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David Gowdy and YAF on “Jefferson and Madison’s Guide to the Constitution”

Right-leaning Americans, ranging from establishment Republicans to Tea Partiers and libertarians, have often called for a return to Constitutional principles. As head of the Washington, Jefferson, and Madison Institute, however, J. David Goudy believed that even the most ardent enthusiast of the Framers still had much to learn, given the selective nature of historical transmission. Speaking on November 21 to the University of Virginia’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), Goudy based his lecture in the Rotunda on the Institute’s official guide to the…

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UVa Community Requests Donations for Filipino Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

As dawn broke on November 10, 2013, the Filipino survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name:  Yolanda) watched as their world was torn apart: buildings were destroyed and whole towns in the Central Philippines were swept away–in fact, 56,000 homes are reported to have been destroyed, according to a recent NBC report. One local resident, Jenny Chu, told ABS-CBN News how people were “walking like zombies looking for food.” And all of this came in the wake of a 7.2 earthquake in Bohol which…

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Bandow v. Reilly: Burke Society Hosts Debate on Foreign Interventionism

As the Burke Society hosted its November 4 debate with Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute and Robert R. Reilly of the American Foreign Policy Council, both sides agreed that recent events in the Muslim parts of Africa and Asia were heading towards fragmentation and uncertainty. Whether the United States should get involved in those foreign issues, however, was another question.

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Former Mellon Foundation President Speaks at UVa on “The Future of the University”

With the rising cost of college tuition and the expansion of alternatives to higher education, universities all over America are questioning their relationship with contemporary society. Despite these challenges, Don Michael Randel, the president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is confident of the educational system’s resilience in the present age. As part of the University of Virginia’s series on “The Future of the University,” Randel spoke on November 1 about the frontal role of pedagogy in university administration. Addressing a…

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Kennedy: An American Fascination

The fiftieth anniversary of the tragic Kennedy assassination is coming up on November 22nd, and The Virginia Advocate is publishing a three-issue installment in honor of JFK. This edition will examine the enduring public fascination of Kennedy. I interviewed UVa Media Studies professor Aniko Bodroghkozy on her extensive Kennedy-era research. She is the author of Groove Tube: Sixties Television and the Youth Rebellion (Console-ing Passions) and Equal Time: Television and the Civil Rights Movement. She is also currently teaching a Media Studies…

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Stark Choices for UVa

The University of Virginia is facing a real problem which it can no longer ignore. Over the last twenty years, it has fallen far behind its competitors in academic research. While peer schools like the University of California, Berkley and the University of Michigan consistently rank in the Top 10 for almost all key areas of research, UVa fails to reach the Top 25 in many of the same areas. Particularly in subjects such as history, politics, and English, where UVa is…

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Miller Center Confronts the Vanishing American Dream

With the economic downturn affecting millions of Americans, the  difficult question rises:  will the American Dream of educational and financial stability be unattainable for the next generation? The Miller Center for Public Affairs was certainly unafraid to confront this query during its October 2, 2013 Town Hall on the State of the American Dream. Consisting of Martin Baron, Executive Editor of the Washington Post, Jennifer Marisco of the American Enterprise Institute, and Thomas Hirschl, co-author of Chasing the American Dream:  Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes, the…

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Rick Santorum at UVa: America at the Crossroads

On Thursday September 19th, Rick Santorum spoke in front hundreds of students and members of the Local community. Failing to wear his iconic sweater vest, Santorum was nevertheless able to engage, if not enthrall, the audience with his wit, easy-going manner, and conversational style.

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UVa: Under Construction

BANG! BANG! BANG! The University of Virginia continues its never-ending construction this semester with ten ongoing projects after recently completing twelve. Among them are another Alderman Road dormitory, renovations of New Cabell Hall and Ruffner Hall, and an addition to the North Grounds Rec Center.

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