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Jody Kielbasa
Vice Provost for the Arts
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President's Speaker Series for the Arts
The President's Speaker Series for the Arts is supported by the offices of the President and
the Provost, the Vice Provost for the Arts and the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

   

Mission

The President's Speaker Series for the Arts is an initiative of the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, & the Vice Provost for the Arts to bring global leaders in the Arts to UVa each year to speak about the value and meaning of the arts in education, our nation, and our world.

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Tina Fey
Tina Fey


Tina Fey: U.Va.'s Inaugural Presidential Speaker for the Arts
September 14, 2013

University of Virginia alumna Tina Fey — actress, comedian, writer, producer and star of NBC's "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" — will return to the University of Virginia this fall to kick off a new speaker series highlighting the positive impact of arts on society.

Her appearance, set for Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 8:15 p.m., will be the inaugural address of the President's Speaker Series for the Arts. The event will take place at the University's McIntire Amphitheatre located on McCormick Road on Central Grounds.

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Vice Provost for the Arts office

Jody Kielbasa email >
Vice Provost for the Arts & Director, Virginia Film Festival
434.409.2521
PO Box 400308
Booker House, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4226

Emma Terry email >
Staff Assistant to the Vice Provost for the Arts
434.924.5844
PO Box 400308
Booker House, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4226

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In the News

UVA Magazine, Girl Most Likely: The making of Tina Fey November 21, 2013, by Molly Minturn

Tina Fey usually arrived early to her classes at the University of Virginia. Drama professor Richard Warner remembers heading down early to Culbreth B006, a basement classroom, and finding Fey sitting there, coolly thumbing through the New York Times, waiting for everyone else to show up. "I spent every waking moment there," Fey says of the drama building.

Fey (Col '92) was known for constantly taking notes in black-and-white composition books, not just in class, but wherever she happened to be. "I would just sit there, watching her write and write and write," Fey's friend Cady Garey (Grad '93) says. "I finally asked her, 'What is it that you're writing down?' And she said, 'Oh, just stuff. Anything I think of.'"

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UVA Today, Tina Fey Talks Humor, Drama and Valuing the Arts at Inaugural Speaker Series Event September 16, 2013, by Lauren Jones

“When you are scheduled to speak right before the funniest woman on the planet, there’s just one rule: Be brief, “ University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan told a packed audience at the McIntire Amphitheatre Saturday night.

She was introducing U.Va. alumna Tina Fey, the actress, comedian, writer, producer and star of NBC’s “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” who returned to Grounds Saturday to kick off the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts, a series highlighting the positive impact of arts on society.

The series, a joint initiative of the Office of the President and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, will bring to the University each fall a global leader in the arts to speak about the value and meaning of the arts to universities, communities and the nation.

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UVA Today, Tina Fey To Be U.Va.’s Inaugural Presidential Speaker for the Arts on Sept. 14 June 25, 2013, by Robert Hull

Tina Fey – actress, comedian, writer, producer and star of NBC’s “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” – will return to the University of Virginia this fall to kick off a new speaker series highlighting the positive impact of arts on society.

Fey studied playwriting and acting and graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in drama.

Her appearance, set for Sept. 14 at 8:15 p.m., will be the inaugural address of the “President’s Speaker Series for the Arts,” an initiative of the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

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