UVA Law Conference To Explore Racism One Year After Charlottesville Protests
Pulitzer Prize winner James Forman Jr. will headline a conference hosted by the University of Virginia School of Law that will examine racism in the United States. The event marks the one-year anniversary of the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
Sponsored by UVA Law, the school’s Center for the Study of Race and Law, the Carter G. Woodson Institute and the Virginia Law Review, “One Year After Charlottesville: Replacing the Resurgence of Racism With Reconciliation” will be held Sept. 27-28 and explore the nation’s history of racism, racial violence and white supremacy, and where it stands today through the lens of empirical critical race theory.
“We’re trying to take back the discourse so it’s no longer about giving a voice to white supremacy and nationalism,” said professor Dayna Bowen Matthew ’87, an organizer of the event. “We’re trying to speak for and with people who have been harmed and silenced by hate in all its manifestations.”
Forman, professor of law at Yale Law School, will deliver the keynote on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. He is author of “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” which won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
On Sept. 28 in the Law School’s Caplin Pavilion, Dean Risa Goluboff will kick off the conference at 8:30 a.m. with an opening address. Ted Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law, will deliver the lunch keynote. Closing remarks will be given by john a. powell (who spells his name lowercase), professor of law and director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley. The day’s events include panels featuring leading scholars from across the country, who will discuss race and the body, policing communities, race and institutions, and social mobility.
The Law School founded the Center for the Study of Race and Law in 2003 to provide opportunities for students, scholars, practitioners and community members to examine and exchange ideas related to race and law through lectures, symposia and scholarship.