting caregiving to facilitate involvement and reduce negative effects. Brown School Open Classroom.

Behind the Sheet
Behind the Sheet is by Charly Evon Simpson and directed by Ron Himes. In 1840s Alabama, Philomena assists a doctor, her owner, through experimental surgeries on her fellow slave women in search of treatment for a common post-childbirth complication. This compelling work challenges what history remembers through the women who experienced these involuntary surgeries and reframes the very origin story of a great medical breakthrough. The Black Rep.
IN PERSON: Berges Theatre at COCA, 6880 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130

18 MARCH  |  12 PM 
Slavery and Discrimination in Education, Voting Rights, and Economic Power
This year, 2022, marks the 100th anniversary of the Mound City Bar Association. Speakers are Professor David Konig, Washington University School of Law; Hon. David Mason, Judge, 22nd Circuit Court; Professor Kim Norwood, Washington University School of Law; Ronald Norwood, Lewis Rice, LLC; Denise Lieberman, Missouri Voter Protection Coalition; Sandra Moore, Advantage Capital; Dorothy White-Coleman, White Coleman & Associates, LLC; and Hon. Lisa White Hardwick, Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, Washington University School of Law.

19 MARCH  |  2 PM 
Chinese-Language Tour: Chitra Ganesh
Join student educator Yue Dai, PhD student in the Department of Art History & Archaeology at Washington University, for a tour of Chitra Ganesh: Dreaming in Multiverse. This exhibition presents a series of the artist’s recent prints and several video animations that draw on Buddhist and Hindu iconography, science fiction, queer theory, comics, Surrealism, Bollywood posters and video games, combining them with her own visual imagery and drawings to present speculative visions of society in the past, present and future. Kemper Art Museum.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

23 MARCH  |  3 PM
Dr. Mutter’s Marvels
The Virtual Book Club will discuss Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz. Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia, performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the mid 19th century. A display of books related to the history of anatomy, pathology and obstetrics from the Bernard Becker Medical Library’s rare book collections will precede the discussion. University Libraries.

23 MARCH  |  5:30 PM
Israel Institute Visiting Artist Lecture: Maya Muchawsky Parnas
MAYA MUCHAWSKY PARNAS (b. 1972) is an Israeli visual artist working predominantly with ceramics. She earned a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, and an MA in ceramics and glass from the Royal College of Art in London, UK. Maya lives and works in Jerusalem, the city where she grew up. She is a senior lecturer at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and her works have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Israel, Europe and in the United States. Sam Fox School.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Steinberg Hall, Auditorium

25-27 MARCH
African Film Festival
The African Film Festival introduces Saint Louis audiences to the latest in African cinema. Through a variety of genres, the films showcase the latest talent and new directions in cinema while highlighting themes in a variety of African countries. Each screening of the festival consists of one short film immediately followed by the feature-length film. Department of African and African-American Studies and Film and Media Studies Program.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Brown Hall, Room 100

25 MARCH  |  3 PM
Musicology Beyond Academia: An Alumni Panel
CHRISTINA FUHRMANN is a professor of Music at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory and editor of BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. Christina Linsenmeyer is an associate curator at the Morris Steinert Collection of Musical Instruments at Yale University. She holds a PhD in musicology from Washington University and a diploma in violin making and restoration from the North Bennet Street School. Danielle Pacha is the former managing editor for Recent Researches in Music, and she joined the editorial staff at A-R Editions. She earned a PhD in musicology from Washington University in 2002. Department of Music.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Music Classroom Building 102

26 MARCH  |  11 AM 
Artist Talk: Nicole Miller
NICOLE MILLER discusses her new site-specific installation, A Sound, a Signal, the Circus, contextualizing it within her recent body of work. She will explore notions of embodiment and creative articulation and also talk about her collaborations with youth of color. Kemper Art Museum.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

