Past Events


Using Philosophy Within Prison Walls

April 14, 2017 1-4pm
Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women
Troy, VA

Marietta returns with her philosophical toolkit to continue her discussion with inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women who are enrolled in the PVCC English 211 course entitled Creative Writing. On her first visit on February 17, the animated conversation centered around the concepts of Courage and Humanity from Little Big Minds. The students were prepared, engaged, smart, reflective, and honest. They wrote poetry and sketched, talked and inquired. For this session, clarity about Flexibility and Serenity from How Philosophy Can Save Your Life grounds their time together. What will they learn? What will Marietta learn?


A Conversation about the Art of Conversation

Thursday, March 9, 2017 3-5pm
Bogue Banks Library
Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina

Marietta’s most requested topic of the past several years, sharing the secrets for enjoying meaningful conversations, comes alive for those gathered at the Bogue Banks Library. Why is this topic in such high demand? What are the barriers to genuine conversation? Once the problems are unveiled, she will pose a solution for each roadblock standing in the way of true communication. We thrive on relationship forged by mutual understanding and respect, and our lives suffer without it—so let’s get right to it! Marietta’s three books will be available for sale and signing before and after the talk. She’ll greet arrivals at 3 for casual chatting and her interactive talk begins at 3:30. She’ll hang around afterward for conversation, of course, and to answer any lingering questions and gain some new insights from members of the audience.


Wednesday Night at St. Francis by the Sea

March 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Salter Path, North Carolina

Marietta joins members of the congregation and the larger community for a simple supper at 5:30 followed by a talk, free and open to one and all, at 6:30: “The Arts of Clear Thinking and Rethinking.” She will present four commonly-used terms that cry out for better clarity and fresh new meanings: Success, Education, Kindness, and Gratitude. Participants will think about other ideas that they believe need another look—in their own lives, their community, their country, well, in the world we share. Her three books will be available for sale and signing before and after her interactive presentation, and she will hang around and chat after her talk ends around 7:45. Come one, come all, let’s dine on mental clarity!


A Talk Sponsored by the Carteret Writers Group: “Writing a Book and Publishing It – Sweet and Difficult”

March 8, 2017, Noon
Golden Corral
Morehead City, North Carolina

For the monthly speaker series presented by the Carteret Writers Group and open to any and everyone, Marietta gathers with early arrivals for casual conversation at 11:15. Her talk centers on the craft of writing and the mysteries of publication that she continues to discover in her journey with her three books. The talk begins promptly at noon—you can purchase lunch if you like or come only to feast on good conversation! If you’re dining, be sure to be settled in with your meal by 12. There will be time for questions (never enough) and her three books will be available for purchase and signing, both before and after her presentation. Again, this festive occasion is free and open to the public.


Coastal Daybreak on The Talk Station

March 3, 2017 8:15 AM
Live Radio Interview
Morehead City, North Carolina

Host Ben Ball chats with Marietta about her upcoming events along the Crystal Coast in North Carolina. Writing and publishing, rethinking important ideas, and the art of conversation are the core topics of her three interactive events. Beachcombers can listen on The Talk Station, WTKF-FM 107.1/WJNC-AM 1240 and for those inland online wherever you are via Ustream. Marietta can’t wait to return to this lovely area after a too-long absence of almost fifteen years.


Using Philosophy Within Prison Walls

February 17, 2017 1-4pm
Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women
Troy, VA

Marietta takes philosophy to inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women who are enrolled in the PVCC English 211 course entitled Creative Writing. The week before her appearance, inmates/students will read selected passages from all three of her books and be ready for her with their questions and comments about such concepts as serenity, humanity, and decision-making, among others piquing their interests. Marietta will share some of Basho’s haiku and then entice the students to write their own three-line, seventeen syllable poems. She looks forward to a rich learning experience for all, hopefully offering each member of the class new ways of thinking and essential tools for creating better lives. Most certainly this will prove an important day in Marietta’s own ongoing education.


Philosophy Goes to the Vineyards: Sipping, Talking, and Laughing

Saturday, February 4, 2017 2pm
DuCard Vineyards
Etlan, VA

Greet February with a glass raised toward the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround DuCard Vineyards. The thoughtful, slow focus of sippers of fine wines mirrors the concentration and enthusiasm of partners in good conversation. What a fine blend! Join Marietta as she pairs DuCard delights such as Stonewall Jackson’s “2nd Corps” and Popham Run Red with topics from her three books. Savor these unique wines while chatting about Flexibility and Time, Belonging and Daring. There is no charge to listen and chat, the wine tasting is $8.00, and Marietta’s three books will be available for sale and signing. Here’s a tasty offer: a complimentary glass of wine to everyone who emails an RSVP to marty@ducardvineyards.com. Count on it: Etlan, VA is the place to be on February 4!


Books and Brews: Clear Thinking for a New Year

Tuesday, January 10, 2017    7pm
Pale Fire Brewing Company
Harrisonburg, VA

Marietta taps in the new year with mugs of “Clear Thinking” all round at Pale Fire Brewing Company. Her long association with Harrisonburg’s NPR affiliate WMRA continues as January’s author in the popular Books and Brews series. After a lively interview at 7 on a wide range of topics with host Mary Katharine Froehlich, the floor opens wide for questions and ideas from participants. We’ll hit the mental “refresh” button and set out together, each of us on our way to an enriched, fulfilling 2017. (A representative from Barnes and Noble will have her 3 books available for sale and signing.)


Children Think and Talk about Big Ideas with Marietta McCarty

Saturday, October 29, 2016 10am
Crozet Library (Map)
Crozet, VA

Time to play in the world of ideas! Marietta McCarty, bestselling author of Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids, will do just that with potential child philosophers at Crozet Library, a branch of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library system. While adults observe, Marietta and the children will discuss the importance of Simple Pleasures, Gratitude, and Quiet Times. Their dialogue will last approximately 45-minutes to give adults a chance to ask questions—and to give the kids an opportunity to ask questions of Marietta and the grownups. We’ll find out exactly who the grownups are!

Marietta has shared philosophy, which she defines as “The Art of Clear Thinking,” for over twenty-five years with children around the country.  Her experiences inspire readers in Little Big Minds, a guide for any adult wanting to engage in conversations with kids about concepts such as Courage, Friendship, Freedom, Compassion, and Prejudice. Marietta will offer ways to start your own philosophy group with children and answer any and all questions.

Registration is required and begins October 8. You can register at the Crozet Library circulation desk or by calling 823-4050.

Marietta’s three books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, and she’ll hang around afterward to chat and laugh.


The Daytime Lecture Series

October 27, 2016 10am
Princess Anne Country Club
Virginia Beach, VA

Marietta wakes up participants starting with coffee at 10, her interactive talk beginning at 10:30. What will she discuss with members of this lively group at their monthly Educational Program? A healthy mental life? Gratitude? Good conversation? How a big mind opens a wider heart? You betcha! Marietta looks forward to her return to the site of many, many tennis tournaments played in happy teenage summers at the beach.