Culbertson to Speak on Effects of Violence on Individuals and Communities

May 8, 2009 — Roberta Culbertson, founding director of the Center on Violence and Community at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, will give a talk on her book-in-progress, "Hidden Worlds: Spiritual Dimensions of Violent Experience" on May 12 at noon. Her lecture, free and open to the public, will be held at the foundation in the Boar's Head Inn complex, 145 Ednam Dr.

Culbertson's work looks at the physiological, spiritual and cultural effects of violence on individuals and communities.

A graduate of Sweet Briar College with a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Virginia, Culbertson also is a poet and memoirist. She is the co-author, with W. Nathaniel Howell, director of U.Va.'s Institute of Global Policy Research, of "Siege, Crisis, Leadership: The Survival of U.S. Embassy Kuwait" and the editor of the journal Tough Times Companion.

A complimentary lunch will be served during this presentation. To RSVP, contact Ann Spencer at or 434-243-5526. For directions to the VFH, click here.

Culbertson's talk is presented by the VFH Fellowship Program and cosponsored by the U.Va. Women's Center.