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James Forman: “Claiming Your Power: American Racism, the Alt-Right, and Radical Resistance”
Sept. 27, 4 to 6 p.m., Paramount Theater. 

UVA welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Yale Law Professor and public intellectual James Forman, Jr. to Charlottesville. His talk, “Claiming Your Power: American Racism, the Alt-Right, and Radical Resistance” explores the cultural dynamics at work in our community and our nation one year after the events of August 11 and 12. Hosted by President Ryan, this event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. Tickets are available online, by calling 434-979-1333, or in person at the Paramount box office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PULSE Fall Retreat
Oct. 5 through 8, Camp Albemarle.

Are you looking for an opportunity to have deep, challenging conversations? Do you want to explore your identity and broaden your perspectives? Are you interested in bringing about social change and joining a contingency of up-and-coming leaders? If so, PULSE may be for you. PULSE is a retreat where participants get to dialogue about topics such as gender, religion, mental health, race, and socioeconomic status while building relationships with students from all across Grounds. You can register to be considered for attendance online.

Graduate and Professional School Fair
Sept. 26, noon to 3 p.m., Newcomb third floor.

Connect with graduate and professional schools from across the world who will be here to recruit UVA students for their top-notch programs. All students of all majors are encouraged to attend to learn more about program opportunities, details, and requirements. For more information, visit our Handshake page.


Find Plans and Drawings for Architecture and Landscape
Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to noon, Fine Arts R Lab.

Finding site plans and drawings for precedent studies isn’t always easy. In this workshop, we’ll cover a variety of ways to get the content you need using online and print resources. For more information, visit the event page online.

Literature Reviews with Publish or Perish: Science/Engineering
Sept. 24, 2 to 3 p.m., Brown Library 133.

Do you need to know how other scholars have addressed your topic? Want to make sure you find relevant and related literature for your next paper? Curious about what a literature review even is? Come to this workshop to learn more. We will learn about and use Publish or Perish, a free (and powerful) tool developed for academics to survey scholarly literature. 

Creating Imagination: A First Look at the Visual Effects Industry
Sept. 26, 3 to 4:15 p.m., Clemons GLab.

In this information-packed session, you will be provided with an overview of different roles, what a typical pipeline looks like, and software that is used in the visual effects (VFX) industry. Whether you have a casual interest or wish to further pursue VFX professionally, this session will provide you with an abundance of tools and resources. Questions can be directed to the workshop instructor, Ted Alvis, at


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): Now on Social Media
Follow CAPS on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to learn more about our services, upcoming events, and helpful strategies to maintain positive mental health for yourself and others throughout the year. 


Hack Cville Fall Startup Trips
Applications due Sept. 26 by 11:59 p.m.

Join Hack Cville on a startup trip to New York City or D.C.! Visit startup companies in the area, find your dream job, network with UVA alumni, and make new friends all in the course of one action-packed weekend! We are travelling to D.C. from Nov. 1 to 3, and to New York from Nov. 15 to 18. Applications are due next week. Email with any questions.

Application Development for Public Health
Are you interested in how computer science can help advance public health goals? Join a project here at UVA working with a community partner in Williamson, W. Va., to improve health outcomes. We are currently looking for a student programmer to help with development of our app to promote healthy lifestyles among youth. The app is already in the testing phase; we are looking for help with updates and eventual expansion to the Android market. For more information, email Kristina Colevas at

Discovery Video Showcase: Inviting Researchers of All Levels
Oct. 19, 8:30 to 11:15 a.m., Rotunda Dome Room.

We invite researchers of all levels to create videos about their research. This event is intended for a general audience and covers the spectrum of research and scholarship at UVA. The top three submissions will be highlighted at the discovery event in the Rotunda Dome Room, as part of the celebration of President Ryan’s inauguration. Learn more online today. 


East Asia Center Lecture Series: “Self-Interest and Manipulation in Early Chinese Prose”
Sept. 21, 3:15 p.m., Monroe 116.

