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A&S Events in Response - September 2017

Sept 5

Anna Brickhouse, English, Professor, Director of American Studies

White-Supremacy and Anti-Racism

“Pizza and Praxis" event [one of two; other is on Oct 24] for our majors on Sep 5.


Sept 8

Alev Erisir, Psychology

September 8.

Psychology town hall - preparation and response to bigotry

To discuss preparation and response to bigotry (this is an ongoing monthly town hall since last year). 


Sept. 8

Geeta Patel, WGS and MESALC

Where: On Global Grounds, Hotel A, One West Range. 

When: Friday September 8th, 4-6 pm.

Courts that Work: When Women Organize Against Violence 

 Who and what: Gouri Choudhury, the speaker, is the head of the first feminist organization non-profit NGO in India--called Action India and set in Delhi. ( 

The event: "Courts that Work: When Women Organize Against Violence." 

Sponsors: WGS, MESALC, co-organized by Bryce Lindsey.

Gouri, grandmother of a UVA alum, was a participant in the 1970s feminist movement in India; Action India was formed out of the feminist resistance to violence against women. From its inception its programs were designed by the people they were meant to help, who were central to building Action India. It is known for its first program--women's courts to address violence against women in communities and domestic spaces. 

Sept 12

John Mason, History

Equality, White Supremacy and Confederate Symbols

UVA School of Law, Caplin Pavilion, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

A faculty panel will discuss legal and historical issues relating to the events of Aug. 11 and 12. Topics include the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, policing and civil protest, and frameworks for considering Confederate symbols. The panelists are Kim Forde-Mazrui, Barbara Armacost, Leslie Kendrick and John Mason of the Department of History.

Sponsored by UVA Law, the Center for the Study of Race and Law, the American Constitution Society, the Black Law Students Association, Common Law Grounds, the Jewish Law Students Association and the Minority Rights Coalition.

Contact: Teri Johnson

Sponsor: Center for the Study of Race and Law

Sept 13

Gary Gallagher, History

Civil War Memory: Charlottesville and Beyond

Nau Hall Room 101, South Lawn, 5:00-6:15 PM

Please join us for the second meeting in the History Department’s ongoing Public Conversation Series: “Civil War Memory:  Charlottesville and Beyond,” a conversation with Gary Gallagher, John Edwin Mason and Elizabeth Varon.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, September 13, at 5:00 PM in Nau Hall Room 101. It is sponsored by the Corcoran Department of History and John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History.


Sept. 11

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Media Studies

Race, Racism, and the News: Lessons from Charlottesville

The Haven, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Sponsored by: Columbia Journalism Review, the Center for Media and Citizenship, C-VILLE Weekly, and Charlottesville Tomorrow

Racialized violence recently put Charlottesville in national headlines. But the story of racial inequality and tension in Charlottesville—as in many American cities—is older, more complex, and largely untold. Join us for a discussion about how journalists cover race and racism in American communities. Hosted by Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, and Brendan Fitzgerald, director of CJR’s United States Project.

Panelists include:

Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at UVA
Jenna Wortham, staff writer at the New York Times Magazine
Jordy Yager, freelance journalist and winner of Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2017 award for race reporting

Sept 18

Jim Ceasar, Politics

Constitution Day Lecture

By Professor Keith Whittingham (Princeton University), to be given on Monday, September 18 at 5 pm in the Great Room in Garrett Hall (the Batten School).  Keith will speak on “why we should value campus free speech.”  This lecture is sponsored by the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy and the Department of Politics.  Please mention this lecture to your students and other colleagues at the University.

Sept 18


Achille Mbembe

"Critique of Black Reason" Workshop

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Institute for the Humanites and Global Cultures cordially invites students and faculty to attend a lecture and a workshop by Professor Achille Mbembe (U of Witwatersrand). Both events will feature Mbembe's new book, Critique of Black Reason (2017 - Duke UP). Other workshop panelists include Laurent Dubois (Duke), Juan Obarrio (Johns Hopkins) and Christina Mobley (UVA). 

In order to foster an intimate conversation, faculty and graduate students who wish to participate in the workshop (9/18, Wilson 142, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) should register here. Workshop readings drawn from Critique of Black Reason are available through the registration form. Space is limited, and refreshments and lunch will be available.

Professor Mbembe will deliver his lecture entitled "Negative Messianism in the Age of Animism" in Wilson Hall 142, from 5-6:30. There is no registration required for this event.


Sept 22

Reflections on Civil War History in 2017: A Conversation with Allen Guelzo and Gary Gallagher

3:00 PM, Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library Auditorium
Free and open to the public.

Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era, and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. A three-time winner of the Lincoln Prize, Guelzo has published many books on the Civil War era and contributed numerous essays and articles to scholarly journals as well as national newspapers. His recent book, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (Knopf, 2013), spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. His current research examines the life and career of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

CSPAN's American History TV will film the event for those who aren't able to make it.

Sept 27

The Fascist Threat: What You Should Know

5:30-7:00 pm, Nau Hall 101

A Public Conversation with Manuela Achilles, William Hitchcock, James Loeffler, Kyrill Kunakhovich, and Sarah Milov. What is Fascism? Hitler’s rise to power. Fascism in the USA. Neo-fascism and neo-Nazism. Anti-Semitism today. Fascism and Charlottesville. This event is free and open to the public; no registration required.

Sponsored by the Corcoran Department of History, the Center for German Studies, and the Program in Jewish Studies


Sept 27

Preston Reynolds

Eugenics at UVA and Its Impact on Race and Gender Inequity

3:30pm – 5:00pm, with reception to follow. 

Minor Hall 125

Eugenics permeated the culture of the University of Virginia for over 100 years through the research, writings, and teaching of some of its most prominent leaders. Eugenics laid the intellectual foundation for discrimination with regard to race, gender, nationality, intellectual ability, and socio-economic status. The impact of the eugenics metaphor was felt in every aspect of life, and in every corner of the Commonwealth, in part, through the work of UVA faculty, and their collaboration with nationally renowned eugenicists. This lecture will explore the history of eugenics at UVA, reflect on the damage the eugenics paradigm had on diversity and health disparities, and outline areas of future research.
Hosted by Power, Violence and Inequality Collective