It is with great pleasure that the Program Committee of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society announces the Spring 2018 speaker series to the University community.

Speeches will begin at 7:29 PM in Jefferson Hall (Hotel C, West Range), unless otherwise noted.

If you have any questions. comments. or concerns, please contact The Society’s Vice President, Mr. Rohan Ahluwalia.

Spring 2018 Speaker Series
Friday, February 2nd, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Spring 2018 Speaker Series: Michele Elam
Michele Elam, Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Professor of English, and currently Director of Stanford University's interdisciplinary graduate program, Modern Thought and Literature (MTL). She is an affiliate with the Michelle R. Clayman Insitute for Gender Studies, African & African American Studies, and Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. Elam is the author of Race, Work, and Desire in American Literature, 1860-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2003), The Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics in the New Millennium (Stanford University Press, 2011), and is Editor of the Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Friday, February 9th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Spring 2018 Speaker Series: Dr. Richard Shannon
Richard Shannon, MD is the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Virginia. He is responsible for aligning key components of the UVA Health System to achieve the goal of becoming a top-decile academic medical center. Dr. Shannon's pioneering work in patient safety is chronicled in the chapter — First, Do No Harm — in the published book, "The Best Practice - How the New Quality Movement is Transforming Medicine," by Charles Kenney. His innovative work also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, on CNN and CNBC news segments and ABC's "20/20" and was a centerpiece for the PBS report entitled "Remaking American Medicine."
Friday, February 23rd, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Spring 2018 Speaker Series: Cale Jaffe
Cale Jaffe is director of the Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Virginia, Jaffe was an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, a leading environmental law and policy organization working at national, state and local levels. From 2013 to 2016, he was director of the center’s Virginia office. He was part of the SELC team that won a unanimous victory before the Supreme Court of the United States in Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy, 549 U.S. 561 (2007), and he has litigated numerous energy-related cases before the Virginia State Corp. Commission.
Friday, March 16th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Spring 2018 Speaker Series: Andre Perry
Andre Perry is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on race and structural inequality, community engagement, education, economic inclusion and workforce development. Perry has been a founding dean, professor, award-winning journalist, and activist in the field of education. In 2013, Perry founded the College of Urban Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI. For the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Perry co-authored School by School: The Transformation of New Orleans Public Education in "Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita."
Friday, May 4th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Spring 2018 Speaker Series: Douglas Blackmon
DATE TBA. Douglas Blackmon is an American writer and journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for his book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. He currently serves as executive producer and host of American Forum, a public affairs program produced by UVA's Miller Center and aired on more than 200 public television affiliates across the U.S. Blackmon was the longtime chief of The Wall Street Journal’s Atlanta bureau and the paper’s Senior National Correspondent, and was a contributing editor at the Washington Post. He has written about or directed coverage of some of the most pivotal stories in American life, including the election of President Barack Obama, the rise of the tea party movement, and the BP oil spill.
Friday, May 4th, 7:29 PM
Jefferson Hall
Spring 2018 Speaker Series: Dr. Wes Bellamy
DATE TBA. Dr. Wes Bellamy is the Vice-Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia and the youngest individual to ever be elected to the Charlottesville City Council. Wes’s primary focus is on improving the lives of those who lack resources and positive role models in their lives.  He strives to do this by sponsoring community days, coat drives, and empowering as many youth as possible through H.Y.P.E. (Helping Young People Evolve). Started in December 2011, H.Y.P.E. is a boxing and mentoring program serving boys and girls in the Charlottesville/Albemarle urban ring. Since the program’s creation, the overall GPA of participants jumped from a 1.8 in December 2011 to 3.2 in June 2016.