The Struggle for Racial Justice at the University of Virginia

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
5:00 pm
Event Location: 
Nau 211

August 30, 5:00 p.m. 

Nau Hall 211, South Lawn

On Wednesday, August 30th, the Department of History will host a series of conversations that explore the ongoing struggle for social justice and racial equality at the University of Virginia (UVA) and situates the racist events of August 11th and August 12th within a larger historical perspective. The opening talk, led by Professor Claudrena Harold, will engage the following questions: What does the complex nature of political, intellectual, and social life at the University of Virginia tell us about how race is lived and experienced in 21st century America?  How and to what degree have the individual and collective experiences of African American undergraduates transformed since the late 1960s and early 1970s? How have those transformations been shaped by larger political developments in higher education, U.S. race relations, etc.?   And to what degree can an engagement with the history of civil rights and social justice movements at the University and beyond assist current efforts to make the University a more democratic and safe space for students, faculty, workers, etc.?  

Professor Harold's 15-20 minute talk will be followed by breakout sessions led by other faculty members (including but not limited to Professors Grace Hale, Will Hitchcock, Andrew Kahrl, and Sarah Milov).

The event will start at 5 p.m. in Nau Hall 211 and breakout sessions will be held in Nau 211, Nau 342, and Gibson 411.