#Charlottesville: Perspectives on August 2017

Wed. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Claudrena Harold and Louis Nelson (Charlottesville 2017) join Hawes Spencer (Summer of Hate) in a discussion of the historic events of August 11 and 12, 2017, when alt-right hate groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia. Examining the roots, aftereffects, and opportunities for healing stemming from those events, their work also shows that our past is very much a part of our present. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

Charlottesville 2017 makes clear that the chaos that overtook Charlottesville’s streets was only the latest episode in a long struggle between antiracists and white supremacists over the city’s and the university’s resources and symbolic weight.”—BookForum

Summer of Hate is a careful, pointillist narrative of the people, events, and controversies that came together in Charlottesville in the summer of 2017. Spencer is scrupulously careful to report only the facts and the truth about a brutalizing summer that still shapes Charlottesville a year later. Through his detailed tableaux, the tale emerges of a city still engaged in a profound reckoning over whether it might ever come together, or if it will pull itself further apart.”—Dahlia Lithwick, Slate