Topic: History

Rotunda’s Rebirth

Rotunda’s Rebirth

President Sullivan discusses changes to the Rotunda, as well as the building’s evolving function in University life.

Summer 2016

The Oxford Experience

The Oxford Experience

Alumna explores the history, architecture and scenery of Oxford University

A group of alumni explores the rich history, architecture and scenery of Oxford University.

April 8, 2016

Follow That Guide

Follow That Guide

University Guide Service tells UVA tradition and history

The University Guide Service is student self-governance in action. UGuides give tours integrating encyclopedic knowledge of the University with their own experiences, and they don’t shy away from tough questions.

Spring 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

History as Lesson

History as Lesson

President Sullivan discusses the University’s complicated racial history and the current conversation in higher education surrounding unpleasant historical realities.

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

Exploring Civil War History

Exploring Civil War History

UVA's new John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History will support various programs and activities to benefit both academic researchers and a public audience.

Winter 2015

Ghost World

Ghost World

A Look at the Supernatural Through the Lens of Six Disciplines

How UVA academics interpret the supernatural—spirits, visions, the undead and more—in their respective fields.

October 8, 2015

First Things First

First Things First

From the first building on Grounds to the first known female member of the Seven Society, this is our list of some premiere moments in UVA history.

Fall 2015

Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight

Batten School dean explores risky behavior among world leaders

By analyzing dozens of bits of biographical data for 2,500 world leaders, Batten School Dean Allan C. Stam seeks to understand what makes leaders open to risk.

Fall 2015

Presidential Treatment

Presidential Treatment

After studying at Thomas Jefferson’s university, a number of UVA graduates get the preservation bug

After studying at perhaps the most architecturally famous school in America, a number of UVA graduates have gone on to work at presidential places and end up preserving more than just buildings.

Fall 2015

Gibbons House Honors Once-Enslaved Couple

Gibbons House Honors Once-Enslaved Couple

On June 10, the University dedicated its newest residence hall named for William and Isabella Gibbons, a married couple enslaved by two University of Virginia professors until their emancipation in 1865.

Fall 2015

You Deserve a Break Today!

You Deserve a Break Today!

Explore 20th-century advertising with BackStory’s Brian Balogh

Take a look into the past, with commentary on select ads provided by UVA history professor and BackStory co-host Brian Balogh.

August 14, 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

Stories Evil Tells

Stories Evil Tells

By using imagination to justify the Holocaust, the Nazis behaved as humans often have

Professor Alon Confino offers his thoughts on how humans use stories to explain our history and justify our motivations for doing things—the good things and especially the bad ones.

Summer 2015

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Highlights

’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.

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.

Brady’s Go-To Man

Brady’s Go-To Man

An exclusive interview with Don Yee, the sports agent who helped sort out the New England Patriots’ “Deflategate” scandal in 2015.