will speak at Oct. 26 Convocation
Edward L. Ayers, the new dean of the College
and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, will deliver the
Universitys annual Fall Convocation address on Oct. 26.
The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on the Lawn.
a nationally known expert in Southern history and Civil War, joined
the faculty in 1980 after earning an undergraduate degree at the
University of Tennessee and masters and doctoral degrees
at Yale University. He is a co-founder of the Virginia
Center for Digital History at U.Va., along with current center
director William G. Thomas. Among Ayers best-known works
is the acclaimed Web project, Valley of the Shadow: Two
Communities in the American Civil War, a comprehensive examination
of everyday life before and during the Civil War in two small
communities on either side of the Mason-Dixon Line.
chaired the U.Va. Faculty
Senate from 1998 to 1999, leading a major discussion of the
role and impact of technology in academic life.