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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

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JUNE 21 - 24, 2018 - The 2018 Summer Jefferson Symposium will explore two lasting legacies of Thomas Jefferson: The University of Virginia and Monticello.

Colonnade Club Image

MAY 16, 2018 - For the Benefit of the Colonnade Club Bicentennial Fund.

Bicentennial Mark

APRIL 24, 2018 - After being excluded from the exhibition, a 1956 burned cross donated to the Library by Sarah Patton Boyle will be returned to the gallery. 

Earth Week. People. Planet. Progress.

APRIL 22, 2018 - The Cinema Under the Stars outdoor movie event will showcase a brief video highlighting the history of water and stormwater at UVA, starting from its birth 200 years ago and reaching up to present day, and will be followed by a free full-length screening of Disney's "Moana." The video examines how water has played a fundamental role in the operation of the University, and the ways in which water has been used over time has changed. The event will be held on Sunday, April 22 at 8PM on O-Hill field (rain location Ern Commons), and a food truck will be present for dinner and snacks.

word art

APRIL 13, 2018 - Presented with UVA Student Council, this series of rotating 30-minutes discussions on fifteen topics adapted from Richard Just’s article “How to Fix American Democracy – 38 Ideas for Repairing our Badly Broken Civic Life.” UVA faculty will engage participants in key issues such as Civil Rights Education, Reinvigorating Local Leadership, and Redefining Patriotism.

Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series - Angela Davis

MARCH 27, 2018 - Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series features Angela Davis, through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. 

Rotunda architectural drawing

MARCH 16 - 17, 2018 - A two-day symposium on "New discoveries of Thomas Jefferson's Architecture and Design" at the University of Virginia to complement the exhibit at The Fralin Museum.

Where do we go from here

MARCH 13, 2018 - Throughout 2018, the Virginia General Assembly's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission is holding roundtables in each of the Virginia communities that Dr. King visited. The esteemed panelists will reflect upon King's visit to UVA 55 years ago.

Gregory Swanson enrollment

FEBRUARY 5, 2018 – Join UVA Rector Frank M. "Rusty" Conner III '81, UVA President Teresa Sullivan and Dean Risa Goluboff in honoring Gregory Hayes Swanson, the first African-American student admitted to the University of Virginia.


JANUARY 27, 2018 – Special tour of exhibit exploring Jefferson and architecture at The Fralin Museum.