Upcoming FREE Professional Development Programs for Teachers

Center for the Liberal Arts
presents the following Professional Development Programs for Teachers

Spring 2016 Programs are available for FREE to Virginia K-12 Teachers

Coffee, pastries, and lunch are provided free for all participants. Participants will also receive a certificate indicating completion of at least four-and-a-half hours of professional development.


“All Men Are Created Equal”? Thomas Jefferson and Community Life at Monticello and the University of Virginia

This professional development program seeks to bring school teachers together with some of the foremost scholars on Thomas Jefferson in two weeklong seminars during July 2016 (applicants choose either July 17-23 or July 24-30). These residential seminars will explore not only the public spaces that Monticello and the University of Virginia represent, but the private ruminations of their founder as seen through textual, architectural, and archaeological evidence. Such a study, located in historic Charlottesville, Virginia and conducted at Monticello and on grounds at the University, will afford participants an unusual opportunity for understanding the private life of Thomas Jefferson that will provide insight into his public institutions, his most prominent writings, and the seemingly contradictory aspects of his public image and private life. Sponsored by the Center for the Liberal Arts at the University of Virginia and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For detailed program information and application procedures, please visit thomasjeffersonandcommunitylife.com or call Becky Yancey at 434-982-5205.
Applications are due March 1, 2016.

Dante’s Inferno: Influence, Adaptation, and Appropriation

(March 19th, 2016)
To Be Held at Zehmer Hall – Room C/D
What does Dante’s classic poem Inferno have to do with contemporary American culture and the lives of high school students? Come find out as Dr. Deborah Parker, world renowned Dante scholar and Italian professor at the University of Virginia (UVA), and Dr. Mark Parker, Professor of English at James Madison University, lead this professional development program designed to animate the study of Dante through the use of highly accessible literary and artistic works and pedagogical strategies.

Shakespeare First Folio Workshop

(April 9th, 2016)
To be held at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Auditorium

Spanish Spring Workshop

(April 23rd, 2016)
“La experiencia de los inmigrantes latinos en los EEUU”