Tags: Law / Supreme Court

Wednesday: Mar 21

Growing Hemp in Virginia: Then & Now

Wed. March 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Emily Dufton (Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America) and Doug Fine (Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution) discuss the history, legality, and finer aspects of growing hemp, a crop farmed nearby by Thomas Jefferson.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Law / Supreme Court, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Thursday: Mar 22

Criminal Injustice: Bias, Incompetence & Excess

Thu. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington (The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist), Brandon L. Garrett (End of Its Rope), and Bill Sizemore (A Far, Far Better Thing) discuss their work, exposing critical fractures in our American criminal justice system. John Grisham moderates.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Law / Supreme Court, Social Justice

Hope & Sacrifice: A Conversation with Khizr Khan

Thu. March 22, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center

1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Khizr Khan (An American Family) will discuss his experiences as an immigrant, our rights as Americans, and the legacy of democracy that we are each empowered to protect; in conversation with Douglas Blackmon.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Global, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction

Friday: Mar 23

Inhumane Acts: Guantánamo and More

Fri. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Mark Fallon (Unjustifiable Means), Andrea Pitzer (One Long Night), and Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Guantánamo Diary: Restored Edition) discuss the history of concentration camps and the American government’s disturbing use of torture and secrecy at the detainee camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. Slahi will participate via Skype from Mauritania, due to travel restrictions.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global, History, Law / Supreme Court, Social Justice

Surveillance vs. Privacy: NSA, DARPA, and more

Fri. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Russell Miller (Privacy and Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair ) and Sharon Weinberger (The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World) dive into the deep recesses of government to examine the work of the intelligence community and who it serves, from the beginning of DARPA, through Snowden’s disclosures, and the “deep state” of today.

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Loving, Learning, Voting: Virginia Civil Rights

Fri. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Sheryll Cashin (Loving), Margaret Edds (We Face the Dawn) and Julian Heyter (The Dream is Lost) discuss their histories of interracial intimacy, the legal struggle for racial equality in education, and implementation of voters’ rights and mobilization, specific to the civil rights struggles faced in Virginia.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Law / Supreme Court, Social Justice

Things Unseen: Race in America Today

Fri. March 23, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Ruth Caplin Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (in the same building as Culbreth Theatre)

Garnette Cadogan, Kima Jones, and Kevin Young discuss their contributions to The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, exploring and reacting to race in America in a present-day response to James Baldwin’s 1963 examination, The Fire Next Time.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction

Saturday: Mar 24

Social Structures, Political Struggles

Sat. March 24, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Angela Hattery and Earl Smith (Policing Black Bodies) and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (How We Get Free) discuss their work, exploring systems of structural racism as well as potential and radical strategies to work for change.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Latinx, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Roots of White Nationalism and the Alt-Right

Sat. March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Kathleen Belew (Bring the War Home), Nancy MacLean (Democracy in Chains), Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (How We Get Free), and Vegas Tenold (Everything You Love Will Burn) discuss the root causes and champions of the alt-right, and the wide-ranging impacts of the movement on American social equality and democracy. Jamelle Bouie moderates.

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