New Book: Charlottesville 2017


When hate groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, triggering an eruption of racist violence, the tragic conflict reverberated throughout the world. It also had a profound effect on the University of Virginia’s expansive community, many of whose members are involved in teaching issues of racism, public art, free speech, and social ethics. In the wake of this momentous incident, scholars, educators, and researchers have come together in this important new volume to thoughtfully reflect on the historic events of August 11 and 12, 2017.

How should we respond to the moral and ethical challenges of our times? What are our individual and collective responsibilities in advancing the principles of democracy and justice? Charlottesville 2017: The Legacy of Race and Inequity brings together the work of these UVA faculty members catalyzed by last summer’s events to examine their community’s history more deeply and more broadly. Their essays—ranging from John Mason on the local legacy of the Lost Cause to Leslie Kendrick on free speech to Rachel Wahl on the paradoxes of activism—examine truth telling, engaged listening, and ethical responses, and aim to inspire individual reflection, as well as to provoke considered and responsible dialogue. This prescient new collection is a conversation that understands and owns America’s past and—crucially—shows that our past is very much part of our present.

Contributors: Asher D. Biemann * Gregory B. Fairchild * Risa Goluboff * Bonnie Gordon * Claudrena N. Harold * Willis Jenkins * Leslie Kendrick * John Edwin Mason * Guian McKee * Louis P. Nelson * P. Preston Reynolds * Frederick Schauer * Elizabeth R. Varon * Rachel Wahl * Lisa Woolfork

Le CiNéMa Club presents WE DEMAND

As the first part of a spotlight onBAMcinemaFest, Brooklyn’s essential annual celebration of American independent film, Le CiNéMa Club is proud to present Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold’s We Demand, a portrait in miniature of radical African American activist James Roebuck and his participation in the Vietnam War protest movement. By blurring the line between historical recreation and fiction filmmaking at its most artificial, We Demand becomes a woozy, wandering road trip of the mind, a journey toward political action set against a back-projected sky. The short world-premiered in the Berlinale’s Forum section in 2016, and will be making its New York premiere at BAMcinemaFest on June 24th—part of a special program dedicated to Everson’s films that includes several products of his vital ongoing collaboration with Harold (find more details here).