One Year After: the Library Joins in Observance of August 11–12, 2017

During August and September the University of Virginia is sponsoring a program One Year After: Examining the Events of August 11 & 12, 2017 to mark the anniversary of the violent white nationalist demonstrations that traumatized the University and Charlottesville … Continue reading

Civil Rights Pilgrimage a Personal Journey for Library Employees

We cannot forget that in order to make the impact in the space that we’re in, we have a responsibility to ourselves, and those around us, to keep ourselves completely immersed in and informed about the community that surrounds us.—Trayc … Continue reading

Hacking the Stacks—Using Virgo’s Purchase Request as an Engine of Social Change

In the wake of last summer’s white supremacist torchlight demonstration on the Lawn and the deadly “Unite the Right” rally, the Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation (CSCL) came together to publish the Charlottesville Syllabus—an alternative media platform they hope will … Continue reading

The Library presents “Black (Contemporary) History Month: Eyes on Activism”

Many white Americans of good will have never connected bigotry with economic exploitation. They have deplored prejudice but tolerated or ignored economic injustice.—Martin Luther King, Jr. February is Black History Month and the Library is using this year’s celebration to … Continue reading

Be the Difference—the Library Hosts Martin Luther King Community Events

The theme of this year’s Martin Luther King celebration (Be the Difference) has special significance for UVA and Charlottesville—the targets last summer of racist violence that showed the nation how far it has yet to travel in search of King’s … Continue reading

Curator Molly Schwartzburg Discusses Opening “100 Objects” Exhibition as History Erupts On-Grounds

In a Washington Post article about the Library’s bicentennial exhibition, “The University of Virginia in 100 Objects,” Special Collections curator Molly Schwartzburg talks about the challenges of delving into UVA’s past 200 years at a time when white supremacists were … Continue reading

The Library Offers Access to the Papers of the American Civil Liberties Union, 1912-1990

Adversary of the political class and defender of the first amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has never flinched from controversy and in an era of polarized politics is as relevant as it’s ever been. Now, the Library offers … Continue reading

Special Collections presents Mini-Exhibition on “Black Girlhood”

As part of UVA’s observance of Martin Luther King Day, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library opens a mini-exhibition, “The Sounds and Silences of Black Girlhood,” today, January 27, in the First Floor Gallery of the Harrison Institute … Continue reading

The Library Joins Community to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From January 16–31 UVA will join with the community to celebrate the life and legacy of slain civil rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a program of events centered around the theme “Silence as Betrayal,” taken from a … Continue reading