College faculty members voted with an 83 percent majority to test the first comprehensive revamp of the school’s curriculum in more than four decades. The pilot program will begin with a subset of students entering UVA in the fall of 2017.
Internationally acclaimed author Salman Rushdie, Emmy Award-winning writer and producer David Simon, and celebrated chef, author and National Humanities Medalist Alice Waters will be among more than 50 special guests participating in Human/Ties, a three-day celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities to be held Sept. 14-17 at UVA and venues throughout Charlottesville.
A pair of MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipients will teach and mentor aspiring writers at UVA next academic year as the Creative Writing Program’s next two Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Writers-in-Residence.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences recently announced the election of 213 new members this year, including three faculty members from UVA: School of Law professor and psychologist John Monahan; Jahan Ramazani, Professor of English; and Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Alan Taylor.
The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures hosted a visit last month by students from one of the top high schools in the U.S. The April 11 tour aimed to provide the 47 students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology a deeper appreciation for the continued study of German at the undergraduate level.
Sponsored by the University of Virginia and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation through the National Bureau of Economic Research, the conference drew faculty and students from 15 universities and colleges, including keynote speaker Sandra Black, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
The two-year grant for the “Emerging Technologies and Strategic Stability” project will support meetings drawing together an international group of academics with technical experts from Silicon Valley, defense industry representatives, and government and military officials.
Lorraine Daston, a director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and renowned authority on Early Modern European scientific and intellectual history, will be presenting three public lectures as part of the Page-Barbour Lectures Series.