Talks@2 lecture series returns to WRL

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Barry Trott packed the house for his Talks@2 presentation last June, which he will be reprising to kick off the new season on Sept. 13. (Courtesy WRL)
Barry Trott packed the house for his Talks@2 presentation last June, which he will be reprising to kick off the new season on Sept. 13. (Courtesy WRL)

Following a pilot season last spring, the Williamsburg Regional Library is bringing back the popular Talks@2 lecture series.

According to a WRL press release, the series kicks off Tuesday with an encore presentation of “Virginia’s Crooked Road,” a talk given by WRL Special Projects Director Barry Trott last June.

“Virginia has been a hotbed of music for over 200 years,”  Trott said in the release. “September’s talk should appeal to anyone with an interest in the roots of country music or Virginia’s musical heritage.”

The series features lectures by library staff on particular areas of interest to them. It was conceptualized as a way to share the vast — and often surprising — knowledge of the library staff with the rest of the community. The pilot season presentations touched on topics ranging from European cuisine to cartoons of the World War II era, the release stated.

According to the release, this season will feature an Oct. 11 lecture on the life and death of Marie Antoinette, which will be followed by a presentation on the wildlife of Cumberland Island on Nov. 16. Program Services Director Rob Haas will close out the fall season on Dec. 13 with the intersecting stories of two ships that now rest at the bottom of Hampton Roads.

All four presentations are free and open to the public and will take place at the Stryker Center at 2 p.m. Check www.wrl.org/events for a complete list of Talks@2 and other events taking place at WRL this fall.