Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, January 17, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Depot Grille
10 Ninth Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Sips & Civility: VA ratify ERA. Virginia could be the last state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Stop by Depot for a conversation about the ERA and Virginia's historic role in it's potential passage.

Sips & Civility is an occasional program of the League of Women Voters of Lynchburg. You don't have to be a member of the League to stop by, grab a drink or dinner, and learn more about an important topic of the day.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
605 Clay Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Program Planning Membership Meeting. Coffee and Conversation begins at 9:30 am with the meeting from 10:00 am - noon. We will review state and local positions for consensus.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
2:30 pm
Community Room
Lynchburg Public Library
2315 Memorial Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24501
Great Discussions: Why Do the Chinese "Steal" Intellectual Property. Presenter: Guang Yang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Lynchburg

In his talk Professor Yang will share his insights into the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, the two most powerful economies in the world. He will discuss the underlying reasons for the clashes on intellectual property rights from cultural, social, economic, historical, and political perspectives. Tentative measures which could serve as starting points to alleviate the intensity of these conflicts will be suggested.

Light Refreshments: 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.; Presentations: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m

If Lynchburg Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Great Decisions lecture for that day will be canceled and rescheduled for Thursday, March 14 if possible. The Lynchburg Branch of the AAUW, the League of Women Voters of Lynchburg, the Lynchburg Public Library, and Givens Books are the sponsors of the lectures.

Thursday, February 14, 2019
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Community Meeting Room
Lynchburg Public Library
2315 Memorial Ave
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Great Discussions: Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics. Presenter: William Waddell, M.A., Strategic Intelligence Program Director and Assistant Professor of Government, Liberty University

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

Light Refreshments: 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.; Presentations: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m

If Lynchburg Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Great Decisions lecture for that day will be canceled and rescheduled for Thursday, March 14 if possible. The Lynchburg Branch of the AAUW, the League of Women Voters of Lynchburg, the Lynchburg Public Library, and Givens Books are the sponsors of the lectures.

Thursday, February 21, 2019
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Community Meeting Room
Lynchburg Public Library
2315 Memorial Ave
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Great Discussions: Refugees and Global Migration. Presenter: Aaron Shreve, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Political Science, Randolph College

Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today's global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

Light Refreshments: 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.; Presentations: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m

If Lynchburg Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Great Decisions lecture for that day will be canceled and rescheduled for Thursday, March 14 if possible. The Lynchburg Branch of the AAUW, the League of Women Voters of Lynchburg, the Lynchburg Public Library, and Givens Books are the sponsors of the lectures.

Thursday, February 28, 2019
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Community Meeting Room
Lynchburg Public Library
2315 Memorial Ave
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Great Discussions: The Rise of Populism in Europe. Presenter: Edward G. DeClair, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Lynchburg

Mass migration, and the problems associated with it, have directly abetted the rise of populist parties in Europe. Opposition to immigration was the prime driver of support for Brexit, it brought a far-right party to the German Bundestag for the first time since the 1950s, and propelled Marine Le Pen to win a third of the vote in the French presidential election. In addition to calling for stronger borders, however, these parties are invariably illiberal, anti-American, anti-NATO and pro-Kremlin, making their rise a matter of serious concern for the national security interests of the United States.

Light Refreshments: 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.; Presentations: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m

If Lynchburg Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Great Decisions lecture for that day will be canceled and rescheduled for Thursday, March 14 if possible. The Lynchburg Branch of the AAUW, the League of Women Voters of Lynchburg, the Lynchburg Public Library, and Givens Books are the sponsors of the lectures.