Ayers, Dean Of The College, To Speak At Fall Convocation On Oct.
1, 2001-- Edward L. Ayers, the new dean of the College
and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, will deliver the University
of Virginia's 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 master's and doctoral degrees at Yale
University. Ayers' enthusiastic and engaging lectures quickly placed
his courses among those most in demand at the University. He was
promoted to associate professor in 1986 and awarded the Hugh P.
Kelly chair and a full professorship in 1993. Earlier this year,
he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences,
one of approximately 30 U.Va. faculty members to attain that distinction.
is a co-founder of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the
University of Virginia, 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
chaired the U.Va. Faculty Senate from 1998 to 1999, leading a major
discussion of the role and impact of technology in academic life
during his term.
the 2 p.m. Lawn ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26, which officially opens
Family Weekend, students who have earned grade-point averages of
3.4 or higher during their first two years at U.Va., will be awarded
Thomas Jefferson Award, given annually to a member of the University
community who exemplifies in character and achievements the ideals
of U.Va.'s founder, also will be presented.
Weekend at U.Va. includes the University Forum, remarks by President
John T. Casteen III, followed by a question and answer session.
The forum will take place Saturday, Oct. 27, in Old Cabell Hall
from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
rain site for Friday's convocation is University Hall.
Katherine Jackson, (434) 924-3629