RBG: Jimmy Carter’s “Notorious” Judicial Legacy

Ruth Bader Ginsburg might not have ascended to the Supreme Court if President Carter had not developed a deliberate affirmative action strategy. Barbara Perry explains the significance of Carter’s appointment of Ginsburg to the DC Circuit bench. Perry (@BarbaraPerryUVA) is the Gerald L. Baliles Professor and Director of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia‘s […]

A New Biography of John F. Kennedy Might Calm Your Election Jitters

“JFK himself will remain firmly embedded in history as long as worthy biographies about him continue to appear in each new age,” says Barbara A. Perry about Fredrik Logevall’s new work: JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956. Perry (@BarbaraPerryUVA) is the Gerald L. Baliles Professor and Director of Presidential Studies at the […]

Memory in the Time of a Pandemic

Why do we remember some memories in detail and others more generally? Nicole Long shares her research on the processes behind forming memories. Long is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and principal investigator in the Long Term Memory Lab in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of […]

Speak, Memory: Poetry and Survival After the Atomic Bombings

August 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. Chad R. Diehl gives us a personal and poignant look at a unique bombing survivor’s representation of trauma through the Japanese art of tanka. Diehl is an assistant professor in the Corcoran Department of History […]

Summer Reading: Virginia Festival of the Book

The Virginia Festival of the Book and Assistant Director Sarah Lawson launched the Shelf Life series of virtual author events in April in response to the need to escape the confines of pandemic life. VaBook has hosted discussions every Tuesday and Thursday since then, featuring graphic novels, romance fiction, true crime, historical nonfiction, literary fiction, […]

Rebuilding Notre-Dame

The April 2019 fire that damaged the 800-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral sparked controversy about its rebuilding. Lisa Reilly, professor and director of the Undergraduate Architectural History program in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, sheds light on the debate and how she integrated it into her architectural history course last fall. We welcome […]

Summer Reading Relevant to Our Times

With summer in full swing, add these titles that creatively address race to your reading list. Patricia A. (Patsy) Goolsby, author-events coordinator at the UVA Bookstore, shares detailed reviews of three works of fiction. Check out Ms. Goolsby’s June 2019 and December 2016 Thoughts From the Lawn blog posts for more book recommendations. Do you […]

Connections, Murrelets, and Global Change

“The implications of study of many ecological artifacts are becoming more and more obvious in their indictment of climatic change,” explains H.H. “Hank” Shugart. Shugart is the W.W. Corcoran Professor of Natural History in the Department of Environmental Sciences in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. We […]

Guanxi: Networking–and a whole lot more

Knowing how to conduct business with China can benefit all parties involved, explains Mark Metcalf, a lecturer in Global Commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Metcalf teaches the undergraduate course “Doing Business in China.” We welcome your comments below.   Many people are familiar with guanxi (gwan-shee) – a […]

What It Means to Matter

During this time of societal change and discontent, we need to matter. Dr. Julie Haizlip explains why mattering is an essential element of our well-being. Dr.  Haizlip is a clinical professor of nursing and director of the Center for Appreciative Practice in the School of Nursing, and co-director of the Center for Interprofessional Collaborations at […]