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The New College Curriculum: Notes from the Field

  Written by Sarah Betzer, Associate Professor of Art, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   The New College Curriculum is live! I have had the privilege of working together for the past 18 months with the group of faculty charged with launching the new curriculum, and we have long anticipated the moment […]

Thomas Jefferson’s Paris

  Written by Richard Guy Wilson, Commonweath Professor’s Chair in Architectural History, University of Virginia     The years 1784-1789 Thomas Jefferson spent in Paris and in Europe. They proved to be extremely important in the development of his appreciation of architecture, landscape and garden design, painting and sculpture, decorative and other arts. He loved the […]

Renovating the Rotunda

Written by Jody Lahendro, UVA Supervisory Historic Preservation Architect On this wintry afternoon in February, construction work at the Rotunda continues in the final push towards completion later this coming summer, 18 months after beginning. Whiting-Turner, the construction management firm, skillfully organized the project to have critical exterior work finished prior to this winter’s weather. […]

The Work of the Enslaved Laborers at UVa in the Early Days

By: Kirt von Daacke, Associate Professor of History and Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and Co-Chair, President’s Commission on Slavery and the University As the spring 2015 semester begins at the University of Virginia, we are now only two years away from the beginnings of what will surely be several years of bicentennial […]

Pitch Perfect and the Perfect Pitch

by Ryan Hargraves Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admissions This fall, an old (well, oldish) dean tried something new.  Late this summer, I was fortunate to meet German Professor, Bill McDonald (aka Herr Mac), who described to me his new teaching method designed to maximize participant engagement.  With rusty German language chops and Herr Mac’s […]

South’s Oldest Rivalry Needs a Jumpstart

By Kevin Edds “No jokes, no flattery, no sympathy. This is a serious business.” These were the words spoken by U.Va. President Edwin Alderman to a crowd of supporters at a “football mass meeting”—or pep rally—in 1924.  The scene was the precursor to the U.Va.-UNC football game, a rivalry that was born in 1892.  That […]

Morven, the University of Virginia, and the Summer Jefferson Symposium

By John Ragosta Earlier this week, Althea Brooks from Lifetime Learning in Alumni and Parent Engagement sent me an article concerning Morven, the 3,000 acre property which John W. Kluge donated to the University of Virginia, most of which had in its time been purchased by Thomas Jefferson for his secretary, William Short. Those that had […]

“Go Away! The Importance of Study Abroad”

by David T. Gies Commonwealth Professor of Spanish When students —or their parents— ask me if they should consider studying abroad, I usually answer with a simple, elegant word. “Duh!” I think that means “Yes.” Actually, what I THINK to myself is something more along these lines:  “What??!  Are you CRAZY?  UVa has some of […]