Suggested Festival programs for Social Scientists


Interested in discussions of human society and social relationships? Check out these recommended Festival programs for social scientists…

Hand-Me-Down Identities: Memoirs with Parents

Fri. March 22, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
City Council Chambers

This program is perfect for those interested in interconnected family dynamics, American social constructs, and the formation of identities. Mary Carter Bishop (Don’t You Ever), Bridgett Davis (The World According to Fannie Davis), and Erin Hosier (Don’t Let Me Down) discuss their memoirs, unearthing class and cultural divides in rural Virginia, illustrating female empowerment, and exploring complicated relationships.

Political (Dis)harmony: Music & Social Movements

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Music moves our bodies but can also move a society. This program features Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time), Tim Mohr (Burning Down the Haus), and Imani Perry (May We Forever Stand) in a discussion of the ways in which music and musicians have helped shape social movements in America and throughout the world. This exploration of musical icons and their ability to drive change making will appeal to history and music fans alike.

Hate / Speech: Confronting Discrimination with Free Expression

Sat. March 23, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
City Council Chambers

Editor Arjun Sethi (American Hate: Survivors Speak Out) and author Nadine Strossen (Hate: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship) will identify ways to reconcile differences and understand conflicting points of view. Sethi is an activist and civil rights lawyer whose work casts light on the intersection of the complex layers of hate, policing, profiling, and public policy. Strossen, a law professor as well, navigates free speech and hate speech under the Constitution.

Anti-Semitism and a Defense Against Hatred in America

Sat. March 23, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
City Council Chambers

In an age where hate speech remains ever-present, Jonathan Weisman, journalist and author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump discusses the urgent topic. In an age of scapegoating, paranoia, and anti-immigrant rhetoric, Weisman emphasizes the dangers of otherizing, belittling, and marginalizing minority groups.