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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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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.

On Jan. 25, 1819, the Virginia General Assembly established the charter for the University of Virginia, starting a 200-year journey that, on Friday, once again brought University leaders to Richmond.

Saturday’s event is part of a larger effort among UVA Clubs around the country to make Jan. 26 a day of community service in honor of “Charter Day.” On Jan. 25, 1819, the Virginia General Assembly approved the establishment of Central College, which later changed its name to the University of Virginia.

Even a cancelled flight couldn’t keep Leslie Odom Jr. from the University of Virginia. The Tony and Grammy award-winning actor, in town as the 2019 UVA President’s Speaker for the Arts, told a large, excited crowd at John Paul Jones Arena that he nearly missed the occasion when weather derailed his Friday night flight from Rochester, N.Y.