Topic: History

The Founder’s Secular Vision

The Founder’s Secular Vision

The reason Thomas Jefferson didn’t want religion at the University of Virginia was reason

Jefferson’s University of Virginia was to be a modern, secular, science-centered university taught by scholars of distinction, with the students expected largely to govern themselves.

Winter 2017

Period Pieces

Period Pieces

New book, exhibits showcase more of those things that tell UVA’s history

Encyclopedia Virginia managing editor Brendan Wolfe has turned a Virginia Magazine feature into a book.

Fall 2017

The First President

The First President

In many ways, Edwin Alderman ushered in the modern era, but some of his progressive notions were anything but.

UVA’s first president introduced the modern era, but some of Edwin Alderman’s progressive notions were anything but.

Fall 2017

Presidential History

Presidential History

A look back at those who led UVA

As the Board of Visitors searches for the University’s ninth president, take a look back at the first eight—the challenges they faced and their lasting imprints.

June 29, 2017

Lights Out

Lights Out

UVA dominated college boxing for years, and then the years caught up with it

No UVA team before or since has had consecutive undefeated seasons. Boxing went four years without a loss. Then it went away.

Summer 2017

Integrating from Behind the Scenes

Integrating from Behind the Scenes

The legacy of Paul Saunier, a deft hand in turbulent times

A look at the quiet effectiveness of Paul Saunier, an administrator who helped desegregate UVA.

Summer 2017

Politics, by Any Other Name

Politics, by Any Other Name

Why Jefferson chose “Central College” over center stage

Coy Barefoot (Grad '97) recounts how the University had to overcome determined opposition to come into existence.

Summer 2017

Faulkner, Revisited

Faulkner, Revisited

Exhaustive exhibit at UVA shows the full life of the Southern author

A new exhibit, located in the main gallery of UVA’s Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, marks the 60th anniversary of William Faulkner’s arrival on Grounds.

Summer 2017

Theatre of the Macabre

Theatre of the Macabre

Jefferson’s anatomical building advanced UVA medical education—at a price

Jefferson’s Anatomical Theatre gave way to grave robbers, the student Cadaver Society and, eventually, the wrecking ball.

Spring 2017

Thomas Jefferson’s Prayer for the Future

Thomas Jefferson’s Prayer for the Future

A look back at his forward-looking mission for the University

The Magazine kicks off its series of retrospective pieces commemorating the UVA Bicentennial with a look back at Jefferson's dreams for his University’s future.

Spring 2017

Home to the Struggle

Home to the Struggle

The alumnae who helped D.C.’s African-American museum ‘claim space’

Several UVA alumni were instrumental in the establishment of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Hear their stories.

Spring 2017

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Highlights

Selling Pablo to Pay for Pollock

Selling Pablo to Pay for Pollock

The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA is paying homage to world-famous art dealer Samuel Kootz (Law 1921) in an exhibition called “Dealer’s Choice: The Samuel Kootz Gallery 1945–1966,” which examines the role he played in the establishment of modern American art.

When Speech Meets Hate

When Speech Meets Hate

The First Amendment was a major player in the events of August 11/12. A UVA legal expert shows how, and also asks some whys.

The Founder’s Secular Vision

The Founder’s Secular Vision

Jefferson’s University of Virginia was to be a modern, secular, science-centered university taught by scholars of distinction, with the students expected largely to govern themselves.

Robot, take the wheel

Robot, take the wheel

Assistant Professor Nicola Bezzo's research focuses on creating systems to allow self-driving cars to deal with surprise events, such as a blown tire or sudden traffic.