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Ten Russian Novels You Need To Read To Be a Better Human

Book recommendations have been popular with our Lifetime Learning Thoughts From the Lawn followers, and this reprint of Andy Kaufman‘s newsletter article gives more titles to add to your reading list. Mr. Kaufman is a lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at […]

Temple On My Knees

As Valentine’s Day comes to a close, Lifetime Learning shares a final poem, “Temple On My Knees,” by Lisa Russ Spaar, Professor and Director of Creative Writing and Director, Area Program in Poetry Writing in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. Ms. Spaar is the author of […]

Half-Past February Sharp

Lifetime Learning shares more Valentine’s poetry with “Half-Past February Sharp” by Stephen Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor of English in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. Mr. Cushman was a Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2014-2016 and a recipient of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia […]

Heart to Heart

For Valentine’s Day, Lifetime Learning shares “Heart to Heart,” a poem by Rita Dove. Ms. Dove is the 1993-95 U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06 Virginia Poet Laureate, 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner, and University of Virginia Commonwealth Professor in the Creative Writing Program in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Please share your reflections […]

Take Time to Read

Unplug, kick back, curl up, and crack open that long-awaited book! Roy Cadoff, Assistant Director, UVA Bookstores at the University of Virginia, suggests a variety of titles to put on your night table during the holiday break or your bookshelf for 2019. What’s on YOUR reading list? Comment below!   With a break in classes, Grounds […]

Loving Her Fiercely–Remembering a Playwright, Poet, and Author

Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose acclaimed 1975 theater piece, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, died on October 28th. Deborah McDowell takes a look at Shange’s influence on the arts and on black women seeking strength and affirmation. Ms. McDowell is the Alice Griffin Professor of English and […]

The Most Famous Vampire in History

Mr. Stanley Stepanic (GSAS ’07, ’12), Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia and professor of the now famous Dracula class, will lead a Digital Book Club discussion on the classic vampire book Interview with the Vampire by Anne […]

Twin Monsters

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Lifetime Learning is re-posting the October 2015 article “Twin Monsters” by Susan Tyler Hitchcock. Hitchcock (GSAS ’78), author of Frankenstein: A Cultural History (Norton, 2007), was formerly a faculty member in the University of Virginia‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science. She […]

Fictional Friends Who Embolden Us to Thrive

In honor of International Day of the Girl (October 11), Abby Palko shares reflections on ways that authors explore the complexities of girlhood. Ms. Palko is Director of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at the University of Virginia. This article, reprinted with permission, is from the blog PALKO POV: Fictional Friends Who Embolden Us […]

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 […]