The Hard Work of Social Justice: A Conversation with Women of August 11-12

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm


This event will discuss the work of social justice activism.  A primary focus will be on the terrorism of August 11 and 12, 2017, and on women who countered that terrorism before, then, and since.  The first two hours will be a viewing of the film, “Charlottesville,” which documents the events leading up to and including August 11-12.  The second half will be a panel discussion with women activists, followed by participation from the audience.  In between the film and panel will be a presentation of the annual Gregory H. Swanson Award, given to a law student who exemplifies “courage, perseverance and a commitment to justice.”

Attendees who cannot attend the film screening can still appreciate the second half of the event. 

4 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Screening of documentary, “Charlottesville.”
5:50 p.m. Food and soft drinks provided.
6:00 p.m. Presentation of Gregory H. Swanson Award.
6:15 p.m. – 8 p.m. Panel discussion and Q&A with audience.

The law school’s doors lock at 6 p.m., so outside community members should arrive before then to attend. If you arrive after 6 p.m., please use the entrance closest to the visitor’s parking lot, which is the first right after turning onto Nash Drive from Massie Road.  That entrance will remain open until 6:30 p.m. for this event.

Panelists (alphabetical order):

Marissa K. Blair, 4th Street Survivor & Activist
Susan D. Bro, Heather Heyer’s mother and President, Heather Heyer Foundation
Zyahna Bryant, Activist and Organizer
Anne M. Coughlin, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Professor of Law
Tanesha Hudson, Activist and Organizer
Rachel Schmelkin, Associate Rabbi, Congregation Beth Israel
Jalane Schmidt, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Adele Stichel, UVA Law Student

Moderator: Dayna Bowen Matthew, William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law


Presented by the Center for the Study of Race and Law.