Thanksgiving in the Chinese Garden

In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Lifetime Learning is pleased to share the creative talents of UVA faculty poets. Stephen Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor in the Department of English, University of Virginia, gives us his poem, “Thanksgiving in the Chinese Garden.” We welcome your comments below.   Thanksgiving in the Chinese Garden […]

November

As autumn grows darker and November brings its chill, Lifetime Learning is pleased to share the creative talents of UVA faculty poets. Lisa Russ Spaar is Professor and Director of Creative Writing and Director, Area Program in Poetry Writing in the Department of English in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at […]

A Contemplative Pause: Practice for Learning and Living

Self-reflection, practicing gratitude, and noticing dispositions can be transformative in teaching and in life. During this Thanksgiving season, Karolyn Kinane gives us pause to contemplate “how we are being with each other.” Ms. Kinane is Associate Director of Faculty Engagement and Pedagogy, Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia. We welcome your thoughtful comments […]

Why Now Is The Time To Give War and Peace a Chance

‘Tis almost the season for lounging in a comfy armchair with a book in your lap–a big book. Andrew Kaufman, Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia, makes a case for choosing Tolstoy’s War and Peace as your holiday reading […]

The Dracula Image

Fangs, a black cape, the classic widow’s peak—from where did Count Dracula get his distinguished features? Stanley Stepanic, Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia, is a Dracula expert. In his article, he gives a history behind the image […]

Trees on The Lawn

Autumn marks a time when thousands of leaves fall off of the University’s trees and the Pratt ginkgo creates a sea of yellow outside the Rotunda. Helen A. Wilson, Senior Landscape Architect at the University of Virginia, offers a look at trees that grace the Grounds in her article republished from the June 8, 2018 Thoughts […]

Gender Violence and Social Change

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a new group of interns at UVA’s Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center is off and running with autumn activities on Grounds. In her article below, Claire Kaplan gives an encouraging nod to the young women who bring awareness to the UVA community and who believe that their work […]

Bridging Students with the Community

A goal of The 2030 Plan in making UVA “a great and good University” is to strengthen its relationship with the community. Shu-Chen Chen’s courses connect UVA students with Chinese native speakers in Charlottesville and stress real-world conversation, increased linguistic proficiency, and an exchange of experiences. Shu-Chen Chen is an assistant professor of Chinese in […]

Assistants to Nature: Midwives, Obstetrics, and the Medical Turn

From the 18th through 20th centuries, the birthing process saw a shift from the hands of female midwives to the instruments of male obstetricians. Lara Musser describes this shift in “Assistants to Nature: Midwives, Obstetrics, and the Medical Turn,” a current exhibit in UVA’s Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. Ms. Musser is a lecturer in […]

The Founding of Thomas Jefferson’s University

  A conference celebrating the bicentennial of the founding of the University of Virginia was sponsored in May 2018 by the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello in cooperation with the American Philosophical Society. The resulting book of essays, The Founding of Thomas Jefferson’s University (ed. by John A. Ragosta, Peter S. Onuf, Andrew […]