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.
Thursday, Sept. 27
James Forman Jr., Yale Law School, "Claiming Your Power: American Racism, the Alt-Right, and Radical Resistance"
Author of “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
Hosted by President Jim Ryan ’92, University of Virginia. Q&A to follow.
Free. Tickets required for entry.
Friday, Sept. 28
Caplin Pavilion, University of Virginia School of Law
Vice Dean Leslie Kendrick ’06, University of Virginia School of Law
Dean Risa Goluboff, University of Virginia School of Law
PLENARY PANEL 1: THE BODY
Moderator: Dayna Bowen Matthew, University of Virginia School of Law, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine
Student Moderator: Courtney Davis ’20
- Khiara M. Bridges, Boston University School of Law, Boston University Department of Anthropology
- Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard Law School
- Jonathan Kahn, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
- Terence Keel, University of California, Los Angeles Department of African American Studies and Institute for Society and Genetics
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
PLENARY PANEL 2: POLICING COMMUNITIES
Moderator: Josh Bowers, University of Virginia School of Law
Student Moderator: Robbie Pomeroy ’19
- Jennifer Chacón, University of California, Los Angeles Law School
- Jennifer Lynn Eberhardt, Stanford University Department of Psychology
- Jeffrey A. Fagan, Columbia University Law School, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
- Laura E. Gómez, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, UCLA Departments of Sociology and Chicana and Chicano Studies
- Timothy Heaphy '91, University Counsel, University of Virginia
Theodore M. Shaw, University of North Carolina School of Law; Director, Center for Civil Rights
Introduction by Kim Forde-Mazrui, University of Virginia School of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Race and Law
PLENARY PANEL 3: INSTITUTIONS
Moderator: Osagie Obasogie, University of California, Berkeley Joint Medical Program, School of Public Health
Student Moderator: Zach Ingber ’19
- Claudrena Harold, University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History
- Gregory Mitchell, University of Virginia School of Law
- Gregory Parks, Wake Forest University School of Law
- Victor D. Quintanilla, Indiana University Bloomington, Maurer School of Law
PLENARY PANEL 4: SOCIAL MOBILITY
Moderator: Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Boston University School of Law
Student Moderator: Toccara Nelson ’19
- R. Richard Banks, Stanford Law School
- Andrew Kahrl, University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History
- Taeku Lee, Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley Political Science Department
- Daria Roithmayr, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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