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We hope you will consider entering the lottery for one of the Dome Room Dinners. One of Family Weekend's most popular events, the dinners allow families to dine on Grounds in the University's original library, while listening to a lecture from one of our premier faculty members. There will be two dinners: one on Friday, November 4 and one on Saturday, November 5. Dinner starts promptly at 6:30 pm.
The cost per person is $80. We welcome guests of all ages, and the cost per person is the same regardless of age.
Because of the popularity of the event and because space is limited to 100 guests, all parties are entered into a lottery and selected at random. The deadline to enter the lottery was Friday, October 14 and selected participants were notified on Monday, October 17.
Friday: Michael Wormington, Associate Professor of Biology
Michael Wormington earned his B.A. in Biology and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas and was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Institute for Science Department of Embryology. He joined the UVA faculty in 1989. Professor Wormington's primary research interests lie in the regulation of gene expression during early development and the connection between genetic and metabolic programming in cancer cells. His research has been funded by the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. He has received Distinguished Teaching Awards from the Department of Biology, and the University's All-University Teaching Award. He is a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences.
Saturday: Carmenita Higginbotham, Associate Professor of Art and Director, Undergraduate Programs in American Studies
Carmenita Higginbotham's research examines early 20th century American art with an emphasis on how notions of "the city" have had an impact on representation. Her book, The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh and American Art, considers how Reginald Marsh as an American Scene artist represents African Americans during the 1930s. Higginbotham joined the UVA faculty in 2005. Her teaching in the Art History department includes courses on the history of American Art, Popular Visual Culture, African American Art, and Art Film. As joint faculty in American Studies, she also offers cinema studies courses on topics such as American film noir, Hollywood and the Great Depression, and 20th century stardom. In addition, she teaches on the cultural and visual impact of Disney in American popular culture.