26 MARCH  |  8 PM
MFA Student Dance Concert: Solve et Coagula
This year’s concert, Solve et Coagula, with the 2020 cohort, Mindscapes, celebrates the fifth year of the MFA in Performing Arts Department. Artistic direction is by Christine Knoblauch-O’Neal. The program brings to our audience an outpouring of choreographic inspirations. Each creation offers a particular perspective on the most current topics and abstract concepts. One dance is concerned with processing emotions and states of being, while the other moves us from suffering to transformation. Kinetic and colorful, the dances sculpt images of life and rebirth. In addition, we welcome back our 2020 cohort whose works were never seen due to the pandemic. Mindscapes embodies the remembered and the forgotten, and discovers what can be found amid the oppositional forces of minimalism and expansion. Performing Arts Department.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Edison Theatre

27 MARCH  |  2 PM 
...In The Waiting...In The Weighting...
Join student educator Jay Buchanan, PhD student in the Department of Art History & Archaeology at Washington University, for a half hour of slow looking and conversation focused on the new mixed-media installation ...in the waiting...in the weighting... (2021) by Ebony G. Patterson (MFA-VA ’06). Slow Looking is an ongoing series of 30-minute conversations about a single work of art. Kemper Art Museum.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

29 MARCH  |  7 PM
An Evening with the Lawrence Fields Trio
LAWRENCE FIELDS, born and bred in St. Louis, has earned a spot at the forefront of young jazz pianists, thanks to his blending of vintage ideals with a contemporary mindset. In 2021, 2020, and 2019, Downbeat Magazine has placed him near the top of the keyboardist category in their “Rising Stars” critics poll. Veteran saxophone icon Joe Lovano — with his unerring ear for youthful talent — has become one of the pianist’s biggest fans. Fields is a member of several bands led or co-led by Lovano: his Classic Quartet (originally featuring Lewis Nash and George Mraz in the rhythm section); the Sax Supreme Quartet (with Chris Potter); and his Sound Prints quintet with trumpeter Dave Douglas. Department of Music.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Holmes Lounge

31 MARCH  |  12:30 PM
Supporting Transgender Youth - Transgender Day of Visibility
Adolescence is a tender time full of profound self-discovery. Coming into your own is complicated enough, and many transgender youths face extra challenges posed by the attitudes/ideologies of peers and adults, the practices and policies of the institutions in which they engage, and political efforts to strip away rights with abhorrent anti-trans legislation. On Transgender Day of Visibility, join us for a conversation about the needs and experiences of transgender youth. Information will be shared and ideas will be suggested for how each of us can take steps to create a more caring and inclusive society. Speakers include Lisa Brennan (she/her), co-leader of TransParent St Louis and author of The Auditorium in my Mind/Treasuring My Transgender Child; Jess Jones (they/them), owner of Jess Jones Education & Consulting; Sayer Johnson (he/him), Executive Director of Metro Trans Umbrella Group; Christopher Lewis (he/him), co-director of Pediatric Transgender Health and director of Differences of Sex Development Clinic at Washington University School of Medicine. This panel is moderated by Kelly Storck (she/her), a licensed clinical social worker and author of Gender Identity Workbook for Kids. Brown School Open Classroom.

31 MARCH  |  5:30 PM
The Lives of Objects: Provenance Research Workshop
What does a 400-year-old Benin bronze have to do with the desegregation of a university sorority? How can the back of a Rembrandt help us to better understand the circulation of Nazi-looted art in the United States? What is the connection between an antefix from Ankor Wat and an offshore bank account? Provenance research aims to reconstruct an object’s ownership history, often with the aim of determining legal and ethical right to possession. Indeed, as museums reckon with the colonial and Nazi-era pasts of the objects in their collection, provenance research has come to the fore as an important art historical subfield. But provenance can also offer an alternative history of art. In an object’s path from maker to museum, we gain vital insight into the history of taste as well as shifts in the political and economic landscape. Three provenance research specialists will offer case studies from museums across the United States, showcasing the techniques, strategies, and resources used to reveal an object’s biography. Speakers include Catherine Herbert, PhD, coordinator of Collections and Research at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Maggie Crosland, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in medieval art at the Saint Louis Art Museum and Department of Art History and Archaeology; and Heather Read, PhD, Provenance Researcher for the Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. Department of Art History and Archaeology.
IN PERSON: Washington University, Hillman Hall, Room 60

