Topic: History

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

Secrets of the Spring Skies

Secrets of the Spring Skies

Ancient cultures relied on spring constellations to help them survive

In many cultures, from the Navajo to the Australian aborigines to the Aztec, stars not only represented glittering mythological stories, they also signaled the appropriate time to sow and to harvest, to celebrate or hunt.

April 13, 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

A Civil Occupation

A Civil Occupation

One hundred and fifty years ago this spring, the Union army marched into Charlottesville. Somehow, UVA was spared from its torches.

One hundred and fifty years ago this spring, the Union army marched into Charlottesville. Somehow, UVA was spared from its torches.

Spring 2015

When Mem Rocked

When Mem Rocked

Members of last team to play in the iconic building recall those final years

Built in 1924 as a World War I memorial, Memorial Gym served as a multipurpose arena, hosting everything from wrestling matches to social dances.

Spring 2015

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Highlights

Visitor in Chief

Visitor in Chief

The Board of Visitors’ new rector talks about where we’re going, how he likes to manage and what he’s looking for in the next president.

Media Player

Media Player

Why I happily traded 7 million viewers for 20 undergraduates in a classroom. A report from our correspondent on the frontlines.