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

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Past Events

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

Of Bubbles and Biases: The Press and Democratic Dialogue

This symposium will question whether political dialogue is possible when people disagree not only about values and policy but also about the basic facts relevant to political issues. The symposium will feature journalists and media experts who will discuss the the balance between truth and the desire to appear impartial in reporting, as well as the tensions created by content-driven media business models. 10 a.m.: Event Kickoff, featuring Dean Risa Goluboff; 10:15-11:45: Session 1: Challenges Facing Journalists, featuring Robert Blau (Bloomberg News), Richard Leiby (Washington Post), Paige Lavender (Huffington Post), Peter Hasson (Daily Caller); 12-1 p.m.: Session 2: State of the Media, featuring Michael Barthel (Pew Research) and Meredith Clark (UVa Media Studies); 1-2 p.m.:  Lunch; 2:15-3:30 p.m.: Session 3: Discussion, featuring Rachel Wahl (UVA Curry School).

October 20, 2017
10:00 am
Caplin Pavilion at the School of Law

Robert Vitalis: "White World Order, Black Power Politics: Race in the Making of American International Relations"

Robert Vitalis has taught political science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1999. The London Guardian named his America’s Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier, a book of the year in 2006. His last book, White World Order, Black Power Politics (Cornell University Press, 2015) moved away from the Middle East to explore the unwritten history of racism and imperialism in American disciplinary international relations and the recovery of its critical “Howard School” tradition. He is on sabbatical in 2017-2018 while working on a new book, Oilcraft: Folkways of Imperialism and Antiimperialism in the Twenty First Century, forthcoming from Stanford University Press.

October 18, 2017
12:30 pm
New Cabell Hall, Room 236