Imagine what the University of Virginia would be like if the Jefferson Council wasn’t getting speakers like former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to speak on the grounds. Here follows a list of offerings found on the UVA Today calendar of events for the current week. It’s very woke, though not uniformly so. The East Asia Center, founded in 1975 and not recognizably afflicted by progressivism, is putting on two lectures this week. And Jonathan Rauch, a pioneering advocate of gay marriage, describes himself as an admirer of James Madison and Edmund Burke and as a skeptic of utopian ideologies. I dare not predict the tenor of his remarks about Christianity’s broken promise. — JAB
New Frontiers in Black Placemaking
Panel discussion followed by a reception.
The notion of the Western frontier prompts recognition of the genocide and forced removal policies informed by notions of Manifest Destiny that dismembered Indigenous and Native communities. Native and Black landscapes of the West have historically lost population, been destroyed by development, and industry has extracted water and oil. Post-Emancipation, Black Western place makers sought a promised land in places like Nicodemus, Kansas, Blackdom, New Mexico, and Allensworth, California. During this event, descendant activists, planners, preservationists, and scholars from these towns will share their experiences preserving and planning in these emancipatory landscapes or Western Afrotopias.
This symposium is a generative, re-memory project in which attendees share counter-narratives of Black Western placemaking, contemporary grassroots preservation efforts, and current movements to right the wrongs that led to the decline of Western Afrotopias.
Presented by the University of Virginia’s Descendants of Enslaved Communities, the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Center for Cultural Landscapes; with generous support from the Sara Shallenberger Brown Endowment.
Three Women from Wirrimanu
This exhibition explores the remarkable and innovative painting practices of three Aboriginal artists who grew up living traditional lives in the outback and became widely successful in the 1990s.
Mental Wellness Screening Day
Join the Peer Health Educators (PHE’s) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for Mental Wellness Screening Day! We will be screening for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders and substance abuse. Prioritize your mental health while enjoying free pizza, raffles, giveaways, therapy dogs and more.
Cross Purposes: Christianity’s Broken Bargain with Democracy
Jonathan Rauch, writer at The Atlantic and fellow at the Brookings Institution, will deliver a lecture series titled, “Cross Purposes: Christianity’s Broken Bargain with Democracy.” …
The lectures sponsored by UVa’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.
North Korean Advertising in the 1950s-1960s
The East Asia Center will begin our 2023 fall speaker series by hosting Elli Kim, Korean reference librarian at the Library of Congress, for her talk “North Korean Advertising in the 1950s-1960s: Bargaining Socialist Social Contract between State and Citizens.”
“Decoding the Wedding Song Tradition in Ancient Greece”
Classics Annual Constantine Lecture
Professor Andromache Karanika, University of California, Irvine
Youth Critical Race Consciousness for Youth, Communities & Societies
Dr. Josefina Bañales (she/ella) will be giving a Youth-Nex talk on “The Importance of Youth Critical Racial Consciousness for Youth, Communities, & Societies.” In this talk, Dr. Bañales will discuss the nature of white supremacy and how it remains a pressing social issue. She will highlight how youths’ development of a critical racial consciousness is one antidote to challenging white supremacy, and how youth participatory action research may be used to facilitate youths’ critical racial consciousness.
Hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.
Recentering Pacific Asia: Regional China and World Order
The East Asia Center will be hosting Brantly Womack, UVA Professor Emeritus of Foreign Affairs, to talk about his newest book Recentering Pacific Asia: Regional China and World Order, released this August by Cambridge University Press.