31 MARCH  |  6 PM 
Monsters, Cyborgs, and Vases: Specters of the Yellow Woman 
What happens when a thing changes into a person and when a person transforms into a thing? What does it mean to be a human ornament, to be a subject who survives as an object? What is beauty for the unbeautiful? Anne Anlin Cheng, professor of English at Princeton University and Visiting Hurst Professor in the Department of English at Washington University, considers a series of humanoid art objects — monsters, cyborgs and standing vases— as visual fulcrums through which to explore how racialized gender, specifically the specter of the yellow woman, animates European-American narratives about the past and designs for the future, as well as how contemporary Asian artists disrupt these representations of Asiatic femininity. Kemper Art Museum.

St. Louis Community Events

2 MARCH  |  7 PM
Quan Barry, When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East (Author Talk)
QUAN BARRY will be in conversation with Left Bank Books’ event coordinator, Shane Mullen. She is the author of the novels She Weeps Each Time You're Born and We Ride Upon Sticks (winner of the 2020 ALA Alex Award), and four books of poetry, including Water Puppets (winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and a PEN Open Book finalist). This novel moves across a windswept Mongolia, as estranged twin brothers make a journey of duty, conflict and renewed understanding. Tasked with finding the reincarnation of a great lama, a spiritual teacher who may have been born anywhere in the vast Mongolian landscape, the young monk Chuluun sets out with his identical twin, Mun, who has rejected the monastic life they once shared. Their relationship will be tested on this journey through their homeland as each possesses the ability to hear the other's thoughts. As their country stretches before them, questions of faith, along with more earthly matters of love and brotherhood, haunt the twins. Are our lives our own, or do we belong to something larger? Barry is the Lorraine Hansberry Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Left Bank Books.

3 MARCH  |  5:30 PM
Women of Ragtime Concert 
The Confluence Chamber Orchestra celebrates the women of ragtime in this special performance that features the works of female composers and female-inspired pieces, including a selection from Scott Joplin’s rarely performed opera, Treemonisha. With a blend of musical performances and historical tidbits, this program will provide a glimpse into the lives of these pioneering composers, many of whom have St. Louis connections. Missouri Historical Society.
IN PERSON: Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

6 MARCH  |  6:30 PM 
Dolly Parton and James Patterson, Run, Rose, Run (Author Talk)
DOLLY PARTON and JAMES PATTERSON will appear for a special virtual appearance to celebrate the release of Run, Rose, Run. From America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller comes a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive. Every song tells a story. Find a future, lose a past. Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny. It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her. Parton is a singer, songwriter, actress, producer, businesswoman and philanthropist. Patterson, creator of Alex Cross, is the world’s best-selling author. Book purchase required. Left Bank Books.

6-13 MARCH
St. Louis Jewish Film Festival Films & Discussions
The J’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival showcases national and international cinema that explores universal issues through traditional Jewish values, opposing viewpoints and new perspectives. Ticket purchase required.

8 MARCH  |  6 PM 
Women Artists Panel Discussion
This panel features five women of various backgrounds and art styles. They will discuss how their identity influences their work, has affected their career, and how they view art as a whole from their perspective. Join us to learn more about these local artists and their art journey. Attendees will be able to ask the panel questions of their own, if time permits. St. Louis Public Library.

8 MARCH  |  6:30 PM 
Soul Cinema Take Two: A Conversation about Blacks in Cinema
A conversation on the historical and contemporary role of Blacks in cinema, with an emphasis on past and present challenges faced by Black filmmakers. Participating in the conversation are Novotny Lawrence, associate professor at Iowa State University, author of Blaxploitation Films of the 1970s: Blackness and Genre, editor of Documenting the Black Experience, and co-editor of Beyond Blaxploitation; and three Black filmmakers whose work is featured in the AARP Soul Cinema series: Deborah Riley Draper, director of the documentaries Twenty Pearls: The Story of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice and Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution and the OWN docu-series The Legacy of Black Wall Street; Alana Marie, director of The Kinloch Doc; and Damien D. Smith, director of Target: St. Louis Vol. 1. AARP Missouri and Cinema St. Louis.

