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

Upcoming Events

Listen First in Charlottesville

#ListenFirstCville To support the continued healing and reconciliation in Charlottesville. To inspire America toward mending our frayed social fabric by bridging divides with conversations that prioritize understanding the other.

Friday, April 20th, 6pm, various locations

Village Square & Connect Cville Challenge invite you to host or attend diverse Charlottesville Dinners. Register at CONNECTCVILLE.ORG or contact LIZ@VILLAGESQUARE.US.

Friday, April 20th, 8:30pm, The Haven

Free concert by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary.

Saturday, April 21st, 1-5:30pm, Sprint Pavilion

LISTEN FIRST CONVERSATIONS which prioritize understanding the other among panels of local and national influencers as well as personal conversations amongst all attendees that both enhance understanding and spark ideas for action, followed by inspiring keynotes. Conversation topics will include:

  • Charlottesville's Historical Divisions and Fresh Wounds

  • Charlottesville Working to Heal and Progress

  • A Nation Divided

  • Bridging Divides Across America

Sunday, April 22nd, various times and locations

Programming by Listen First Coalition partners Living Room Conversations, Montpelier, Better Angels, Converge UVA, United Citizen Power, AllSides, and Charlottesville's Playback Theater. Details at the Saturday event.

Sunday, April 22nd, 1pm, The Haven

Common Ground Committee presents former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile and former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele in conversation on “Finding Common Ground on Government’s Role in Bridging Racial Divides.”

April 20, 2018
6:00 pm
Various Locations and Times

2018 UVA Dialogue Fellowship: Applications Due 4/28

You see their Facebook posts and twitter feeds. You are appalled, torn between turning away and engaging. When you respond, you regret it.

Trump voters. Clinton voters. Non-Voters. The people who voted for the other candidate. Their reasons and motivations can seem so mysterious they might be from an alien planet.

Or maybe you know them too well. They may be people you love. Family. Close friends. Thanksgiving is painful. Again, you are torn between turning away or engaging.

The 2018 Dialogue Fellowship will offer a unique opportunity to understand the other side. Students will be selected to engage in a weekly dialogue with politically diverse peers about the issues that matter.

The Dialogue Fellows will:

  • Understand the reasons and motivations of their political opposites
  • Clarify their own reasons and motivations
  • Learn how to engage in deliberation and dialogue with people different from themselves
  • Have fun and eat free pizza!

Applications for the Fall 2018 semester are due April 28th.

Fellows will meet each week of the Fall 2018 semester to explore their own and each others’ views on the current political landscape. The Fellows will together choose the political issue on which they will focus, with an emphasis on understanding their own and others’ principles and reasoning.



Any student who will be enrolled during the Fall 2018 semester! We are looking for people with a diversity of views. That means…

We are interested in your perspective no matter where you sit on the political spectrum.

And no matter how uncertain or passionate you are about your views.

Students who are selected must commit to attend all sessions on Tuesdays from 12:25–1:50 p.m. in Fall 2018.

April 28, 2018
12:00 pm

Teaching Race at UVA: Faculty Development Seminar

Call for Applications:

Faculty from all schools and departments at UVA are invited to participate in the first cohort of a faculty development seminar that will provide UVA faculty with an in-depth understanding of the history of race at UVA, in Charlottesville, and in the context of Virginia and the United States more broadly.  The goal of this initiative is to equip a cohort of faculty from across UVA to be able to teach in their discipline effectively in relation to the history and present realities of race/racism both locally and nationally. All participants will be expected to incorporate at least part of the seminar content into an existing or new course.

The seminar will include the historical periods of early colonial Virginia, the founding of UVA, the history of enslaved laborers here and regionally, Emancipation, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movement, and struggles for justice and equity by African Americans at UVA and in Charlottesville. We will connect historical events and struggles with contemporary concerns such as health, educational, and economic disparities, as well as white supremacist discourse and actions and present efforts toward justice and equity. Sessions will include a combination of site visits, presentations by subject matter experts, and discussions with colleagues.

All participants will receive $3,000 in Research Funds (available by July 1, 2018 to be used by June 30, 2019.)  An additional $1,000 will be available to those who turn in revised syllabi that incorporate seminar content. These additional funds can be used to support site visits, guest speakers, research projects, or other aspects of the newly developed course before June 30, 2019. 

In addition, faculty who wish to participate as a cohort in the Course Design Institute provided by the Center for Teaching Excellence June 18th-22nd to develop their related course will be supported financially by the Office of the Provost to do so.

Ongoing support for the development of the courses and as a cohort will be provided throughout the following academic year.  

To apply to participate, please submit a statement of interest of up to 500 words including a description of the course you plan to rework or develop to incorporate seminar content, to Jennie Knight, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development, at, by March 12th.

May 30, 2018
9:00 am

Past Events

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

Perspectives on Balancing the First Amendment and Inclusivity

Join Professor Anne Coughlin and Professor Alexander Tsesis of Loyola Law for a conversation about the interplay between the First Amendment, campus speech regulations, and ensuring an inclusive and welcoming campus environment. The event is co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, Jewish Law Students Association, and Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights.

Lunch from Sticks will be provided.

