Department: retrospect

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

A Flight Forgotten

A Flight Forgotten

A brief history of a familiar statue

The Aviator was crafted to recognize UVA alum and French Air Service pilot James McConnell, whose plane went down in France in 1917. But it’s not your typical WWI memorial.

Fall 2016

Good Science

Good Science

Years ago, a UVA scientist made a discovery that led to a Nobel Prize

In a series of experiments in a lab on Grounds in 1977, pharmacology professor Alfred G. Gilman made a breakthrough that won him a Nobel Prize.

Summer 2016

Labs of Yore

Labs of Yore

In the time before personal computers and smartphones, there were computer labs

Faculty and alumni remember some true relics of University history: computer labs.

Spring 2016

Human Computer

Human Computer

As a teenager, Caroyl Beddow Gooch measured the stars on Mount Jefferson

Caroyl Beddow Gooch's careful calculations of astronomical measurements helped McCormick Observatory become one of the world's top observatories in the mid-20th century.

Winter 2015

Peculiar Properties

Peculiar Properties

UVA owns several mysterious buildings with rich histories

Tour of some of the mysterious, historic—and empty—properties owned by the University.

Fall 2015

The Pioneer

The Pioneer

Remembering Bernard Duncan Mayes

Bernard Mayes had a long list of achievements before he even came to UVA But on Grounds, he is perhaps best remembered as a Cambridge gentleman in a tweed jacket who broke down barriers for gay students and colleagues alike.

Summer 2015

The Many Faces of Cavman

The Many Faces of Cavman

A look at how UVA’s mascot has changed over time

A look at how UVA’s mascot has changed over time

Spring 2015

Admiral of the Antarctic

Admiral of the Antarctic

Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd sought adventure wherever he went

Before embarking on a naval career that would send him to the North and South poles, Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd spent a year studying at UVA.

Winter 2014

Ringing the Carillon

Ringing the Carillon

How the University Chapel bells keep chiming

If you thought the sounds of the University Chapel's bells are made by an expert ringer toiling inside the steeple, think again.

Fall 2014

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Warren Manning’s 1913 master plan made an indelible imprint on how the University looks today

Only some of Manning's ideas came to be, but he defined a way of thinking about growth at the University and raised important questions about building values.

Summer 2014

Flag of Honor

Flag of Honor

The story behind John Paul Jones Arena's American flag

The flag that hangs in JPJ Arena once covered the casket of a Vietnam veteran.

Spring 2014

The Captain

The Captain

Reflections on football and war

John Leys reflects on football and war.

Winter 2013

The School of Athens

The School of Athens

One of Raphael's most famous frescoes has enjoyed its own renaissance at the University.

Spring 2013

The Celestial Dome

The Celestial Dome

Thomas Jefferson envisioned the Rotunda dome room not as a library but as a planetarium for teaching astronomy.

Winter 2012

1976: A Royal Visit

1976: A Royal Visit

On July 10, Queen Elizabeth toured the Academical Village, where 18,000 people watched her stroll down the Lawn.

Spring 2012

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Highlights

Museum Man

Museum Man

The Fralin has a new director and chief curator. Michael McLendon will look to expand the museum’s influence with his strong background in both classical and contemporary art.

’Hoo Are You?

’Hoo Are You?

The University of Virginia has more than 230,000 living alumni. Take a look at how alumni demographics have changed over the past six decades, as well as where alumni live and what they do professionally.

Pigments of Your Imagination

Pigments of Your Imagination

Let our adult coloring book help you find your happy place. We have just the place in mind. A few of them, in fact.

Unquoting Jefferson

Unquoting Jefferson

At the University of Virginia, the postelection ignited a distinctly UVA form of protest: an outbreak of remarkably civil discourse about Thomas Jefferson.