OCTOBER 5 - 7, 2017
Please save the dates October 5-7, 2017, to help us launch a celebration 200 years in the making!
On this Bicentennial Launch Weekend we will mark the 200th anniversary of the laying of the University’s cornerstone at Pavilion VII. Join us in Charlottesville for a commemoration and community celebration or join a Regional Bicentennial Celebration with a UVA Club near you.
Additional details about the tribute to the laying of the cornerstone and an evening celebration will materialize in the coming weeks and months, as will more information on activities throughout the launch weekend including the UVA vs. Duke home football game on Saturday, Oct. 7.
If you are a UVA performing group interested in being a part of the celebration please submit your proposal here.
Thursday, Oct. 5
In this live event, BackStory hosts Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly, and Joanne Freeman will take a topic and unpack its history in a lively debate, storytelling, and interview format on stage at the Paramount Theater. The show will weave together Jefferson's ideas of citizenship and the role education had with regards to citizenship in the eyes of the founders, particularly Jefferson. The University of Virginia is the embodiment of those views. The program will tackle how citizenship is defined both culturally and legally throughout the rest of the American history. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are free and will provide general admission seating. Get your tickets here.
Friday, Oct. 6
A historical perspective talk on the Laying of the Cornerstone and masonic ceremony in 1817. This event is free and open to the public.
A tribute event to honor the original Laying of the Cornerstone ceremony in 1817. This event is free and open to the public.
An exhibit talk by co-curator Brendan Wolfe, author of Mr. Jefferson’s Telescope (UVA Press, summer 2017.) This event is free and open to the public.
A multimedia celebration of the University’s achievements and future with an awe-inspiring spectacle featuring performers from UVA and beyond. The celebration is open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available August 15 and you can get tickets here. This event is in partnership with the UVA Arts.
Saturday, Oct. 7
On the morning of home football games, Lifetime Learning, Office of Engagement in partnership with the Alumni Association invitedistinguished UVA faculty give lectures on a variety of topics. Alan Taylor, pulitzer prize-winning author and Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, will present Thomas Jefferson’s Education, an informative talk covering Thomas Jefferson’s experiences as a college student at the College of William & Mary and how this first-hand knowledge informed his plans to create an innovative academic university for Virginia after the American Revolution. This talk is free with registration. Seating is limited. Find more information about this event here.
ACC home-opener football game. Tickets for this event are available for a special discount. Purchase tickets here.
An alternative concert experience featuring Sally Rose Band and Lauren Hoffman & The Secret Storm. WTJU hosts a free live music event in the heart of Charlottesville every Saturday in September and October. Find more information at freefallcville.com.
Area hotels fill very quickly. It is recommended that guests make reservations as early as possible. For information on area hotels and room availability visit the University’s Places to Stay website or find additional local hotels through the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The city of Charlottesville is located in Central Virginia, just two hours south of Washington, D.C. and one hour northwest of Richmond, VA. Charlottesville has a regional airport, Amtrak rail service, and Greyhound bus service. UVA is easily accessible from Interstate 64, Route 29, and Route 250.
For more information on air, train and bus travel, visit the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau website.
Tickets for BackStory Live at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville are free and will be available in August. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are free and will provide general admission seating. Get your tickets here.
Details on accessible parking, seating and remote viewing locations will become available in the coming months. If you have specific questions to discuss now, please email email@example.com.
By signing up for the Bicentennial Launch Celebration text messaging service, you will receive periodic text messages notifying you of import information, including approaching deadlines, updates to the Bicentennial Launch Weekend schedule and other important announcements. To subscribe to this service, text the word "UVA200" to 79516. You will receive a confirmation message shortly after signing up welcoming you to Omnilert. After the Bicentennial Launch Celebration, you will be automatically unsubscribed from the service.
Please note: this service is different from UVA Alerts, the text messaging system that notifies registered users of imminent threats or hazards facing the University population.