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"Whose Freedom, Whose Speech? The Future of Community and Free Speech at the University of Virginia”
March 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m., McLeod Hall, room 1020 (doors open at 6:15).
How can universities advance equality and inclusion while protecting free speech? Join us for a for a panel discussion and an audience Q&A, co-hosted by Pen American and UVA, featuring prominent rights advocates, cultural commentators, and legal experts. Free and open to the UVA and greater Charlottesville community. 

Life-Sized Clue 
March 23, 8 to 10 p.m., 1515. 

Join UPC and become a detective for a night in a life-size game of Clue at our very own 1515. Can you solve the mystery and catch the murderer? If you think so, RSVP here. Check out the event page to learn more.

CIO Renewals 
Renew your CIO starting April 2. 

CIO renewal begins on April 2 at 9 a.m., and ends at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 14. Please mark these dates on your calendar and start preparing to have your CIO’s incoming president complete the process. Questions? Email or visit our website


International Women’s Month Trivia 
March 21, 9 p.m., Mellow Mushroom. 

Join us for a special edition of trivia at Mellow Mushroom. Bring your team and be ready to answer questions specifically related to International Women’s Month! You could win Women’s Center merchandise and a gift card to PAKA. For more information, visit the event page

Badass Beauty Queen Film Screening 
March 22, 7 p.m., OpenGrounds. 

Drama, danger, and fear follow Anastasia as she uses her beauty and notoriety to bring the world’s attention to an increasing list of China’s atrocities: the persecution of prisoners of conscience and forced human organ harvesting. Anastasia constantly finds herself in the dilemma of having to choose between speaking out and staying silent. Learn more about the film. Stick around after the film for further discussion with Anastasia herself over Skype!

The Fight for Women’s Right to Vote
March 24, 4 p.m., Jefferson School. 

Johanna Neuman (Gilded Suffragists) and Elaine Weiss (The Women’s Hour) discuss the efforts of suffragists and the down-to-the-wire campaign to achieve women’s right to vote, an almost 100-year-old story that continues to resonate today with its themes of civil rights, tactics, race, and class. This event is moderated by Corrine Field and is hosted by the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book.


Grounds for Discussion Cast Auditions
March 22 and 23, 3 to 5 p.m., O’Hill Forum. 

Grounds for Discussion is an extension of Orientation & New Student Programs. It is a student-directed and student-performed theatrical production that is held every year during Wahoo Welcome. The cast performs skits focused on issues that students might encounter during their first year. No acting experience is necessary! Visit our webpage for more information. 

Submit to the Center for Christian Study Student Art Exhibit 
Submission deadline: March 23. 

The Center for Christian Study is partnering with Eunoia Creative Community to bring you a student art exhibit, a showcase of visual art by UVA students. Submit your work via this form; you have to create a free wufoo account to access the form. Email Rachel Gaffin at with any questions.

Net Impact Executive Committee Applications 
Applications due March 25 at 11 p.m. 

Interested in sustainability, social entrepreneurship, or getting more involved at UVA? Apply for Net Impact’s 2018-19 executive committee. No previous Net Impact positions are required, so all are welcome to apply. Net Impact’s mission is to provide individuals with the necessary tools to intertwine business and social impact, creating a more sustainable world. We hold networking events, case competitions, and a dinner series for students to learn more about various topics relating to business and sustainability.

The Stall Seat Journal is Hiring
Applications due March 27 at noon for priority consideration. 

Come work for the Stall Seat Journal! We are currently hiring multiple positions for the 2018-19 school year. Graphic designers create the poster designs; campaign assistants provide input on the content and design as well as install posters in residence halls. All positions are paid. You must be an undergraduate present on Grounds for both semesters of the 2018-19 academic year to apply. More information and application available online.

UVA Global Public Service Case Competition 
Register by April 4 at 11:59 p.m. 

UVA Global Development Organization (GDO), the Student Council Community Service Committee, and the Career Center invite you to participate in the UVA Global Public Service Case Competition this year. Our theme will be public health and sustainability challenges in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Register today.

APT Case Competition 
Kickoff on April 11; Presentations on April 13. 

APT is hosting an interactive, 24-hour case competition consisting of analysis, client interaction, and presentations. Teams of three to five from all majors are invited to participate! The competition is open to first-, second-, and third-year students. No prior experience with case competitions is required. There will be cash prizes totaling $1,750 for the winners. Feel free to reach out to UVA grads Sam Dodd and Ian Callahan with any questions. Sign up today!

2018 SustainaPitch Night: Charlottesville, Planet, and Progress 
April 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Rotunda Multipurpose Room. 