8 MARCH  |  7 PM 
Dan Canon, Pleading Out (Author Talk)
DAN CANON, civil rights lawyer and a law professor at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, will discuss his “blistering critique of America's assembly-line approach to criminal justice.” In his practice, he has served as counsel for plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which brought marriage equality to all 50 states, and in a number of other high-profile cases. Most Americans believe that the jury trial is the backbone of our criminal justice system. But in fact, the vast majority of cases never make it to trial: Almost all criminal convictions are the result of a plea bargain, a deal made entirely out of the public eye. Canon argues that plea bargaining may swiftly dispose of cases, but it also fuels an unjust system. This practice produces a massive underclass of people who are restricted from voting, working and otherwise participating in society. And while innocent people plead guilty to crimes they did not commit in exchange for lesser sentences, the truly guilty can get away with murder. Left Bank Books.

9 MARCH  |  7 PM
C. J. Box, Shadows Reel: A Joe Pickett Mystery (Author Talk)
C.J. BOX returns with a new thriller starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. A day before Joe’s three daughters come home for Thanksgiving, he is called out for a moose poaching incident that turns out to be something much more sinister. At the same time, his wife Marybeth opens an unmarked package at the library where she works and finds a photo album that belonged to an infamous Nazi official. As Joe and Marybeth work to unravel the mysteries behind these seemingly unrelated incidents, they find their family drawn into the crosshairs of a pair of dangerous killers. Doors open at 6 pm. Masks are required for all attendees. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended. St. Louis County Library.
IN PERSON: St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

10 MARCH  |  5:30 PM 
Women in the Music Industry
At all levels, the music business is dominated by men. This gender gap is especially conspicuous in behind-the-scenes roles, despite the growing number of women who are bringing their talents to the industry as producers, sound engineers, tour managers and more. Join us for a conversation with a panel of St. Louis women who are working to close this gap as they share their experiences and their hopes for the future of women in the music industry. Missouri Historical Society.
IN PERSON: Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

10 MARCH  |  7 PM 
If It Wasn’t for the Women: Hair Sculpting a Culture 
This panel, as part of the annual celebration of women of color in the arts, will be moderated by Shaka Myrick, the inaugural two-year Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow, with artists Summer Brooks, Jada Patterson and Joann Quiñones. This year’s program explores the history of African-American and Afro-Latina hair in contemporary art and Black culture. Hear from panelists about how this history informs their sculptural work. Saint Louis Art Museum.

10 MARCH  |  7 PM 
Kellye Garrett with S.A. Cosby, Like a Sister (Author Talk)
KELLYE GARRETT will be in conversation with award-winning author of Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears, S.A. Cosby. Garrett is a co-founder of Crime Writers of Color and the acclaimed author of Hollywood Homicide, which won the Agatha, Anthony, Lefty and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for best first novel. When the body of disgraced reality TV star Desiree Pierce is found on a playground in the Bronx the morning after her 25th birthday party, the police and the media are quick to declare her death an overdose. It’s a tragedy, certainly, but not a crime. But Desiree's half-sister Lena Scott knows that can’t be the case. A graduate student at Columbia, Lena has spent the past decade forging her own path far from the spotlight, but some facts about Desiree just couldn’t have changed since their childhood. And Desiree would never travel above 125th Street. So why is no one listening to her? Despite the bitter truth that the two haven’t spoken in two years, torn apart by Desiree’s partying and by their father, Mel, a wealthy and influential hip-hop mogul, Lena becomes determined to find justice for her sister, even if it means untangling her family’s darkest secrets or ending up dead herself. Left Bank Books.

