Civic Conversation Series

NOTE: While the Library is closed for COVID19 quarantine and social distancing, we encourage you to utilize our Conversation web pages with their documentary suggestions, optional questions and resource links, to have these discussions within your family and virtual chats.

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Free and open to the public, this small-group discussion series encourages informed conversations around complex topics affecting Virginia. On the second Wednesday of each month, the Library will screen a segment from a documentary film, followed by a roundtable conversation with input from a moderator and historical expert from the Library. Attendees are encouraged to share their perspectives with the group.

As the archival repository for our state, the Library has a historical perspective to bring to these topics as well as a desire to promote a safe and neutral space in which these conversations can be fostered.

Location will be primarily in the Library; however, we look forward to exploring other partnering spaces as well. To facilitate these discussions beyond the physical gathering, the Library will create online resource guides and post potential discussion questions.

Follow the Library’s Events on Facebook for updates on the physical discussion group dates. For more information, you may also contact Emma Ito at or 804.692.3726.