Iris Magazine Spring Release

January 9, 2012

Wednesday, March 14

Spring is here, which must mean the latest issue of Iris Magazine is, too! In it, we’re revisiting Iris‘ amazing past, with a selection of essays, articles, fiction, and poetry from the past 30 years of issues. Highlights from the spring 2012 issue include: interviews with Gloria Steinem, bell hooks, and other luminaries, as well as the best fiction, poetry, and personal essays from our archive, not to mention a moving new piece from Carol Wood–Associate Vice President of Public Affairs at U.Va., an inspiring interview with former U.Va. Distinguished Alumna Alexandra Arriaga, and the unveiling of our essay contest winner. Get your copy, and marvel at where we’re been, and where we’re going!


March Legal Clinic

January 9, 2012

Tuesday, March 20
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
U.Va. Women’s Center

The Legal Clinic is staffed by professional attorneys who offer pro bono legal counseling to Charlottesville community members and University employees. During the 2011–2012 academic year, the clinic will be held on the third Tuesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information and/or to schedule a half-hour appointment, please call 434.982.2361, or email Deeva Shah dvs2a@virginia.edu or Megan O’Donnell meo3md@virginia.edu.


2012 U.Va. Distinguished Alumna Award Celebration

January 9, 2012

Honoring Kimberly Dozier
Thursday, March 22
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Ednam Hall, Boar’s Head Inn

Join us as we celebrate the journalistic legacy of Kimberly Dozier (Grad ’93) and present her with the 2012 U.Va. Distinguished Alumna Award. Ms. Dozier currently covers intelligence and counterterrorism as a correspondent for the Associated Press (AP), a job that takes her to the heart of the war on violent extremism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond. Before her move to AP, Ms. Dozier was a CBS News correspondent covering the White House and the Pentagon for CBS News’ Washington bureau from 2007 to 2010. She was stationed in Baghdad from 2003 to 2006 as the chief reporter in Iraq for CBS News. In 2006, while preparing a Memorial Day story about U.S. troops in Iraq, Ms. Dozier was seriously injured in a car bombing. She published her now-sold-out memoir Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report–and Survive–the War in Iraq, in 2008, detailing her recovery from the bomb that hit her team while covering a 4th Infantry Division patrol in Baghdad. Ms. Dozier re-released the book as a paperback in November 2011; it was updated to reflect her return to the field and re-named, Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive, and Get Back to the Fight.

In her fourteen-year-career as a foreign correspondent, Ms. Dozier has covered the Middle East extensively for CBS television and radio broadcasts, as well as for The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Monitor Radio, Voice of America, and the BBC World Service. Ms. Dozier is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2008 Peabody Award and the 2008 RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting. She has also received three American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Awards, as well as the organization’s 2007 Grand Gracie Award for her work in Iraq. In 2008, Ms. Dozier became the first woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism. Ms. Dozier graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in human rights and Spanish, and from the University of Virginia in 1993 with a master’s degree in foreign affairs and the Middle East.

Please RSVP by visiting bit.ly/DozierDA by Thursday, March 15.

Cosponsored with the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment and Retention.


Virginia Festival of the Book: A Reading with Kimberly Dozier

January 9, 2012

Thursday, March 22
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
The Solarium of the Colonnade Club–Pavilion VII, West Lawn

Award-winning foreign correspondent Kimberly Dozier (Grad ’93) will read selections from her memoir Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive, and Get Back to the Fight. She will also recount her experiences as a journalist reporting from war zones and other places of conflict. The reading will be followed by a question and answer session, book-signing, and reception honoring Ms. Dozier.

Please RSVP by visiting bit.ly/DozierVFB by Thursday, March 15.

Cosponsored with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.


Ella Baker Day Symposium

January 9, 2012

Friday, April 6
10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Dome Room, U.Va. Rotunda

On April 1, 2011 we launched the first Ella Baker Day Symposium to spearhead the movement to create an Ella Baker Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We had an amazing set of panelists who provided information on the legacy of civil rights activist Ella Baker and suggested ways in which we can carry her spirit forward. This year, the second annual Ella Baker Day Symposium will address issues of economic uncertainty, labor disputes, matrices of inequality, and more. The keynote speaker will be Margaret Huang, Director of Rights Working Group. Two panels will provide the opportunity to address, respectively, wealth inequality and labor organizing, and intersections of racism, sexism, classism, and other -isms. A reception and film screening of Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker will follow.


April Legal Clinic

January 9, 2012

Tuesday, April 17
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
U.Va. Women’s Center

The Legal Clinic is staffed by professional attorneys who offer pro bono legal counseling to Charlottesville community members and University employees. During the 2011–2012 academic year, the clinic will be held on the third Tuesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information and/or to schedule a half-hour appointment, please call 434.982.2361, or email Deeva Shah dvs2a@virginia.edu or Megan O’Donnell meo3md@virginia.edu.


Take Back the Night Events

January 9, 2012

Take Bake the Night Week
Monday, April 16–Thursday, April 19

Take Bake the Night March and Rally 
Thursday, April 19
6:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
nTelos Wireless Pavilion

Join the U.Va. and Charlottesville communities in reclaiming every woman’s right to a life free of violence. This annual march and rally will start at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion, move down the Charlottesville Mall, to the University of Virginia’s Amphitheater for a Survivors’ Speak-out. We invite you to take a stand, break the silence, and become part of the solution to ending sexual violence. For more information and updates, please click here.

Organized by Feminism Is for Everyone (FIFE) and the Sexual Assault Leadership Council