11 & 25 MARCH  |  6 PM
StitchCast Studio Live
Story Stitchers Youth Council lead live podcast recording sessions that include art interludes and discussion with community guests. Stories, music, video and dance from the community are shared. $15 per ticket or free with a student ID or for members of Stitchers Youth Council. Saint Louis Story Stitchers.
IN PERSON: 3524 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

15 MARCH  |  5 PM
Patrick Murphy, The Irish in St. Louis: From Shanty to Lace Curtain (Author Talk)
It took a long time before St. Louis finally accepted its Irish population. When the first waves of Famine Irish arrived on the landing in the 1840s, the city was appalled by their poverty. As subsequent waves of Irish fled political oppression after the Civil War, anti-Catholic sentiment sparked bloody riots in which the Irish gave as good as they got. But after seven centuries of enslavement in their own country, nothing would stop them from creating a place in their adopted city. The story of their assimilation is as multifaceted as the Irish character itself. The Irish in St. Louis introduces us to a range of St. Louis Irish, from priests like Timothy Dempsey and Charles Dismas Clark (the “Hoodlum Priest”) to gangsters from the Bottoms Gang and Egan’s Rats. We meet artists and revolutionaries, entrepreneurs and entertainers. It takes us to the rough-and-tumble neighborhoods of 19th-century Kerry Patch and Dogtown, where immigrants and their children forged paths into the city’s mainstream while preserving their Irish identity. We visit contemporary Irish St. Louis, where Irish dance and music thrive. At McGurk’s Pub and the Pat Connolly Tavern, we discover what makes an Irish pub truly Irish. We also learn the behind-the-scenes story of why St. Louis has two St. Patrick Day Parades. Subterranean Books.
IN PERSON: Subterranean Books, 6271 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 63130

15 MARCH  |  6 PM
Susan Mallery with Katherine Center, Summer Getaway (Author Talk)
SUSAN MALLERY will be in conversation with Katherine Center, author of eight books, including How to Walk Away, Things You Save in a Fire and her newest, What You Wish For. One woman takes the vacation of a lifetime in this poignant and heartwarming story about the threads that hold a family together. Single mom Robyn Caldwell needs a new plan for her future. She has always put her family first. Now, with her kids grown, she yearns for a change. But what can she do when her daughter has become the most demanding bride ever, her son won’t even consider college, her best friend is on the brink of marital disaster and her ex is making a monumentally bad decision that could ruin everything? Take a vacation, of course. Press reset. When her great-aunt Lillian invites her to Santa Barbara for the summer, Robyn hops on the first plane to sunny California. But it’s hard to get away when you’re the heart of the family. One by one, everyone she loves follows her across the country. Somehow, their baggage doesn’t feel as heavy in the sun-drenched, mishmash mansion. The more time Robyn spends with free-spirited Lillian, the more possibilities she sees for dreams, love, family. She can have everything she ever wanted, if only she can muster the courage to take a chance on herself. Each ticket includes a copy of The Summer Getaway. Left Bank Books.

16 MARCH  |  12 PM
The ‘Flowering’ of Fashion in Plant-Obsessed Europe 
In conjunction with this year’s Art in Bloom, this talk will explore the vogue for floral textiles in 18th-century European fashion, highlighting the influence of botanical illustrations and drawing books, advances in horticulture and botany, the rise of publicly accessible gardens, and the import of textiles from Asia, especially India and China. It will highlight the colonial underpinnings of botanomania and trace its profound impact on both professional and amateur textile designers and makers. Saint Louis Art Museum.

17 MARCH  |  7 PM 
50 Chuseok Discussion
Chang Sung Kim, a Korean-Argentinian actor in Buenos Aires, returns to South Korea for the first time in 48 years. The occasion was to shoot a documentary to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to Argentina. As Chang explores South Korea, a country he left as a small child, the documentary turns into an intimate and introspective portrayal of Chang’s childhood memory, family ties and cross-cultural identity. 50 Chuseok is available to view virtually March 15-March 17. Q&A session on March 17 with speaker Kyeyoung Park, professor of anthropology and Asian-American studies at UCLA, and moderator Kelly Famuliner, Ragtag Film Society. Gateway Korea Foundation.

