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.
Thursday, October 5
BackStory Live presents "Who Speaks for America? 200 Years of Debate"
Location: Paramount Theater
The University of Virginia will present Backstory Live “Who Speaks for America? 200 Years of Debate.” BackStory, produced by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, brings historical perspective to the America of today. Using Thomas Jefferson’s founding of UVA as a starting point, historians weave together the founder’s ideas about the role of an educated citizenry in a democracy to discuss who has the ability to shape our country and how this group has changed with time. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are free and will provide general admission seating. Registration is required.
Friday, October 6
A Historical Perspective of the 1817 Ceremony talk
Location: Monroe Hill
UVA’s Brown Residential College will welcome Most Worshipful Jeffery E. Hodges DDS Past Grand Master of Masons in Virginia 2009 and Worshipful Master Mark Stephen Chapman who will talk about the History of Freemasonry in Virginia and a Historical Perspective to the Laying of the Cornerstone. This event is free and open to the public.
Tribute to the Laying of the Cornerstone
3 – 3:45pm
Location: The Lawn
Rain site: Old Cabell Auditorium
Commemorating the laying of the cornerstone of the University, the Tribute features alumni, students, faculty, and staff providing perspectives on both the history and future of the University, and will include the presentation of the bicentennial marker on the Lawn. This event is free and open to the public.
The University in 100 Objects talk by Brendan Wolfe, author of Mr. Jefferson’s Telescope (2017, UVA Press)
4 – 5pm
Location: Harrison Small Auditorium at Special Collections
The University of Virginia in 100 Objects commemorates UVA’s Bicentennial. This exhibition is based on the book Mr. Jefferson’s Telescope. (UVA Press, 2017) Hear remarks by Mr. Jefferson’s Telescope author Brendan Wolfe. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, please plan to arrive early.
Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Exhibit
4 – 6 pm
Location: East of Brooks Hall and across from the Corner
The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers is designed to commemorate the contributions of enslaved workers. UVA staff and members of the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University will be on hand to answer questions. This event is free and open to the public.
Bicentennial Launch Celebration
Location: The Lawn
Rain site: John Paul Jones Arena
In partnership with UVA Arts, a multimedia celebration of the University with awe-inspiring projection mapping, performances featuring student, faculty and alumni from UVA and special guests Andra Day, Leslie Odom Jr., and the Goo Goo Dolls. The celebration is open to the public, but tickets are required.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
“More than the Score” lecture by Alan Taylor
Newcomb Hall Theater
Lifetime Learning, Office of Engagement in partnership with the Alumni Association invite distinguished Alan Taylor, Pulitzer prize-winning author, to present Thomas Jefferson’s Education. This talk is free with registration. Seating is limited. Find more information about this event here.
Authors in the Arts
UVA Bookstore Mezzanine
Mix, mingle and enjoy coffee with your favorite faculty, see their latest publications and take home a personally signed book. Over 40 titles representing UVA’s architecture, art, creative writing and music departments will be available. Special Guest Pulitzer Prize Winning U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove arrives at 11:00am. This event is free and open to the public.
UVA vs. Duke football game
Time 12:20pm kickoff
Location: Scott Stadium
ACC home-opener football game.
WTJU's Freefall Music and Art Festival
Location: IX Art Park
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 October. Food trucks, and beverages will be available. This event is free and open to the public. Find more information at freefallcville.com.
Zac Brown Band concert
Location: John Paul Jones arena
Three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band perform at John Paul Jones arena.
All Week Exhibits
The University in 100 Objects exhibit
Location: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Featuring artifacts from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, other University entities, and private collections, The University of Virginia in 100 Objects commemorates UVA’s Bicentennial. This exhibition is based on the book Mr. Jefferson’s Telescope. (UVA Press, 2017)