April 2016

  • From the time of Plato's “groves of academe,” gardens have been linked to the contemplative and scholarly life. Although Jefferson left no formal record of his intentions for the pavilion gardens, it’s likely that he’d favor a combination of pleasure and utility with a place for thought and study.

  • It takes an abundance of forethought and an eye toward future generations to rebuild a historic masterpiece. As its bicentennial year approaches, the University of Virginia is in the midst of one of its most ambitious undertakings, made possible by a long-term fund-raising effort described by Robert D. Sweeney, senior vice president for University advancement, as a “true private-public partnership.”

  • Clear, compelling writing can be a powerful factor in leadership success. Professor John D. Forbes taught generations of Darden School of Business students how to write with style and clarity in his course “Analysis and Communication.” For years, Darden alumni consistently cited the course as the one in which they learned and retained the most.

  • In 1971, a farmer plowing a Tidewater Virginia field unearthed a remarkable assemblage of stones. The discovery touched off the first of many excavations that have opened a window into bygone worlds.

  • If anyone embodies UVA’s medical education mission, it’s retired professor of obstetrics and gynecology Peyton T. Taylor Jr., M.D. A new scholarship fund established in his honor allows residents and fellows in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to conduct faculty-mentored research during their training at UVA—and honors his legacy of compassionate care.

  • One of the most important American artists of the 20th century, Joseph Cornell (1903-72), was a pioneer and celebrated exponent of assemblage and collage art. The mysterious little worlds Cornell created through his shadow boxes have influenced everyone from Andy Warhol to contemporary installation artists.