It's hard to keep up with everything happening at U.Va. Here you will find lectures, speeches and other events of interest to the University community. Listen to them now, download them for later or subscribe to our podcast and take them with you.
Class of 1971 Panel at Reunions Weekend 20117/5/11 - Members of the Class of 1971 share stories of their time at the University of Virginia.
Haiti: The People, Politics and Plans for the Future4/1/11 - Our shocked world watched Haiti collapse as a result of an earthquake in January 2010. Join Robert Fatton, a native of Haiti and professor and associate dean in the department of politics, as
he explores Haiti’s history right up to the devastating earthquake.
Our University: The Black Alumni Experience4/1/11 - Everyone has memorable stories about their time at the University. Join us for an alumni panel about the activities and events that impacted their college experiences. The panelists include Paulette Morant (Col ’74), Gary Flowers (Col ’85), Xuri Maurice Allen (Col ’87), Endi Piper (Col ’93), Carlos Brown (Col ’96), Consuelo Kendall (Col ’03), and Nicholas Jordan (Col ’08). The panel is moderated by Khalilah Brown-Dean (Col ’98).
Our University: The Black Alumni Experience4/1/11 - The student experience is ever-changing at the University. Join current students for a panel discussion on undergrad life at U.Va.
Class of 1975: A Long and Winding Road6/5/10 - What shape did the "Long and Winding Road" take for the Class of 1975? A panel of alumni shared their answer to that question during a seminar held on June 5, 2010. The panel is moderated by Joel Rubin of the Rubin Communications Group.
The speakers are: Janice Rosser Allen, executive chair of the board for International Cooperating
Ministries; Candace Beaman Moore, deputy chief, Medical Foreign Programs, for the U.S. Embassy in London; Blake Morant, dean of Wake Forest Law
School; Capt. Dave Kennedy, U.S. Navy (retired); Chris Morris, senior designer at Rockwell Architecture who helped design the Kodak Theater in Hollywood; and Gene Schutt, associate dean of development of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Major Issues in America's Health6/5/10 - As part of Reunions Weekend 2010, major experts in health care presented important issues. The panel included Francis Collins (Col '70), William Corr (Col '70), Steve DeKosky, and Marge Sidebottom.
The University: Past, Present and Future6/5/10 - Moderated by Larry Sabato, this panel featured University luminaries including John Casteen III (Col '65), Leonard Sandridge (Grad '74), Tim Garson and Robert Sweeney.
Reunions Weekend 2010: President's Welcome and Remarks6/4/10 - June 4, 2010 - President Casteen welcomes alumni at Reunions Weekend 2010. The events were sponsored by the Alumni Association.
2010 Graduation5/23/10 - Graduation 2010 on the Lawn features Finals Address by President John Casteen, greetings from the Alumni Association, and the Conferring of Degrees.
2010 Valedictory Exercises5/22/10 - Class of 2010 Valedictory Exercises on the Lawn. David Baldacci (Law '86), author, screenwriter, and philanthropist, gave the Valedictory Address. University awards and the class gift were presented.
Sex Matters11/28/09 - On November 28, 2009, Dr. Anita Clayton
held a candid discussion about the similarities and differences between women and men in how they embrace their personal sexuality, including expectations and self-image. Clayton is the author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy.
Whatever Happened to Thrift? Why Americans Don't Save and What to Do About It11/14/09 - It is no secret that Americans save very little, but why? What can be done about it? Wilcox, a professor at U.Va.'s Darden School of Business, will describe how the "savings crisis" adversely influences personal lifestyles over the long term, and how it can undermine our national wealth and standard of living. Wilcox will highlight practical strategies to spend less and save more, and he will explain how reinventing thrift can make America a more prosperous nation.
Frankenstein and Dracula: Separated at Birth—and Not Dead Yet 10/31/09 - Who are Frankenstein and Dracula and why do we love to fear them? Stephen Arata, Professor of English, and Susan Tyler Hitchcock, former U.Va. faculty and nonfiction author, teamed on up Halloween to tell Frankenstein and Dracula’s long, strange and intertwined life stories.
U.Va.'s Commitment to Global Health: A Declaration of Interdependence 10/24/09 - Health transcends all geographic, cultural, religious and economic barriers and is perhaps one of our most universal and unassailable human values. Rebecca Dillingham, M.D., is an expert in tropical infectious diseases and a leader in UVa's pioneering TransUniversity Center for Global Health. On October 24, 2009, Dillingham presented an overview of UVA's pioneering role in making medical care available to the poorest of the poor across the world.
More than the Score: Sabato's Crystal Ball 10/10/09 - On October 10, 2009, Professor Larry Sabato brought his political prowess and knowledge to a full house at Alumni Hall to once again peer into his famed Crystal Ball. In 2008, Sabato's Center for Politics correctly predicted over 95% of the Senate and House races and came within one electoral vote of the actual result of the Presidential contest!
More than the Score: Beyond Oil, Coal and Natural Gas: Opportunities and Challenges for Renewable Fuels and Chemicals9/12/09 - The finite availability of fossil fuels has prompted a hunt for alternative resources to power us into the future. On September 12, 2009, Chemical Engineering Professor Robert Davis updated alumni on some of the current ideas and challenges related to the use of renewable biomass as a replacement for oil, coal and natural gas.
More than the Score: Designing Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village 9/5/09 - On September 5, 2009, a crowd packed into the Virginia Room at Alumni Hall to hear a talk on "Designing Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village." Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, showed examples of Jefferson's original drawings and how his ideas were shaped through collaboration. Andrea Douglas, curator of the University of Virginia Art Museum, discussed the logistics of bringing a new exhibit on the origins of the Academical Village that opens at the museum this year.
