One Year After: Examining the Events of August 11 & 12, 2017

The University of Virginia is planning a number of academic and scholarly events around the one year anniversary of August 11 & 12, 2017. 

Check back here throughout the summer for updates and links.

July 19, 2018 - PAST

Coping with Anniversary Reactions

As we approach the anniversary of August 11th and 12th in Charlottesville, we may experience a variety of thoughts, feelings, memories, and experiences which are common anniversary reactions. This seminar will help us to understand anniversary reactions, provide strategies for preparation and coping, explore ways to help ourselves and others, offer suggestions to increase our resilience and healing, and provide avenues for additional support and community resources.

Presented by: Allison O’Grady, LCSW
UVA Faculty & Employee Assistance Consultant

Location: Education Resource Center, Room B
Time: Noon - 1pm
Register Here (Required)

July 26-August 5, 2018 - PAST


On the stormy evening before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King has a chance encounter with a mysterious maid at the Lorraine Motel. Katori Hall’s Olivier award-winning play reimagines Dr. King.

Location/Time: Ruth Caplin Theatre - Department of Drama
Visit the Heritage Theatre Festival Website

August 6, 2018 - PAST

When Charlottesville Became #Charlottesville: The History And Legacy Of August 11 & 12

In the new podcast "A12," the Miller Center's Nicole Hemmer explores the deadly events of August 11-12, 2017, in Chartlottesville, including why the alt-right descended on the town and how the city has grappled with the aftermath. The six-episode series will be released on August 6, 2018, days before the one-year anniversary of one of the most disturbing incidents in local history. "A12" will include the voices of city leaders, activists, scholars, and witnesses in an attempt to understand what happened and the consequences for the city and the nation. As a leading expert on the alt-right, a resident of Charlottesville, and a witness to the violence, Hemmer is ideally suited to tackle the issue. She also brings extensive experience as a scholar, journalist, and podcaster.

During this release event, Hemmer will discuss what she discovered in making the podcast, play key excerpts from it, and take questions from the audience.

Location/Time: 3pm-4:45pm
Register Here 

August 8, 2018 - PAST

Justice for James: Our Pilgrimage to Montgomery

On July 8, 2018, a group of 110 individuals boarded a bus to Montgomery, Alabama to begin a weeklong Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Sixteen UVA staff members were sponsored by the provost’s office and the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights to join the pilgrimage. Once there, they delivered soil from John Henry James’ 1898 lynching site near Charlottesville to the newly opened National Memorial for Peace and Justice, where it will be displayed in a memorial alongside hundreds of others who met the same violent end. Along the way, the tour made stops at some of the most important civil rights sites in the country. On the bus were students, teachers, historians, and other community members. 

Please join us to hear our UVA staff members sharing their stories of their Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage. We welcome all UVA community members to join with us in reflecting on their experiences. A hearing interpreter and real-time captioning will be provided. For additional accommodations for a disability, please contact the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights at or 434-924-7179.

This event is free but ticketed; see below.

Location: Old Cabell Hall
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Arts Box Office

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost; The Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights; and the Staff Senate

August 11, 2018 - PAST

With Good Reason will air a segment focusing on the Charlottesville community pilgrimage to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama (July 8–12). The purpose of the pilgrimage is to deliver soil from the site across the street from Virginia Humanities where white members of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville lynched John Henry James on July 12, 1898.

August 15, 2018 - PAST


The Carter G. Woodson Institute, in partnership with the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, Center for Digital Editing, Scholar's Lab, and Virginia Humanities, announces the inauguration of The Papers of Julian Bond. On August 15, all will have the opportunity to advance this historic project by transcribing a wide and varied sample of his papers at various hubs around Charlottesville. Why August 15th? This is actually the day American social activist and Civil Rights Movement leader Julian Bond died, but we see this anniversary as way of continuing his life and legacy through his words. The fact that August 15 will only be a few days past the anniversary of August 11-12, gives us further impetus to organize a positive, affirmative event involving a diverse community of people participating in venues all around Charlottesville to ensure that Bond's work lives on.  Additionally, from 12-1pm on August 15, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library will host an exhibition of original Julian Bond materials in their Byrd-Morris Room.

Location/Time: On August 15, from 10am to 4pm, join us to help transcribe a wide and varied sample of Bond’s papers at various hubs around Charlottesville, including 110 Minor Hall, the Scholars’ Lab in Alderman Library, Shenandoah Joe on Preston Avenue, and the Virginia Center for the Book at the Jefferson School.

Visit The Carter G. Woodson Institute Website

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, The Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights; and the Staff Senate

August 31, 2018 - PAST

MESALC's Town Hall Meeting on the August 11th Anniversary

An open discussion between Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages (MESALC)'s faculty, students, and community representatives on the impact of the event on MESLAC especially in relation to Islamophobia.

Location/Time: 132 New Cabell Hall
Visit the MESALC Website

September 17, 2018 - PAST

Lecture by Professor Victoria Woeste

Lecture on history of American antisemitism from Henry Ford to the American Nazi Party to Richard Spenser

Location/Time: TBD
Website: TBD

September 21, 2018 - PAST


One-day symposium assessing medieval identities as a way to rethink modern civic responsibilities.

Location/Time: TBD
Website: TBD

September 25, 2018 - PAST

Social Justice Education Initiative: A Panel Discussion

The Curry School of Education and Human Development and Bank of America are hosting a panel discussion to explore how we can help educators instill tolerance and respect beginning in kindergarten through college. The panelists will include: Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Sara Bloomfield, director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Derrick Alridge, Curry School of Education and director of the Center for Public Education in the South, and Stephanie von Hover, professor and department chair in the Curry School.

Location: Newcomb Hall Theater
Time: 4pm

September 27, 2018 - PAST

University of Virginia Distinguished Public Lecture: American Racism, the Alt-Right, and Radical Resistance
Featuring James Forman, Jr.

Hosted by President Jim Ryan ’92, University of Virginia. Q&A to follow.

Location: Paramount Theater
Time: 4–6pm
Free. Tickets required for entry.

September 28, 2018

One Year After Charlottesville: Replacing the Resurgence of Racism with Reconciliation Conference

Location: School of Law, Caplin Pavilion
Time: 8am–8:30pm
Vist the Center for the Study of Race and Law Website

September 29, 2018

Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment and Other Historical Documents. Panel Discussion and Exhibit.

Event Registration

Location: Rotunda: Exhibition in North Oval Room, Reception in Lower West Oval Room, and Panel Discussion in the Dome Room
Time: A reception will start at 11am. Remarks, the panel discussion, and memorial update are scheduled for 12-2pm.
Exhibition: Following the Rotunda panel discussion, these and additional documents, including an anti-slavery broadside, will be exhibited in Special Collections from October 2-22, 2018.

Sponsored by The Office for Diversity and Equity and the President's Commission on Slavery and the University