The Recent History of the Alt-Right: What You Should Know 
Wednesday, October 11th
5 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Nau Hall - Room 101
A public conversation with Jamelle Bouis (Slate Magazine), Dahlia Lithwick (Slate Magazine) & Nicole Hemmer (Washington Post and the Miller Center). This event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Info
Reading the Black Intellectual, Dr. Angela Davis
Saturday, October 14th
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
(233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903)
Book Discussion on women, class and race.
From Antisemitism to Civil Rights Prophets: Learning from the Past to Our Present
Monday, October 16th
5:30 P.M.
Nau Hall - Room 101
Slave Dwelling Project Experience on Grounds
Wednesday, October 18th & Thursday, October 19th
7:30 P.M. - 6:30 A.M
The University of Virginia - Lawn

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The Slave Dwelling Project invites you to “sleep with history” on Wednesday, October 18th. We will be spending the night on the ground in the garden behind Pavilion IX and on the floor in the McGuffey Cottage, in commemoration of the enslaved people who built the University and worked to maintain it and serve students and faculty. At 7:30 P.M., a program of talks, conversation, music and tour starts. Everyone is welcome to join this program, whether they plan to sleep the night or not. We move to our sleeping locations as of 10 p.m.. Wake-up call comes at 6:30 A.M.
Unity March Against White Supremacy 
Sunday, December 3rd
12 P.M.
Washington, D.C.
Let us come together as a nation to state that we are united as a people against White Supremacy.
We will not stand for leaders in Congress that fail to challenge President Trump when he 'winks and nods' to a racist base of support. We will not stand for leaders that would cynically sacrifice the good of the country, the safety of its people, for the sake of a legislative agenda.
We will not stand idly while our fellow Americans are condemned to a new age of fear and trepidation that the nation they owe their allegiance to will not ensure their ability to walk freely without expectation of persecution or the threat of violence.
We will not stand for the lingering (and expanding) institutional injustice that has and continues to pervade every corner of the American life.
All of this nation's greatest accomplishments have been the (often only part-way) rectification of the sins of our history. It is time for us to go the whole way.
I ask you to stand with me, with the majority of this nation, against the tyranny and terror of institutional racism, antisemitism, and the hate that exists across this land.


National Society of Black Engineers: Free Rotunda Dinner
Thursday, October 12th
5:30 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Rotunda Dome Room
Come speak with Black UVA alumni and employers over dinner in the Rotunda Dome Room. Student CIOS Black Commerce Student Network, Black Student Research Network, Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Health Society, and the Undergraduate Black Law Students Association will be co-sponsoring, and many of their alumni will be present. This is a great chance to meet successful Black professionals and see the intersectionality between engineering, commerce, medicine, law, and research

Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, and the Built Landscape of UVA
Monday, October 18th - Thursday, October 21st
Symposium Schedule

The 6th Youth-Nex Conference - Youth Act: Social Justice, Civil, and Political Engagement
Thursday, October 26th - Friday, October 27th
The University of Virginia
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.


Private Spaces Photography Exhibition by Yolonda Cole Jones
Saturday, September 30th - mid-October
12 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
(233 4th Street, NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903)
Yolonda Coles Jones is a local creative professional and self-taught published documentary-style portrait photographer. Her images are characteristically story-telling, in-the-moment, sensitive and soulful.

