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Creating Presidential Libraries: Lessons from History

Written by Barbara Perry, Gerald L. Baliles Professor and Director of Presidential Studies, and Sheila M. Blackford, Librarian and Managing Editor of American President, UVA’s Miller Center. Follow them on Twitter @BarbaraPerryUVA and @Sheila_bl. All presidents since Herbert Hoover have established libraries to house their presidential archives and museums. Barack Obama’s will be situated on […]

Stay Tuned for “The Kennedys”

Written by Barbara Perry, Gerald L. Baliles Professor and Director of Presidential Studies, UVA’s Miller Center. She is the author of Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier and Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch. Follow her on Twitter @BarbaraPerryUVA. In the very same week of the Academy Awards, I […]

Reading and Meditation

Written by John Lyons, Commonwealth Professor of French, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Each fall, thousands of excited, confused, worried, rushed first-year students arrive at the University, usually happy, but haunted by a distracting urgency.  It seems that everything has to be done at once and that a whole host of opportunities […]

The Enduring Fascination of George Washington

  Written by William M. Ferraro, Research Associate Professor and Senior Associate Editor, The Washington Papers, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences George Washington still attracts attention.  Some one million people visit his Mount Vernon home every year.  Both scholarly and popular investigations of his life and role in historical events pour forth […]

BESIDE THE POINT

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 […]

THE POND

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 […]