Humanity lies at the core of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and justice is an inextricable value of our work. In a series of teach-ins sponsored by college departments, faculty, graduate students, and alumni are joining together to offer historical lenses on the Black Lives Matter movement and inspiration for moving forward. Visit past entries for study guides and other resources, and check back for future events.


Past Events

In “Black Lives Matter and Social Movements,” a virtual teach-in hosted by the Virginia Tech Department of History on July 2, a panel of specialists discussed the historical and social contexts of Black Lives Matter and other movements in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 


Portraits of L. Lamar Wilson and Nikki Giovanni
L. Lamar Wilson, a celebrated poet who graduated from the Virginia Tech Department of English’s MFA program in 2010 and now teaches creative writing at Wake Forest University, will join internationally renowned poet Nikki Giovanni and other panelists in “Black Matters: A Teach-In on Language, Literature, Rhetoric, Writing, and Verbal Art.”

The Virginia Tech Department of English hosted “Black Matters: A Teach-In on Language, Literature, Rhetoric, Writing, and Verbal Art” on June 30. Visit the page to watch the video and download a suggested list of readings.


Four emerging scholars in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech presented research-based perspectives on the nexus of technology and racism in a virtual panel discussion on June 17. Visit the “Technology and Anti-Black Surveillance” page to access the panelists’ suggested study guide.


The Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech hosted a webinar, “Teach-In on Anti-Black State Violence,” on June 10. A panel of scholars — Brian Britt, Sylvester Johnson, Shaily Patel, Dominique Polanco, and Balbir Singh — examined the historical roots of anti-Black state violence internationally.