UVA assistant professor (and former DJ) Noel Lobley’s association with sub-Saharan Africa began in 2001 with a donkey cart and a few fellow musicians traveling South Africa’s townships to play recordings of traditional African music.
Last February, UVA launched the Department of Politics Experimental Lab, which aims to determine the behavioral tendencies of civilians who have been exposed to violence in civil wars and insurgencies.
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.