Past Events

Engaging with MLK's Words, Life and Legacy
Jan 20, 2022 / 2:30-4:00 PM EDT
The Dean's Suite (Garrett Hall 200)

In celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please join Dean Ian Solomon for a Batten community reading and dialogue.

Batten Reads: Celebrating Juneteenth
June 18, 2021 / 10:30–11:30AM
UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers and the Garden of Pavilion X

Please join Batten School Dean Ian Solomon as he marks Juneteenth (a day early) with reflection and celebration on Friday, June 18, from 10:30–11:30AM.

The third event in the series will take place directly following the announcement of the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. This panel event will include a discussion of the verdict between community organizers, activists and scholars with expertise in organizing advocacy efforts, collective healing and trust-building in response to instances of racial injustice.


As part of an ongoing series, UVA Law professor Anne Coughlin and Batten School professor Brian N. Williams will co-moderate a panel discussion that draws upon subject matter experts to discuss a range of police topics, including the history of the profession, its culture, standards and training, accountability mechanisms and future efforts to reform.


Whether we are discussing affordable housing, access to healthcare, racial equity, gender equity, LGBTQ+ rights, forced displacement, or climate change, current and aspiring policymakers should see the private sector as a key partner, Batten professor Christine Mahoney argues. For the next installment of Batten Expert Chats, Mahoney will speak and take questions on how investments can act as an engine for positive social impact.


In August 2017, white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville and the University of Virginia for the Unite the Right rally, now familiar to people around the world. Rally attendees met counter-protestors in a violent clash that killed a peaceful protestor. UVA and Charlottesville were caught unprepared. On the third anniversary of this event, Batten’s dean, Ian Solomon, will speak with Risa Goluboff, dean of the UVA School of Law, and take questions from the audience. As chair of the Deans Working Group, Dean Goluboff led efforts to assess the University’s response to the rally and make recommendations for change.


As we approach the third anniversary of the tragic events that unfolded in Charlottesville from August 11-12, 2017, we invite you to join us for a virtual program that allows us to connect with our community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 


In the midst of the current health crisis, we’re facing food insecurity of “biblical proportions,” according to the UN’s World Food Programme. During the next installment of Batten Expert Chats, Batten lecturer Galen Fountain will speak and take questions on how the pandemic is influencing the food supply both domestically and globally. He’ll also offer his recommendations for addressing the situation.