17 MARCH  |  7 PM 
Alex Segura, Secret Identity: A Novel (Author Talk)
Anthony Award-winning writer Alex Segura presents a rollicking literary mystery set in the world of comic books. It’s 1975 and the comic book industry is struggling. An assistant at Triumph Comics, Carmen Valdez is given the dream assignment to create a new character, “The Lethal Lynx,” Triumph’s first female hero. When her work is stolen and a colleague is murdered, Carmen must untangle herself from the web of secrets and resentments among the passionate eccentrics who write comics for a living. Alex Segura uses his expertise as a comics creator as well as his love of noir fiction to create a truly one-of-a-kind novel. St. Louis County Library.

18 MARCH  |  7 PM 
Brad Meltzer, The Lightning Rod: A Zig and Nola (Author Talk)
When mortician “Zig” Zigarowski is working on a body, he uncovers clues about a top-secret military base and a connection to military artist and Sergeant First Class Nola Brown. Two years ago, Nola saved Zig’s life, so he knows better than most that she’s as dangerous as a bolt of lightning. As Zig tries to track Nola down, his investigation leads to one of the U.S. government’s most intensely guarded secrets. St. Louis County Library.
IN PERSON: St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

19 MARCH  |  9 AM 
St. Louis County Parks Adventure
The tour guide will be Guinn Hinman, St. Louis County Parks Historic and Cultural Sites manager. Explore the architectural gems of St. Louis County and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the county park system and the stories behind the prominent families and homes at various park sites. This tour will include stops at the Nims Mansion in Bee Tree Park, Laumeier Sculpture Park, and the historic village and former governor’s mansion at Thornhill in Faust Park with a special treat: a ride on the historic St. Louis Carousel. $80–$90. Missouri Historical Society.
IN PERSON: Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

20 MARCH  |  1 PM 
The Limits of Womanpower: Including and Excluding Women from Military Service
TANYA ROTH, author of Her Cold War: Women in the U.S. Military, 1945-1980, will discuss two of the major restrictions that kept women from pursuing long-lasting military careers for decades: pregnancy and sexual orientation. Even though some servicewomen attempted to conceal their status for as long as possible, they were often expelled or publicly shamed. Missouri Historical Society.
IN PERSON: Soldiers Memorial, Court of Honor, 1315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, 63103

21 MARCH  |  7 PM
Cara Black with Pam Jenoff, Murder at the Porte de Versailles (Author Talk) 
CARA BLACK will be in conversation with author Pam Jenoff. Murder at the Porte de Versailles entangles Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc in a dangerous web of international spycraft and terrorist threats in Paris's 15th arrondissement. November 2001: in the wake of 9/11, Paris is living in a state of fear. For Aimée Leduc, November is bittersweet: the anniversary of her father's death and her daughter’s third birthday fall on the same day. A gathering for family and friends is disrupted when a bomb goes off at the police laboratory, and Boris Viard, the partner of Aimée’s friend Michou, is found unconscious at the scene of the crime with traces of explosives under his fingernails. Aimée doesn’t believe Boris set the bomb. In an effort to prove this, she battles the police and his own lab colleagues, collecting conflicting eyewitness reports. When a member of the French secret service drafts Aimée to help investigate possible links to an Iranian Revolutionary guard and fugitive radicals who bombed Interpol in the 1980s, Aimée uncovers ties to a cold case of her father’s. As Aimée scours the streets of the 15th arrondissement trying to learn the truth, she has to ask herself if she should succumb to pressure from Chloe’s biological father and move them out to his farm in Brittany. But could Aimée Leduc ever leave Paris? Left Bank Books.

22 MARCH  |  11 AM 
Three Women: The Treacherous, the Bold and the Brilliant
Join Bev Shuetz of History Talks will discuss three very different (but equally fascinating) women: Peggy Shippen, the young, beautiful wife of Benedict Arnold, who orchestrated the betrayal of America and feigned madness in the process; Nellie Bly, the daring and talented reporter who gave voice to the voiceless by exposing the horrors in an insane asylum, among other scandals; and Marie Curie, renowned physicist and chemist who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win it in two fields. Missouri Historical Society.
IN PERSON: Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

22 MARCH  |  6:30 PM 
Gale E. Henderson: Prominent St. Louis Architect
CATHERINE KERR, author. This online program is sponsored by the St. Louis Public Library’s Steedman Architectural Library and the SAH-St. Louis and Missouri Valley Chapters.

