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Distinguished law professor and former Department of Justice (DOJ) advisor Barbara Armacost joins King’s Institute for Faith & Culture (IFC) for two engaging discussions on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023.

Armacost serves as a professor of law at the University of Virginia (UVA), where she focuses on criminal procedure, policing and the law, religious liberty, and civil rights litigation. Prior to becoming a law professor, she worked for two years as an attorney adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. DOJ.

At 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, she will present “Policing and Race: What Does God Think About it?” in King’s Memorial Chapel. That evening at 7 p.m., she will share “Policing, Race, and Law: A Christian Theology” at Central Presbyterian Church, 331 Euclid Avenue in Bristol, Virginia. Thanks to a generous network of donors, both events are open to the public and free of charge.

“A central part of the Institute’s mission is to create space where complex, nuanced subjects can be freely discussed in a spirit of community,” said Martin Dotterweich, Ph.D., director of the IFC. “Topics of race, reform, and justice are at the forefront of national conversations, and we are delighted to have Barbara join us to share her insight.”

Armacost received her juris doctor from UVA’s School of Law, where she won multiple awards and served as notes editor for the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Before attending law school, she spent several years in nursing, graduating from the UVA School of Nursing and serving in various leadership positions.

Since 2007, the IFC has welcomed widely recognized thinkers, authors, musicians, scholars, and philosophers to interact with students and a regional audience in a welcoming environment that catalyzes growth and understanding. The Institute serves as the standard bearer of the University’s long-time exploration of the liberal arts — in conjunction with King’s mission of equipping students to answer the call of excellence inherent in the Christian faith.

Professor Barbara Armacost