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Finals Retreat: Finish Your Semester Strong
Nov. 15, noon – 5 p.m., Clemons 407.

Bring your final papers, projects or study guides to Clemons, and we’ll provide space, snacks, and resources to help you make progress! Mini-consultations will be available with UVA Library staff, College Life Skills Coach, and the Writing Center.

America Recycles Day: The Corner Clean-up
Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., meet at Madison Hall.
In honor of America Recycles Day, please join the Office of Sustainability and Green Grounds for our second Corner Clean-up! Help keep the environment and our homes litter-free. Please RSVP if you would like to volunteer; bagels will be provided.


Mental Health First Aid Training with Region Ten
Nov. 15, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Bryant Hall.
Do you serve as an RA, volunteer with youth, or care about your peers' mental health? Do you want to be a teacher, counselor, or social worker? If you answered yes or are interested in similar positions that involve providing aid, education, or counseling to others, becoming certified in Mental Health First Aid is for you.

FLIP Your Perspective: Free Dinner for First Generation/Low Income Students and Allies
Nov. 18, 5 - 7 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
This free dinner welcomes first generation and low-income (FGLI) students and allies to learn more about their fellow peers and FGLI professors at UVA. Come out to meet your fellow FGLI faculty and make some new connections. Food will be catered by Pearl Island.

Conferences@UVA Information Session
Nov. 20, 7 – 8 p.m., Clark 102.
Looking to spend your summer in Charlottesville and get free housing? Our hands-on hospitality team welcomes more than 100 groups visiting the University during the summer months. Gain valuable skills and work experience while making new friends! Come to our interest meeting to learn about our Conference Leader, Conference Residential Assistant, and Conference Assistant positions. 

Apply to the Student Arts Fund
Due Nov. 22, 11:59 p.m.
Are you a musician, dancer, actor, or artist? Need funding for your next project? Apply to the Student Arts Fund!


"Religious Resurgences in Ukraine and Russia: A Tale of Two Desecularizations”
Nov. 14, 4:30 p.m., New Cabell 323.

Vyacheslav Karpov, professor of sociology at Western Michigan University, will host a lecture on religious resurgences in both Ukraine and Russia in recent history. The talk is organized and co-sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, and the European Studies Program.

Active Minds Professor Panel on Mental Health
Nov. 20, 7 - 9 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
Professors from a variety of disciplines and subjects will share how mental health has impacted their lives and their area of expertise.


Jazz Small Groups
Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.
The Jazz Small Groups are taught by distinguished jazz performance faculty members Peter Spaar, Jeff Decker, and Mike Rosensky. The combos range in size from quartets to octets and vary in skill-level from intermediate to advanced. Repertoire is chosen from a diverse range of jazz styles by greats such as Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and original compositions by faculty and students.

Klezmer Ensemble with Veretski Pass Residency
Nov. 21, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.
Over the course of four days, Veretski Pass will present a colloquium, visit classes, and rehearse with the UVA Klezmer Ensemble. The visit will culminate in a performance of “The Magid Chronicles” by Veretski Pass with clarinetist Joel Rubin and the UVA Klezmer Ensemble.

Chamber Singers Fall Concert
Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.
The UVA Chamber Singers presents an evening of Latin American Choral Music, featuring works from Cuba, Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. The event is free for UVA students who reserve tickets in advance! 

Harmonious Hoos: Fall A Cappella Concert
Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Newcomb Theatre.
Come out and see the Harmonious Hoos fall concert, “Harmonious Whom: A Hoo Done It Mystery!” They will be singing hits by Bruno Mars, Rex Orange County, BØRNS, and more, with The Whethermen performing during intermission! Tickets bought by students in advance are $5, and tickets for non-students and people buying at the door are $8. Venmo @harmonioushoos or visit the website for tickets and more information. 

Trevor Noah
Feb. 14, 8 p.m., JPJ.
With over 75 sold-out shows this year, Trevor Noah has decided to expand his Loud and Clear Tour due to popular demand. He will be coming to Charlottesville in February.


Fashion Show by Fashion for a Cause
Nov. 16, 7 – 10 p.m., 990 Hilton Heights Road.
Fashion for a Cause is a philanthropic modeling CIO. The organization hosts a fashion show and fundraises throughout the year. All proceeds go to scholarships and donations for the Charlottesville community. The event is titled "Savage," as the word and its meaning will be redefined.

Design Thinking Learning Community Kickoff
Nov. 19, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., 1515 Second Floor Study.
Interested in developing your Design Thinking skills? Join us to meet other students interested in Design Thinking who have started or are considering completing the Design Thinking for Innovation Coursera course. Free pizza will be provided to those who have completed the 14-minute “Intro to Design Thinking” video in the course.

J-Term Course: African Philosophy, Race, and Rationality
Jan. 2-11.
This short course will survey the central debates in the field of African Philosophy, such as what counts as “African,” what is considered as “philosophy,” and the role of race and racism in modern Western philosophy. The course will discuss “African” conceptions of the self, truth, knowledge, gender, and ethics, as well as exploring and critiquing different approaches to “African Philosophy.”


UVA Career Accelerator Chats
Nov. 15, 10 a.m. - noon, 1515 Second Floor Study.
Stop by our Experiential Learning Drop-in Hours at 1515 to learn more about how to gain experience around your career interests! 

Peace Corps Office Hours
Nov. 15, noon - 2 p.m., Newcomb 170.
Stop in to talk to UVA's Peace Corps Recruiter, Maria Osorio, to get help with the application process, fine tune your resume, learn about building relevant experience, and ask any questions you have about the Peace Corps.


Chinese International Students of Diverse Cultural and Sexual Identities
If you identify as a Chinese international student, you are invited to take a confidential online survey that aims to investigate how Chinese international students of diverse cultural and sexual identities think about and plan future family formation and career development. By completing the survey, you will have a chance to win one of 43 $30 Amazon gift cards.


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