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Democracy on Tap

April 7 @ 3:30 pm

Join Albemarle and Charlottesville Dems for our second Democracy on Tap. We will hear from Sterling Howell, Volunteer and Programs Coordinator with the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. He will describe the changing role of the Society since its founding in 1940, and discuss the value of local history and why it should be supported in our time when history, books, and other institutions are under attack.

Sterling hails from the swamps and tobacco fields of eastern North Carolina where his family roots go back almost 400 years. He earned a BA in sociology from North Carolina State University and a MA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where his research focused on Law & Society studies and social theory. His Master’s thesis sought to explain changes in the public discourse of social problems and the connections to inequalities in criminal justice. Sterling moved to the Charlottesville area in 2005 to continue his graduate education at the University of Virginia. Once ensconced at U.Va., Sterling’s studies turned towards Comparative Historical Sociology, particularly social revolutions and cultural change. After graduate school, Sterling spent over seven years with the Education Department of James Madison’s Montpelier creating interpretive programs, contributing to and striving to spread understanding of the U. S. Constitution and America’s legacy of slavery. Most recently, he managed volunteers for the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) where he led do-gooders in providing local residents in need with critical home repairs. Sterling joined ACHS as the new Volunteer and Programs Coordinator in August 2020. When not at the Historical Society, Sterling enjoys paddling, hiking, being an aficionado of local wine and craft beer, and spending time with friends and his silly mutt Valley.


April 7
3:30 pm


Kardinal Hall
722 Preston Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States
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