Lisa Beane: Karma
Saturday, October 14th
6 P.M.
Artist talk with Dr. Andrea Maddest
Exhibition Dates (October 14th - January 13th) Facebook
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Virginia Film Festival: "Birth of a Movement"
Friday, November 10th
4:30 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.
Vinegar Hill Theatre
When D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation was first released in 1915, African American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter ignited efforts to stop the Ku Klux Klan-friendly film from reaching audiences. Trotter organized protests against the harmful blockbuster in the Boston area, condemning the regressive images of African Americans in the film. Based on Dick Lehr’s book The Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights, this documentary illuminates the beginning of long-waged battles over media representation, freedom of speech, and the influence of Hollywood.
Virginia Film Festival: "Word is Bond"
Friday, November 10th
6:15 P.M.
Violet Crown A
Highlighting the culture and practice of an impactful musical art genre, Word is Bond explores the concept of lyricism as the foundation of hip-hop music. Featuring both up-and-coming artists and legendary figures, director Sacha Jenkins praises hip-hop as a tool for fostering community. Offering a unique story about the writers and journalists that shaped hip-hop culture, the documentary provides an in-depth look at the evolution of the genre.
Virginia Film Festival: "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities" 
Friday, November 10th
6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Newcomb Hall - Theater
Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution) captures an essential chapter of the American narrative in his documentary on the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that form the core of the African American community. Educating the architects of freedom movements and cultivating leaders in every field, HBCUs were instrumental to the formation of protest movements across the United States. Highlighting authentic, personal accounts alongside archival footage, the documentary exemplifies the institutional legacy of HBCUs’ involvement in setting the groundwork for supporting African American voices and advancing justice in America.
Virginia Film Festival: "The Wound"
Friday, November 10th
6:45 P.M. - 8:15 P.M.
Violet Crown B
Every year, young men of South Africa’s Xhosa culture venture into the mountains of the country’s Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient ritual bringing them into adulthood. When quiet, sensitive factory worker Xolani is assigned to queer-identifying guide Kwanda, who was sent by his father to be toughened up, he embarks on a rite of passage into manhood. As Kwanda defiantly expresses his queer identity within the hyper-masculine environment, he quickly recognizes the nature of Xolani’s relationship with fellow guide Vija. Born out of a desire to push back against clichéd stereotypes of black masculinity, this narrative fights against these assumptions by exposing new forms of African masculinity.
Virginia Film Festival: "4 Little Girls"
Saturday, November 11th
3 P.M.
The Paramount Theater
On September 15, 1963, four black girls in their early teens were murdered in their Sunday school class when a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In the months before the attack, the racist mentality pervading the South brought tensions to a breaking point. This domestic terror attack changed the national conversation around the Civil Rights Movement, awakening the United States to the presence of hate that was preventing integration. Director Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing) crafts the grim tale using archival footage and interviews with family, historians, politicians, and newsmen.
Virginia Film Festival: "Hidden Figures"
Sunday, November 12th
4:30 P.M. - 7:15 P.M.
Vinegar Hill Theatre

Nominated for three Academy Awards, Hidden Figures is the true story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA during the organization’s early days, when segregation was still rife and women were not welcome in the sciences. Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) served as the mathematical brains, known as “computers,” behind the 1963 launch of the Mercury-Atlas rocket flight which took John Glenn into Earth’s orbit. Based on the novel by UVA alumna Margot Shetterly, the film delves into a previously untold story of three American heroes. Tickets
Virginia Film Festival: "Outrage"
Sunday, November 12th
6:30 P.M.
Violet Crown A

A documentary film about lynching in the American South, An Outrage was filmed on location at lynching sites in six states. Beginning with the end of the Civil War and continuing well into the middle of the twentieth century, the extralegal, socially sanctioned practice of torture and murder claimed the lives of at least 3,959 African American men, women, and children. This historical account, bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists, and scholars, is part of an ongoing exchange with the past to understand the outrages that have produced the nation’s present moment. Tickets

Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present
Friday, September 22nd - Sunday, November 26th
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Evans Court
(200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220)
Based on the notion of dialogue, Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present explores conversations between Native American artists and their art across centuries, a continent, and 35 indigenous cultures. With a total of 56 works, this exhibition illustrates the ways in which Native American art speaks of a shared knowledge and shared history while also being incredibly diverse in subject matter and medium. Organized into three themes, or types of dialogue, the exhibition explores how Native American artists relate to the the natural world, their community, and the outside world and how those relationships affect their identity and work. Free admission and information

In Our Own Words: Native Impressions 2015-16
Friday, September 22nd - Monday, February 19th
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
(200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220)
A companion exhibition to Hear My Voice, this exhibition feature a series of prints intended to highlight the life experiences of Native Americans living in North Dakota today. Daniel Heyman, whose previous work dealt with provocative social and political issues, collaborated with Lucy Ganje, who has family ties to tribal nations in North Dakota, to produce the portfolio under the guidance of master printer Kim Fink. The two artists listened to members of North Dakota’s four remaining tribal nations talk about their personal and family histories. The series of 26 prints on handmade paper is made from these interviews, plus a title page and colophon. Free admission and information click here

Play: Tres Vidas
Saturday, October 21st
7:30 P.M.
Piedmont Virginia Community College
(501 College Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22902)

The Core Ensemble’s unique performance format blends dramatic narrative with cello, piano, and percussion to powerfully portray the struggles and triumphs in the lives of three influential Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, revered Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni, and peasant activist Rufina Amaya. $15 Adult $12 Seniors/Students. Purchase Tickets


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