Paul R. Goldin, professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, investigates the real motivations of ancient Chinese philosophers and reveals the truth about why China’s first philosophical golden age took place during the aptly named “Warring States” period. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit the East Asia Center’s webpage.

Talk on “Living By the Code: Gangs of Russia”
Sept. 21, 3:30 p.m., Monroe 116.

Dr. Svetlana Stephenson, sociology reader at the London Metropolitan University and author of the book “Gangs of Russia: From the Streets to the Corridors of Power” will speak on the culture of Russian gangs. The talk is organized and co-sponsored by CREEES and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the CREEES webpage

“Euhemerism and Feminism in the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhist Chöd Tradition”
Sept. 21, 5:15 p.m., Nau 342.

Dr. Michelle J. Sorenson, assistant professor from Western Carolina University, will discuss Chöd, the first Buddhist tradition developed by a woman in Tibet. She will be deliberating the 11th century practice cultivated by Machik Labdrön with consideration of the “feminine” in Asian and Euro-American contexts. Light refreshments will be provided. More information is available online.

Do You Know GMO?
Sept. 26, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

What is genetic engineering? Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are used in the production of many everyday items, from vegetables to pharmaceuticals, from sugar to fabric. Are these products safe? Explore these issues and more with the Charlottesville community in a guided discussion featuring technical experts on the subject and community leaders. Complimentary food will be provided. Visit Eventbrite for tickets.


Free Pre-Home Screening of “Incredibles 2” 
Sept. 21 and 22, 8 to 10 p.m., Newcomb Theater. 

Check out this free screening of “Incredibles 2” more than a month before the film is released on Amazon! Come by Newcomb Theater at 8 p.m. on Friday or Saturday for a fun, relaxing night with friends. Free pizza on Friday and popcorn while supplies last! For more information, check out the screening Facebook event! 

TechnoSonics XIX: Voices
Sept. 21, 8 p.m., through Sept. 23, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall. 

The TechnoSonics Festival returns for its 19th year, with the theme of Voices. The Festival spans three days of concerts and colloquia. Featured guests include John and Maureen Chowning, WAI, and their Maori Electronica Roots (WAI is the Maori word for Water), and Dan Joseph.


Peace Corps Application Marathon
Sept. 20, 1 to 4 p.m., Newcomb 170.

Drop in for application material review with UVA’s Peace Corps recruiter! Applications are due by Oct. 1 for late spring 2019 departures. For more information, visit the event Handshake page.

Fall Federal Consulting Night
Sept. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m., location TBD.

Interested in consulting? Want to learn how it works within the federal and governmental space? Come to Federal Consulting Night to learn more about assisting agencies with business solutions to both management and technical challenges. For more information, visit the Handshake page for this event.

Intelligence and Security Careers Day
Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Garrett Hall.

Are you interested in a career in the intelligence and security fields? If so, this event is for you! Come learn from intelligence agency representatives about current student opportunities and how to gain access to this competitive and secretive industry. There will be multiple opportunities to learn and network with agency representatives throughout the day. All years are encouraged to attend! This event is hosted by the UVA Career Center and Batten Career Services. For more information, visit our online page.

Health Care Meetup: Health Administration/Management Small Group Advising
Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Newcomb 170.

Meet with Ana Abad-Jorge, Program Director for the Certificate in Health Sciences Management program through the School of Continuing Professional Studies. During this brief presentation, Abad-Jorge will be available to talk about career paths in health administration and will offer guidance on how to get prepared! For more information, visit the Handshake event.

Health Care Meetup: Public Health
Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Newcomb 170.

Meet with Jessica Zarnegar to learn more about career paths related to public health. She will walk you through what to consider in a graduate program and how to get prepared. For more information, register for the meetup on Handshake.

Law School App Strategy Session Lunch
Sept. 25, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Newcomb 481.

