Written by Stephen Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences BESIDE THE POINT The sky has never won a prize. The clouds have no careers. The rainbow doesn’t say  my work, thank goodness. The rock in the creek’s not so productive. The mud on the bank’s not […]


Written by Debra Nystrom, Professor, Creative Writing Program, Department of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences A little cool, you think, then the iron-scent takes you in, you leave your feet and let it—   early summer chill easing its ripple across your chest as if this water never held a body […]

5 Essential Reasons Why Mindfulness is a Leading Tool for Social Innovation

Written by Gretchen Ki Steidle. Steidle, founder and President of Global Grassroots, teaches an experiential course each J-Term on “Conscious Social Change”. Students learn mindfulness-based leadership practices for self-awareness and design a conscious social enterprise as a team. Steidle is the author of the new book Leading from Within: Conscious Social Change & Mindfulness for Social […]

Do We Know What Makes Us Happy?

Happy Sunday Lifetime Learners! Today begins the most romantic week of the year – the week of Valentine’s Day. Traditionally, there is a lot of pressure placed on this one day; whether you’re taken or single, celebrating Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day, or just looking forward to discounted chocolate on February 15th, we all hold […]

Finding truth

Written by Jeb Livingood, Assistant Professor of English; Associate Director of the UVA Creative Writing Program, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   I served as a reservist in the Coast Guard for twenty-four years, and I’ve been teaching English at UVA for eighteen. Those are two different worlds—the military and academia—and I […]

From the Director: The History of Black History Month

Written by Deborah McDowell, Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, and Alice Griffin Professor of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   Yesterday began the official celebration of Black History Month, founded by the Woodson Institute’s namesake, Carter Godwin Woodson.  To kick off the 28-day celebration, yesterday’s […]

Currents in Conversation: Race, Racism, and Immigration

Reprinted with permission from the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies Since the beginning of his tenure, President Trump has actively targeted immigrants through executive orders, calls to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and, most recently, incendiary comments referring to nations in the African diaspora as “s***hole countries.” Amid […]

Diversity Enshrined: Religious Freedom and the American experiment

Written by John Ragosta, Lead Faculty, Lifetime Learning Summer Jefferson Symposium; Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. John Ragosta column: originally published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Reprinted with permission.   Today is Religious Freedom Day, a chance to remember the critical importance to our nation of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom and […]

Epiphany Madrigal

Written by Lisa Russ Spaar, Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Epiphany Madrigal for Sydney Hall Blair   What’s a gift if not the heart’s envoi, a cut, a wrap, a species of we’re done here, it’s over, concluded, […]


Written by James S. Todd IV, Lecturer in the Department of Politics, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   The Founders, when they met in Philadelphia, created a system of shared powers and checks and balances in the hope that it would prevent abuse of power. The main fear in those days was […]