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Activist Lit Virtual Book Club: The Color of Law

July 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday, July 29th
7:00pm – 8:30pm

All alumni, parents, and friends are invited to join us for the Service Committee’s next Activist Lit book topic, we’re hosting an online book club meeting to discuss The Color of Law, moderated by UVA alum and Georgetown School of Foreign Service Faculty Member, Tony Arend (GSAS ’82, ’85). This “powerful and disturbing history exposes how American government entities at all levels deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide” (New York Times Book Review).

Space is limited so please sign up ASAP. Zoom meeting login instructions will be provided only to registrants and not published online.

*Activist Lit was created to gather Hoos to read about and discuss a social issue. However, if you don’t have a chance to read or finish the book, you are still welcome to join the discussion!

More About the Book:

“Widely heralded as a “masterful” (Washington Post) and “essential” (Slate) history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law offers “the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation” (William Julius Wilson). Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods. A groundbreaking, “virtually indispensable” study that has already transformed our understanding of twentieth-century urban history (Chicago Daily Observer), The Color of Law forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past.”

More About the Moderator:

“Anthony Clark Arend is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He also serves as the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program. Prior to coming to Georgetown, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Arend’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of international law, national security law, human rights, and terrorism. He has published seven books, including: Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions (co-editor and contributor); Legal Rules and International Society (author); International Rules: Approaches from International Law and International Relations (co-editor and contributor); and International Law and the Use of Force: Beyond the United Nations Charter Paradigm (co-author).

Arend received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs of the University of Virginia. He received a B.S.F.S., magna cum laude, from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Arend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has made numerous media appearances including: The Today Show, Dateline, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Voice of America, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, FOX, BBC, NPR, and Bloomberg. He has authored or co-authored opinion pieces in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor.”

Zoom information to join will be emailed to registrants before the event.

For more information on this event, please contact Katrina Foelsche (CLAS ’99) at uvaservice@dchoos.org .

*Note: These events are being recorded by audio, video, and photographic means. By participating, you grant the University of Virginia the right to use your voice/likeness in any depiction of these events, including sharing on social media. Video is not required to participate in this event. Please reach out to uvaclubs@virginia.edu if you have any questions.

This event is #open to all alumni, parents, and friends. #BookClub

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July 29, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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