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SPRING 2022 EVENTS

Feb 2  |  7pm |  Virtual Film Screening/Q&A with activist/artist

truth_tellers_poster74.pngPlease join us for the virtual film screening of the documentary Truth Tellers, and a Q&A with artist/activist Robert Shetterly. This is a free event but registration is required (the link to register and receive the Zoom information is below).

“Artist/activist Robert Shetterly has painted 255 portraits of Americans, past and present, who had the moral courage to confront issues of social, environmental and economic justice. These Americans Who Tell the Truth have been exhibited throughout the United States for almost two decades. Truth Tellers is both a story of Shetterly’s art and activism and a history lesson in what it means to be a citizen of a democracy. In bringing Shetterly’s message to a wide audience, Truth Tellers will spark a national conversation on truth telling.” 

Attached is the poster for the event (which features Shetterly's painting of Bayard Rustin). Here is a link to the film website, which includes a trailer and additional information.  

Learn more through the JMU Calendar Link. Registration is required to get the Zoom link—please register with this link.  

The event is being held in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Terry Beitzel.

Partners co-sponsoring this event include: the Department of Justice Studies; the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence; the African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies Center (AAAD); the Center for Multicultural Student Services, Community Service-Learning, the Cohen Center for the Humanities, and the Honors College.

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Feb 3    | 12pm  | Virtual Shelf Life

In partnership with the Virginia Center for the Book at Virginia Humanities, the Racial Terror Project in JMU Justice Studies, and the Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities presents Charles L. Chavis, Jr. (The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State) as he shares a more complete narrative of a human life taken by lynching in Salisbury, Md., in 1931. Chavis worked from previously undiscovered documents to reconstruct the full story of one of the last lynchings in Maryland, including the politically-driven aftermath which led to the state’s Interracial Commission, a pioneering force in the early civil rights movement.

Please register to take part on Zoom or simply make plans to watch the livestream on Facebook.com/VaBookFestThis event will offer closed captions and an accompanying live transcript using Zoom’s built-in automatic speech recognition software (ASR). To request live-captioning accommodations, please write vabook@virginia.edu no later than seven days before the event. A video recording from this event will be provided soon after completion and an accurate transcript will be available at a later date, at VaBook.org/watch.

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February 16-19 | 12th Annual African, African American & Diaspora Studies (AAAD) Interdisciplinary Conference: “Voices of Race, Modes of Advocacy”  | Virtual

The AAAD Studies Center presents the 12th Annual AAAD Studies Interdisciplinary Conference virtually February 16-19. “Voices of Race, Modes of Advocacy” features keynote speaker, Dorothy Roberts and featured speaker, Andrea Ritchie. 

February 16 | 10-11:15am | Featured Speaker: Andrea Ritchie | Virtual

February 16 | 11:30-1pm | Sisters in Session Plenary Panel | Virtual

February 16 | 3:00-4:30pm | CVPA Presentation | Virtual

February 16 | 5pm | Furious Flower Poetry Reading: Khadijah Queen | Virtual

February 17 | 10-11:30am | ODU Plenary Session | Virtual

February 17 | 4-5:30pm | Mary Awkard Fairfax Exhibit | Simms Center in Harrisonburg (In-Person)

February 18 | 10-11:30am | Keynote: Dorothy Roberts | Virtual

February 19 | 10-11:30am | ASW Panel | Virtual

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Feb 24  | 3-4pm |  Virtual 

Gandhi Center - Bystander Intervention to Stop Police-Sponsored Violence and Anti-Black Racist Harassment

Register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Description:

In this interactive session, we will train people on how to safely intervene in the face of police violence and anti-Black racism using Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention. We’ll start by talking about the types of violence and racism Black folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to murder — using a tool we call the “spectrum of racism.”  We’ll talk about how anti-Black racism is so ingrained into the fabric of our society that we see it present in all forms, from everyday tasks or activities to larger societal institutions. We’ll discuss the deep impact harassment, violence, and constant threat of violence has on Black communities. You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll also talk about what to do if you’re a person of color worried the violence will turn on you and how to avoid being a “White savior.”  We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see police sponsored, anti-Black harassment or violence.

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March 3  |  4-5:30pm  | Beitzel Lecture Series  | Wilson Auditorium

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April 7  | 4-5:15pm |  Virtual

Gandhi Center - Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment

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Register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Description:
This interactive training will teach you Right to Be’s 5Ds of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.

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April 7  |  Beitzel Symposium  | 6-7:30pm  | Virtual

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