In the heat of a summer day, you might find relief and a moment of solitude in the gardens tucked behind the pavilions of the Lawn. The University of Virginia’s pavilion gardens—envisioned by Thomas Jefferson and restored by the Garden Club of Virginia in the 1950s and ’60s—are now public spaces maintained by the University and used daily by of the UVA and Charlottesville communities, as well as visitors to Grounds. This summer, the gardens have been the site of Reunions receptions, a Historic Landscape Institute tour, engagement photo sessions, weddings, and a t’ai chi class.
When Jennifer Cirenza Bell (Nurs ’89) enrolled at UVA in the late eighties, she never imagined that her decision to do so would shape the course of her life so profoundly. Transferring in from New York University, the young nursing student was anxious—worried whether she’d fit in at a state school where the students seemed to have such strong local roots.
Jose Lambert’s dream of becoming an architect nearly ended in 1958 when Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba. Families like Lambert’s were no longer allowed to send money to loved ones living in the U.S., and he was forced to leave his studies at the UVA School of Architecture.
In his book “Six Great Ideas,” American philosopher Mortimer J. Adler outlines six concepts that have been fundamental to the development of Western civilization. One of these—truth—supports our ability to make informed decisions about the world.