Bicentennial Commemoration Continues with Symposium on History with Slavery

Posted: October 19, 2017, 12:00am

One of the core tenets in planning and commemorating the University of Virginia’s bicentennial is telling a fuller story of its history: who has been part of it, how the institution has changed and continues to change. Toward that end, UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan said hosting this week’s symposium, “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory and the Built Landscape,” as the second major event of the bicentennial commemoration was intentional. Organized by the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, which Sullivan formed in 2013, the symposium is offering more than 30 panel discussions and concurrent sessions, with 125 presenters from colleges, universities and other institutions sharing how they have begun to grapple with their histories of slavery. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

What Does History of Slavery Mean for Today's Colleges and Universities?

Posted: October 10, 2017, 4:44pm

From sleeping overnight outside near where enslaved laborers lived and worked at the University of Virginia to discussing the work of investigating, preserving and making public the legacies of slavery at universities in the South and the North, a symposium to be held at UVA from Oct. 18 to 21 will address historical and contemporary issues pertaining to race, place and inequality. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

The Difference a Department Makes: Woodson Institute Determines Its Destiny

Posted: October 9, 2017, 12:00am

The creeping re-segregation of public schools. Consequences of recent changes to voting rights laws. The widening gap between the wealthy and the poor. The effects of incarceration on families. Charlottesville’s history of race relations. These are just a few examples of topics to which the academic discipline of African-American studies brings valuable, necessary perspectives, according to University of Virginia English professor Deborah McDowell, director of UVA’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. This year the institute has become a full-fledged department in the College of Arts & Sciences. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Making Connections: Undergrads Help International Newcomers Learn the Culture

Posted: September 29, 2017, 12:00am

When Başak Özaslan first came to the University of Virginia from Turkey in 2014, she had three objectives: earn a Ph.D. in systems engineering, improve her English and get to know people from other cultures. Today, Özaslan is in her fourth year of the systems engineering program, and thanks to an organization called Volunteers with International Students, Staff and Scholars, or VISAS, she regularly meets with English-speaking undergraduates, while also helping other internationals improve their language skills. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Abigail Lague)

The Case for Full Coeducation at UVA Turned on a Late-Night Phone Call

Posted: September 28, 2017, 12:00am

In the spring of 1969, Virginia Scott was 18 and preparing to graduate from Albemarle High School. She was also working part-time for a lawyer named John Lowe. Stories in the local newspaper about his work on civil rights cases had inspired her to apply for a job in his Charlottesville office. That collaboration would lead to a monumental event – full coeducation at the University of Virginia. On a recent summer morning in Charlottesville at Bodo’s Bagels on Emmet Street, Lowe recalled a long-ago conversation with Scott that got the coeducation ball rolling. His young employee told him she was about to graduate with exceptional grades. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)