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2024 Annual Ridley Lecture: Belonging Without Fitting In: Racial Literacy for Healing from and Rising Above Hate

March 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia invites the Charlottesville-Albemarle community to its 2024 Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Annual Lecture on March 12, 4:00 – 5:30 PM at UVA’s Alumni Hall. A reception will follow the lecture.

This year’s lecture title is “Belonging Without Fitting In: Racial Literacy for Healing from and Rising Above Hate,” with Dr. Howard Stevenson (University of Pennsylvania):

Navigating the stress of racial conflict or conversation is not easy. Recent national tensions regarding growing hostilities toward race and diversity have left many professionals in education, justice, and health overwhelmed. In addition to being harmful to well-being, unresolved racial conflicts undermine effective and ethical teaching, learning, and service provision. This keynote proposes facing rather than avoiding stressful encounters will promote healing, earning, affirming and learning interactions that can positively change the relationships and climates in social and work spaces.

More information about the Ridley Lecture, including how to register to attend, can be found on our website:

About this lecture series: Walter Ridley was the first African American to graduate from the University of Virginia, with a doctorate in education from the School of Education and Human Development. This annual lecture has been created to honor his legacy at the University and his contributions to the field of education.


UVA School of Education and Human Development
(434) 924-0742
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alumni hall
221 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States
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(434) 243-9000
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