Signs of the Times - Community Historical & Political Events for March
March 2011
Calendar 2011: Community Historical & Political Events for March
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Friday, March 4: 11:00 a.m. Miller Center Forum By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876. Michael F. Holt, Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at U.Va. A book signing will follow the presentation. Further information, directions at

Samuel Tilden had a magnificent stained-glass ceiling by John LafAarge in his parlor on Gramercy Park in New York.

Samuel Tilden had a magnificent stained glass ceiling
in the parlor of his mansion on Gramercy Park
in New York. Photo: Dave Sagarin

Monday, March 7: 11:00 a.m. Miller Center Forum Does Jihadism Have a Future?. Nelly Lahoud, Associate Professor of Social Sciences at the US Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Senior Associate at the Combating Terrorism Center, and an associate at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. A book signing will follow the presentation. Further information, directions at

Friday, March 11: 11:00 a.m. Miller Center Forum The "Peace Process" and the Middle East Peace. Elliot Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a long-time senior government official. Further information, directions at

Friday, March 11: 6:00-7:30 p.m. Organizing for America Second Friday Potluck Dinner. Great food, lively conversation, and lots of fun. This month's dinner has a Mexican theme, so break out the Tobasco and come on down to Kate's house. All are welcome. Plates and silverware will be provided. This is mostly a social event but we'll talk about OFA strategy too - including some important staff news.

At 508 Lexington, Charlottesville. Contact: Kate Berman, (434) 465-1734. Sign up in advance if you can

Monday, March 14: 11:00 a.m. Miller Center Forum Afghanistan. Senior CIA counterterrorism analyst Gina Bennett. A book signing will follow the presentation. Further information, directions at

Tuesday, March 15: 7:00 p.m. Left of Center is hosting a benefit party for The Haven at The Local, 824 Hinton Ave. (in Belmont). There will be a cash bar and free appetizers. They hope to resume a monthly series of programs in April--watch this space. Left of Center is on Facebook

Thursday, March 17: 6 p.m. A Festival of the Book event, in City Council Chambers Health Care in America Today

Rosemary Gibson, The Treatment Trap: How the Overuse of Medical Care Is Wrecking Your Health and What you Can Do to Prevent It,

Lois Shepherd, If That Ever Happens to Me: Making Life and Death Decisions After Terri Schiavo

Moderator: Joe Szakos, Executive Director, Virginia Organizing. Further information: Cynthia Hurst at 540-447-6823.

Friday, March 18: 6:30 p.m. JFK & Camelot: Political Image-Making at U.Va. Rotunda Dome Room, Charlottesville, VA

The Center for Politics invites you to a special program which will examine the legacy of John F. Kennedy's carefully crafted public image, the aura of Camelot and the evolution of political image-making in presidential campaigns. Join Larry Sabato and a panel of experts as they discuss the historic events, public rhetoric and political strategies that not only built Camelot, but also continue to influence nearly every presidential administration since. The panel will include:

Barbara Perry, presidential scholar and senior fellow at the Miller Center
Maria Cardona, Democratic strategist and principal at Dewey Square Group
John Dickerson, chief political correspondent at and CBS News
Frank Donatelli, Republican strategist and VP at McGuireWoods Consulting
Richard Reeves, author and senior fellow at the USC Annenberg School

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so please register in advance.

Saturday, March 19: The regular monthly Charlottesville / Albemarle Democratic Breakfast returns, for March, to the Great Room at JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive, east of Fashion Square and adjacent to the Marriott Courtyard. The program will be a panel discussion of Mental Health issues and the Criminal Law. For instance, what might have been or could have been done to rein in Jared Loughner before he shot up the Congress on Your Corner meeting in Tucson? The panel includes Forensic Psychologist Jeff Fracher along with UVa Prof. Richard Bonnie, who teaches and writes about psychology and the law. The event is free, a light breakfast is offered, and the public is warmly invited.

Saturday, March 19: Noon. The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression is presenting We Must Not Be Afraid to Be Free as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, in Charlottesville City Hall Chambers. Authors Ron Collins and Sam Chaltain explore the issues and people involved in the controversies that have determined what free speech means in the United States today. Admission is free.

Sunday, March 20: 3:00 p.m. Regular monthly meeting of the Blue Ridge chapter of the United Nations Association - USA. At TJMC –Unitarian Universalist Church in Charlottesville, 717 Rugby Road. The speaker will be Bob Toplin on the strikingly relevant topic, "Israel and the United Nations."

Friday, March 25: 11:00 a.m. Miller Center Forum JFK and America's Peace Corps. Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, holder of the Dwight Stanford Chair in American foreign relations at San Diego State University. Further information, directions at

Saturday, March 26: The Charlottesville Democratic Party's annual Political Pasta Supper at the Senior Center. Enjoy great food prepared by our "celebrity chefs," meet area and statewide politicos and support the Charlottesville Democratic Party. We want to see you there! Please consider becoming a sponsor for the Pasta Supper. For sponsorship details, contact Sherry Kraft

Monday, March 28: 11:00 a.m. Miller Center Forum Understanding Public Opinion in an Era of Discontent. Andrew Kohut, President of the Pew Research Center and frequent commenter on the PBS NewsHour and NPR. Further information, directions at

Thursday, March 31st: 6:00 p.m. Delegate David J. Toscano and Senator R. Creigh Deeds will hold a town hall meeting on at the Cville Coffee at 1301 Harris Street. The event will feature a legislative update from the legislators and provide constituents an opportunity to raise questions and concerns. Constituents may RSVP for the event at on facebook or by calling Delegate Toscano at (434) 220-1660 or Senator Deeds at (434) 296-5491.

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