Casteen Welcomes Class of 2013, His Last as U.Va. President8/23/09 - The Opening Convocation for new University of Virginia students took place on Sunday, August 23, 2009. This was the last time President Casteen will welcome an incoming class. After 20 years, U.Va.'s seventh president will step down on Aug. 1, 2010. The president welcomed the largest first-year class in the University's history, 3,260 students from 46 states, the District of Columbia and 76 countries. Sixty-eight percent are Virginians; half of those hail from Northern Virginia, and 315 transferred from Virginia's community colleges. More than a thousand, he said, are supported in some measure by AccessUVA, the University's financial aid program.
President's Welcome Address8/22/09 - On Saturday, August 22, 2009, President Casteen gave his annual Welcome Address to first-years in Old Cabell Hall. He focused his remarks to parents and students on the transition from high school to college; the health and safety of students (including availability of vaccines for both seasonal and novel H1N1 flu); the honor system; and on student opportunities ranging from getting to know the professors to studying abroad.
Growth on Grounds6/5/09 - David Neuman, the Architect for the University, explains the ever-changing physical landscape of the University. He talks about new projects on Grounds, both under way and anticipated.
Finals Speaker 20095/17/09 - J. Harvie Wilkinson III, a University of Virginia Law School graduate and appeals court judge who has been on short lists for U.S. Supreme Court vacancies, gave the commencement address at the University of Virginia's 180th Final Exercises.
Valedictory Address 20095/16/09 - Dawn Staley, a U.Va. alumna who went on to be an Olympian, WNBA all-star and head women's basketball coach at Temple University and the University of South Carolina, gave the 2009 Valedictory Address at John Paul Jones Arena
Peter Onuf gives the Engagement Community's Thomas Jefferson Lecture4/10/09 - This is a recording of the 2009 Thomas Jefferson Lecture of the Engagement Community at the University of Virginia. The speaker is Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor in U.Va.’s Corcoran Department of History. Professor Onuf is a specialist in the history of the early American republic and a noted scholar of Mr. Jefferson.
No One Factor Can Cause, Cure Economic Crisis, Experts Explain2/26/09 - The current economic crisis is not without precedent, but the notion that deregulation was the sole cause doesn
Education Expert Gives U.Va. Ridley Lecture on Today's Education Challenges and Opportunities2/23/09 - Margaret Beale Spencer, the Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education at the University of Chicago, gave the fourth annual Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Lecture at the University of Virginia on Feb. 23rd. Spencer is a developmental psychologist and professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. She leads the Penn-Chicago W.E.B. DuBois Collective Research Institute, which engages in partnerships with racially, economically and ethnically diverse communities that have been traditionally underrepresented and under-resourced. Her talk was entitled "The 1954 Brown Decision and Contemporary Education Challenges and Opportunities," and was presented in the Rotunda Dome Room.
British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald Speaks on International Relations2/13/09 - Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Great Britain's ambassador to the United States, spoke in the Dome Room at the Rotunda Feb. 13 on international relations. His talk was free and open to the public. Following his address there was a discussion of his remarks, led by U.Va. history professor Philip Zelikow, former executive director of the 9/11 Commission and former counselor of the U.S. Department of State, and David A. Leblang, the J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance & Professor of Politics.
Repairing History: The Ethic of Responsibility to Remember2/9/09 - Dean Maurice Apprey makes his remarks as part of the annual State of the Office of African-American Affairs address. The event took place in the Rotunda's Dome Room on February 9th at 7pm and was sponsored by the OAAA and the Black Leadership Institute.
President John Casteen Delivers Annual State of the University Address2/4/09 - U.Va. President John T. Casteen III called for the University to
Harry Harding Named Founding Dean of U.Va.'s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy1/30/09 - Harry Harding, one of America's preeminent China scholars, will become the first dean of the University of Virginia's Frank Batten Sr. School of Leadership and Public Policy, University President John T. Casteen III announced on January 30. Harding begins his term on July 1.
Architectural Historian and Museum Curator Bruce Ambler Boucher Appointed Director of the University of Virginia Art Museum1/29/09 - Bruce Ambler Boucher, who has divided his career between education, scholarship and museum administration, will become the director of the University of Virginia Art Museum on March 1. He currently is the curator of European sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, a position he has held since 2002. Boucher was introduced to a group of gathered U.Va. administrators, faculty, museum staff, students and friends in the museum on January 29, 2009.
King and Obama: The Dream, The Promise, The Fulfillment1/21/09 - This year's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration panel discussion was called "King and Obama: The Dream The Promise, The Fulfillment." Speakers included Claudrena Harold (History/University of Virginia), Andrea Y. Simpson (Political Science/University of Richmond) and Corey Walker (Africana Studies/Brown University). Sponsors of the event were the Office of African-American Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Equity, Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia Library, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The panel took place on January 21, 2009, in the Harrison-Small Auditorium.
Siva Vaidhyanathan speaks to the UVaEngagement Community1/14/09 - U.Va. Media Studies Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan spoke to the UVaEngagement Community, a group of engagement and fundraising professionals at the University, about the
Walt Whitman recounted by VQR Editor Genoways; preview of next issue1/7/09 - Ted Genoways has recently been on sabbatacial from the Virginia Quarterly Review to write a book about Walt Whitman
UVA Astronomy Professor Ed Murphy with the top 8 space stories of 20081/7/09 - Ed Murphy is a professor of astronomer at the University of Virginia, and he joined Coy Barefoot on the January 7, 2009 edition of the WINA