Are you preparing to apply to law school this fall? If so, this program is essential! Pre-law advisors will review the importance of timing in the application process, highlight recent UVA application trends, discuss required application materials, explore the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) in LSAC, and provide tips and strategies for what to expect for the Graduate and Professional School Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 26. For more information, visit the lunch’s Handshake page. There will also be a brunch event on Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to noon where the same material will be covered.

Tech Interview Meetup
Sept. 25, 3 to 5 p.m., Rice 107.

Practice makes perfect! Stop by Rice 107 and practice your technical interviewing skills in a low-stakes, chill atmosphere. We’ll provide the problems and light snacks, and you provide the brainpower! Make sure to read the EST newsletter every Sunday so you know the problem(s) we’re working on and come ready to learn, share, and grow. For more information on this practice event, visit Handshake.

Grad School Confidential: Life Sciences
Sept. 25, 7 to 9 p.m., Location TBD.

This panel will help you better understand the advantages and drawbacks of pursuing graduate education in the life sciences. Hear from faculty members and industry members about their decisions to pursue graduate school. Learn about the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself to determine if graduate school is for you and the steps you might need to take to prepare to apply.


Volunteer with the Special Olympics through Madison House
Special Olympics volunteers are dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays, or closely related developmental disabilities to become physically fit through sports training and competition. No experience is necessary; just come out and help athletes have fun. We promise that volunteering will be a rewarding way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Learn more about Madison House’s many opportunities to get involved.

15th Annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s
Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., UVA South Lawn.

Come celebrate UVA’s Homecoming Weekend and the beautiful fall weather at this outdoor brunch! Pancakes for Parkinson’s is an annual UVA tradition, featuring free pancakes and toppings and performances by various UVA music and dance groups. All donations will support Parkinson’s Disease research and the search for a cure through the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Relay for Life Vermonster Challenge
Sept. 23, 2 p.m., O’Hill Porch.

Are you looking for a way to beat the heat and fight back against cancer? Join Relay for Life at UVA for our annual Vermonster challenge this Sunday. Sign up a five-person team to eat 20 scoops of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream as fast as you can to win awesome prizes! Check out Facebook for more information.


Wilson Journal Fall 2018
Deadline for Submission: Sept. 23 at 11:59 p.m.

The Wilson Journal of International Relations is welcoming submissions for the fall 2018 publication. The deadline is this Sunday at midnight. Visit our website for more information; email to submit your paper or to ask questions.


Eighth Annual Central Virginia Star Party
Sept. 29, 6:30 to 10 p.m., Albemarle Ciderworks.

The Central Virginia Star Party, run by Dark Skies, Bright Kids, brings the excitement of outer space to the University, Charlottesville, and the surrounding community. There will be hands-on astronomy activities, planetarium shows, telescope observing, and a special raffle sponsored by Crutchfield, as well as the Sweet Tooth food truck! This event will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit our webpage.

Outdoor Adventure September Activities
Outdoor adventure at IM-Rec Sports is hosting several great events for the rest of the month. We have bouldering, an anchor workshop, a zip-line ride, and kayaking. You can complete the required registration online or by calling 434-924-3781.


Help Improve UVA Systems and Websites
Have you ever asked yourself why a certain UVA system is difficult to use? If so, we would like your help! Sign up to receive emails about upcoming usability tests that occur throughout the year for systems like SIS and UVACollab. Sessions require you to complete tasks on a computer or mobile device while a facilitator observes.

Salt and Blood Pressure Study
Researchers are seeking adults to participate in a study to find out how salt intake affects blood pressure. Researchers are seeking individuals between 18 and 70 years of age who are of Caucasian or African-American descent, have normal blood pressure, and no history of diabetes, heart failure, or stroke. Participation includes a 2-week diet with food provided after initial screening and $200 compensation upon completion. IRB No.11494. For more information, visit this website.

Seeking Participants for Pop Culture Study
We are looking for groups of friends ages 19-24 to participate in a focus group interview for a study on popular culture and society. Share a pizza while talking about television, celebrities, and more. Contact Sarah Johnson at for more information.