Published by The New School’s Public Seminar, the book is a collection of essays by scholars and activists featuring an introduction by Former Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy

#Charlottesville: Before and Beyond is a collection of essays by scholars and activists that tackle issues surrounding the violence and white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va.

New York, February 5, 2017 — The New School’s Public Seminar announces the publication of #Charlottesville: Before and Beyond, a collection of essays by scholars and activists that tackle issues surrounding the violence and white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va.

Featuring an introduction by former Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy, the book is the first publication to emerge from and critically respond to events surrounding the Unite the Right rally, a demonstration of White Nationalists who descended on the city to protest the removal of a Confederate monument in a public park near the University of Virginia. The rally turned deadly when a man rammed his car into a crowd of counter-demonstrators, killing a woman and injuring others.

“The essays attempt to answer questions that still plague us after the violence of August 2017,” according to Jeffrey C. Goldfarb and Claire Potter, publishers and founders of Public Seminar. “How much is our contemporary political environment to blame for the sudden visibility of white supremacist groups? What are we to do with Americans' tragic racial history and relics that commemorate the violence of slavery and the Civil War? Where can we turn as political conversation stalls around these important subjects? What are our responsibilities as citizens?”

The essays in part one of #Charlottesville: Before and Beyond reflect upon the immediate aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville while the essays in part two address the context of the violence. The book features contributions from Jeffrey Isaac, Jared Loggins, Leonard A. Williams, Keval Bhatt, Michael Weinman, Andrew Boyer, Isaac Ariail Reed, Gordon Mantler, Maria Bucur, Marcus McCullough, Vaughn A. Booker, Sanford Schram, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Rachel McKinney, Nicholas Baer and Maggie Hennefeld, Melvin Rogers, Neil Roberts, Michael Sasha King, Deva Woodly, Mitchell Kosters, Julia Ott, and Eric Anthamatten.

"Americans not only read, listen to and watch different sources of news, information and opinion, we constitute ourselves as separate and apart, making a political solution to the enduring problems of white supremacy and racism ever more elusive,” Goldfarb said. "We hope this collection of essays will start a dialogue that brings us together to find a solution."

To download #Charlottesville: Before and Beyond, visit Public Seminar.

A publication of The New School for Social Research, Public Seminar is an intellectual commons for analysis, critique and debate on fundamental problems of the human condition and pressing problems of the day. It features articles that are useful, constructive, illuminating, and thought-provoking contributions to the conversation of the times.

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