A weekly newsletter committed to connecting students, faculty and community members with opportunities for active engagement within and beyond the University.
NEW this year: Flash! Seminars. Event of the Week, Charlottesville Spotlight and more.
TALK is CHEAP, Every Friday. 2:00 p.m. Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room
Casual discussions about interesting and relevant current events. Open to all students, faculty, staff and community members.
This Week’s topic: “Race to the Top”
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the second round of state winners in its $4.35 billion public education competition. Who won? How will Race to the Top impact public education in the U.S.? What are some of the competition’s controversies? Should the competition be extended?
Flash seminars aim to bring together faculty and students in small, unconventional settings to explore ideas and issues outside the conventional classroom. Learn more at: www.flashsems.com
Upcoming Seminar: “Liberal Arts in the Era of Late Capitalism” with Richard Handler
Monday, September 13th 5:00 p.m.
Open to first the 15 students. Sign up Here!
Monday, September 6
Facing the Flood in Pakistan, 8:00 p.m. Jefferson Hall, Hotel C
An interactive panel discussion, including Professor John Echeverri-Gent and Mrs. Fauzia Kasuri, on the recent flooding in Pakistan. Discussions will include the current state of affairs in Pakistan, why aid has been so slow to reach the affected area, and information on ways to help.
Wednesday, September 8
Study Abroad Fair, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Newcomb Plaza
Meet with U.Va. program faculty directors, exchange partners and other study abroad organizations. The fair will be held in Newcomb Ballroom in the event of rain.
Brown Bag Lecture: Project Frog, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Campbell 158
Mark Miller, an architect and entrepreneur, will talk about Project Frog, a company he launched in 2006 that uses innovative design and technology to create sustainable pre-engineered building systems.
The New Scramble for Africa, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Brooks Hall Conference Room
Join Ph.D. candidate in English, Z’etoile Imma, for a presentation and discussion at the launch of this year’s African Studies Forum.
Entrepreneur for Society, 7:30 p.m. Rouss 410
Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, discusses his project to launch a global association of men and women seeking solutions for the world’s most urgent problems.: Website.
Thursday, September 9
Energy in the 21st Century: Could Muir, Patton, and Gandhi Agree on a Program?, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Jefferson Theater, 110 E Main Street (Downtown Mall)
R. James Woolsey, former CIA director, will speak at the Clean Economy Network’s launch event, an evening dedicated to unifying diverse economic sectors through advocacy, education and networking.
UVA Food Collaborative: the Documentary “Fresh,” 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Clark 108
Come out for a screening and discussion of “Fresh” – an engaging documentary, which celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system.
Friday, September 10
Miller Center Forum: Lessons from a Long War: Iraq, Afghanistan and History, 11:00 a.m. Miller Center of Public Affairs
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq until 2009 and also former Ambassador to Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon, Ryan Crocker, will discuss U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Website
East Asia Center Lecture Series: Daoist History and History of Daoism, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Minor 125
Gil Raz, Assistant Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College will present on new ways of understanding Daoism, and suggest a definition of Daoism that allows for the diverse and often bewildering aspects of Daoism.
Saturday, September 11
Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. West Lawn of Monticello
Experience the genius of Thomas Jefferson while celebrating one of his great passions – the garden. The annual Heritage Harvest Festival, a celebration of gardening, sustainable agriculture and local food, held at Monticello, the mountaintop home of our third president.
Register to Vote
Local and National elections take place November 2: if you’re not registered to vote or would like to re-register with a new address, visit the Charlottesville Voter Registration webpage.
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