Meet the UVA Alumni Behind the Scenes of the Smithsonian's New African American History Museum

Posted: October 26, 2016, 12:00am

The National Museum of African American HistoryThe project occasionally reminded 1987 University of Virginia graduate Michael Russell of his college days. He was working with classmate Zena Howard, a 1988 School of Architecture graduate; and a UVA professor, Elizabeth K. Meyer, was reviewing their work. The stakes, however, were much higher. All three were working on the Smithsonian Institution’s highly anticipated National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in September. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

UVA Creates Julian Bond Professorship for Civil Rights Education

Posted: October 20, 2016, 12:00am

As many as 350 alumni, parents and friends contributed $3 million to endow a professorship in memory of the late civil rights activist Julian Bond, a UVA professor emeritus of history.The late Julian Bond was one of the most prominent social justice advocates to emerge from the Civil Rights Movement. To honor his legacy and his service to the University of Virginia, where he taught for two decades, a new professorship is being established in his name. The Julian Bond Professorship of Civil Rights and Social Justice in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will sustain faculty excellence on the Civil Rights Movement and further the educational work of one of its most distinguished leaders, who died last year. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Young Latin American Leaders Learning from Local Businesses, Non-Profits

Posted: October 20, 2016, 12:00am

Cuban entrepreneur Saily Gonzalez Velazquez, left, and Honduran activist Juan Luis Laínez Mejia are two of 10 young leaders from Latin America being hosted by the University of Virginia. (Photos by Dan Addison, University Communications)President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba last March put Saily Gonzalez Velazquez’s nascent bed-and-breakfast into overdrive. Velazquez is one of 10 young leaders from Latin America being hosted for four weeks by the University of Virginia as part of its affiliation with the Presidential Precinct. The non-profit alliance includes the College of William & Mary, William Short’s Morven Farm and the homes of three Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier and James Monroe’s Highland. Nationwide, 250 young leaders, aged 21 to 30, were selected to participate in a new White House program, the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, which was created to support promising entrepreneurs and civil society advocates. In Charlottesville, the leaders are participating in “entrepreneur-in-residence” placements with some of the community’s leading small businesses, startups and nonprofit organizations. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

Law Students Help Seasonal Farm Workers Know Their Rights

Posted: October 20, 2016, 12:00am

Each fall, students with the Migrant Farmworker Project at the University of Virginia’s School of Law check in on 13 farms in the region to ensure seasonal agricultural workers get the pay and fair treatment they are entitled to under the law. The project, which began in 1999, is sponsored by the student-run Latin American Law Organization at UVA Law, and works in partnership with the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville. The outreach provides students experience in field investigation and immigration law, helps them bone up on their Spanish and counts toward their annual Pro Bono Challenge hours. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Eric Williamson)

UVA Symposium to Explore 'Arc and Touchstones' of Julian Bond's Career

Posted: October 11, 2016, 12:00am

Remembering Julian BondA University of Virginia symposium organized in remembrance of the late Julian Bond – one of the most prominent social justice advocates to emerge from the American Civil Rights Movement and a UVA professor emeritus of history – will be held next week. Scheduled for Oct. 20 and 21, the “Keep the Movement Coming On” symposium will feature a series of panel discussions exploring the history of the Civil Rights Movement as well as its contemporary and global impact. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Lorenzo Perez)