Virtual Events

Virtual Events

Here are the past recordings of our "Between the Columns" virtual events:


Between the Columns with Bethany Teachman

May 6, 2020
Feeling anxious? Hear from Bethany Teachman, one of the College's leading experts on anxiety, about ways to identify and address anxiety, how to emotionally support yourself and others.


Between the Columns with Christian McMillen

May 12, 2020
"Epidemics, Pandemics, and History." What can the epidemics and pandemics of the past teach us about today's situation? Professor Christian McMillen will help us answer that question and many more. He teaches a class and has authored two books on the subject, and is also a member of UVA's Global Infectious Disease Institute.


Between the Columns: Economic Downturn and Your Career

May 14, 2020
"Economic Downturn and Your Career." Practical Advice for Navigating and Persevering. Hear from College alumni in the D.C. area as they answer questions about ways to navigate an economic downturn, especially for those early in their careers.


Between the Columns with Deborah Lawrence

June 11, 2020
"Climate Change Today." How can we affect climate change today? What can we learn from the human and societal response to the pandemic that could be applied to climate action? Will these lessons have any effect on climate policy in the future? Professor Deborah Lawrence will help us answer these questions and many more.


Between the Columns with Mary Kate Cary

June 16, 2020
"Democracy Out Loud: Historic Speeches that Connected Americans." Join former White House speechwriter Mary Kate Cary, (class of '85 and Parent '17 and '19) and students from her political speech writing class entitled "Democracy Out Loud" as they discuss historical speeches that have particular relevance today.


Between the Columns with Eric Leeper and Anton Korinek

June 18, 2020
"The Pandemic's Economic Impact and the Policy Choices That Follow." Join Professors Eric Leeper and Anton Korinek for a discussion about the macroeconomic impact of Covid-19, both short term and longer term. They will discuss the connection between epidemiology and economics, the case for public health interventions, and the societal implications in overcoming the disease.


Between the Columns with Melody Barnes, Jennifer Rubenstein, and David Leblang

June 25, 2020
"Protests and Pandemics Beyond Emergency Politics?" The United States is dealing with challenges—chronic and new—revealed in a time of crisis. Communities face catastrophic economic, technological, and health care problems animated—or intensified—by COVID-19, and the murder of George Floyd places a spotlight on deep-seated and persistent structural racism. This session brings together in dialogue Jennifer Rubenstein and Melody Barnes to discuss the ways in which emergency situations—both domestic and foreign—are framed, and how they provide opportunities and challenges to both policymakers and citizens. The conversation is moderated by David Leblang.


Between the Columns with Charlotte Matthews

July 16, 2020
"Writing in Times of Difficulty." Memoirist, poet, faculty member, and alumna Charlotte Matthews (’88) will speak on how writing can help us process and understand information, especially during times of hardship. In the midst of tumult, we often choose to steer away from what is trying, from what burdens us. But what if, instead, we put it down, literally, in writing, to be examined? What if writing enabled us to carry less and understand more? This session will explore these questions and offer thoughts on how to do just that. In addition to her own writing credits, Professor Matthews teaches courses on poetry and creative writing and, as a cancer survivor herself, leads workshops on writing through the often life-changing diagnosis of cancer.


Between the Columns with Andrew Kahrl

July 21, 2020
"How Racism Takes Place in America's Past and Present." Join Professor Andrew Kahrl and 2017 alumna DeAnza Cook for a discussion on racial violence, systemic discrimination, and Back freedom struggles in American cities throughout history. Professor Kahrl's research centers around the social, political, and environmental history of land use, real estate, and racial inequality in 20th century America. Some specific areas of his focus include the history of race in real estate, redlining, racial segregation of outdoor recreation, and the struggle over public beach access. DeAnza's forthcoming dissertation focuses on the evolution of police science and police-community relations in urban America at the dawn of the twenty-first century.


Between the Columns with Kelsey Johnson

July 30, 2020
"Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe." Join Professor Kelsey Johnson as she discusses some of the great unsolved mysteries in the universe - part of an undergraduate course she teaches where questioning and curiosity are highly encouraged. What do we not know about the universe and how can curiosity move us toward progress? How does questioning allow us to learn more about our place within the universe? 


Between the Columns with Claudrena Harold

August 11, 2020
"Soundtrack for a Revolution: Pop Music and the Protest Tradition in America." Join Professor Claudrena Harold for a discussion about the role of pop music in protests throughout American history. How can pop music help us understand historical movements? Does music have an effect on the outcome of protests throughout history? How does music foster connections both between people and to a common goal?


Between the Columns with Talitha LeFlouria

September 4, 2020
"Mass Incarceration and Black Women in America: Understanding the History." Join Professor Talitha LeFlouria for a conversation about the history of Black women and mass incarceration in America. Today, approximately 1 in 100 Black women in America are under the supervision of the U.S. criminal justice system. These numbers were drastically higher in the post-Civil War South. How do we understand the history of this phenomenon and what connections can we draw to today? How can the stories of these women fill a gap in our understanding of mass incarceration in America?


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