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The following are free public lectures scheduled for this month of May. No tickets or reservations are ever required, though seating is limited.
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MONDAY MAY 13, 7pm in CitySpace.
Phyllis Leffler: The Jewish Community of Charlottesville, Before and After August 2017
Author and Historian Phyllis Leffler will talk about the history of Central Virginia’s Jewish community, including the earliest Jewish families and merchants, like David Isaacs and Nancy West who helped to make Main Street the epicenter of commercial life in the region. She looks at the founding of the Synagogue; the civic and economic roles of Jewish leaders; the coming of Eastern European Jews in the 20th century; and so powerfully connects the dots between that history and the tragic events of August 2017 in Charlottesville.

FRIDAY MAY 17, 7pm in CitySpace
Alan Taylor: Early Education in the American Republic
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor will discuss his forthcoming new book about the history of public education in the early American Republic, what those evolving experiences at places like The College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia say about the American experience and identity.

FRIDAY MAY 24, 7pm in CitySpace
Jeffrey Hantman: The Monacan Millennium
Author, Anthropologist and Archaeologist Jeffrey Hantman will discuss his new book, The Monacan Millennium: A Collaborative Archaeology and History of a Virginia Indian People. Hantman is the leading scholar about the history and archaeology of the Monacan people and their ancestors, who called Central Virginia home for many thousands of years before European settlement in the early 18th century.

MONDAY MAY 27, 7pm in CitySpace
Mary E. Lyons: The Making of the Blue Ridge Tunnel: Irish Immigration and Enslaved Labor
Author and historian Mary Lyons will discuss her many years of unparalled research about the construction of the rail lines across Virginia in the mid-1800s, the building of the historic Blue Ridge Tunnel, and in particular the Irish immigrants and enslaved laborers who made that all possible.

Friday MAY 31, 7pm in City Hall.
Dr. Preston Reynolds: Eugenics at UVA, Addressing a Legacy of Health Disparities through Restorative Justice
Physician, author and medical historian Preston Reynolds will discuss the little-known history of eugenics at the University of Virginia and its impact on racial disparities that we still deal with in our health system.