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This site lists upcoming and past events connected to August 11 and 12.

Upcoming Events

Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Saul Williams

Saul Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, was released in 2001 and executive produced by Rick Rubin. After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless, villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world. The Newburgh, New York native gained a BA from Morehouse and an MFA from Tisch, and has gone on to record with Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg.

January 23, 2018
6:00 pm
McLeod Hall

Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. In 2005, she won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of The New Jim Crow, and that same year she accepted a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Since its first publication, The New Jim Crow has received rave reviews and has been featured in national radio and television media outlets, including MSNBC, NPR, Bill Moyers Journal, Tavis Smiley, C-SPAN, and Washington Journal, among others.

February 27, 2018
6:00 pm
Old Cabell Hall

Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Angela Davis

Angela Davis, through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. She has authored 9 books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.”

March 27, 2018
6:00 pm
Old Cabell Hall

Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Michael Sam

Michael Sam, former NFL Player and LGBTQ Activist will speak as a part of the School fo Engineering and Applied Science's Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series. 

April 12, 2018
6:00 pm
McLeod Hall

Past Events

Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Ana Navarro

Ana Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN, CNN en Español, ABC News, and Telemundo. The Miami New Times named her a “Republican power-consultant,” and the Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful,” saying, “with confidants Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio she is poised to play a big role in the GOP response to immigration reform and Hispanic outreach.” Respected on both sides of the aisle for her straight shooting and candor, Navarro was born in Nicaragua, and in 1980, as a result of the Sandinista revolution, she and her family immigrated to the United States.

November 30, 2017
6:00 pm
Newcomb Ballroom

Every One of Us: A Conversation with Ruby Sales on Race, Spirituality, and Public Life

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is proud to welcome civil rights icon and public theologian Ruby Sales in a conversation with Charles Marsh, professor of religious studies and director of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, moderated by Justin Reid, director of African American programs at VFH. The event will take place from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center at 233 4th St. NW in Charlottesville.

Ruby Sales is a nationally-recognized civil rights leader working at the intersection of race, religion, language, and politics since she was a student freedom fighter in the 1960s. She brings the wealth of African-American traditions to this generative conversation on the most pressing social and political questions in the 21st century. How do we make sense of a domestic and global narrative that reinforces a social hierarchy based on race, gender, class, and sexuality? How can we create a more complete and honest narrative that reflects a world that is majority youth, people of color, and women? What movements or countercultures are needed to accomplish this in modern society? What resources do we have to redress historic oppression, confront white supremacy, and imagine a world where every one of us is embraced in our human community?

This free, community event has been made possible by the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost at the University of Virginia. Additional support has been provided by the Black Student Alliance at UVA, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at UVA, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity at UVA, and the Project on Lived Theology at UVA.

November 29, 2017
6:00 pm
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center at 233 4th St. NW

A History Intertwined: Black and Jewish Experiences Within UVA

The Black Student Alliance (BSA) and the Jewish Education Initiative will be hosting an event on November 28, 2017 in New Cabell Hall room 489 at 7:00 pm.

November 28, 2017
7:00 pm
New Cabell Hall, Room 489

Legal Observer Training

Join the National Lawyers' Guild (NLG) and the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at UVA Law for our first Legal Observer Training of the school year! Maggie Ellinger-Locke, the former DC NLG Mass Defense Chair and a legal observer at the August 12 White Supremacist Rally, will be leading the training. 
Dinner will be served!

What is Legal Observing?

Legal Observers attend demonstrations in order to observe police and demonstrator activity and record incident. Information gathered by Legal Observers contributes to defending and advancing the rights of demonstrators, including in criminal trials and several major lawsuits against Federal and local governments for unconstitutional actions. The presence of Legal Observers serves as a deterrent to unconstitutional behavior by law enforcement during demonstrations.

November 17, 2017
5:30 pm
Caplin Pavilion at the School of Law

Diversifying Scholarship Conference

Diversifying Scholarship Conference at UVa: Forging Interdisciplinary Connections, Empowering Students, and Promoting a Culture of Inclusivity

The Diversifying Scholarship at UVA is intended to embody the stated commitment of the university to inclusivity by addressing several critical needs in higher education; namely, expanding scholarship focused on socially marginalized groups, reducing inequality, and alleviating the effects of discrimination.  This event will highlight the diverse work being done across campus in the arts, social and physical sciences, humanities, education, and beyond.  We seek to promote connections among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from different disciplines, fostering a commitment to inclusive research, pedagogy and collaborative problem solving on social issues.

