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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


JANUARY 19, 2019 - In conjunction with the University of Virginia’s 2019 Community MLK Celebration, Tony Award-winner Leslie Odom, Jr. will speak as the 2019 UVA President’s Speaker for the Arts. The multi-talented entertainer will discuss his life and career, the impact of the arts on education, and on the world in which we live during a brief address followed by a moderated conversation with University of Virginia President Jim Ryan.

O'Keeffe watercolor

JANUARY 14, 2019 - The Colonnade Club Bicentennial Committee is pleased to host a tour featuring the Fralin Museum of Art’s exhibit, Unexpected O’Keeffe: The Virginia Watercolors and Later Paintings led by Art Director Matthew McLendon, Professor with the McIntire Department of Art Elizabeth Hutton Turner, and Research Assitant Johnathan Chance.

Monticello 2018

JANUARY 1 - DECEMBER 31, 2018 - Come see the place where it all began! As the University of Virginia celebrates its 200th birthday, students, faculty and staff are invited to come see the place where their University was born at special rates.


NOVEMBER 1, 2018 - Join us to watch THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: AN EVENING OF PERFORMING ARTS, a one-hour film featuring performances from the October 2017 Launch Celebration and a brief behind the scenes look at the production of this once in a lifetime event.

sustainability summit

OCTOBER 28 - 30, 2018 - UVA will host a pan-University Bicentennial Sustainability Leadership Summit to showcase the breadth of UVA’s interdisciplinary work in the multi-faceted realm of sustainability, and to collaboratively envision UVA’s longer-term role as a global sustainability leader.

Poster for web

OCTOBER 17 - 18, 2018 - The two-day UVA Bicentennial Symposium will engage scholars and the University and Charlottesville community to more greatly understand the past in order to more fully envision the future of our food system.


OCTOBER 1 - 22, 2018 - Rare copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, and the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, as well as a unique note by the famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass are on display at the University of Virginia, on loan from a private collection. 

emancipation banner

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 - Lincoln-signed copies of both the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment and a document handwritten by Frederick Douglass will be exhibited in the Rotunda. Reflecting on these historic documents, a discussion will explore emancipation in history and memory.

Exhibit flyer

JULY 26, 2018 - JANUARY 4, 2019 - A Bicentennial exhibition celebrating the history of health care at the University of Virginia, where you can learn more about the story of scientific accomplishments, advances in public health, social transformation, and technological evolution that has unfolded over the last 200 years at UVA.

Object Lessons Image

AUGUST 24, 2017 - JUNE 22, 2018 – Explore the University’s past through a collection of historical objects that can be found on, or nearby, Grounds. Each of these objects has a story to tell.