We checked in with one of our Alliance partners at the University of Virginia, here’s an update from Bill Sherman, Chair at UVA:
It has been quite traumatic in Charlottesville. Two of our architecture students were among the injured on Saturday, making the greater trauma personal. On the Thursday before Charlottesville was transformed from the name of a place to an event that changed the national discourse, we had a session with a number of the community leaders at OpenGrounds talking to Katie Couric as part of a documentary on the Civil War monuments that she is developing – listening to their arguments and pain in advance of the march was both moving and eye-opening. The torches marching across the grounds last Friday were both an unexpected provocation and a complete violation that will haunt the university for a long time. But as the candlelight procession demonstrated, the community is resilient and has come together with greater strength.