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

Humanities Week 2018

April 2, 2018

Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures (IHGC) at the University of Virginia

Humanities Week 2018: Civil Resistance, April 2 – 7

The theme of the IHGC’s annual, student-produced Humanities Week 2018—“Civil Resistance”—was inspired by a desire to respond to the neo-fascist, ‘Unite the Right’ rally last summer here in Charlottesville. The violence of August 11-12, 2017, awakened our community’s awareness of racism and extremist beliefs and violence, and spurred a variety of positive, constructive responses on approaching prejudice, injustice, and inequality. This student-produced Humanities Week 2018 includes presentations, workshops, games, poetry, art exhibits, and other activities planned by a diverse group of students, faculty, and community members who are challenging the status quo to bring awareness and change through peaceful resistance. We’ll explore the many ways that these movers and shakers are using art, literature, music, dance, and other tools of the humanities to express their sentiments and declare their rights.

Monday, April 2

  • 5:00-6:30pm @ Brooks Hall Commons, “Revealing Unsung Heroes to Inspire Change,” a panel discussion with filmmaker Chris Farina and 3rd-year students Isabella Ciambotti and Emma Hendrix.
  • 7:00 – 8:30pm @ Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge (room 229A), “Because Everything is Terrible,” a poetry reading by Paul Guest, sponsored by the Disability Studies Initiative.


Tuesday, April 3

  • 11am – 1pm @ the UVA Amphitheater, “Constructing Dissent,” UVA’s Puzzle Poetry Group diplays their largest puzzle yet.
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm @ the Colonnade Club Solarium, “Tricks of Perspective: Reimagining the Second World War Narrative,” a reading by Deborah Baker.


Wednesday, April 4

  • 7:00pm-8:30pm in Diane D’Costa’s Lawn Room, “Artistic Expression workshop,” with UVA 4th-year and lawn resident Diane D’Costa.


Thursday, April 5

  • 11:30am-12:30pm in Wilson 142, “Civility, Civil Rights, and Civil Resistance: Exploring the Charlottesville Syllabus and Direct Action from Grounds,” with Sophie Abramowitz, Maya Hislop, Eva Latterner, and Marc Mazique in association with the Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation (GSCL).


Friday, April 6

  • 4:30 – 7pm, Campbell 160 and the Fralin Art Museum, “Art of Protest,” presentations & a panel discussion with Emily Monaghan, Samuel Johnson, Charlotte Hennessy, Susannah Townes, University Museum Interns, & others.
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