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Events Planned for August 12

On Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the University is offering a day of events displaying its commitment to mutual respect and inclusion. Faculty and staff will facilitate discussions on constitutional rights and citizenship; community dynamics and polarization; local history; and other related topics, all focused around the overarching theme of peaceable democracy. The discussions are free and open to the public.

A helpful map of the libraries hosting our speakers and parking deck locations can be found here:


Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) Routes 7 and the Free Trolley provide direct access to Central Grounds with bus stops on McCormick Road at the Chapel and on Emmet Street at the Central Grounds Garage. Service is provided every 15 minutes on the Trolley and every 20 minutes on CAT Route 7. Additional information about CAT service can be found here.


Closest parking option is the Central Grounds Parking Garage located at 400 Emmet Street. An hourly parking fee applies.

Free and/or overflow parking is available in the Emmet Street Garage (123 Emmet Street) and in the UVA parking lots located all along Whitehead Road. Please note, the Culbreth Road garage is closed for annual maintenance on 8/12/2017.

Disability parking is available on McCormick Road. Overflow disability parking is available in the Central Grounds Garage. An accessible path is available from the Central Grounds Garage to McCormick Road through Newcomb Hall from 11AM-7PM. A DMV license plate or placard is required in all disability parking.

Visitors are invited to bring a dish to pass to a community potluck on the Clemons Library Terrace from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tables, water, and service items are provided. 

Schedule of Events for Saturday, August 12
*Indicates a “teen friendly” event

11:00 a.m.:

  • Panel on Local African American Heritage
    • Niya Bates, Clemons 407
  • “Shame or Dialogue? Paradoxes of Activism”
    • Rachel Whal, Clemons Vizlounge
  • The Charlottesville Clergy Collective
    • Pastor Alvin Edwards, Clemons 4th Floor Seating
  • “Intolerance of Intolerance”
    • Provost Tom Katsouleas, Alderman 421
  • “Creating a New Future: Addressing the Problem Behind the Problem” *
    • Suzanne Moomaw, Alderman Journal Room
  • “The New Smokestacks? Race, Place and the Social Responsibilities of Universities and Medical Centers”
    • Guian McKee, Alderman Scholars' Lab
  • White Like Me (Film Screening)
    • Followed by a Discussion with Joanna Williams, Harrison Small Auditorium

11:30 a.m.:

  • "From the Many, One: Pluralism and American Identity in the Coming Century"
    • Chuck Mathewes, Alderman 421

12:00 p.m.:

  • Community Pot-Luck on Clemons Terrace (until 2:00 pm)
    • Sponsored by Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Mulholland Society, Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), qMD and UVA Health System's Discriminatory Behavior Committee and Task Force with funding from the Offices of Diversity of the School of Medicine, McIntire, Nursing, Darden, and Engineering
  • VFH in the Alderman Lobby (until 2:00 p.m.)
    • VFH radio staff will be giving attendees a chance to record their thoughts on current events in Charlottesville. There will be a listening station in Alderman with audio clips from recent VFH podcasts With Good Reason and Backstory that add context to the current debates about monuments, race and immigration.
  • Provost's Welcome
    • Provost Tom Katsouleas, Clemons 4th Floor Seating
  • “A Refugee's Journey: Fleeing War, The Long Wait, and The Hope of Starting Over in America” *
    • Christine Mahoney, Clemons 407
  • "Race and Education” *
    • Natalia Palacios, Clemons Vizlounge
  • “Eugenics and Diversity”
    • Gregory Townsend, Alderman 421
  • “History and the Value of Shame”
    • Richard Handler, Alderman Scholar’s Lab

12:30 p.m.:

  • I am Not Your Negro (Film Screening)
    • Followed by a Discussion with Joanna Williams, Harrison Small Auditorium

1:00 p.m.: Student Voices

  • Green Dot Training
    • Galen Green and Care Shoaibi, Clemons 407
  • If You're Reading This
    • Ryan Keen, Alderman Journal Room
  • UndocuAlly Training
    • Mel Borja, Alderman Scholars' Lab

1:00 p.m.:

  • “What Democracy Sounds Like: Gentle Collectivity Through Improvised Song”*
    • Michelle Kisliuk, Clemons 4th Floor Seating
  • “Freedom of Speech and Assembly: What is Protected and What is Not”
    • Douglas Laycock, Alderman 421

1:30 p.m.:

  • “Mad or Madisonian? Deliberating Across Difference” *
    • Lynn Sanders, Alderman Journal Room

2:00 p.m.:

  • “The Future of Health Care Reform”
    • Mimi Riley, Clemons Vizlounge
  • “I Dream America: A Story of Unrequited Love”
    • John Gates, Clemons 4th Floor Seating
  • “Power of the Margin: How to Change Institutions When You are the Minority”
    • Martin Davidson, Alderman 421
  • “History of the KKK in Charlottesville: Past and Present”
    • John Mason, Alderman Journal Room

2:30 p.m.:

  • “The Demographics of Race in Charlottesville” *
    • Qian Cai, Alderman Scholars' Lab

3:00 p.m.:

  • “What's Right about Conservatives Today?”
    • Bill Antholis, Clemons, Vizlounge
  • “Bioethics in a Divided Society: Deciding about Death, Genes, and Health Inequalities” *
    • James Childress, Clemons 4th Floor Seating
  • “Enfranchising Citizens in the United States: A Short History” *
    • Brian Balogh and Ed Ayers, Alderman 421
  • “Encouraging Diversity through Communication of the Value of our Science and Engineering” *
    • Pamela Norris, Alderman Scholars' Lab

3:30 p.m.:

4:00 p.m.:

  • “What Do They Believe? Beliefs Held by "Unite the Right" Groups” *
    • Gabriel Finder, Clemons 407
  • “Democracy Under Siege: Gleanings from African American Prophetic Thinkers” *
    • Xavier Pickett, Clemons Vizlounge
  • “Jazz is Black Music: Acknowledging the Gift!” *
    • John D’earth, Clemons 4th Floor Seating
  • “Brave Space”*
    • Valencia Harvey, Alderman 421
  • “Organ Donation: A Community Built from the Ashes of an Impossible Day” *
    • Javier Provencio, Alderman Journal Room
  • “On the Importance of Public Space” *
    • Sophie Trawalter, Alderman Scholars' Lab

4:10 p.m.:

  • An Outrage (Film Screening)
    • Followed by a Q and A Session with the Filmmakers (Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren), Harrison Small Auditorium

4:30 p.m.:

  • “Immigration: Facts and Fiction” *
    • David Leblang, Clemons 407

Counselors from the Women’s Center are available in advance of and after Saturday, August 12, for anyone who wants to discuss the events on Saturday. You do not have to be a client to use these services; the counselors can offer single-session consults. Please call (434) 982-2252 to schedule.