Speakers

Mitch Landrieu

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

Mitch Landrieu, author of the New York Times bestseller In the Shadow of Statues was the 61st mayor of New Orleans, 2010–2018. Landrieu served as lieutenant governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2010, and was president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. His father, Moon Landrieu, was mayor of New Orleans, 1970–1978.

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Gabriel Laufer

A Survivor's Duty: Surviving the Holocaust and Fighting for Israel, A Story of Father and Son

Gabriel Laufer, author of A Survivor’s Duty, is a retired UVA Engineering professor, son of a Holocaust survivor, and veteran of Israeli wars. His book combines unknown details of his father’s Holocaust survival juxtaposed with accounts of his own participation in Israeli wars.

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Preston Lauterbach

Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers

Preston Lauterbach, author of Bluff City, is a former Virginia Humanities fellow who prefers cats to dogs. He is also the author of Beale Street Dynasty and The Chitlin’ Circuit, a Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe book of the year. He is a former visiting scholar at Rhodes College and he lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Heath Lee

The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home from Vietnam

Heath Hardage Lee, author of The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home from Vietnam, is a nonfiction writer and museum curator living in Roanoke, Virginia. Fox 2000 and Reese Witherspoon have acquired The League of Wives to produce an adaptation.

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Phyllis Leffler

The Value of One: The Power of All

Phyllis Leffler, author of The Value of One: The Power of All, a history of the Ron Brown Scholars Program, which has been her passion since the inception of the program. Leffler is a professor emerita at UVA, with a focus on public history and oral history.

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Ellen Letourneau

Bread & Beauty: A Year in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve

Ellen Letourneau, co-author of Bread & Beauty: A Year in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve, is an event planner, weaver, and baker living in Boyds, Maryland, in the Agricultural Reserve.

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Syaru Shirley Lin

Taiwan's China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan's Cross-Strait Economic Policy

Syaru Shirley Lin, author of Taiwan’s China Dilemma, teaches political economy at UVA and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She graduated from Harvard College and the University of Hong Kong and was a partner at Goldman Sachs. Her commentary appears in English and Chinese.

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John Lingan

Homeplace: A Southern Town, A Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk

John Lingan, author of Homeplace, has written for Oxford American, BuzzFeed, Pacific Standard, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, Slate, New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other publications.

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Jon Lohman

Jon Lohman, Virginia’s state folklorist, directs the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities. He is the author of In Good Keeping: Virginia’s Folklife Apprenticeships.

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Carlos Lozada

Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post and an adjunct professor of politics and journalism at the University of Notre Dame. He was awarded the 2016 National Book Critics Circle citation for excellence in reviewing and was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.

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Donna Lucey

Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas

Donna M. Lucey, author of Sargent’s Women, is the recipient of two NEH grants, a 2017 writer-in-residence at Edith Wharton’s the Mount, and media editor at the Virginia Humanities. Lucey is also the author of Archie and Amélie and other books.

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Steve Luxenberg

Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation

Steve Luxenberg is the author of Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation, and Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret. As a Washington Post senior editor, he has overseen reporting that has earned two Pulitzer Prizes.

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