April 4, 2018
12:00 pm
Purcell Reading Room at the School of Law

Four Peculiar Institutions of Racial Rule: How They Differ, Why It Matters

The Carter G. Woodson Institute and the Power, Violence & Inequality Collective invites you to our second Slavery Since Emancipation lecture, “Four Peculiar Institutions of Racial Rule: How They Differ, Why It Matters”


Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 3:30-5:00 PM (Reception follows)


101 Nau HALL

Four "peculiar institutions" have served to define and confine African Americans in U.S. society over the past four centuries: racialized slavery, the Jim Crow system of caste terrorism, the urban ghetto, and the hybrid formed by the concatenation of the hyperghetto and the carceral system. In this lecture, Professor Wacquant will discuss their similarities and differences and draw on the consequences of this historical model for the current scholarly and policy debates around race and citizenship. 


Dr. Loïc Wacquant. Wacquant is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Researcher at the Centre de sociologie européenne, Paris.

March 29, 2018
3:30 pm
101 Nau 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

Director of Diversity and Inclusion Reading Series

The UVA Department of Drama announces the appointment of Assistant Professor (GF) Caitlin McLeod as Director of Diversity and Inclusion with the inaugural presentation of the DDI Reading Series on March 24 at 7:00 pm in the Ruth Caplin Theatre.


Supported by an Arts and Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Grant, the DDI Reading Series will create conversations through readings of high-quality theatrical works, elevating unique and unheard voices.


In the first of four readings, we present Just Like Us, by Karen Zacarías.


Based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book, this documentary-style play follows four Latina teenage girls in Denver—two of whom are documented and two who are not—through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls’ opportunities or lack thereof. When a political firestorm arises, each girl’s future becomes increasingly complicated. Just Like Us poses difficult, yet essential questions about what makes us American.

March 24, 2018
7:00 pm
Ruth Caplin Theatre

Addressing the Legacy of Slavery in Public Policies and Spaces: International Perspectives

The free, public forum, “Addressing the Legacy of Slavery in Public Policies and Spaces: International Perspectives,” will be held on March 21, 11:00am - 1:00pm at the Jefferson School African American Heritage CenterThe program will focus on decision-making, challenges and design outcomes for memorials to the enslaved and commemorations at sites of enslavement and abolition, and include time for questions and reflections from the audience.

March 21, 2018
11:00 am
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

A Panel on The History of Greek Life and Race Relations at the University of Virginia

The Inter-Fraternity Council has partnered with UVa's Corcoran Department of History to sponsor a panel that will explore the history of Greek life and race at UVa over the past century. The conversation will be between Professor Ervin Jordan, Dr. Cameron Webb, fourth-year, Jasmine Zollar, and members of the IFC community. It will be moderated by fourth-year Ashwanth Samuel. 

Professor Jordan is a research Archivist at UVa's Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Professor Webb is a UVa alum and now is on the faculty at the UVa Medical School. Jasmine Zollar is a fourth-year in the NPHC Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Ashwanth Samuel is the current President of IFC. 

March 20, 2018
7:00 pm
Minor Hall, Room 125

Conference on Interpreting and Representing Slavery

Museums and sites around the Atlantic World have developed a variety of approaches to represent the history and legacies of the slave trade, slavery, and emancipation.  Exhibitions, digital media, commemorations, monuments, educational materials, and works of visual and performaning arts have made visible in popular memory and landscapes the ubiquity of slavery and its effects throughout America, Africa, and even Europe. Interpretation has varied greatly over recent decades, and continues to vary regionally as communities grapple with the tension between history and memory. Identifying resonant approaches to communicate this shared history – portraying the horrors of slavery as well as the feelings, thoughts, resistance, creativity and resilience of enslaved peoples – remains a challenge.

Through this conference, museum and historic site practitioners, as well as scholars and public thought leaders, will engage in a knowledge exchange to:

  • Consider the global impact of the slave trade and the legacies of slavery
  • Discuss experiences and best practices on representing and interpreting slavery from different regions of the world
  • Examine the roles of the arts, humanities, and multimedia technology for interpreting and representing the memory and history of slavery
  • Contribute to the elaboration of a handbook on new approaches in interpreting and representing slavery in museums and sites
  • Explore opportunities and possibilities for partnerships among participants and with the UNESCO Slave Route Project.
March 19, 2018
8:30 am
University of Virginia and at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Diverse Disciplines, Inclusive Institutions: Rethinking our Academic Agendas


Lower West Oval Room, the Rotunda


WELCOME: 9:30 

Kerry Abrams, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Law


PANEL I:  10:00 - 11:45


Sebastián Gil-Riaño, University of Pennsylvania

Aldon Morris, Northwestern University

Robert Vitalis, University of Pennsylvania

Moderators: Rose Buckelew and Sabrina Pendergrass, University of Virginia


12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH

PANEL II:  1:00 – 2:45


Marybeth Gasman, University of Pennsylvania

John Fitzgerald Gates, University of Virginia

Patricia Matthew, Montclair State University

Moderator: Josipa Roksa, University of Virginia


PANEL III:  3:15 – 5:00


Ahmed al-Rahim, Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Medieval Studies, Department of Religious Studies

Cassandra Fraser, Professor of Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering and Affiliated Faculty in the School of Architecture

Macario Garcia, Graduate Student Instructor and PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology

Susan Kools, Madge M. Jones Professor in Nursing and Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, School of Nursing

Mieke Anne Zylstra, Administrative Supervisor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Moderators: Jennifer Bair and Katya Makarova, University of Virginia


March 16, 2018
9:30 am
Lower West Oval Room, the Rotunda

W. E. B. Du Bois at the Center: From Science to the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter

Thursday, March 15, 3:30-5:00pm

Holloway Hall

Keynote address by Aldon Morris, Northwestern University

"W.E.B. Du Bois at the Center: From Science and the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter"

Reception to follow


March 15, 2018
3:30 pm
Holloway Hall (Room 116 in Bavaro Hall)