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Old Dominion University


Crossing Thresholds

This weeklong festival brings 15 internationally known writers and artists to Norfolk to present their work to students, faculty, and the public.

What can we learn from each other by examining our lives and stories, moving from the outside and coming in, opening a door, extending a hand?

What does it really cost to say something rather than nothing, to listen rather than yelp, then decide to take action rather than holding back?

We’re living in an urgent time: a world on the brink, on the edge of possibility. We look to writers whose work reaches across our imaginary divides, who offer us ways to learn from the past and apply those lessons to the future.

How can we cross into new states of being without losing what we value? How is the threshold a gift? Let’s listen and look again at this world because it is all we have to live in.

Remica Bingham-Risher and Luisa A. Igloria
2019 Festival Directors

This festival is made possible in part through sponsorship by the City of Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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Box Office Hours
TUES: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WED: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
THU: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
FRI: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM