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As members of the University of Virginia community, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is excited to participate in UVA’s bicentennial celebrations.

The University of Virginia Presents: BackStory Live – Who Speaks for America? 200 Years of Debate

Thursday, October 5; Doors: 6 pm, Show: 7 pm
The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA

In this live event during UVA’s Bicentennial Launch Weekend, hosts of VFH’s BackStory—Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly, and Joanne Freeman—will take a topic and unpack its history through lively debate, storytelling, and interviews. The live show will weave together Jefferson’s ideas on citizenship and the role education. The program will tackle how citizenship has been defined both culturally and legally throughout American history. Event tickets are free and available.

“A History of the University in 100 Objects” Exhibit Talk

Friday, October 6: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Special Collections Auditorium

Featuring artifacts from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, other University entities, and private collections, The University of Virginia in 100 Objects is an exhibit based on the book Mr. Jefferson’s Telescope (UVA Press, 2017) by Brendan Wolfe, editor of VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia. The exhibit talk will include remarks by Brendan Wolfe and curator Molly Schwartzburg. This event is free and open to the public.

A Bicentennial Launch Celebration

Friday, October 6: Doors: 6:00 pm Show: 7:00 pm
The Lawn

A multimedia celebration of the University with an awe-inspiring spectacle featuring student, faculty and alumni performers from UVA and special guests Andra Day and Leslie Odom Jr. The celebration is open to the public, but tickets are required. VFH’s Virginia Indian Program director Karenne Wood will begin the celebration with a traditional Monacan welcome. Gospel singer Almeta-Ingram Miller and Sephardic Jewish ballad singer Susan Gaeta will perform a duet as representatives of VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program. Tickets are available here. This event is presented in partnership with UVA Arts.

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