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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

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

Athletics and Race: A Panel Discussion with Carla Williams, Chris Long, Akil Mitchell, Claudrena Harold

This Friday (April 27), the Corcoran Department of History will be holding a panel discussion on Athletics and Race at UVa. The panel will feature UVa's athletic director Carla Williams as well as Chris Long (former UVA All-American football player, two-time Super Bowl champion) and Akil Mitchell (former UVa All-ACC men’s basketball player). The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Claudrena Harold.

The event is scheduled for Friday, April 27 from 5-6:30 p.m. at 101 Nau Hall at the University of Virginia. The event is free to the public, but seating is limited with a capacity of 245. Nau Hall is located at 1550 Jefferson Park Avenue. Parking is available at the University’s Central Grounds Garage ($1/hour, payable at exit).

April 27, 2018
5:00 pm
Nau Hall 101

Life in the UniverCity: A Symposium on Charlottesville and UVA: Past, Present, and Future

How have the politics of Charlottesville and UVA changed since the attacks of Aug. 11-12? What is UVA’s impact on the city and its residents? How can UVA students better engage with local issues and populations during their time on Grounds? At this year-end symposium, students in the Community and Civic Engagement course “All Politics Is Local” will be presenting and discussing their collaborative work with local organizations over the past year and research on critical issues facing Charlottesville and UVA today. The event will culminate with a keynote address by historian Davarian L. Baldwin, author of the forthcoming book “UniverCities: How Higher Education is Transforming Urban America."

April 27, 2018
11:00 am
Nau Hall 101

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

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