Dear Friends and Colleagues:
I extend a cordial invitation to you to join us at the inaugural University of Virginia Symposium on Race and Society. This event demonstrates that, as one of America's leading institutions of higher education, the University of Virginia recognizes its responsibility to facilitate discussion and analyses of important social issues. The symposium will be an annual occurrence and in this first year, the UVa Office of Diversity and Equity is proud to assume the responsibility of organizing a set of provocative and enlightening sessions.
The theme of this initial symposium is In Katrina's Wake: Racial Implications of the New Orleans Disaster, and this gathering provides an opportunity for scholars and concerned individuals from across the nation to examine the impact of the nation's most destructive natural disaster - and the social disaster that followed.
From Thursday November 2, to Saturday November 4 you will enjoy a rich mixture of plenary sessions, individual presentations, and panel discussions that will review the Katrina debacle from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. We are confident that you will leave the symposium with a greater understanding of the complexities of that disaster, and hopefully you will develop some insight into how such situations can be prevented in the future.
Please complete the registration process right away. We have a limited number of spaces available and you want to be certain that one of them will be held for you. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us by phone or e-mail.
I look forward to welcoming you on November 2.
William B. Harvey
Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity