UVA Professor: Transgender Characters in Media are 'Moving in Right Direction'

Posted: October 22, 2018, 12:00am


Transgender characters on television shows, in movies and in other mainstream media have never been more prevalent. But how do people in the transgender community feel about these characters, who are attempting to portray them? Well-represented? Empowered? More vulnerable? Better understood? Indifferent? These are questions that University of Virginia assistant media studies professor André Cavalcante addressed in his recent book, “Struggling for Ordinary: Media and Transgender Belonging in Everyday Life.” Cavalcante, who has a dual appointment in media studies and in women, gender and sexuality, interviewed hundreds of transgender people about their experiences with media throughout their lives. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Whitelaw Reid)

Historian Kevin Gaines is UVA's First Julian Bond Professor

Posted: October 18, 2018, 12:00am


On a bright autumn afternoon in Cleveland more than 50 years ago, 6-year-old Kevin Gaines waited for a rally at his neighborhood playground to see a visitor he already knew was important: a minister named Martin Luther King Jr. Alas, hearing the civil rights icon was not to happen that day for Gaines. King’s arrival was delayed so long that at sunset, the boy decided to head home and not be late for dinner. Today, Gaines describes himself as a product of the civil rights era. Even when very young, it was hard not to be affected, he said. His parents were “thoughtful citizens who made sure I had access to what was going on.” Gaines became a professor of African-American history. And now, after several previous posts at other prestigious universities, he has arrived at the University of Virginia as the inaugural Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

President Ryan Appoints Working Group to Identify Key Issues for Improving UVA-Community Relationship

Posted: October 17, 2018, 12:00am


Strengthening the University’s relationship with the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle and the surrounding region is the goal of a new working group established by University of Virginia President Jim Ryan. The group will determine the highest-priority issues for consideration, which might include wages, housing, education, health care and other matters. “Building a stronger relationship between UVA and the surrounding community is one of my top priorities as president,” Ryan said. “The creation of this working group is a first step in what will be a robust effort to strengthen that relationship, and I am grateful to the members of the group for their willingness to help us get started.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anthony P. de Bruyn)

Arts & Sciences Introduces New Associate Dean After National Search

Posted: October 17, 2018, 12:00am


Keisha John, who has been serving as Director of Diversity Programs for UVA’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs since 2015, is moving into a new role within the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. (READ MORE)

Source: A&S News (Lorenzo Perez)

See a Rare Copy of the Emancipation Proclamation with Lincoln's Signature at UVA

Posted: October 4, 2018, 12:00am


Rare copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, and the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, as well as a unique note by the famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass are on display at the University of Virginia, on loan from a private collection. The documents are exhibited in the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library’s first floor gallery through Oct. 22, overlapping with UVA President Jim Ryan’s inauguration Oct. 19. The exhibition also includes letters and rare books related to the Civil War and emancipation from UVA’s Special Collections. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)