This event is free and open to the public.

November 10, 2017
9:00 am
Bavaro Hall

What Now? A Critical Conversation about Community Healing, Black Youth Engagement, Sociopolitical Context, and Policy

This workshop is part of the Youth Act: Social Justice, Civic and Political Engagment Conference, but requires a separate registration. 

The workshop will offer a healing space for all, yet will focus on the importance of an afrocentric approach, amplifying voices of Black students. So while also thinking about allies and collaboration (Jewish, LGBTQ, among others) we will focus on the roles of Black college students in activism on their campus and in their communities. We will also discuss strategies to engage in activism on campus, strategies to balance academic demands with social engagement, and we will emphasize the importance of engaging in self-care. We will provide a healing space centered on undoing the residual psychological effects of white terrorism and internalized oppression in Black communities; and provide recommendations to turn the feelings, thoughts, and insights into policy and action steps.

The workshop will be facilitated by Association of Black Psychologists - Student Circle (ABPSISC).

The conference is free, by invitation-only, and capacity is limited. Please contact Ellen Daniels if you wish to attend:

October 27, 2017
1:00 pm
Alumni Hall at the University of Virginia

Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Shankar Vedantam


NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam offers unique insights into how our unconscious biases — what he calls the hidden brain — affect the decisions we make both personally and as groups and organizations. He bases these insights on data, not on psychological theories of the subconscious. Few speakers bring such a trove of breakthroughs in social science research to their audiences’ concerns. 

The Hidden Brain. Like a puppeteer behind a curtain, the hidden brain shapes our behavior, our choices, and the course of our relationships. But unconscious biases don’t just live in our individual brains; they also influence the success or failure of our organizations. In his presentations, as in his book The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives, Vedantam reveals these unconscious patterns and he lays out ways in which we can avoid the mistakes they often cause.

Ticketing information will be made available in the coming weeks. Please check back here as announcements are made. 


October 26, 2017
6:00 pm
Old Cabell Hall

Youth Act: Social Justice, Civic and Political Engagement

On October 26-27, 2017, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and young people will come together to talk about youth social and political action and civic engagement. The overall agenda of this conference remains constant in light of the events of August 11-12 in Charlottesville. The topics we had planned to cover remain critical in the aftermath. However, we have added a special workshop described below and many panelists are extending the focus of their talks as it directly relates to the events in Charlottesville. We hope you will join us for an engaging, critical discussion. 

The 6th Youth-Nex Conference, “Youth Act: Social Justice, Civic and Political Engagement,” (#YouthAct17), will provide a forum for educators, policy-makers, and practitioners across the country to focus on critical questions about a range of issues around youth civics activism and political engagement.

The conference is free, by invitation-only, and capacity is limited. Please contact Ellen Daniels if you wish to attend:

October 26, 2017
8:00 am
Alumni Hall at the University of Virginia

Assessing the Trump Presidency

The Miller Center's acclaimed public affairs TV program, "American Forum," broadcast by PBS in more than 80 percent of U.S. markets and hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Douglas Blackmon, will produce a special series of broadcasts focusing on American citizenship, identity, and the fight for tolerance and civility. As with other “American Forum” tapings, guests would include elected officials, members of Congress, senior administration officials, leading writers and researchers, and other thought leaders.

"Assessing the Trump Presidency" will include speaker Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker. This will be a public taping. 

October 24, 2017
11:00 am
The Miller Center

"Sanctuary and Belonging" with Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times

Nicholas Kristof: Sanctuary and Belonging, Overcoming a Divided America. Co-sponsored by the Page-Barbour Interdisciplinary Scholarship Funds, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Center for German Studies, Miller Center, Global Policy Center, Jewish Studies Program, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, and Department of Economics.This lecture is part of a speaker series that addresses the intersections of sanctuary, belonging, flight, refuge, and national identity before the background of the events of August 11/12, 2017.  

October 23, 2017
6:00 pm
Nau Hall Room 101, South Lawn