University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


Monday (April 17)

  • 5:00pm: Poetry Workshop
    • Location: Special Collections Library — Byrd/Morris Seminar Room
    • Part One of a two-part event, this workshop will provide an opportunity to explore ideas of inherent human liberty by expressing the individual voice in poetry writing. The workshop will consist of 15 students. Beforehand, participants will receive short selections from texts written by influential pursuers of human equality. They will be asked to complete an erasure exercise, in which they “erase” parts of these selections in order to isolate a series of words and phrases that form a poem. In the workshop, students will receive feedback on their work, and complete a writing exercise in the classroom to generate new material. All styles & levels of writing are welcome! If interested, please contact Nan Macmillan at Deadline for participation requests is Sunday, April 9th at midnight.
  • 5:00pm: Hunger Alliance
    • Location: OpenGrounds
    • Join Green Grounds, Project Peanut Butter, Challah for Hunger, and FeelGood at UVA for our third annual “Hunger Alliance”, a stimulating student and faculty round table discussion and dinner to understand what global hunger is and the role that you can play in addressing it. We will present information on and discuss how food sustainability and marginalized social groups (such as refugees, women, and LGBTQ)  pertain to global hunger. All majors are invited, regardless of your level of knowledge of global hunger. Free dinner will be provided. Dean Groves and a number of great professors will be in attendance! The event will take place on Monday, April 17th from 5:00-6:30pm at Open Grounds (1400 University Avenue – across from Boylan Heights). Space is limited so sign up here soon.
  • 6:30pm: Humanities Week 2017 Kick-Off Celebration
    • Location: Wilson Hall and Nau

Tuesday (April 18)

  • 6:30pm: Pizza & Praxis: “Popular Culture, Social Justice, and Everyday Life”
    • Location: Wilson 142
  • 7:00pm: Brave New World: Conceptions of Global Development Panel
    • Location: Nau 101
  • 7:00pm: Screening Inequality: “In the Mood for Love”
    • Join the IHGC for a week of film screenings, as a part of this years’ Humanities Week. These four films set in China, Bolivia, Syria, and the United States will explore the theme of global inequality from various local perspectives. Our first film will be “In the Mood for Love”.
    • Location: Gibson 211
    • Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.
    • Click here to watch the trailer

Wednesday (April 19)

  • 4:00pm: Bias Workshop
    • Location: New Cabell 232
  • 5:00pm: “Vinegar Hill” Screening and Dialogue
    • Location: New Cabell 383
  • 7:00pm: Screening Inequality: “También la lluvia”
    • Location: New Cabell 058
    • As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
    • Click here to watch the trailer.

Thursday (April 20)

  • 6:00pm: SustainaPitch: Social Justice Edition
    • Location: Open Grounds
    • Looking for funding for your project? Green Grounds, UVA Sustainability, the Minority Rights Coalition, and Hackcville are hosting the second annual SustainaPitch Night: Social Justice Edition on Thursday, April 20th from 5:30-7:00 PM at Open Grounds (located across the street from Boylan Heights). Free Mellow Mushroom will be provided. The event will consist of pitches for projects that explore environmental and equitable themes from students, CIOs, faculty, and staff. As an event attendee, you will have the opportunity to listen to pitches, vote for your favorite projects, and YOU will help choose which winning projects are awarded funding. Contestants will participate in either the Large Category to win up to $1,500 or the Small Category to win up to $500. If you are interested in attending the event as an audience member OR submitting a pitch proposal, please sign up here. — If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please answer all the questions on the second page of the sign up form. The deadline to submit your proposal is Friday, April 14th at noon. Individuals, teams, faculty, CIOs, etc. are encouraged to apply (grants may be used to fund research, supplies, food and much more). If you are unsure of how to relate your project to the environment or equity, please email Suchita Chharia at or Sam Mogen at with any questions.

  • 6:30pm: Student Activism Panel
    • Location: Nau 211
    • A panel of student leaders and activists on Grounds will address various topics of community engagement. The moderator will ask panelists to discuss what impassioned them to pursue, engage, and address issues of inequality present here at the University, and in the greater Charlottesville community. Listen to what these students have to say about how to take an active role, when inspired to seek equality.
  • 7:00pm: Screening Inequality: “White Helmets”
    • Location: Gibson 211
    • As daily airstrikes pound civilian targets in Syria, a group of indomitable first responders risk their lives to rescue victims from the rubble.
    • Click here to watch the trailer.

Friday (April 21)

  • 12:00pm-2:30pm: The Poverty Challenge
    • Location: Maury 104
    • Students will participate in “The Poverty Challenge: Exploring Sustainability”. This simulation aims to raise awareness about global inequality and the field of international development. The Challenge takes place in six countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Kenya, Malawi, Nicaragua and Tajikistan. By representing families living in rural communities in these countries, players experience how changing to a more sustainable way of life can help end the cycle of poverty. The simulation will take an hour and a half and will be followed by a 30-45 minute discussion led by an exec member of the Global Development Organization. Light refreshments will be served during the discussion portion. Sign up here by Friday, April 14th. If you have any questions, contact Corinne Odom at
  • 5:00pm: The Inequality of Our Day Photo Competition
    • Location: Wilson Hall Lobby
    • Where do YOU see inequality? In response to the various forms of injustice and inequality experienced every day by people around the world and in our own backyards, a photo contest will take place during Humanities Week 2017. All students interested in competing should send a photo (that deals with the theme of inequality) in jpeg format to, no later than April 10th. The photos will be displayed at the reception on April 21st and a panel of three faculty judges will decide the winners. Light refreshments will be served. First place will take home $150, second place $100, and 3rd place $75
  • 7:00pm: Screening Inequality: “13th”
    • Location: New Cabell 058
    • An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.
    • Click here to watch the trailer.

Saturday (April 22)

  • 5:00pm: “Neighbors” Art Show
    • Location: WVTF Radio IQ, 216 West Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
    • In partnership with UVA’s Humanities Week and UVA Arts, New City Arts presents “Neighbors,” a juried show of local Charlottesville artists. Prints, photography, works on paper, painting, and sculpture will be on exhibit at The WVTF & Radio IQ Studio Gallery. All ages are welcome. A neighbor is most commonly someone we see everyday from our front porch, on our commutes, and in our community. Close proximity is inherent in the definition of a neighbor. The work in this exhibit explores next door neighbors, neighboring counties, potential neighbors, and even extraterrestrial neighbors. Together, these artists address the idea of place — the people, planets, yards, restaurants, objects, language, and landscapes that connect (or disconnect) us from community. Learn more about the exhibition.
  • 6:30pm: Open Mic
    • Location: Garden X
    • Part Two of a two-part poetry event, students from the Part One Poetry Workshop will have the chance to read their new poems. All other undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty are encouraged to participate with work that relates to the Humanities Week theme — “Living (In)Equality.” Short prose selections and slam poetry are encouraged as well. Desserts, tea and coffee provided. Please contact fourth year Poetry Writing student Nan Macmillan at to participate or for further information.