23 MARCH  |  7 PM
John Siebeling and Wayne Francis, God and Race: A Guide to Moving Beyond Black Fists and White Knuckles (Author Talk)
For years, Pastors John Siebeling and Wayne Francis have led thriving congregations that are the embodiment of diversity, Siebeling in Memphis and Francis in New York City. At the height of the Black Lives Matter protests, they pooled their insights to help others facilitate conversations about racism. In God and Race, the pastors examine racial tension from both perspectives and answer all the uncomfortable questions we’re afraid to ask regarding ourselves, our families, our work and the church. Siebeling and Francis probe the meaning of racial reconciliation and reveal how the church can be a positive and effective leader to move us forward, beyond hate and injustice, to equality and love. St. Louis County Library.

24 MARCH  |  5:30 PM 
She Votes with Bridget Quinn
BRIDGET QUINN will discuss her novel, She Votes: How U.S. Women Won Suffrage, and What Happened Next, an intersectional story about suffragists and those who have continued to raise their voices for equality ever since. From the Cherokee Nation’s first woman principal chief to the first woman to wear pants on the floor of the U.S. Senate, this book shines a light on the women who broke down barriers. She Votes also includes illustrations by 100 women artists, in honor of the 19th Amendment’s centennial anniversary. Missouri Historical Society.
IN PERSON: Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

24 MARCH  |  7 PM
Jason Sommer, Shmuel’s Bridge (Author Talk) 
St. Louis author and poet Jason Sommer will discuss his new memoir, Shmuel’s Bridge. Sommer’s father, Jay, is 98 years old and losing his memory. More than 70 years after arriving in New York from WWII-torn Europe, he is forgetting the stories that defined his life, the life of his family and the lives of millions of Jews who were affected by Nazi terror. Observing this loss, Jason vividly recalls the trip to Eastern Europe the two took together in 2001. As father and son travel from the town of Jay’s birth to the labor camp from which he escaped, and to Auschwitz, where many in his family were lost, the stories Jason’s father has told all his life come alive. So too do Jason’s own memories of the way his father's past complicated and impacted Jason’s own inner life. Shmuel’s Bridge shows history through a double lens: the memories of a growing son’s complex relationship with his father and the meditations of that son who, now grown, finds himself caring for a man losing all connection to a past that must not be forgotten. Vaccination is required for in person attendance. Left Bank Books & Central Reform Congregation.
VIRTUAL & IN PERSON - RSVP: Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Blvd, St. Louis, 63108

25 MARCH  |  7 PM 
John Scalzi, The Kaiju Preservation Society (Author Talk)
After COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, food delivery-driver Jamie Gray jumps at an opportunity to take a field position with an “animal rights organization.” What Jamie is not told is that the animals he’ll be caring for are not here on Earth, but in an alternate dimension where massive Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. It’s not just the Kaiju Preservation Society who have found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die. St. Louis County Library.
IN PERSON: St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

26 MARCH  |  9 AM
The Great Depression 
The tour guide will be Emily Jaycox, Missouri Historical Society Librarian. Many St. Louis landmarks have their roots in New Deal projects. Depression-era St. Louisans also found work creating various documents describing the city. From park features and public works to monuments, maps, and murals, learn about these projects that helped shape the city’s landscape. $80–$90. Missouri Historical Society.
IN PERSON: Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

26 MARCH  |  1:30 PM
Ruth Porter and St. Louis Community Organizing in the Civil Rights Era
AMANDA IZZO, assistant professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Saint Louis University. Ruth Porter was a community activist, helping establish community resources that worked to integrate St. Louis schools. She served on the boards of the NAACP and the Nursery Foundation. Porter was also executive secretary of the Greater St. Louis Committee for Freedom of Residence. Empowering Black Women’s Day was established by Missouri Senate Bill 72, which incorporates Senator Karla May’s Bill 610, honoring her predecessor Gwen Giles who was the first African-American woman to serve in the Missouri Senate. St. Louis Public Library.

