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presidential ideas festival
Hosted by Miller Center

MAY 21 - 23, 2019

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MAY 20 - 24, 2019

Past Events


APRIL 22 - 23, 2019 - Join us for a celebration of partnership between UVA and UVA-Wise that will explore collaborative advancements in community capacity building, health, and economic development. A one-day symposium will showcase the progress of the Appalachian Prosperity Project that is addressing today’s most pressing challenges in far Southwest Virginia. 

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APRIL 11 - 12, 2019 - In celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s 276th birthday, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals will be awarded to recognize achievements of those who embrace endeavors in which Jefferson excelled and held in high regard. The Medalists' Talks are free and open to the public. Additional programs include the tree planting ceremony and a discussion on "Thomas Jefferson's Contributions and Contradictions."

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APRIL 3 - 5, 2019 - Inspired by the University of Virginia's Bicentennial, this event explores the modern implications of Thomas Jefferson and Andrea Palladio’s shared interest in creating a salubrious environment through design – spaces that are both socially and physically healthful and equitable.


MARCH 22, 2019 - This symposium reimagines education and equity through the lens of important events in Charlottesville and UVA, featuring Rep. James R. Roebuck, Jr., first African American UVA Student Council President, elected 1969; Alex Cintron, first Latinx UVA Student Council President, elected 2018; Karen Abrams, Program Officer for Equitable Development at the Heinz Endowment; and Ceasar McDowell, Professor of Civic Design at MIT. 


MARCH 12, 2019 - This year UVA HR and Bicentennial are cosponsoring this year's breakfast — to celebrate staff contributions to the University for 200 years. Join President Ryan, UVA HR, and leadership across Grounds at the Fresh Food Company in Newcomb Hall for pancakes, sausage, oatmeal, eggs, fruit, and gluten-free options. Enjoy hot breakfast any time between 7AM and 9AM. No RSVP required.

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MARCH 3, 2019 - Blessing Ceremony at the site of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers as part of Liberation and Freedom Day, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia.

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FEBRUARY 21 - 24, 2019 - The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest national gathering of student leaders, administrators, faculty, and nonprofit staff committed to engaging students in service, activism, politics, advocacy, and other socially responsible work. 

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OCTOBER 19, 2018 - JANUARY 27, 2019 - The Fralin Museum of Art presents this rare exhibition that explores Georgia O’Keeffe’s watercolor studies produced during her time at the University of Virginia, and will include several key sketches and paintings as well as other works demonstrating her developing style.


JANUARY 25 - 27, 2019 - In honor of the 200th anniversary of the General Assembly’s vote granting Central College the state charter to become the University of Virginia, and in recognition of President James E. Ryan’s commitment to community, discovery, and service, UVA Clubs around the world are planning community service projects for the weekend of the January 25, 2019 anniversary. 


JANUARY 25, 2019 - A center aisle ceremony at the Virginia State Legislature will honor the 200th anniversary of the signing of the charter for the University of Virginia. The event will be livestreamed during the Senate and House sessions. Guests can join us in the Dome Room at the Rotunda in Charlottesville for breakfast and a viewing of the sessions.