New book, exhibits showcase more of those things that tell UVA’s history
by Anna Katherine Clemmons
In 2014, this magazine published a special feature, titled “Object Lesson,” offering a telling of UVA’s history through various objects. Now that concept has grown into a book, Mr. Jefferson’s Telescope: A History of the University of Virginia in One Hundred Objects, written by Encyclopedia Virginia managing editor Brendan Wolfe and published by UVA Press. “My job was to take the objects, write about each one and bring them together into a coherent narrative, so you can get a primer on UVA history,” Wolfe says. The book was released in August; a corresponding exhibit will run in Special Collections as well as around Grounds (see “The Exhibit” section below). Here are several of the objects featured in the book.
UVA will confer another several thousand diplomas this spring. We’ve broken down past years’ academic degrees by disciplines. Take a look, and maybe a few clicks, at our interactive charts to explore the two-decade trends in subject-matter popularity.