Calendar of Events

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Event Date: Monday, January 16, 2017 -
12:00pm to 12:30pm
Event Location: Medical Center Chapel

An interfaith service honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held in the UVA Medical Center chapel. All patients, families, visitors and staff are welcome to attend. 

Event Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm


Need money for college?  College Advisers from the Virginia College Advising Corps will be on hand to help you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  Free pizza and drinks will be available

To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:

Event Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
Event Location: Newcomb Hall Theater

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power reveals the story of a woman who has empowered millions to stand up for equality and justice. In 1991, Anita Hill, a young African-American woman, sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Anita Hill’s graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual harassment and power in the workplace that resonates still today. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film celebrates Anita Hill’s legacy and provides a rare glimpse into her private life and career.

Event Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 5:00pm
Event Location: Covenant Church

For over 30 years, the Charlottesville community has come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All are welcome to attend. The winner of a local high school essay contest will read his or her essay during the service.

Event Date: Monday, January 23, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm


All are invited to attend a community forum about UVA's memorial to enslaved laborers. Attendees will learn more about how the University of Virginia will produce the memorial, meet the design team, and be asked to offer their own ideas and feedback about the memorial.

Refreshments will be provided.

Presented by the President's Commission on Slavery and the University Community Relations Task Force and the Memorial Design Team.

Event Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: Zehmer Hall

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, will give an overview of the biggest changes this year at the US Supreme Court, how we got here, and what it will mean for justice, social justice, and individual rights in the coming years.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

This presentation will discuss the nature of trauma and how it impacts people, especially African Americans. Dr. Jones will discuss the cultural factors that are part of this impact, such as the trans-generational results of slavery, as well as barriers to treatment. From his research he will suggest interventions to help with the healing process for people of color.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm


The election of 2016 revealed and reinforced significant anxieties and fears among many people in America that fall along economic, cultural, religious, racial and gendered lines.  Such distress, experienced by supporters of all presidential candidates, has manifested in divisiveness, animosity and even violence.  This event hopes to contribute to social healing by engaging attendees in a discussion over the experiences that cause distress and division, and over what approaches can help people find solidarity with others of different backgrounds. 

Event Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Location: The Paramount Theater

Anita Hill, University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies at Brandeis University, will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Community MLK Celebration in January. Hill is a leader in both the civil rights and women’s rights movements and an expert on the complex and often challenging issues of race, gender, and workplace discrimination in America. In 1993, Hill made sexual harassment in the workplace a national issue when she testified that Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas had committed sexual harassment against her.

Event Date: Friday, January 27, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding where she leads the organization’s research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims.  Previously, she was the Executive Director for Muslim Studies at Gallup, Inc. and served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. 

Event Date: Monday, January 30, 2017 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm


The 2016 presidential campaign was a long, rough slough that laid open enormous race, class, religion, and gender cultural rifts, and exposed disconnects between we the people and one of our most enduring institutions: the self-described “Fourth Estate”, the press.  Where do we go from here?  How do we relearn to trust one another, and the news?  Yes, words and images matter--but whose words? Which images?