27 MARCH  |  1 PM
Walking with the Enemy (Screening & Discussion)
In the 2014 film Walking with the Enemy, a young man disguises himself as a Nazi officer in wartime Hungary to find and save his fellow Hungarian Jews in Budapest. This film is based on a true story. Holocaust rescuer and former St. Louis resident Carl Lutz is a key supporting character. Amy Lutz, the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum’s manager of communications and social media, will lead the discussion. Amy Lutz is a historian and expert on Carl Lutz and the diplomatic rescue efforts that took place in Budapest, Hungary, during the Holocaust. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Saint Louis University and a master’s degree in history from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum.
IN PERSON: Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 12 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, 63146

29 MARCH  |  11 AM 
National Vietnam War Veterans Day
Military and firearms curator Mikall Venso brings you back to the first Vietnam Veterans Day in 1974 by way of a letter the president of the soon-to-be extinct Republic of Vietnam sent to American vets — one that is now housed in the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum Collections. Hear how and why the day was commemorated just one year after the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Vietnam. Missouri Historical Society.
IN PERSON: Soldiers Memorial, Court of Honor, 1315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, 63103

29 MARCH  |  7 PM 
Adele Myers, The Tobacco Wives (Author Talk)
ADELE MYERS will be interviewed by Ashley Hasty, creator of the book review website HastyBookList.com. Maddie Sykes is a burgeoning seamstress who’s just arrived in Bright Leaf, North Carolina, the tobacco capital of the South. Maddie soon learns that Bright Leaf isn’t quite the prosperous wonderland that it seems. A trail of misfortune and substantial health problems follow many of the women. Maddie uncovers evidence linking the issues to the tobacco factories, but in a town where everyone depends on Big Tobacco, she doesn’t know who she can trust. St. Louis County Library.

29 MARCH  |  7 PM 
She Said What?
In celebration of Women’s History Month, discover and discuss quotes by prominent women, and explore the connections between their work and our lives today. St. Louis County Library.

31 MARCH  |  5:30 PM 
Quo vadis, Aida? and the Importance of Survivor Stories
The Academy Award–nominated 2020 film Quo vadis, Aida? tells the story of Aida, a translator for the UN in Srebrenica, Bosnia, in 1995, when the Serbian Army laid siege to the small town. Created by filmmaker Jasmila Žbanić, the film has been celebrated for opening a door for survivors of the Bosnian genocide to tell their own stories. Ann Petrila and Hasan Hasanović, authors of Voices from Srebrenica: Survivor Narratives of the Bosnian Genocide, will be in conversation with moderator Elvir Ahmetovic about the importance of survivor stories and reclaiming the narrative. Missouri Historical Society.
IN PERSON: Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

31 MARCH  |  7 PM
Michael Bach with Vincent C. Flewellen, Alphabet Soup (Author Talk)
Internationally recognized thought leader in the fields of diversity, equity and inclusion, and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion Michael Bach will be in conversation with Webster University’s chief diversity officer Vincent C. Flewellen. Bach breaks down everything you need to know about creating inclusive workplaces for people who don’t fit squarely into the “straight” and “cis” box. And don’t worry if you’re already feeling lost by the time you’ve finished this book, you’ll know exactly LGBTQ2+ means and a whole lot of other stuff to boot. With clarity and a healthy dose of humor, Bach lays out a road map on how to ensure your workplace is safe for LGBTQ2+ people. You’ll gain a clear understanding of sexuality, gender identity and gender expression (yes, they’re different things, and it matters); what a Safe Space is, and how to turn your workplace into one; how to create and properly enforce a workplace code of conduct; and how to grab a piece of the fabulous “pink dollar” (worth more than $1 trillion dollars annually in the Canada and U.S. alone!). Left Bank Books.