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Book talk and Q&A with Fiona Greenland (University of Virginia)

Thursday, May 13, 2021

6 pm | Virtual

Join the Richmond and Charlottesville Societies of the Archaeological Institute of America for a book talk and Q&A with Fiona Greenland (University of Virginia), the author of Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Raiders, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2021). The event will take place over Zoom on 13 May 2021 at 6p EDT.

Fiona Greenland is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Assistant Professor of Anthropology (by courtesy) at the University of Virginia. She studies cultural policy and the politics of national heritage. Her book, Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Robbers, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2021. It situates the emergence of national symbols and icons in Italy’s longer historical entanglements of cultural elites, state officials, and tombaroli, or tomb robbers. Her new work examines the relationship between cultural destruction and civilian deaths in the Syrian war. Greenland’s work has been published in Sociological Theory, Qualitative Sociology, Nations and Nationalism, and the International Journal of Cultural Property, among other outlets. She was a classical archaeologist for 10 years before training as a sociologist.

Saying Sorry to the Stolen Generation: a conversation with Dub Leffler and Coral Vass

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

7 pm | Virtual

Every year on May 26, Australians celebrate Sorry Day, also known as the National Day of Healing, that remembers and commemorates the mistreatment of the country’s Indigenous peoples, particularly members of the Stolen Generations. The date was selected because on that date in 1997 the Bringing Them Home report was published — a report that highlighted the many human rights violations toward Aboriginal people when children were removed from their families. In 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally said “sorry” to Aboriginal Australians for this violence at a large public event. Ten years later, author Coral Vass and illustrator Dub Leffler (the current resident artist at Kluge-Ruhe) created a book called Sorry Day that addresses the history of the Stolen Generations and Sorry Day for children. The book is very popular in Australia and is the Winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA 2019 Book of the Year Eve Pownall Award for Information Books and was also the Winner of the 2018 Speech Pathology Book of the Year – Best Book for Language and Literacy Development Indigenous Children Award.

In this program, Coral and Dub will talk about the history of Sorry Day, why this story is so important for children, and how the book came to be the award-winning piece of children’s literature it is today. For ages 5-105. This event is free and open to the public. Click here to watch Dub Leffler reading Sorry Day before you join the webinar.