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Welcome to Coffeehouse Conversations!

The city of Norfolk has dramatically changed over the past two decades, as has the campus and learning environment of Old Dominion University.  “Coffeehouse Conversations” brings together the concerns and activities of the university with some of the new urban spaces of Norfolk, as part of a broader initiative called UniverCity:  Norfolk/ODU Urban Symposium Series.  Our initial event last fall featured a video link between Borjo’s Café on Monarch Way with the historic Café Einstein on Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, and included presentations by Susan Wansink of Virginia Wesleyan and Friedrich Lubich of ODU, as well as a poetry reading by National Book Award Finalist Tim Seibles of Old Dominion University.  On November 6, the day before the elections, “Coffeehouse Conversations” featured a fascinating exploration of the world of ancient politics and the ideas of Cicero and their enduring relevance for contemporary America.  Benjamin Haller of Virginia Wesleyan and Jesse Richman of the Department of Political Science at Old Dominion University led a vibrant discussion at Café Stella on Colonial Avenue.

If you have a café or related business and would like to participate in the ongoing series of “Coffeehouse Conversations,” please feel free to contact and share your ideas with Peter Schulman (pschulman@odu.edu) or Austin Jersild (ajersild@odu.edu) of Old Dominion University.

Recent Coffeehouse Conversations:

Learn "How to Win an Election" in Ancient Rome and in modern America
November 5, 2012 at 7pm
Cafe Stella, 1907 Colonial Avenue in Ghent


Poetry Readings by Frederick Lubich and Tim Seibles. With live media connection with the Cafe Einstein in Berlin!
October 15, 2012 at 10-11am
Borjo Coffeehouse, 4416 Monarch Way