Come join us as we kick off Bicentennial Weekend here in Charlottesville celebrating 200 years of UVA! We will gather at the new Three Notch’d location at IX Art Park. This event is free to attend and will include appetizers, one free beer ticket, and a champagne toast to Mr. Jefferson and 200 years of UVA.
We’re thrilled that Louis Nelson, Associate Provost for Academic Outreach and Professor of Architectural History, School of Architecture, will join us to speak about “Making Memories”. The Grounds of the University of Virginia is a landscape dense with meaning. Two centuries of education and everyday life have unfolded here; as a result these sacred Grounds bear those memories in the very fabric of the buildings, monuments, and spaces. As we stand on the brink of inaugurating our next two centuries, we have the pleasure and responsibility of imaging a future for an institution we love and to imagine how our Grounds need to grow and change to accommodate that very hopeful vision.
About Louis Nelson:
Louis Nelson is a Professor of Architectural History and the former Associate Dean in the School of Architecture. In December 2016, Nelson was named Associate Provost for Outreach. Nelson is an accomplished scholar, with two book-length monographs published by UNC and Yale University Presses, three edited collections of essays, two terms as senior co-editor of Buildings and Landscapes—the leading English language venue for scholarship on vernacular architecture—and numerous articles. He is a celebrated teacher, having won a university-wide teaching award in 2007 and served as the 2008 UVA nominee for a state-wide Outstanding Faculty Award. Nelson is a distinguished lecturer having lectured in the past year at St. Andrew’s and Edinburgh Universities in Scotland and Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England as well as at numerous American and Caribbean Universities.
Nelson is a specialist in the built environments of the early modern Atlantic world, with published work on the American South, the Caribbean and West Africa. Nelson’s teaching and research focuses on the close examination of evidence—both material and textual—as a means of interrogating the ways architecture shapes the human experience. His current research engages the spaces of enslavement in West Africa and in the Americas, working to document and interpret the buildings and landscapes that shaped the trans-Atlantic slave trade. He has a second collaborative project working to understand the process of construction and early life at the University of Virginia.