We had a great weekend celebrating with over 1,500 alumni and guests from the classes of 1982, 1977, 1972, 1967, 1962, 1957 and the Thomas Jefferson Society! Explore the photos and podcasts below to relive all of the memories from June 1-4, 2017!
View the photos in a slideshow above, or click on any photo to go to Flickr and download the photos you want to save. You can also view all the Alumni Association photos on the UVA Alumni Flickr Photostream.
Faculty and alumni lead an engaging conversation on the history of the Honor System at the University of Virginia, how it functions presently, and prospects and opportunities for the future. Speakers included: Coy Barefoot (Grad A&S ‘97), Stewart Ackerly (Col ‘06), Charlie Harris (Col ‘08, Law ‘11) and Michael Lenox (Professor, Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer, Darden School of Business). Click here to listen to the podcast.
The talk reviews the recently completed Rotunda renovation as well as current and upcoming projects in the Academical Village that will help set the stage for the University’s next hundred years. Speakers: Brian Hogg (Senior Preservation Planner, Office of the Architect for the University) and Jody Lahendro (Historic Preservation Architect, Facilities Planning and Construction). Click here to listen to the podcast.
This panel addressed the impact of cybersecurity on everyday life, and what you can do to protect your security and privacy in today’s connected world. Cybersecurity attacks such as phishing, ransomware, and other malware have broad social and economic impacts. In addition, new smart devices and the Internet of Things are creating new cybersecurity and privacy challenges with large scale impacts. Speakers included: Angela Orebaugh (Assistant Professor, Director of Cybersecurity and IT Programs at UVA), Jason Belford (Chief Information Security Officer, UVA) and Ryan Wright (Associate Professor, McIntire School of Commerce). Click here to listen to the podcast.
For centuries, Americans have fought and died for the right to vote. Today the violence has ebbed, but legal conflicts continue—over voter identification laws, proof of citizenship requirements, long lines at polling stations, and the Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court recently cut back. Meanwhile, wealthy donors and outside groups are pouring more money into politics than ever. Proponents argue that the First Amendment protects their spending, which is a form of political speech, and that the money buys ads that inform voters. Opponents argue that the money corrupts and undermines our democracy. This panel discussed these developments, as well as a current picture of elections in America. Speakers included: Michael Gilbert (Sullivan & Cromwell Professor, UVA School of Law), John Harrison (James Madison Distinguished Professor, UVA School of Law), Nicole Hemmer (Assistant Professor, Miller Center). Click here to listen to the podcast.
This panel considered U.S. foreign policy and the world it has confronted after the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. Speakers included: Barbara Perry (White Burkett Miller Professor of Ethics and Institutions; Director, Presidential Studies, Miller Center), William Antholis (Executive Director and CEO, Miller Center), and Jeffrey Legro (Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost). Click here to listen to the podcast.
Elizabeth Varon dispelled the myth that the Appomattox surrender was a “gentleman’s agreement” between Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant that reunited the South and North. She argues that the surrender terms were controversial from the start and became the touchstone for political conflicts during Reconstruction. Her talk addressed meanings of the surrender in central Virginia and Albemarle County, especially for the former slaves and black Union soldiers who regarded April 9, 1865 as a key turning point in the long process of emancipation. Elizabeth Varon is a Langbourne M. Williams Professor at the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, as well as an Associate Director of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History. Click here to listen to the podcast.
UVA School of Medicine researchers are unlocking the secrets of the brain to transform how we deliver lifesaving care to patients. Jonathan Kipnis’s breakthrough discovery of the immune system’s relationship with the brain will impact the treatment of neurological diseases such as autism, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis. Jeff Elias’s innovative use of focused ultrasound recently received FDA approval for treating essential tremors and has the potential to dramatically improve the lives of patients with Parkinson’s and cancer. This panel provided an insider’s look into these nationally publicized, groundbreaking discoveries. Speakers included: Peggy Shupnik (Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology, Senior Associate Dean of Research), Jeffrey Elias (Professor, School of Medicine, Neurological Surgery and Neurology) and Jonathan Kipnis (Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair, School of Medicine, Neuroscience; Director, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia). Click here to listen to the podcast.
Click here to find a full listing of President’s Sullivan’s speeches (at Reunions and throughout the year).