Brown v. Board and the Civil Rights Movement

Fifty-one years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education ruling, clearing the way for the eventual desegregation of the nation’s schools. But, the transition was far from easy, according to Michael Klarman, a professor of history at the University of Virginia and the author of From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality.” On May 9, Klarman spoke at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library on Market Street as part of UVa’s Engaging the Mind series.

“Take Back the Media” – A C-Ville Talks event

Who owns the media? Does media ownership affect how Americans are informed about the issues of the day? Which news sources can you trust to seek out the truth in an age when the conduits of information are controlled by so few companies?

On May 9, 2005, C-Ville Weekly assembled a group of independent journalists and media activists for a panel discussion called “Take Back the Media.” Jonathan Rintels is with the Center for Creative Voices in the Media, an organization that’s leading a campaign to create a Media Bill of Rights. Robert O’Neil is the founding director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, the organization that hands out the annual Muzzle Awards. Roxanne Cooper is the sales director for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and also runs a blog called Rox Populi. Jessica Coen is the editor of, a hotspot for NYC-based pop culture and media gossip. And the moderator is syndicated cartoonist Jen Sorenson, whose Slowpoke runs in C-Ville Weekly every Tuesday.

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Sissy Spacek: An Evening of Expression

In May 2005, writer and radio essayist Janis Jaquith interviewed Academy Award-winning actress Sissy Spacek at CharlottesvilleGuv,!v,,us Paramount Theater. The event was the kickoff of the successful campaign to raise the funds for the construction of The Community Chalkboard and Podium: A Monument to the First Amendment. The monument was dedicated in Charlottesville in April, 2006.

Public Forum: Globalization and Inequality

We hear so much about globalization that it’s become just another word that many Americans tune out as soon as they hear it uttered.

Yet, many political scientists have serious concerns about how globalization affects the lives of Americans and people around the world. There’s a laundry list of developments that affect every human being including: the effects of an international economy on wealth for some and poverty for others, the threat of international terrorism, global pollution, to name just a few.

Four political scientists from across the country met in UVa’s Minor Hall on April 21, 2005, for a public forum called “Inequality and Difference in Developing Societies: How do Recent Trends Affect Americans?”

The panel includes Susanne Rudolph of the University of Chicago, Evelyne Huber of the University of North Carolina, and Valerie Bunce of Cornell University. This forum last 67 minutes, and is moderated by U-V-A political scientist John Echeverri-Gent.

Engaging the Mind: Chris Holstege Lecture on Bioterror

How prepared is Virginia to deal with a possible biological or chemical attack from terrorists?

That’s just one of the questions that Doctor Chris Holstege spends his time trying to answer. Holstege is the director of medical toxicology at the University of Virginia, and an assistant professor of emergency medicine. He’s also the medical director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center.

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, health and public safety departments across the country have struggled to come up with a response plan for what to do, and what NOT to do, in the event of a bioterror incident.

Holstege spoke at Woodberry Forest School in Orange on April 14th, 2005, as part of UVa’s Engaging the Mind series. This forty-minute lecture gives an overview of some of the possible biological and chemical agents that have been used as weapons in the past, as well as a basic rundown on what officials have learned from previous biological attacks.

PUBLIC HEARING pilot program

This 27 minute documentary pilot is an experiment in raw reporting from the February 17 meeting of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The idea for the show is to send one producer or reporter into a public hearing where a controversial issue is up for discussion. The producer talks with the people who attend, and these interviews are not reduced to soundbites, making for a much longer story, but one that better represents the complexities of the issues at hand.

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For background: Dominion Power currently has no official plans before the NRC to build the reactors, but have filed for an early site permit to clear the first hurdles should they decide to proceed. Opponents of nuclear energy say the process is rigged in favor of nuclear power, which they claim is dangerous and financially reckless.

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