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 May 13, 2021 Hate Crimes in the Middle Peninsula. Guest panelist included: 

  • Dr. James Nolan, Dept. Chair of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University. Dr. Nolan worked as a unit chief in the FBI division that provided management oversight for the National Hate Crime Data Collection Program. He co-authored the textbook The Violence of Hate: Understanding Harmful Forms of Bias and Bigotry, now in its 4th Edition. 

  • Thomas C. Bowen III, Commonwealth Attorney for Mathews County. Mr. Bowen has served as Mathews County's Commonwealth's Attorney since 2012.  

November 9, 2019 - Russian and Other Foreign Influences on Our Elections

Guest speakers: Dennis M. Dalpino and Joe Schaltter





May 19, 2019 - Learning from the Past and Shaping the Future: A Look at Racism and What We Can Do About It 

Guest Speakers: Dr. Wesley Wilson, Executive Director, The T. C. Walker and Woodville/Rosenwald School Foundation, Aretha Thomas, Trustee, Antioch Baptist Church Robert, Brian McGovern, Educator and Historian, 

C. J. Sailor, Program Director for The Center for African American Public Policy at The Gloucester Institute, 

Dr. Soji Akomolafe, Chair, Political Science Department, Norfolk State University







February 24, 2019 - Freedom of Speech and the Press - A Public Conversation on the Challenges to Freedom of Speech & the Role of a Free Press in Society 

Moderator: Rachel Bitecofer, PhD, Assistant Director, Wason Center on Public Policy at Christopher Newport   University

Guest Speakers: Jim Knupp, local author and activist, Bill Sizemore, author and retired staff writer for the     Virginian-Pilot, John Suddarth, former 1st Congressional District Primary Candidate, Elsa Cook Verbyla, Publisher of the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette Journal, Rev. Ward Warren, President of the Gloucester NAACP, Vangie Williams, former 1st Congressional District Candidate



July 16, 2018 - Promoting Dialogue and Action to Build Bridges That Support "Diversity Over Tyranny" & "Statesmanship Over Stongmanship" in Those That Govern

Moderator: Molly Hoffman-Crook

Guest Speakers: Harvey Morgan, VA House of Delegates 1980-2012, John Koontz, Middlesex Board of Supervisors, Lynn Jaeger, Past Candidate, and Nate Salzman, Campaign Manager 

May 20, 2018 - What Does Voting Mean to You & Is It Your Only Voice?: A Public Forum & Conversation with a Variety of Women's Voices and Meeting Participants
       Moderator: Charles R. Crook, Professor of Physics, Rappahannock Community College

Guest Speakers: Shelly Simonds, candidate for VA 94th District, Amy Laufer, founder of Virginia's List

PAC, Alexsis Rodgers, Communications Director for the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood

April 15, 2018 - Rally for Democracy: A Public Conversation with a Variety of Voices 

Moderator: Preston Elrod, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, School of Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University


March 18,2018 - Public Forum: The Facts and Fallacies of Gun Violence

Moderator: Kent Willis, former Director of ACLU, Richmond

Guest Speakers: Andrew Goddard, Legislative Director, Virginia Center for Public Safety. Tom Robinson, President, Global Emergency Response and Reverend Ward Warren, President of Gloucester NAACP

State Attorney General Mark Herring's video             

A perspective on the public's response to race and gun violence

CircleUp July Podcast -
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CircleUp May 19 podcast - Unknown Artist
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