Grace, Race & Renewing the Commons: a Literary Festival at Wollam Gardens

Virginia flower farm to host speakers, artists, activists for one-of-a-kind event, October 19, 2019.
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Day-Of Schedule

9:30 a.m.
Guests begin to arrive

10:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
”TED” STYLED TALKS (Pavilion)

10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
Ralph Chami & Heather Watrous:
Whales: Unlikely Climate Change Superheroes

10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Thomas Lovejoy: A Wild Solution for Climate Change

11:00 a.m - 11:20 a.m.
Bonnie Monteleone:
Saving Our Seas and Saving Ourselves

11:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Arjun Singh Sethi: American Hate: How to Support Vulnerable Communities

11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Clarence Lusane: The Black History of the White House: Our Land 400 Years Later

12:00 – 12:20 p.m.
Grace Tiffany: Shakespeare Against Racism

12:20 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOPS (all are 1 hour long), MUSIC, sampling food, wine, crafts; participating in informal “sing and stretch sessions,” touring Wollam Gardens and the Farmhouse

12:30 p.m. - 1:00p.m.
MUSIC Marie Tattiana Aqeel (Pavilion)

1:10 p.m. - 2:00 p.m
MUSIC “Soprano meets Bass,” Ana Maria Ruimonte and Alan Lewine (Pavilion, Music)

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m
PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOPS (Various locations around Wollam Gardens)

Can We Really Know A Community? [Race]
Perry Cabot & Terry Miller

The Return of Community Supported Agriculture [Renewing the Commons]
Ellen Polishuk, Bob Wollam and Ashley Appling

Wearing What You Make: Dying Silk and Cotton with Flowers and Insects (No More Polyester!) [Renewing the Commons]
An Ly

Living a Regenerative Life: How Can We Do It? [Renewing the Commons]
Zach Lester

Poetry and the Presence of Grace: Reading, Writing, and Conversation” [Grace]
Florence Nash

3:20 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
“TED” STYLED TALKS RESUME (Pavilion)

3:20 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
David Bollier: The Insurgent Power of the Commons

3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
David Guggenheim: Deep in Enemy Territory: An American's 20-Year Odyssey in Cuba and the Desperate Race to Save the World's Coral Reefs.

4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
David Riemer: Does Government Have a Place in Renewing the Commons and Improving Racial Equity?

4:20 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Sanho Tree: Modernity and Its Discontents: Reflections on the Opioid Crisis

4:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Michael Mason: Choosing Grace When Profanity Alone Would Suffice: Reflections on Grace-Filled Living

5:00 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.
Barry Lynn: One Night at the Sideshow

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
MUSIC La Marvela (Pavilion)