The second Arts & Sciences faculty meeting of the Fall 2019 semester was not going to be ordinary. The outcome of the meeting could alter the educational experience of future A&S students for decades and establish UVA’s liberal arts program as one of the most innovative in the country.
UVA’S DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE MAKES SIGNIFICANT STRIDES IN ITS FIRST YEAR
Since last year, the University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative has launched four research labs led by some of the top Arts & Sciences faculty on Grounds. Private funding in excess of $50 million has been committed to support the Initiative’s aim to bring together a diverse range of scholars, government leaders, and practitioners to study and advance the prospects of democracy around the world.
Student researchers explore the Lawn for history of black students’ experience
A graduate student and an Arts & Sciences undergraduate conducted research in the University of Virginia’s historic Academical Village this summer, exploring the Lawn experience for black students and the history of the pavilion gardens.
Matthew Newton’s WUVA news team produced 17 videos in seven days after Final Exercises last spring.
Reporters from the University of Virginia’s student-run digital media outlet covered not only graduation weekend — which included a speech from Pharrell Williams and numerous events for the Class of 2019 — but also the Presidential Ideas Festival, which brought almost 100 White House veterans, including former president Bill Clinton, to Grounds.
From stages in London and North Carolina to a community health center in South Africa, three Arts & Sciences students are working with their muses, thanks to grants from the University Award for Projects in the Arts program.
POWERFUL PHOTOS FOR A POWERFUL SITE
Earlier this spring, under the supervision of UVA history professor John Edwin Mason, portraits of African Americans in Charlottesville taken by Rufus Holsinger in the later 1800s and early 1900s were installed around the construction site that will become UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers.
Some of them show the men and women who were born into slavery and worked at the University — the very peo-ple being honored at that site. All of them were taken at the height of the Jim Crow era in Charlottesville and the South.
THE STARS THAT CONNECT US
Every August, when I welcome new students at Old Cabell Hall for their First Lecture, I encourage them to take a moment to walk the Lawn at night. As they look up to the stars, I hope they experience not only a sense of peace in the beauty of the night, but also a sense of belonging.
Taking On The World's Grand Challenges
By John Carfagno
“Together, we can better prepare UVA's next generation of citizen leaders and help solve some of the world’s most urgent problems. Please join us.”
-Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts & Sciences
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