Participate in Green Grounds’ annual Earth Week event by getting funding for projects that explore environmental sustainability with the Charlottesville community. Contestants will participate in either the Large Category to win up to $1,500 or the small category for $500. Applications are due April 8. Everyone is encouraged to attend the event and eat free pizza even if you don’t want to pitch an idea!

Resident Manager Opening at International Center 
Position open until filled. 

The resident manager must live at the center and work 10 hours per week. Preference will be given to UVA graduate students, but rising fourth-year undergraduates may also apply. More details and application instructions are on our website.


Global Knowledge and Local Universities: A Global Studies Conference
March 22 and 23, various times and locations. 

Join us for a two-day Global Studies conference as we examine the debates over the meaning of the “global” and the “local,” outline prospects and challenges for global scholarship, and imagine the contribution of Global Studies to an emerging 21st-century University. The interdisciplinary conference will include six panels and a public lecture by Rosalba Icaza, an international studies scholar from the International Institute for Social Studies in the Netherlands. Visit our Facebook event to learn more.

Course Advising Days 
March 28 and 29, noon to 4 p.m., Georges Student Center on Clemons 2. 

Enrollment for fall class starts in early April. Get your questions answered by visiting with almost 20 departments in one location. Offices attending include: College Association Deans, Career Center, Engineering, Batten Admissions, McIntire Admissions, Student Financial Services, Pre-Health Advising, Pre-Law Advising, and Education Abroad. Plus the departments of: Italian; German; Chemistry; Linguistics; Psychology; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Attending a portion of the time will be the departments of Economics, Statistics, and Computer Science.

Study in Shanghai: Be a Program Assistant for UVA Shanghai First 
Applications due April 1. 

Study at Fudan University as an exchange student and receive free housing for work, assisting the inaugural UVA Shanghai First: Globalization in a Chinese Setting program, beginning fall 2018. Fudan offers many courses taught in English. A Chinese language also may be taken for credit. Apply today and email Ryan Hathaway with any questions.

Summer Session Registration 
Opens April 16. 

Summer courses offer unique opportunities! Taking a class can allow you to study subject matter more in-depth and to take courses that you otherwise would not have had the time or space for during the academic year. Registration begins April 16 for graduate, undergraduate, and visiting students to enroll in Summer Session. Visit our website for admission and registration information and to view the plethora of classes available.


Theory and Practice of Medical and Therapeutic Yoga 
March 25, 4 to 5:30 p.m., UVA Rotunda Multipurpose Room. 

Join UVA School of Nursing’s Mala Cunningham for an afternoon exploring the theory and practice of medical and therapeutic yoga as well as a short therapeutic chair-based yoga session. Please wear comfortable attire, as this session will involve gentle movements. This session is part of the Contemplative Sciences Center’s Rotunda Contemplative Practice Series. It is open and free to all.

Peace Dances: Bridging Separation 
April 1, 4 to 5:30 p.m., UVA Rotunda Multipurpose Room. 

Join Latifa Till for an afternoon using contemplative movement and music inspired by the Sufi tradition to bridge barriers of separation. The work will help promote peace, connection, and understanding within oneself and others. The session will include a short introduction followed by 55 minutes of Peace Dances and 30 minutes of discussion. This session will include gentle movement, so please wear comfortable attire. This event is open and free to attend.


Jus ad Bellum: Use of Force Principles for the 21st Century 
March 22, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., UVA Law School. 

The Law School’s Center for National Security Law will host a one-day conference focused on the use of force principles that establish the legal framework for the U.S. use of military force. For more information, please visit the center’s website. Lunch will be served and parking will be provided.

Kent Bennett Venture Capital Talk 
March 23, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Rouss Robertson 223. 

The Virginia Venture Fund and Rodman Students Council are hosting guest speaker Kent Bennett, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, for a chat on consumer venture investing. Bessemer Venture Partners is one of the oldest and most successful venture capital firms in the nation. Their portfolio companies include Blue Apron, LinkedIn, Yelp, Pinterest, Twitch, and Box. Mr. Bennett is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School. For more information, visit our Facebook event.

Fashion Internship Panel 
March 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Newcomb 389. 

Futures in Fashion Association is bringing back the Internship Panel. Come learn from current UVA students who have had fashion internships with Tory Burch, Cosmo, Brooks Brothers, and more! They will be detailing how they networked, what their daily schedules were, where to live, what to wear, and how to make the most out of working in the fashion industry. Check out our event page for more information.

UVA Slavic Forum Presents “Crossroads and Terminals: Journeys, Wanderings, and Travel” 
March 31, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Jefferson Scholars Building at 112 Clarke Court. 

