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Commemorate the First 200

Envision the Next 200

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From Many Chapters, One Powerful Story

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The University of Virginia’s Bicentennial Commemoration is a celebration of UVA’s achievements, a recognition of the imperfections of its past, and a visualization of its future. The story began 200 years ago with the creation of a new model for higher learning, one shaped by the belief that only educated citizen-leaders would be capable of sustaining freedom in a new republic. From Thomas Jefferson’s original conception of the Academical Village, the story continued through the years, as UVA evolved from a regional institution of limited renown to one of the great national and global universities of the 21st century. At the University of Virginia today, we continue to pursue the goal that has inspired our community since its inception — forging the leaders of tomorrow through the sharing of knowledge and the candid exchange of ideas.

As we tell the UVA story at this milestone moment in its history, we renew our dedication to Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the “illimitable freedom of the human mind.” For 200 years, this commitment has energized our University community, and it will continue to animate life at UVA for centuries to come.

Join us as we collect our varied voices to tell the UVA story past, present, and future, through events and programs from 2017 to 2019.


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Former President Bill Clinton will be the featured speaker May 23 at the University of Virginia, capping the three-day Presidential Ideas Festival that will bring together more than 60 White House veterans from both parties, plus prominent journalists and leading scholars to discuss the state of the modern American presidency.

Like many people, poet Rita Dove was fascinated by the story of Henry Martin, who was born in slavery at Monticello and worked at the University of Virginia – eventually a free man – as the University bell ringer, until he retired in 1909.

The University of Virginia’s Bicentennial Commission on Tuesday partnered with University Human Resources to show some appreciation for the contributions of the thousands of employees who daily serve UVA in myriad ways.  

Ten years ago, a group of University of Virginia students and administrators came together around Valentine’s Day to send a simple message of support to LGBTQ students. “Love is love.”

A new UVA podcast, “Notes on the State,” explores Thomas Jefferson’s complicated legacy through the lens of his own writing. The six-part series, is sponsored by UVA’s Bicentennial Fund and produced at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies.