Topic: Mr. Jefferson

Hero or Villain, Both and Neither

Hero or Villain, Both and Neither

Appraising Thomas Jefferson, 200 years later

A Pulitzer historian assesses what we are to make of UVA’s founder, 200 years hence.

Winter 2018

Serpentine Timeline

Serpentine Timeline

Some of the twists and turns of UVA history

Study up on the twists and turns of UVA's history, from the laying of the cornerstone to the inauguration of the ninth president.

Winter 2018

Tom the Builder

Tom the Builder

Sure, Jefferson had the big idea for the University, but he also sweated the small stuff, brick by brick.

Thomas Jefferson was a visionary leader--and a meticulous construction manager.

Spring 2018

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

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

Unquoting Jefferson

Unquoting Jefferson

A UVA petition against quoting Thomas Jefferson grabbed headlines. Here’s the story behind them.

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

Spring 2017

The Jefferson Curating Society

The Jefferson Curating Society

At long last, the oldest student group on Grounds agrees to share a treasure trove of UVA history.

In the end, the need to preserve the artifacts of UVA’s oldest student group was beyond debate.

Winter 2016

Capital Replacement

Capital Replacement

A How-To Guide

Here’s how 16 intricately carved blocks of marble—each weighing more than three tons—were swapped out.

Spring 2015

UVA's Leadership DNA

UVA’s Leadership DNA

In the spirit of springtime revival, says Teresa Sullivan, we are moving forward in the new semester with great optimism about what we can accomplish together.

Spring 2015

Monticello Redux

Monticello Redux

An 100-year-old Jefferson aficionado builds a Monticello replica in Connecticut

A centenarian in Somers, Connecticut, has built a replica of Monticello next to his own estate.

February 19, 2015

Notes on the State of Virginia

Notes on the State of Virginia

A new app allows readers to explore two editions of Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia and a modern annotated and searchable text.

Winter 2014

Easy Does It

Easy Does It

Laser system monitors delicate work on the Rotunda

How do you excavate underneath a 200-year-old building that’s the centerpiece of a World Heritage site? Very, very carefully. And with lasers.

Winter 2014

God Is in the Details

God Is in the Details

UVA instructor uncovers an overlooked facet of Jefferson statue

A visiting professor points out a curious feature of the Jefferson statue, and lecturer W. Scott Harrop investigates its meaning.

Fall 2014

New Discovery Quenches Thirst for History

New Discovery Quenches Thirst for History

Found during the Rotunda’s renovation, a cistern helps answer how water got to Grounds

The discovery of a 6,500-gallon brick-and-cement cistern next to the Rotunda sheds new light on some of the history of the Grounds’ construction.

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

Start Celebrating

Start Celebrating

Thomas Jefferson began sowing the first seeds of UVA 200 years ago this month

You might think that UVA was founded in 1819, but that's not the whole story.

April 15, 2014

Capital Improvements

Capital Improvements

Next phase of Rotunda renovation promises to breathe new life into iconic building

A close look at the preparations for phase two of the Rotunda renovation project.

Spring 2014

Bad Boys

Bad Boys

Tales of the University's tumultuous early years

Tales of the University's tumultuous years.

Winter 2013

The Monticello Mash

The Monticello Mash

Local brewer explains how Jefferson crafted his own beer

Mark Thompson of Starr Hill Brewery explains how Jefferson crafted his own beer.

Winter 2013

Your Office Chair is Killing You

Your Office Chair is Killing You

Standing up at work could save your life

Standing up at work could save your life and even boost your productivity.

November 19, 2013

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