The UVA Society of Slavic Graduate Students is sponsoring an interdisciplinary forum devoted to expeditions, wanderings, travels to distant places, and to return journeys back home. Panels will be held all day Saturday. Professor George Gasyna from the University of Chicago Urbana-Champaign will deliver the keynote address. For more information, visit our website.


Join Jewish Education Initiative for Freedom Seder 
RSVP by March 23; Seder on March 25 at 11 a.m., Hotel C on West Range. 

Join the Jewish Education Initiative for our annual Freedom Seder. We hold the Freedom Seder in accordance with the Jewish holiday of Passover. It commemorates historically and presently ostracized groups in the form of an open dialogue centered on what it means to be outside of the majority population. RSVP here to reserve your seat by March 23. Visit our Facebook event as well.

National Society of Black Engineers: NSBE Talks 
April 11, 7 to 9 p.m., Darden Abbott Center Auditorium. 

This TED Talk-styled event is an opportunity for students to share their thoughts on a variety of topics. One of the speaker prizes will go to the “audience choice winner,” so come on out to support fellow minority students. Raffle prizes and free catering for audience members also will be available. The keynote speaker for this event will be Karl W. Reid, the executive director of NSBE. RSVP today!


Fútbol for Honduras
March 24, noon to 4 p.m., Lambeth Field. 

Students Helping Honduras is hosting a soccer tournament to benefit the construction of Escuela Manuel de Jesus Subirana. Anyone is welcome to play in this 5v5, round-robin style tournament. Shirts will be provided for the winning team. Sign up here.

10th Annual Pi-Miler Run 
March 31, 10 a.m., Thornton Hall. 

Engineering Student Council presents the 10th Annual Pi-Miler. This 3.14 mile race will occur on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m., starting and finishing outside of Thornton Hall. All proceeds will be donated to the Patients and Friends Research Fund at the UVA Cancer Center to benefit cancer research. To register, visit this website, and if you have any questions you may email


UVA Department of Drama Presents: “Urinetown”
March 29 and 30, April 3-6 at 8 p.m., April 7 at 2 p.m., Culbreth Theatre. 

Come to the UVA Department of Drama’s performance of “Urinetown,” directed by Robert Chapel. The musical was an underground sensation Off-Broadway before taking Broadway by storm and capturing three Tony Awards in 2002. Urinetown features music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and a book by Greg Kotis. It is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself.

MercyMe “The Imagine Nation Tour” 
Oct. 20, 7 p.m., JPJ Arena. 

“The Imagine Nation Tour” is presented by five-time GRAMMY® nominated MercyMe, with longtime friends Tenth Avenue North. The concert will visit over 20 cities nationwide beginning in October 2018. Tickets will go on sale March 23 at 10 a.m. and will be available online and the JPJ box office by calling 1-888-JPJ-TIXS.


Free Hip-Hop Dance Workshop 
March 23, 6 to 9 p.m., AFC MP2. 

The Mighty is a dance organization that hosts free dance workshops. Join us this Friday as members of Day One/Hyperspace Command Force and Virginia Tech’s DOP teach us some moves. Anyone is welcome, and no experience is needed. Check out our Facebook event for more information. 

Bench Press Competition 
March 24, 9 a.m., AFC. 

Show off your hard-earned weightlifting skills at the IM-Rec Sports weightlifting competition. Weigh-ins begin at 9 a.m., and the competition begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit our webpage

Swing Dance Semi-Formal 
March 24, 7 to 10:15 p.m., O’Hill Forum. 

Swing Club at UVA will be hosting a social swing dance at the O’Hill Forum on March 24. No experience or partner is required, and there will be an introductory lesson from 7 to 7:45 to learn the basics. The social dance will be from 7:45 to 10:15 with live music courtesy of Zuzu’s Hot 5! The admission price is $10. Check out our Facebook event for more information and to RSVP. 

Beginners Week at Tap Club 
March 25, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., March 28, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., O’Hill Forum. 

The Tap Club invites those who have never tap-danced before to Beginners Week! Come learn basic steps and dances in a friendly and encouraging environment. Tap shoes will be provided. For more information, visit our Facebook page or email Rosie Hartwell at

Mountain Biking Workshop with IM-Rec Sports 
March 25, 1:30 to 4 p.m., the Park. 

Learn the basics of mountain bike handling, maintenance, and how to have fun on the trails! This one- day workshop will teach you all you need to know to get started in your mountain biking adventures. Please bring your own bike.

IM-Rec Sports Photoshoot 
April 13, 2 to 4 p.m., North Grounds Recreation Center. 

Encourage and inspire others to get involved by helping IM-Rec Sports get great photos of our fitness and wellness programs. No experience is needed for this photoshoot; just your smile and a willingness to move! Email to volunteer.